A few months ago a very exciting package was delivered…just as I was walking out the door, dog in tow, heading for the park. I knew what was inside and couldn’t wait to get back to open it. Samuel had never walked so quickly as we looped the park and hurried home. Not wanting to keep you all in suspense any longer, this was the contents…
A Sizzix Big Shot machine! Now, I’d read a lot about these machines during my early exploration of quilting blogs and online tutorials and was intrigued. Fast-forward a couple of years and I was honoured to be approached by Sizzix, who asked if I would like to try out their machines and dies. My brain quickly went into overdrive, imagining all the quilts that I could make with help from a die cutting machine. I can tell you that, to date, it’s a very long list. Add that to the fact that I keep seeing more dies that I want, each inspiring more quilts, I think I have enough ideas to last a long, long time!
After a quick read of the instructions, I couldn’t wait any longer and got to work on my first project. Now unfortunately, it involves a little secret sewing, so I can’t share too many details with you all. What I can say is that the Bigz L Circle die was very useful!
The Sizzix dies are amazing! Instagram is full of posts of perfectly cut half square triangles, making the process of their construction exceedingly simple. Then there are squares, and circles, and hexagons, oh my! Now at first, I wasn’t aware of the wide range of dies available. I’d seen a lot of applique dies, such as flowers and butterflies, and never really thought these would be useful for my style of quilting. It was only when I began to dig a little deeper that I discovered a whole range of quilting dies, designed to make your piecing as precise as it can be.
I’m still exploring the machine, and wish I had more progress to share with you. What I can say is that it’s such a pleasure to use. Technophobes need not be afraid. Simple and effective, it cuts through fabric with ease, ensuring each and every piece is identical. When cutting the circles for my secret project, I found I could stack 8 layers of fabric and cut through them without any issues. The dies are well made, and I’m sure that with a little TLC they’ll last a very long time.
With the sheer number of dies available, the possibilities are endless, and I’m so excited to get some more projects under my belt. Watch this space for more of my Sizzix adventures!