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This week I thought it would be nice to make a big - either for a cushion, or a really quick quilt! How does 18" sound? and it only uses one die 657628 -For each block you will need 2 pieces of fabric 8" x 42".As the die is asymmetrical you will need to make sure that you cut all the trapezoids the same - so I decided to cut each fabric with right side uppermost. You can turn the die 180 degrees to make the best use of the fabric -Each block needs 12 trapezoids of each colour.Join 4 pairs of patterned trapezoids together, 4 pairs of plain and 4 with one plain and one patterned - see photo below -Join these 3 pieces together -Make 3 more of these, and then join the 4 pieces together to complete the block -.The photo doesn't do justice to the size of this block - you could just make 20 of these and have a small quilt.There will be more on this block next week - I think - maybe a super quick quilt.Until then keep sewing.Angela
Oh Sew Sweet.....
Now I can reveal that it was my grand daughter Eve's 5th birthday on Tuesday and the fabrics were part of her birthday present -and here she is checking out the fabrics - I also added a selection of cotton threads for her to use - we now just need to make a date to make the cushion - photos to follow.On Wednesday I had a lovely drive from the office to visit the Oh Sew Sweet Shop in Mapplewell, nr Barnsley.I had a beautiful drive across with sun shining across the moor, and then a delightful afternoon at the shop.I was there to demonstrate the Big Shot and Bigz dies and met some lovely of Lorrayne's lovely customers -I really enjoy introducing customers to the benefits of using the machine and dies - speed, precision cutting being 2 of them.Here is Lorrayne - busy cutting fabrics for me at the end of the day - because of course it would be rude to visit a shop and not buy any fabric wouldn't it -and here is a glimpse of some of her lovely fabrics -The shop is a delight, and with the added bonus of a sweet counter by the door - where you can buy your old favourites!I managed to justify a small selection of fabric -to make quillows for grandchildren - I know I have plenty of fabric at home, but these I will have 5 quillows made, one for each grandchild, ready for Easter - watch this space to see if I manage it!
Well that's all for now - I'm going to plan the blocks for these fabrics and then go and raid my stash for fabrics for the other 3 quillows.
Have fun sewing.
As you may already know the Sizzix team have been at the Stitches trade show, and before that in Frankfurt for Paperworld trade show - which has meant literally months of preparation and planning of projects - and now we can start afresh with lots of exciting new projects.
The stand at Stitches looked absolutely amazing - and Debi Potter created a stunning central display - using a variety of dies and lots of different materials - all in shades of white. If you haven't seen it yet take a look at Debi's blog.
At the show we met lots of lovely customers, new and old, and although it was hard work -(talking all day!) it was really enjoyable.
As you can imagine I haven't had much time to create a new project this week - but someone very special has a birthday next week so I thought I would put a kit together so that she can make a cushion using her new sewing machine ( after the birthday I will reveal more details and hopefully the finished item)
to pre-cut some hearts.
The patterned fabrics are from the Woodland Walk range by Fabric Freedom, and the pink fabrics are from my stash.
I think I may buy some coloured ribbons too and she can create to her hearts content - I can't wait to give this gift.
Now I'm going to make a cup of tea and plan a project for my next workshops at Sewing for Pleasure in March.
Until next time - keep sewing.
The way to a man's heart!
I know that I said I would be using a different heart die to embellish a cushion, table runner or place mats this week but ...... change of plan!
As I was thinking about what to make for this week's blog I started to think that neither my husband or son's in law would be particularly impressed with any of the above - but what they do all like is cake, which I happen to love baking. So ......
I've embellished brownies with hearts -
First bake some brownies or any other favourite tray bake and allow to cool, when cool cut into squares.
Using die 656334 - http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/656334/sizzi x-bigz-die-hearts cut the smallest heart in thin plastic or thick card -
Place the plastic over one square of cake -
and sprinkle with icing sugar -
Now this will put a smile on my husbands face - and anyone else in the house tomorrow - and the great thing is - you can make it in time for Valentine's day tomorrow - or you could even buy ready made cake and decorate in the same way.
So now I'm going to do the washing up - and then get back to the sewing machine - or maybe I'll have a cup of tea and a slice of brownie first!
Enjoy your weekend.
Hearts a plenty
I don't want to be boring - but as it's February I started looking at the heart dies that we have here at Sizzix - and there are quite a few - so for this week I'm showing this die -It has 3 different sizes on the same die - 656334 -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/656334/sizzix-bigz-die-hearts.This week I decided to embellish a ready made felt purse using this die -I stitched them in place with blanket stitch - and it only took a short while to do - a lovely little gift. I love personalising things - so that they become unique.Next week I'm going to use a different heart die to decorate something else - I haven't decided what yet - it might be a table runner, or placemats for a romantic meal, or it could be a cushion to cuddle up with - so look in again next week to see!Happy sewing.Angela
I've just had an exciting, but very tiring, week in Frankfurt at Creativeworld 2014. It's the second year I've been, along with the rest of the Sizzix team to show what's new in the world of Big Shot and Bigz die cutting.
