Tag Archives: Sizzix

Hexagons Dieuct for Precision

15 Jun

  My gals went crazy! I was afraid I would get grumbling as this is a departure from our usual felted wool appliqué. They surprised me by loving the tiniest hexie the best. Check out those fussy cut centers. These are just the ones I managed to photo.

If you have inherited or purchased some vintage or antique hexagons you are well aware of the pitfalls of this time honored technique.   Every 1/32″ error in cutting or stitching compounds.   You can see from the box how wonky they already were at this early stage in construction.  There is just not much to be done to get these lovelies to lay flat.

My stitching group explored using diecut hexagons and the English Paper Piecing method. I precut hexagons from Freezer Paper in several sizes and we stitched away. All of the Sizzix Hexagon dies are awesome! We played with two construction methods, fusible appliqué and English Paper Piecing using Freezer Paper.  The tiniest hexie is Tim Holtz Honeycomb 659430 with 3/8″ sides. Fantastic precision with all these dies thank you Sizzix!   Top row: Used Freezer Paper hexagons. Reusable 4-6 times.  Hexagons pressed to the wrong side of fabric. (Rough cut around leaving about 3/8″ for turn under.) Tim Holtz Honeycomb die 3/8″ sides of tiny cuteness. 

Row two: First two from vintage box. Pincushion out of Kaffe fabric from a friend. 

Bottom row:  Vintage box hexies with Freezer Paper templates – nice and flat but those are some *narrow seam allowances.  More hexies oh so nice and flat recently stitched. *If I decide to turn the vintage box of hexies into a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt I’ll be ordering a Custom Sizzix Die with a slightly smaller sized side for the hexagon Freezer Paper templates. 

Sew…another technique checked off of the bucket list. Like I told my stitching friends you need to try it and then decide to take it or leave it. I am stunned at how many actually enjoyed making the fun hexagon flowers and have a project in mind. Who knew?
 

Beach Memories

31 May

imagePlaying in my wooly sandbox to kit up this felted wool appliqué candle mat in preparation for a workshop.  Aren’t the colors awesome?  This project is a great showcase for my hand dyed wools.  I am sure we all have memories of a wonderful beach trip!  Why not stitch those memories into a fun project?  I used my favorite Sizzix.com machines and steel rule Dies to cutout these motifs.   Cut something out and create!  

 

Let’s Have Tea

13 May

What could be better than Tea and stitching fellowship?  Not much in my little world!  Sizzix.com has a couple of great Teacup Dies and I created a fun make ‘n take Teacup Needle Book with Bigz Die 658093, Flower embellishments 657722.  You might think that a die cut project is pretty cookie cutter, but you would be wrong. My stitching friends blow me away everytime with their creativity. Here is a sampling of their progress today at our open house Tea in the Pretty Penny Precuts Studio. Die cut something soon and create!  May your needle always be sharp and threaded.  
 

   
            

Sew Free Retreat

7 May

I attended my first Quilting Retreat ever this week!  What a wonderful time we had!!!  My goal was to a.  Bond with my  

 sewing machine, b. Finish projects, and c.  Enjoy everyone and everything. It was a huge success and I highly recommend “retreating” to you. My finishes included binding one full sized quilt  

  one charity quilt, a Cindy Needham thread play practice piece, and my Bluebird Tea Party wool on cotton appliqué (look at that awesome Bluebird wool I dyed).  

  

 Stitching out several labels and using embroidery software to quilt quilting motifs (See the one block sample of Primitive Pieces by Lynda Hall – Wedding Day Quilt). It’s so wonderful to accomplish things!  This retreat was held at the Charlie Elliot Nature Center in Mansfield, GA. The facility and staff was top notch. The beds are rock hard so plan ahead and take a mattress pad. And no, it wasn’t free, but we were free to sew to our heart’s content and the only schedule to follow was for meals.  Should you ever go to a retreat at the Charlie Elliot Nature Center be sure to request the Scones with each breakfast served. Yum!

    

Frosty Fun

30 Jan

Hopefully you survived last week’s threatened snowmagedon! Here is a photo of my Frosty Fun table scape made with felted wool die cuts from Sizzix steel rule dies. Time to put the snowflakes away and decorate for Valentines.

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Stitching Gifts for Sewing Friends

1 Dec
Great gift for you stitching friends.

Great gift for you stitching friends.

Do you have handmade gifts planned for your sewing friends? Locked in my mind forever are these words from my lovely mother Annette “if I can’t eat it, wear it or spend it I don’t want it!” LOL. To this end I created this little Scissor Holder Needle Minder combination. Hope you can fit in plenty of stitching with your Christmas preparations.

Name Tags

9 Nov

Do you have occasion to wear a name tag? I participate in several stitching groups and name tags are encouraged. Sizzix has a number of label dies that make wonderful name tags. Here is how I prepare my name tag: fuse fabric to both sides of Peltex then die cut desired shape. Apply white glue to the side/perimeter, it’s about 1/8″ and dust with your favorite fine glitter. Yes you could stitch around the edge, but the glue and glitter is so quick and accents the edge without overpowering. Select your favorite Sizzix Flower Layer die and make an embellishment for your name tag. Use a Pigma Pen or other permanent none running ink pen to write your name. I usually use a corsage pin to pin my name tag to my garment.

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Met with the Pins and Needles group and they made Name Tags from kits I prepared.