Sunday, February 24, 2013

Birds Die for the Sizzix Big Shot

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As the range of Sizzix dies increases we see more and more opportunities for using the dies.

This is a bit of a Ronnie Corbett story but...

Pat has worked for us for over thirty years...in fact we can't remember when she didn't work for us - even before The Cotton Patch had been thought of! Her birthday was coming up I thought it would be great to make her a little quilt or cushion cover. 


The Cotton Patch at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Pat (2nd from right) helped us out when we went to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate in November. She'd never been to a show before but she loved giving out leaflets and chatting with customers. We stayed close to the Conference Centre at a house which was really convenient. It also meant we could cook a full English breakfast. My favourite eggs for poaching are a brand called Posh Birds. They're superb when they're fresh as they retain the perfect shape when being poached with excellent flavour. A good start to the day! 

The four of us got on really well and decided we needed a nickname - the obvious choice was "Posh Birds"!

The Sizzix Die "Birds" is a great little die with two birds on it. So I thought I should make Pat a quilt for her birthday. This is the die...


Sizzix Birds Die Ref 10645

Looking in my stash I found some lovely batiks and some spare strips of Amy Butler fabric. A quick run of the die through the Sizzix Big Shot and an hour later from looking at the fabric and thinking about it....one cushion cover ready for quilting on the Sweet Sixteen during my lunchbreak at work tomorrow! Featuring four Posh Birds!!


Posh Birds ready for quilting

It was fused on using Steam a Seam 2. It's so good when used with Sizzix dies because you can reposition your pieces before a final ironing!

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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.