The whole stand looked amazing - and here is a quick snapshot of the quilting and applique section.Some of the projects you may have already seen on my blog - but as the title says - I'm showing off, just a little, and there is also a sneak preview of some projects made with new dies that will be available in August.This year is going to be even more fun than 2013 - with new dies and fabrics to keep us sewing to our hearts content!Now I'm starting on some more projects ready to display at Stitches trade show in February - it's at the NEC - so almost local(!) - and I hope to see some of you there.
So that's all for this week - have fun and keep sewing.
Such An Exhibitionist!
I have spent the last week in Frankfurt attending the Creativeworld trade exhibition and today is the first day in the office for over a week and I am a little tired to say the least!Creativeworld is such an inspiring exhibition with so many companies getting together to showcase the newest and the best of what the craft industry has to offer. Our stand at the exhibition received so many compliments not only because of how amazing it looked but also because everyone loved the new products for 2014.We spent three days building the stand and although it was hard work it was really worth the effort. As you can see, Pete even swapped his craft tools for joinery tools to help Steve the carpenter although I think the craft world can relax, he soon switched back to his trusty glue gun and glitter as soon as he was able!As you can see the chaos soon became a thing of beauty! Each of the cabinets contained projects made by Pete, Angela and I using the new 2014 collections, I really love how each area looks completely different despite the fact that they were created by only three people. There was also an area displaying projects made using the new Nel Whatmore applique dies which will be available in the summer.This is where I lived...well after four long days it felt that way! This was first thing in the morning but it was rare to have so few people around. There was so much excitement around the stand and it was exhilarating to be in the middle of it all.
And here we are! From the left we have our amazing quilting specialist Angela, Key Account Manager Hellen, the very talented Italian designer and blogger, Loredana Bucaria who was demonstrating the Sizzix products on the stand of one of our Italian wholesalers, Stamperia. Next we have our very own Pete Hughes, myself and on the end (in a very unusual pose!) we have Will Rees, Customer Service Team Leader. All such lovely people and great company which made being away from home so much easier.I can not believe that in less than two weeks time we will be doing it all over again in the UK trade exhibition, Craft, Hobby and Stitch at the NEC!I hope to be sharing some of the projects with you in the upcoming weeks :)Have a great week!
Clam shell cushion complete
I chose 2 fabrics for the back and cut 1 piece 15 1/2" x 12 1/4" and the other piece 15 1/2" x 10 3/4".Press a double 1 1/2" fold along one long edge of each piece and stitch along the fold. On the smaller piece stitch 3 buttonholes and on the other sew 3 buttons.Fasten the buttons and buttonholes and the back should measure 15 1/2" square to match the front. Pin the front and the back W.S. together.Cut 2" strip x 65" - I used strip die http://www.sizzix.co.uk/product/657633/sizzix-bigz-xl-25-die-strips-2-wide to cut these, and a plain co-ordinating fabric.Join strips if necessary and press along the length with W.S. together.Match raw edges to the raw edges of the cushion front. Stitch in place with 1/4" seam. Fold binding to the back and slipstitch in place.And there you have it - a lovely new cushion.See you next week.Keep sewing.Angela
Clam shell bonanza
I went shopping at the weekend - for fabric for some new projects - I can't wait to start using them, and while I was browsing I spied the latest copy of 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' - on the front was a lovely clam shell cushion - which has inspired me to make one myself.
It's so easy using the - Bigz Die 658660 -http://www.sizzix.co.uk/catalog#q=clam%20shell, it makes the cutting so easy and because of the size, 4 1/2" unfinished, it can be sewn on the machine or by hand.
I used a selection of fabric, from the Secret Garden collection by Nel Whatmore, to cut 41 clam shells.
To sew the clam shells together mark the centre of the arc -Pin the next clam shell to this one - see photo below -Continue adding clam shells -You need to make 9 rows, with 5 shells in the first and following odd rows, and 4 in the second and following even rows.Now that's all I have time for this week - I'll see you next week with the completed cushion cover.Happy sewing.Angela
3D Hexagon pom-poms
I know its January but I'm still thinking about Christmas!
I have been working on a display for some exhibitions and needed to create something 3D with hexagons - now they are the wrong shape to make a ball - but I came up with this idea -
I used the Big Shot and 2 different sizes of hexagon die 1" http://www.sizzix.co.uk/catalog#q=659835 ( the larger hexagon will be available in May)
I fused 2 fabrics together with a fusible web and then cut out 6 hexagons for each 'pom-pom'
I think stitched the raw edges with a small zig-zag stitch using matching thread.
There is one complete 'pom-pom'
Hope you like this variation for using hexagons.
Now I'm going to plan some projects for the next few weeks.