Well, helllloooo friends! Long time no post, I know. Spring Market, end-of-school and start of summer have all blended together in my world for one heaping pile of craziness. I hope you’re following along with me on Instagram and Facebook. I actually posted a couple of Facebook Live videos during Market (with the hubby’s help!), and I’ve been trying to post a little progress to Instagram daily. Sometimes those quick and easy networks are more manageable than a full fledged blog post.
And most of my time on the computer has been spent working with a web designer to set up my very own online store! How cool is that? I had no idea how much time it would take to format images and get everything all set up just perfectly, but stay tuned! It should be live in a couple of weeks, and I’m just delighted with how it’s working.
But for today, I wanted to share a little bit about a new tool that’s been invaluable to me lately. At schoolhouse, I attended a couple of presentations about new Sizzix dies. I was so thrilled when I won Kid Giddy’s new doll backpack die! Seriously, it’s the cutest little backpack ever. But the die’s not made for my little Sizzix Big Shot. So what’s a girl to do? After much deliberation, I decided to “go big or go home” as we say in Texas. I bought a Sizzix Big Shot Pro. And the two new Kid Giddy doll clothes dies. And a rag quilting die for good measure.
Now I’m making backpacks for all the Our Generation dolls in the house (of which there are 8!) And, a backpack for kiddo #5. He wants one in black for his toy lion. My oldest daughter has been making doll clothes with the other two dies. She’s made a top and a pair of shorts already!
The next backpack in progress– love that you can run a quilt sandwich through this die to make a quilted backpack.
And that rag quilting die? I wasn’t sure if it would work well. When you run fabric through the die cutter, the square comes out ALREADY FRINGED. Then you just layer with batting, sew an “X” through the layers, and sew together like any other rag quilt. Then you toss it in the wash and YOU’RE DONE!! No hours spent cutting the fringe along every single seam. I’m not kidding. It’s that easy. I spent two hours on this baby quilt.
This die might actually help me make a dent in all my boxes of fabrics that people have given me to make quilts for others. And it will certainly help with culling my bins of batting scraps. From now on, I’m just going to precut batting scraps that are too small for other projects into 6” squares for rag quilts.
Now, of course, I’m wondering what other dies may make my cutting life easier. I might need to get the one for cutting 2 1/2” squares, those seem to be the most used scrap shape in my studio. Do you have a die cutter? What are your go-to shapes for it? I’m also looking for recommendations for a permanent table for this machine. It’s currently sitting on the dining room table, and that’s not the sturdiest set-up.