When I have a new prototype die, the first thing I do is cut many shapes from it using scrap paper. I play around with those scrap paper pieces, seeing different ways that I might put them together, whether it’s putting them together with similar shapes or with other shapes. I’ve been playing around with a new die cut shape for about 6 months and I’m happy to say that it is now available for anyone to play with. It’s called the Stylized Stems #2 Die:
This die combines plume and swirl shapes to create a unique stem design. Here’s an example of it used in a very large quilt block:
(It’s the stem shape at the top; the bottom stem is the original Stylized Stem shape.) You can also create some interesting quilt blocks by simply using the one die cut shape:
We also have 2 new digitized designs in our online store. The first one is called Bird Block #1, or “Celebration of Spring:”
This is a 15 inch x 15 inch block. It can also be coupled with Bird Block #3, or “Love Song Serenade:”
Both of these blocks also work very well with our digitized feathered wreaths:
In case you’re thinking it might be hard to stitch out these large bird blocks in multiple hoopings, we just posted a new video tutorial to show you just how simple it is:
To celebrate the addition of these new products, we’re having a sale! From now through May 11, 2012 at 9 am eastern daylight savings time, all retail sales of Appli-K-Kutz dies and all PTD patterns are 15% off! To receive the discount, just enter Bird Block into the discount code box!
And one more thing…we’re having a give away! We’re giving away 15 jumbo-sized spools of variegated 100% cotton Star Quilting Thread:
The box is packed and ready to ship, so all you need to do to enter the give away is post a comment to this blog post by 9 am eastern daylight savings time on May 11, 2012, and in the post, please tell me what kind of digitized applique designs you’d like to see developed. (You can talk about block or hoop size or applique shape theme or whatever!) The bottom line is that I’d like to know what you are interested in! With any luck, you may be opening the box below:
Clovers and petaled flowers maybe? I love all the thread colors. That’s a lot of thread!! Thanks for the chance.
LOVE FLOWERS BEST! WOULD VIOLETS BE INTERESTING TO DO? YOUR FLOWERS ARE SOME OF THE BEST! I LIKE ANYTHING WITH VINES AND LEAVES TOO. THIS IS A LOVELY GIVEAWAY! THANK YOU!
Donna Fuqua Says:
I have only dreamed of having that box of thread. What I would like to see is more flowers like magnolia or gardenia. Those are two of my favorite and so much color could be added to either. I’m a sucker for colors and flowers. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.
Great giveaway thanks for the opportunity. Clearly I too am one for your flowers, but with the birds it might be fun to explore more animals. African animals are so different and unique I’d love to see how you would make them burst to life as you have done with these newest blocks.
I love the idea of having a design that can be used in different ways, so flowers are always a wonderful die for the cutters and leaf shapes would be great too. I would really love to see snowflake designs, something I haven’t seen much of and with more intricate shapes.
Oh my those threads are gorgeous and would come in really useful—–I’d really love them!:o)
What about dandelions——leaves, flowers and dandelion clocks?
–or poppies—–flowers leaves and seedheads?
—-or tree leaves and fruits such as oak leaves and acorns?
—–or hearts with something intricate in the middle?
I’d better stop1 :o))))))))))
Deb Griffith Says:
I love flowers, especially orchids and iris, leaves and curlique designs. I like putting them in circular patterns, similar to the Baltimore album blocks.
I’d love to have a curlique die design, I use this shape all the time as it’s so versatile, let me know when it’s ready
I would like to see a red and green quilt – like a large 4 block quilt, maybe with a pomegranite in it. (I really like these quilts.) Thanks for a chance.
I would love to have some more detailed flower designs. Flowers are so versatile. I have been enjoying putting them on gifts for friends.
Beautiful colors in those giveaway theads. Patsy, your videos are always so clear and easy to watch and understand; thanks. Flowers are my weak spot and would love appliqued/embroidered flowers – maybe large, single blooms.
I love working with variegated threads, Patsy. I don’t have a machine that does digitized designs, but it I did, I would want some designs good for putting on a baby or children’s quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love your whimsical designs and am so happy to see you offer digitized designs.
I love your plumes, swirls, birds and flowers. I’m thinking it would be fun to have some ME design collections for small wallhangings, table toppers and individual embellishments. Maybe some individual embellishments, like a bird or flower, with a cute quote. But definitely swirls or plumes with birds and/or flowers that would make for a cute table topper or wallhanging..
I’d love to see butterflies and to have them GO compatible and digitized embroidery. Of course I want everything!!
Flowers – the threads look yummy.
