At the last minute, I decided to go to Quilt Market in Minneapolis this past weekend. The awesome thing about having market in my back yard is that I was close enough to drive, but the terrible thing about having it so close it that I almost didn’t make it! I’m glad I went though, because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to tell you about what I saw.
So without further ado, here are the 5 coolest things I found at Market for die cutting.
1. A Creamy White Sizzix Big Shot Pro/Plus
So… you’d think I’d have snapped a photo of it… but no! However, if you’ve seen the new Big Shot Plus, it’s kind of like that, but bigger. Oh, wait… have you SEEN the new Big Shot Plus?
That puppy has a 9″ wide opening, and retails for just under $200. It’s a great option at this price point, and with the wider opening, you can now use 6″ wide AccuQuilt dies. You still have to shim with cardboard, but a new world of dies is opening up for Sizzix users! (Oh, and if you want one, I normally don’t carry machines because they take up too much space, but I’m placing an order this week so if you want one at a slight discount, I’m happy to oblige!)
2. A Half Apple Core Die? Not Really…
Bill Kerr has a new die out by AccuQuilt called the GO! Local Color die:
It kind of looks like a modified apple core, but with that melon in the center your apple cores face the same direction. The resulting block then looks more like circles than apple cores. There are 3 shapes on the die – the melon, half apple core, and the top/bottom finishing unit. What’s great about this die shape is that it finishes square (well, rectangular) so once you get all the curves lined up, it’s straight stitching from there.
3. Stabilized Fabric Using Liquid? Yup.
If you want to do more dimensional projects, or raw-edge applique without fusible, this is an interesting product to have.
You just spray this on, let it dry, iron it flat, and presto! Fabric with the texture of paper so you can manipulate it further. It bonds the fibers together to give you a smooth surface. I can’t wait to try this out.
4. A New Doll Obsession
My friend Kerry is a stuffie dynamo, and she has a new doll die coming that’s unbelievably cute. (If you want one, you can order from me and I’ll ship it to you as soon as it comes in!)
5. An Electronic Cutter in My Future?
So, Artistic has this electronic cutter called the Edge, and they’re partnering with Janome to get it in the hands of quilters everywhere.
I’ve resisted getting an electronic cutter for the longest time, but with my book update coming, I think it’s time we started talking about these. It has a 15″ wide bed, which basically accommodates shapes as large as I’d use on my AccuQuilt Studio. I think it’s worth a further look, don’t you?