Dec 17 10
I didn’t get any sewing or quilting done today because I drove to Tennessee and when I got back home, we started filming a video tutorial about how to use a Sizzix machine for quilting. I’m sure you’re sick to death of me blogging about my Sizzix machine, but it’s just made it so much easier for me to create a wide variety of quilt projects fairly quickly. The dies we use in the tutorial are these 2 dies:
I’ve fallen madly in love with that particular flourish die! The project in the tutorial is a table runner like this one:
…but it can also be used as a wall hanging above a door. The table runner in the tutorial is not a holiday-themed table runner; it will end up being in spring-like fabrics. Here’s the first layer of the flower all fused up on an applique pressing sheet:
…and here’s the flower with the 2nd layer on top. I’m not sure I like the 2-layer form so I may end up just sticking with 1 layer:
This is one of the things I like about these dies; there’s a lot of freedom to play around with the pieces until you get an end result that you like. Here’s another Christmas table runner I made earlier:
and I stopped at 1 layer for those flowers because the 2nd layer I’d made just didn’t cut the mustard:
But the thing that REALLY makes these table runners are those delicate flourishes. I know what you’re wondering…yes, you can stitch them down! It looks good whether you use a buttonhole stitch:
…or whether you do a simple straight stitch just inside the perimeter of the applique:
And once we finished filming for the day, I got to go out for dinner with 2 dear old friends that I’ve known since seventh grade-how’s that for a pre-birthday treat?!
And now for tonight’s give away…what shall it be? How about 4 yards of fabric of your choice (minimum cut 1/2 yard) from our store…I think that might be fun! To enter this giveaway, just post a comment to this blog post by 12:01 am on Mon 12/20/10. Only 1 more day to go in the give-away marathon!