Monday, March 21, 2011

Sizzix dies for quilting

I just wanted to share what I recieved in the mail this weekend.  I took my state refund and used it for some neat stuff I have been wanting for a long while.  These Sizzix dies designed by Westminster Fibers Lifestyle Fabrics especially for quilters.  You can check out their selection here.

If you arent familiar with Sizzix they are a company that sells die cutting machines and dies for cutting paper and fabric.  I have a little Sidekick that uses sizzlits and a Bigshot which takes larger dies up to six inches wide.  I have lusted after the Accuquilt Go! but don't have the money and can't see buying another die cut system.  (Though I wouldn't mind winning one!)  I also like the way Sizzix lays out multiple shapes of the same size on their dies.  I bought the 1" and 1.25" hexagons, the petals die, and the leaves die.

Ignore the ugly stained press pad I just realized I used to lay out the pieces on.

I obviously will be making some hexies.  The really cut through the multiple laayers of fabric and wax paper easily.  The petals and leaves I cut through wool felt to make flowers.  I am most excited about these dies because flower making is a great hand project I like to do when traveling.

I have a few other dies I got from the outlet at $1.24-3.00 each, including the words live, enjoy, a bird and some squares.
I still would like some of the Go dies. I can use the 6" wide and smaller ones in the Bigshot.
I now want to go through my wool and felt and cut lots of shapes for flower making.

 Keep dreaming...Colleen

A little sewing tools rool up I made for my sewing bag. 
It holds littl scissors, pencil, seam ripper, thread, thimble, and needles.


Joanna said...

I've seriously thought about buying a Sizzix because of the quilting dies they have, and I've heard they use other makers' dies. I would be getting the Big Shot. I also would love a GO! but it doesn't look like it will happen. Have your cut more than one or two layers of fabric with your dies?

Cheryl said...

This is very exciting. I tried the Cricut for fabric without success. I found out to have success involved a lot of prep work. Can you cut fabric with fusible on the back? I also would like to know how many layers you can cut through. Thanks.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

If I were to invest in a cutting machine, I would rather have one that uses other dies - a multi-tasking machine seems like a better buy.

Barb said...

I love your is so wonderful all the fun toys us quilters get to play with.

Petit Design Co. said...

just FIY there is a Go Baby giveaway listed on my Quilty Giveaways site:

I was one of the lucky ones to win a Go! so keep trying!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

saw your name on Cozy Cottage's blog and had to come meet another "Colleen" and guess what? I am a cancer survivor as well! Good for us, huh? Luck of the Irish I'd say :-) I don;t quilt (yet?) but I love the craft and will take a gander around. In the meantime, have a great week and nice to "meet" you!

Kathleen said...

Thank you so much for your info on the Sizzix...I think I want to purchase it since the GO is more expensive....