If you have read the latest issue, you may have seen my article in which I discuss being diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome. It will be two years since my diagnosis on January 24 and a lot has changed with my quilting in that time. My precision is not what it used to be and there are certain days where my foggy head and imperfect hands make it difficult to cut fabric, let alone sew it back together.
I have known Victoria Findlay Wolfe for a few years now and in that time I have felt a bit envious of her prolific quilting. Let’s face it, the girl can whip out a quilt in a week or less! And well, when you find it difficult to sew precise seams, you can feel a bit jealous. In my article Sewing Forth and/or 25 Tools and Strategies for Adaptive Sewing, you will learn about the tips and tools that have helped not only me, but my friends in their quest for better (and more body-friendly) sewing. Towards the end of 2014, I decided that I wanted to make sewing more a priority and Victoria has been my inspiration.
So when my friend Linda Nitzen at Sizzix asked if I wanted to try out Victoria’s new dies, I jumped. I already have the Big Shot Pro and the Sizzix Double Wedding Ring die, so I got the Full Melon and the Tulip dies to coordinate. You need the DWR die to use Victoria’s dies which add a layer of versatility and the ability to improve.
What I love about my Sizzix Big Shot Pro is that it gives me the ability to cut a ton of fabric in minutes, no matter how my hands are feeling. I just finished my first quilt of the year, which was about twin size and it took about two minutes to cut all of the strips for the binding. Another side bonus is that my Sizzix Big Shot Pro also can take Accuquilt dies with an adapter, so if you are on the fence about brands… well, the Big Shot Pro takes Accuquilt but the Accuquilt can’t take Sizzix dies.
I love using Victoria’s 15 minutes of play techniques to make fabric, but this time I had some Benartex Cosmopolitan fabric that features a pieced look that I thought might be fun to use. The dies are simple to use and I was able to use a 10 inch square on the melon, I just needed to line it up right.
What I love about the tulip die is how easy it is to line up the unusual shapes for perfect piecing.
And if I can get results like this with my wonky hands…
…anyone can! Sizzix dies allow me to cut out a quilt block in minutes and the notched edges help me line it up for perfect results every time.
Quilting this block was tons of fun too. I used a walking foot on my BERNINA 780 using the 97D foot and after stitching in the ditch using Aurifil 50 wt, I echo quilted the center. I LOVE the little twist in the middle I got from varying my echo. With such a swirly center, I decided to go more geometric on the melons, though I did keep some curves.
I made this block with plans to make a table topper, but I am afraid I may have caught the DWR bug. This was so much fun to make! I really love curved piecing and Victoria’s innovative designs offer a ton of possibility. And it sews together so quickly, maybe there is hope of me becoming “prolific!” I think I have a full quilt in my future.
Thank you Sizzix for inviting me to the blog hop. Thank you, Linda, for our long conversations and thank you Victoria for your friendship and inspiration. (You always have a place to stay when you are in the area.)
On to the giveaway…. Sizzix is giving away an AH-mazing package. The winner gets the Big Shot Pro and Victoria’s three dies. Good Luck!
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Please visit the other stops along the Sizzix Hop for more chances to win!
January 16 Jamie Fingal
January 17 Elizabeth Timmons
January 17 Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18 Ebony Love
January 18 Holly Hughes
January 19 Marni Weaver
January 19 Leslie Jenison
January 20 Karin Jordan
January 20 Sue Bleiweiss
January 21 Jenny Doan
January 21 Victoria Findlay-Wolfe