Debbie D Says:
I have just purchased all your digitized designs and am so excited to try them, I would love to see Baltimore style blocks with your digitizing!
Birds, baskets, etc -different pieces we could use to design our own blocks.
Diann Cornell Says:
Fruit, like a pineapple.
I would like you to tell us what decorative stitch you use when posting a block. elli
When I saw the first picture of the threads scattered on your red and blue quilt, I actually, involuntarily sighed! Oh the beauty!
Now, to answer your question: I LOVE paisleys! and simple flowers, especially daylilies! (I’m wistfully thinking of getting past the snow and cold weather to getting out into my gardens to play.
I have a question for you: In order to stitch out your designs, do you have to use fabric cut with dies? Is it possible to use the method that I’m most familiar with — to have the machine stitch the shape, I put the fabric on the shape, the machine tacks it down, I remove the hoop and trim the excess fabric, and the machine stitches around the shape? I love your designs and would love to use them but don’t have a die cutter and don’t foresee myself getting one…at least not in the near future. Thanks for the chance to drool, and to dream about the thread set!
OOH! Star threads – looks like the colors designed by Terry White, so great for free motion.
Would like some experimentation with other fabrics suitable for garment sewing, possibly collars, cuffs, panels, insets, etc. Paisleys are always a favorite, design-wise. And more possibilities for home dec like the feather/plume pillows, love those.
Thanks for the great giveaway, we are all drooling! You challenge us!
I would like to see more flowers and swirls designs.
Wow! The threads are absolutely beautiful, as are the blocks! My favorite of your designs so far are the feathers, they are so graceful. I would like to see more digitized designs with asymmetric swirls and flourishes! Thanks.
Judy Perl Says:
The thread colors are gorgeous and I do love Star Threads! I would like to see more different flowers as they can be used in some many projects! What a wonderful give away. Thank you!
Leeann Hansen Says:
Hearts, and Celtic type designs. I love symmetrical designs
I like the ferns and fiddleheads interest me. Also, I like your modern looking flowers; anything modern interests me.
Cindy Dean Says:
I have recently started machine quilting, however I want to find a fresh take and you have accomplished it with your bright fabric and colorful applique.
Cindy Dean Says:
Humm what digitized designs interest me most would we taking traditional quilting designs, but updating them with a 2012 vibe. So it’s not your grandmother’s quilt.
I love everything that you make, and I have to say that because of you I bought an embroidery machine!!!! I must say I wasnt quite sure my work would finish as good as yours, but they turned out really nice. I purchased your wreath design and made a gorgeous cushion. Thanks for a chance to win.
Louisa Lawson Says:
the threads look marvellous. I would love more flowers and different leaves
Everything is so beautiful and your quilting is so perfect! Can you make THAT into a design?!? I love your feathers and I love the Celtic idea…love the thread too! I think the new design looks very versatile – I still haven’t bought anything new for my Big Shot yet…still working on the thread projects and some art quilts are in my future…starting to get VERY addicted to threads…(so the prize would be used!) Thanks, Patsy! Hope you’re well!
I’d love more flowers and ferns. Your instructions for multiple hoopings are great for those of use who don’t have the extra large hoops.
Mary Lachman Says:
It seems that you and EB have been through he’ll this year….but you are back and making beautiful stiching again. In love traditional Hawaian appliqué and would enjoy seeing variations on such.
I do love seeing your work!
I’d love to see some ‘paw prints’, both of dogs and cats.
Debby Hames Says:
would love to see a “horse” shape!!! my horse needs some quilt loving..
I like multi use embroidery, like your new stem 2. Can be used as a stem, a center design or even bird feathers!!! Love the Sizzix/Go embroidery. Doesn’t get much easier to make a quilt block!!!
Juliana Teixeira Says:
I know my comment will probably not be posted on time ( who knows with all the time zones!), but I thought I would just let you know that the colours on the threads look beautiful! I’d love to do a workshop with you if you were ever remotly in the area!
I feel for you about having your blocks stolen. I too had a similar experience when I was living in Brazil over 20 years ago. I had hand sewn a beautiful cathedral patchwork twin coverlet that I intended to make into a double bed size. Our house was broken into and the coverlet and some tablecloths disappeared as well. I can only imagine that they were used to carry the bottles and videos that were stolen and ended up on a rubbish tip somewhere. The remaining fabric and a few odd blocks that hadn’t been attached to the coverlet sat in my drawer till a couple of years ago when I decided to see what I could do with it. The result is a wall hanging (Canterbury Windows) which has just taken second prize in the Quilt West Show in Perth, Australia! So a happy ending!