A Simple Life, Quilts inspired by the 50's May 31 2016, 1 Comment

Above are my blocks from Shelly Pagliai's Book, A Simple Life!  I LOVE this BOM quilt of hers, and I have to make my own as she won't share...  ;-)
She's my friend, I can give her guff!  
I LOVE the quilts in this book, perfect scrap quilts!  I am using all Mostly manor Fabrics in my quilt, which you can purchase in my shop!
and also Hazelsdiary.wordpress.com  for an upcoming quilt-along!

My Hex Star Sizzix Die! May 24 2016, 1 Comment

 

 

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Hex Star!  I LOVE THIS DIE... Well, actually I love them all. I'm making several king size quilts for myself from these dies, and even another geese crossing version that I started today. It goes so quick with my Sizzix!!

 

Three machines sizes. (Think, Small, Medium and Large) 

Big Shot, ( the small machines, take the 6" dies... 

Big Shot Plus, ( medium machine) uses The small 6" dies,AND the 9" dies... 

Big Shot Plus,(the LARGE) can use ALL the dies, 6", 9", and 12" dies... 

These sizes are the WIDTH that can go through the machine.. It depends on how you want to use them... TO carry with you on retreats? Small one... 

Medium for more flexibility uses two die sizes, can still carry it with you... 

And last, the Big Shot PRO- A stay in one place machine, I'll do a video soon on them.

 

Above on the left is the BIG SHOT PLUS, all three dies shown above A 9" platform die,under my hand, and two 6" platforms dies beside that.

 

on my Right, is the Big Shot, (otherwise known as a fabi)

Uses only 6" platform dies... that 6" is what fits through the opening the machine.

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 

 

OK, My HEX STAR die. You can use this die in a couple different ways, I like to design dies that give you a multitude of options!  Loving HEXIES? The star without the half rectangles, gives you just a nice big pieced hex. I have a video on making all the die shapes at my website.

 

This red and brown version is going to be king size. I already raided my friends stashes for more Reds and browns, as I depleted most of mine!  My bed.  Can't wait.  Must get busy!

 

 

But you can also square out the Hexagon to make it a block, like this one below! Isn't it so fun? I even fussy cut on my die!  Fabulous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the last minute I made up a small wall hanging, that I can hang in my kitchen... using my Yellow Leo Diamond print from Mostly Manorfor the background. Next I  dug out some favorite golds, and bright yellows to make this version. Using the half rectangle, finishes my hexes so they have a straight edge...

 

So much fun!

 

One more die to go!

 

 

All my Sizzix dies are available HERE.

 

 


My Signature Block quilt grows! May 24 2016, 0 Comments

I've been obsessed lately with big quilts, with small pieces… Last September, I started gathering signature blocks from any quilters I know… And will continue to ask for them when I teach or lecture etc…
So now I realized, I missed a bunch of people this past year that I'd like to have in my quilt...
Have you ever taken  class with me? 
...or my come to my lecture? 
or met me somewhere along the way, 
or not even met me but want to contribute a tiny block?
ha ha!
 
I'd love to get a signature block from you, for a quilt I'm making…
Pass it on, ask your quilter pals...
 cut  TWO - 1.5" X 3.5" strips
 of 
A SOLID COLOR
 
NO PRINTS OR HAND DYES PLEASE!!!!
 
Please make it this size, or I can use your block.
 
cut ONE - 1.5" X 3.5" strip 
of WHITE for signature
 
 
Sew them together, press seams open
….and sign, (fabric pen) Pigma Microns are great!
Keeping your signature at least a 1/4"
 in on the sides,
so it doesn't get cut off in the seam allowance…
 
**I am trimming these blocks down smaller, you don't have to worry about doing that.
 
THANK YOU!!!
If I came to your guild, can you ask your peeps and gather some blocks for me from the  members?
There is no deadline…. this quilt will just grow and grow…
Putting all my happy memories all in one place. :-)


NOTE:
I want to be able to use all the blocks coming in, so if your block is TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE, I can't make it fit in the quilt…

 PLEASE NO HAND DYES!!! 
If I don't know where they are, they will bleed all over the quilt!  
NO cherrywoods, NO hand dyes…

***If you do not have a solid color, 
just send me the white strip 1.5" by 3.5" long, with your signature, 
and I can add the solid. 

Thank you! The quilt is looking so great so far!!!