The Week That Was: Quilting Day with Sizzix
Last week saw me taking another epic road trip to sunny Wrexham to go hang out with the wonderful folks at Sizzix and learn more about the die cutting products that are designed exclusively for quilters.
I have been dabbling with the Sizzix big shot for cutting fabrics for a while and really enjoy how quick and easy the whole process is – not to mention how accurate and efficient!
Crafters have been turning to the Sizzix Big Shot to add elegant and stylish accents to their card making, paper crafting and scrapbooking projects, but now Quilters are getting in on the action and that is just fine with me. Personally, my rotary cutter, ruler and matt are my quilting essentials but, teaming them with a die cutting system that will cut the same shapes, neatly accurately over and over again – well, it doesn’t stake a genius to see just show a quilter can benefit from using one.
As I have been working on a huge yarn-based deadline, my sewing time has been dramatically reduced and I have sorely missed it too – but I also have to create a number of new samples in time for the Festival of Quilts this month – you know the drill, to much to make, too little time in which to spend making it. So, if I am able to die cut a huge chunk of the pieces for a quilting project in one neat hit, it leaves me more time to work on the sewing and the finishing – which, when you feel like you are always on a deadline, that is a good thing!
Not only did I get the change to spend some time checking out all the latest materials, supplies and seeing some fabulous projects created using the Sizzix die cutting system – I also go to hang out with some seriously rad quilt folks.
If you are looking for a little bit of patch working inspiration, fresh ideas with fabrics, or simply some quilting eye-candy, you really should go and check out the websites of my new found quilting chums…Mandy Noble, Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, Joanna Carter, Jessie Fincham & Trudi Wood!
I can’t wait to try out more of the Sizzix dies, work on a selection of exciting new projects and see where this takes me on my quilting journey!
Do you have a Sizzix Big Shot in your sewing room or craft studio? If you’ve been making projects using the Sizzix Big Shot be sure to leave a link to them in the comments – I’d love to see what all y’all are making!