American Baskets a personal favorite from my Etsy shop

29 Jul

My stitching BFF Mary Ann Thom put her original design American Baskest in my hands to create a PATTERN.  I am honored and the PATTERN is now listed in my ETSY Shop. I hope you will check it out!  

Grandmother’s Fan

6 May

Here is another retired Sizzix Originals medium die Grandmothers Fan 38-0718. My guild friend Annette sent me a text and asked “do you have a Dresden Plate or Grandmothers Fan die”. Of course I do! At least 3 different ones in fact. Annette chose this retired die to pair up with a size able collection of “stupid fabric”. Don’t be alarmed…Annette describes these fabrics as the ones from the LQS that just don’t sell, don’t display well on the bolt and languish on the 60% off rack! These same fabrics in isolation cut with this small die are awesome and really do “play” fantastically together. Cut 6 fans at a time, 300+ ready to stitch, Annette is on her way to a masterpiece!!! I can’t wait to see what you cut out and create.

Wool Appliqué Spring Fever brings Spring Stitching Butterfly and Blooms

29 Apr

Hand dyed felted wool is such a beautiful medium to work with and there is nothing better for butterflies and blooms.   

For these projects I used Sizzix dies and one Quilling die to cut the 1/8″ vine. 

Cut something out and create!


ABC’s it’s easy as 123

1 Apr

ABC’s it’s easy as 123

Sizzix Dies for cutting Letters and Numbers

Sizzix has a number Alphabet and Number dies of all types. Since we are talking fabric here my answer will always be stick to the Sizzix Steel Rule lines of dies marketed as Originals or Bigz as they provide the best frustration free die cutting possible. With your Sizzix BigShot/vintage/BigKick/Vagabond/BigShotPlus the Alphabet and Number dies currently available through Sizzix are: *Block Talk, *Word Play, Fresh Blossoms and Vintage Market *note some of these have the font all on one XL die. Most of the above cut letters 1-2″. For larger letters measuring 2 3/8″ there is a Stephanie Ackerman four die set. Don’t overlook the retired Originals dies (measuring between 5/8″ to 1 1/4″ – FunSerif and Lollipop. And…there are even retired Originals AlphaBars in several styles. Google Sizzix Alphabet and begin your hunt for the style you are after! I look forward to seeing what you cutout and create! 

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PS for the Sizzix BigShot Pro users you have even more options when you add in full height dies from Ellison, and Accucut-Craft/Studio. 



Die Cut Wool Appliqué with Sizzix Retired Originals Dies

20 Mar

Retired Sizzix Originals Dies
Do you have a collection of the Sizzix retired Originals dies? I love these little treasures! You can find them online on Ebay and Amazon. My passion for the last five years has been die cutting using recycled wool/felted wool. The retired Originals dies are perfect for felted wool die cut appliqué. This is my third year sharing my passion in my once a month Studio Open House where quilters and stitchers join me for a FREE Make n Take project. March’s project are these cute little Egg Critters. All cut from my retired Sizzix die collection. When stitched and stuffed the Egg Critters are about finger puppet size. 


Stitched by Mary T


Display idea


Studio Open House


Stitched by me!


Retired Originals Dies

 I look forward to seeing what you cutout and create!!!


Die Cutting Squares from Strips

3 Feb

I want to share a technique I use for turning strips into squares. For this project I need 100’s of 1/2″ squares for windows and chimneys. I’m using the Sizzix 1/2″ Strip die on my Big Shot Plus (this die also works on the BigShot/Big Kick or BigShot Pro).  

 The 1/8″ lavender scrap shows where the felted wool lies outside the cutting blades.  

 Here is cut one still attached.  This attachment gives cut one a “memory” and allows you to treat it as one piece instead of 4 individual strips. 

 This preparation for cut two. The strip set is laid back on the die perpendicular to the blades. Again the lavendar scraps indicates where the felted wool lies outside the cutting dies.  

 Successfully cut squares from strip set.  

 1/2″ squares for Windows and chimineys.  

 The project Meadow Cottages. All die cut. 

I encourage you to cut something out and create!  

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Make it Work!  Die Cut Appliqué with altered tool

20 Jan

I am so thrilled with myself…I love the size (smaller) I can get with these old school Paddle Punch steel rule dies

but hate hammering them out. It just occurred to me to compare their height with mySizzix 

 Movers and Shapers dies. Turns out they are the same height. I used my Dremel Tool to cut the die end from its handle and they are perfect. FYI the height of the handle is too high to operate as is in the Movers and Shapers Tray thus the need to cut the die away from the handle. They are not magnetic but that doesn’t bother me as I usually just snug what I am cutting into the tray corner anyway. I’ll get hubby to cut the rest as I am sure he will be neater.The Paddle Punch steel rule dies by Sizzix are retired but readily available on line at various resale venues. 

If you have followed me you know I love all things Sizzix (no affiliation though I would like to) and I encourage you to cut something out and create. 

*Please use altered dies at your own risk and understand their use voids any existing warranties.