Monday, February 25, 2013

A whole new cutting adventure

....has started in the FSQ house hold.  I am finally the proud new owner of a Sizzix Big Shot.  After trimming and squaring a gazillion HSTs in the past few days, I thought this little baby might save me a bit of agro.


When I started looking into buying something, I did a bit of research on the Go Baby vs. the Sizzix.  This just seemed to suit my needs a bit more.  Thank you so very much, fellow blog buddies, who gave me the pros and cons of your Go Baby or Sizzix machines.  You guys were incredibly helpful. 

When I started searching for an Irish vendor (you know - to help our economy AND save on shipping...), I found it to be incredibly difficult to buy both the machines and the dies in one place.  That shop doesn't appear to exist in Ireland.  With Laura Jane's help, I was finally able to buy one in Ireland on sale (woo hoo!!), but without dies (boo!!). 


In the end I made a purchase of these buddies from the UK:
4 1/2 inch finished HST
Now that I'm posting the photo of the die here, I see that this still has sharp edges...not like the blunted ones below.  I wonder if that means I have to trim these blocks.  I so so so hope not.
3 inch finished HST

A classic for the baby quilt.

DP circles
DP outer edges (what are these called?!?!)

I really love DP blocks, but hate making up a pattern then cutting the curved lines.  Maybe this will really get me going.  Anyway, I'll let you know what I like (or don't like) as this moves along.  Fingers crossed it will lead to a few pretty quilts!







  

18 comments:

Trudi said...

I'm almost tempted myself! Would love to know your thoughts after you've had a chance to,play! Happy playing!

PippaP said...

Love mine, my fab is 2.5" strip die keep an eye out for it in the sales

Canadian Abroad said...

So now you have one and know that Ireland is lacking a vendor for dies and the actual Sissix, why not contact them and ask if fluffy can do both?

Annabella said...

I was going to suggest exactly what Susan said. Good for you for getting a Big Shot - look forward to seeing how you get on with it :-)

Allison said...

have fun with your new gadget! let us all know how it works for you :)

cheeky monkey said...

Lucky you! This will be lots of fun.

Tracee Perry said...

Good for you, enjoy playing with your sizzix.

Flying Blind... said...

Yay - I love the DP cutters and the HSTs - I don't have the 4 1/2 HST so don't know about the corners - the 4" finished is clipped though.
Happy cranking!

Yon Quilting Wife said...

Lucky you , I hope you have lots of fun.

Katy Cameron said...

Love my sizzix, though I don't actually use it conventionally for quilting!

Judith, Belfast said...

Oh well done on taking the plunge! Let me know how you get on with the DP dies. My 4.5" hst die has the squared off corners! Jxo

Patchwork and Play said...

Enjoy your new toy! It looks like fun! And if it makes cutting quicker- great!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Have fun with it! I love my Go Baby for the DP die... I must get some HST ones too.

Indianna said...

Congratulations on your new arrival.....no more corner trimming....yipeeeeee.

Leanne said...

I agree, you do know a good on-line store, maybe it needs to stock both of these? I hope you just stitched that folded back closed earlier this week, sorry to be busy in Texas and late to give you my thoughts on that.

Ellie-Mae said...

The day sizzix comes out with a DWR die I'm all over it.

Judy said...

Congrats! I bet this will speed up your cutting, especially with the curved pieces. Have fun!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Have fun!

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