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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

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Bird cutting die giveaway!

I found this die whilst tidying up my room this weekend- I’ve never used it! It works in most die cutting machines and cuts paper, card, etc into cute birdy shapes…

It’s the Bird of Paradise die from Marianne Design and the wing is separate so you can do 3D stuff with it if you wish. RRP is around £8.

So I thought one of you might like it? This giveaway is open internationally until the end of Friday 27th July 2012. To enter, just tell me which of these pictures of Fletcher you think is the cutest- I’m entering him for the Pets on Quilts competition next month and we had a photo session on Saturday (in that I lured him outside with his favourite biscuits and tried to convince him to stay sitting and not lay down)- I just can’t decide! He does look a bit dumpling shaped sat down, instead of generic greyhound shape, but I don’t think that matters…

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In other news, I finished my Fireworks Display block and totally ballsed it up when appliqueing onto the background fabric. It all wrinkled and went weird so it looks like I am unpicking it tonight and might be handsewing it on a hoop or finding some kind of stabiliser. Also, Karen and Patricia have been selected as pattern testers- I shall email you both later!

If you want more die cutting stuff I’ve got a few bits on eBay this week, ending Wednesday and I may add some more tonight. Click here.