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Teeny Weeny giveaway

I cut up all the 2.5″ squares for the scrap vomit swap this weekend, so now each of my three recipients have a random mix of 49 squares each. This seems like an odd number, but each block is 7 wide by 7 deep and the finished size is 14″.

I used my Big Shot for most of it, spurred on by an email from Angela who blogged about her Big Shot just before the weekend. Originally I was skeptical. I have had a Big Shot for a couple of years but I tend to use it for dust gathering felt and stuff, fabric doesn’t seem to work so well, even with the Bigz dies. Recently some quilting dies came out so I thought I would give it a try. One at a time it seemed like a lot of work and a lot of wastage. Then Angela pointed out something that should have been obvious but I hadn’t thought about it. Folding the fabric over and over to cut several at a time! And you know what, it prefers cutting lots of thicknesses at once, there’s only a couple of threads that need snipping and it saves loads of time!

 

 

I would still use a rotary cutter for charm squares and jelly roll strips if you are cutting 2.5″ squares as there’s no waste, however it’s great for irregular scraps.

So this giveaway then…


The prize is a random selection of 49 squares just like I did for the swap, some good some bad and definitely not the same as the picture. You could use them in your own scrap vomit quilt (See Katy’s post here if you’ve no idea what I’m talking about) or whatever you like. I’m going to make mine into randomly placed floating blocks I think so I don’t need as many and I can practise my large negative space quilting…

I will be cutting your squares from anything in here- and you won’t know what you will get til it arrives!

Just leave a comment here to enter before 23.59 GMT on Thursday 4th October and I will draw the winner from there.

For an extra entry…
1) Tweet the giveaway linking to this page and leave me a separate comment saying you have
2) Like my page on Facebook and leave me a separate comment saying you have

Felt flower hairslide tutorial video

Due to my latest obsession with the Big Shot, I have done a video for Popular Crafts which makes cute little felt hairslides. Here it is!

Flower Crazy…

After working at the Stitch and Creative Crafts show this weekend, I am now the owner of our demonstration model of the Sizzix Big Shot! I love playing with all of the textures and shapes it can cut and have ordered a crease mat and some box cutting dies, as well as other “useful” shapes so I can integrate felt die cuts into my work, but also creative useful packaging, for instance I haven’t got boxes that will fit bangles. So at the minute I have a pinwheel die and also flower shapes so I made these this morning with some scrap felt!

I also thought I’d share with you a recent purchase at an antiques shop. We went and bought a wine rack to replace our ugly drinks cabinet and I also came away with these lovely paintings for my office for £10 each!

I was also on the Etsy front page on Saturday night with my lace bangle 🙂 I seem to have misplaced the screen grab I took when I saw it, but I do subscribe to Statsy fortunately so you can see it here… http://statsy.org/featurator_view.php?date=2010-09-18+13%3A30