Using my Wave Sizzix die, I made this cute flag quilt. Great for Stash Busting and clever quilts!
Packed and ready!
Beatrice and I are hitting the road! We are road tripping to Minnesota for quick visit to family, and then teaching in Wisconsin at the Woodland Ridge Retreat Center in Menominee. I can't wait! Double Wedding Ring Fun!
Varied Triangle die SIZZIX : Works on the BOG shot and Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine
Hi everyone! It's been a crazy week, and then I got sick on the first day of summer! What is up with that?? I'm still coughing and droopy but hoping my head clears before I jump on a plane to Milwaukee Tuesday, for the day! I'm heading over to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Textiles for a meeting, and turning around and flying straight home in time to pick up my daughter from the airport! She has been in Colorado, taking care of wolves! Yes, you heard that correct! A community service trip to care for wolves on wolf preserve...I think she has had a blast...If the photo tells me anything!
So while I am stuff here coughing away at home, MY new SIZZIX dies are now in the shop! Totally Trees, Diamond Point, and Varied Triangle So grab them quick as I only have three of each of my dies... BTW, I have all my dies in the website and in the store, if you come to visit, but note:
We are closed weekends for JULY AND AUGUST
Monday - Thursday 10-1pm and Friday 12-6pm
Totally Trees: Works on the Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine
Diamond Point Sizzix die : Works on the Big Shot Plus and the Big Shot PRO machine
It's that time of year again! Spring Quilt Market starts this week! This is the Industry Trade Show, (not for public) for buyers buying for their Quilt related shops! All the new products that are newly released that you will soon be seeing on the store shelves.
Each market I have three new Sizzix Dies that release for the Quilting market.
Sizzix is a 40 year old company. Remember in elementary schools all the die cuts of letters and flowers? Ellison Corp. is the parent company... They have been doing die cutting for a long time.
Sizzix has three different size machines.
Big Shot, -- uses 6" dies
Big Shot Plus, -- uses 6" and 9" dies
Big shot Pro.-- uses 6" , 9" and 12" dies
We cut 8 layers of fabric at a time. (Accuquilt cuts 6)
I design for all machines sizes... By mostly they fall in the 6" and 9" platforms... which gives you over 80 dies to use on the two smaller machines!...and....
You can ALSO use Accuquilt dies in Sizzix machines using a "Go adapter pad" that is a shim to make up for the thinness of there die.
Because our dies are thicker, Sizzix dies do not work in Accuquilt. (we cut 8 layers, they cut 6)
So that gives you even more die options to use on your Sizzix...
IF YOU ARE GOING to Market: Myself, and Jenny Doan are doing our "Schoolhouse" session together as we both design for Sizzix. Please come see us: Room #265, at 4:40 – 5:10 Thursday
One of my new dies (which will be in stores in JUNE) is the Varied Triangle die!
How cute is this quilt? Three shapes, makes this amazing quilt. The instructions for this quilt is in the packaging of the die.
The possibilities are endless for design!
The Heart quilt below is ALSO made using this die! All in color placement!
Each day this coming week, I will be showing you my new Sizzix dies, Fabrics lines and (info on my New book Modern Quilt Magic preorder now! !) that will be in stores sometime this year...
We are adding my other Sizzix dies to the website this coming week. Stay tuned!!
My Videos are back! Subscribe to my YOUTUBE channelso you don't miss the "up close and personals!" ;-)
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.
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...
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?
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
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.
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!!!
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!
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...
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!
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...