Dec 17 10

How I Spent My Day and Day #7 of the 8 Days of Patsy’s Birthday Give-Away

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!


  1. Kelly Jackson Says:

    OH WOW….I love those table runners….absolutely beautiful Patsy.

    I love those dies too….Sizzix has some incredible dies don’t they?

    You know I want my name in the hat for fabric….I love Batik….and I certainly saw you have some beautiful Batik there.

    Have fun on your trip….and happy video taping…LOL and happy editing to Earnie 🙂


  2. barbara Says:

    All your projects just pop off the page. So inspiring! Thanks so much.

  3. Patty Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing everything. I love your sizzix cut outs and the flowers you made with it.

  4. Deanna Says:

    Your stitches are so beautifully smooth and even. I am amazed!

  5. Robyn Says:

    I really do like those swirly whirligigs. They’re quite pretty. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  6. Dianne Giles Says:

    You are so inspirational! You make it look sooo easy and do-able. You are way too generous. Cheers, Dianne

  7. Alice Says:

    Happy Birthday! I did say that before didn’t I? Just in case I did forget! *grin*

    I too really like that flourish! OOOh, I can’t wait to see if Santa brought me a Sizzix for Christmas!

    With the 2 layer flowers, have you considered putting the darker fabrics in the center, and the lighter ones on the outside?

    Sounds like you had a great day!


  8. Phyllis Says:

    I never tire of your creative and beautiful projects and great instructions. Keep them coming!

  9. Gayle Says:

    Oh my!!! More fabric. I love the ones you have in your on line shop for sure. I’ll choose some that go with a UFO I need to finish which will be my new thing for 2011.

  10. Rhonda Phillips Says:

    I never thought of using my dies from my Sizzix. Thanks for a great idea!

  11. Barb in MI Says:

    Beautiful table runners! Happy b’day (belated) and thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Joy P Says:

    Beautiful table runner, very festive.

  13. Marcia Kosturock Says:

    Oh that is a nice runner.. now I’m trying to find how to get all the updates or join your blog.. but hmmm this blog is a little different than those I’m used to.. I’ll find it yet, because your blog is beautiful and inspiring.

  14. Anya Says:

    How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

  15. Dana Says:

    Those flowers are wonderful, I love the way you can play with the layers.

  16. Debra Says:

    I’m getting more and more interested in the Sizzix. Hubby wont be happy! Have a great holday season!

  17. Karen S. Says:

    The table runners are beautiful – I love your colors. You do wonderful work. Happy Birthday week!

  18. Emma Says:

    I am finally starting to think that a die-cutter might be a good option for me! Happy Birthday!

  19. Sarita Rogers Says:

    Yay! I’d love to win some fabric!

  20. Kim Says:

    4 yards of fabric…….wow thanks for a chance to win.

    Happy birthday and Merry Christmas

  21. Gene Black Says:

    I am always happy to win fabric.
    I hope your birthday, Christmas and New Year are a blessing to you and those around you.

  22. Mary on Lake Pulaski Says:

    Those appliques from the Sizzix cutter are so pretty!

  23. Deb Says:

    Love this colorful post. I’d love to win some fabric!

  24. Colleen Says:

    The flower is beyond beautiful. Thanks for the cahnce to win. Happy B-day

  25. MoeWest Says:

    The tablerunner look beautiful. I’m not tired of hearing about the Sizzix. I’m trying to decide if I want it or the GO.

  26. robin Says:

    Lovely project!

  27. Michelle F Says:

    Oh what a way to end the year with 4 yards of fabric, of course Patsy it will go to a good home in Australia….please please please!

  28. Kathy Schmidt Says:

    Everything you do is so beautiful and you make it look so effortless…as if anyone could do it! You give us all hope!

  29. Kathy J Says:

    I hope I made it in time! Always too much to do and not enough time to do it around the holidays! Thanks for the opportunity!

  30. Cathy Says:

    Happy Birthday Patsy! Glad to see you added some quilting! LOL BTW…watch out for that IHAN gal..think she’s after your goodies.