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 Manor, for 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.
Sublime Stars! June 03 2015, 1 Comment
In my plodding along, (!!!) I am slowly getting my new quilt top appliquéd! YEP! This baby is called SUBLIME STARS!
I am quite slow on my appliqué projects... I only work on them at night, when I don't have binding to do...I must have a some netflix to watch to make the time go by faster! I think It will be my take along project not his road trip coming up...
And guess what? This quilt is made with my new Stretch Hex and Tumbler Set!
SO MANY OPTIONS!!! Keep on reading for more goodness!
Find these in my shop here.
One of the classes I am teaching is using my two new templates...
This post is showing you all the options and FUN we will be having in this class!
This quilt is now finished, and off to be quilted by my friend Shelly, as I am still without my long arm... I used only the Stretch Hex template here... and made the entire quilt out of my scrap bins. Yes it is wide, Y seams, and actually, goes to gather quite quickly, one you get your groove on. ( it each the tricks... don't be Scared! I then hand appliquéd it down on that fabulous yellow background... Mmmmmm, it sure looks good. I can't wait to snuggle up under it. it took my 12 hours alone to hand appliqué it to the background... you could just cut it and square it up... but I love the crazy shapes...
Here I was mixing different blocks into the quilt with the Stretch hex and Tumbler, together.
The big shape is fun to see what else you can put into that space... PLAY IT UP...
And this was the "in progress shot" of my SUBLIME stars! I love seeing how many different ways I can use my templates together. This will soon be a class as well, but for now... We focus not eh two shapes, and I hope I see you at QUILTCON WEST, so I can show you all the options!!
I will do another post this week on the second class I am teaching at QuiltCon later this week...
OH! And... These are now in Stock in my shop!!
my NEW Aurifil 12 wt large spool set!
Don't drool on the keyboard. Squeal! Yummy, right?
Big Diamond, Little Diamond! in SHOP now! May 25 2015, 0 Comments
I cut this quilt out Sunday morning, using two of my Acrylic diamond templates. My small Diamond, that makes 4 different sizes..Here I just used the Full small template, Four of them, make one of my LARGE diamond templates... So the two together, give you many fun options for PLAYING!
SMALL DIAMOND ( CLICK)
I LOVE a star quilt! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! This diamond makes 4 different sizes of stars, with corner squares and quarter triangles marked on the template, for reference. Finished Size of the largest size Star is 21.5"
The small diamond was used to make this wall hanging...
LARGE DIAMOND: ( CLICK)
I LOVE a BIG star quilt! It's nice to have options! Having larger shapes in acrylic templates allows to play with my made fabric, and design within the shape! Corner squares and quarter triangles cutting instructions are marked on the template, for reference. Finished Size of the largest size Star is 41"
MIX the TWO templates together to come up with your own unique designs! PLAY!
One day I will get back to finishing my liberty stars.... But for today, I'm off to finish my Memorial Day quilt!
Sizzix Mini wave die May 25 2015, 0 Comments
The Next Sizzix Die is the MINI WAVE. You may recall I also had a large wave last fall...
Well, to fill the demand and requests, I went small on the wave as well...
each wave piece is about 4 "X 4/34"
For scale... See my samples below...
Little, cute, and oh so sweet!
Shown two ways to sew together for different effects....
Instead of flip flopping the shape, Here I sewed the curves together to make columns, then sewed the strips together... Picking out the solids was so much fun!
I made this baby quilt for a gift, using the Mini wave as "leaves" on this tiny sprout quilt...
And lastly, I cut my pieces then trimmed off the end to give them a straight edge. That way I can add the mini wave as a scallop, around my Basket quilts! (which is made with my pies & points die, that I will to show you next!)
So many fun projects....
I have a new large set of 50 Wt Thread with Aurifil, Called Full Circle Stitching! Thread for piecing, and free motion quilting, in a fun variety of colors and a few basics to inspire your quilting PLAY!
I need to go photograph the colors! Next post, promise...
Mini Double Wedding Ring Sizzix die May 25 2015, 0 Comments
I'm super thrilled to share with you my new SIZZIX DIES!
This round, things went, SMALL!
(not to be confused with my Acrylic templates at my website.
These are DIE CUT templates for Sizzix.
You know I have a Double Wedding Ring Problem... right?
You may have heard that the number of DWR quilts is up to 46... Yeah, even I wince at that number!
But I had not done a MINI DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT!
So Here is one of my new dies, a MINI Double Wedding Ring... And it is OH SO CUTE!
Each ring is 9" big! ( or small, however you call it!)
Pretty sweet huh?
When you can cut 8 layers of fabric at once, you have so many pieces to PLAY with!
Who would want to cut out all those tiny pieces by hand? My Sizzix cuts them all out perfectly, and quickly... Love it!
YES, I am having WAY TO MUCH FUN!
Never a dull moment!