Trying not to be too upset about Sunday and our big loss. I am really happy for Japan and all that it means to their country.
But seeing as how I'm a HUGE soccer fan, I can't help but be sad for Abby and the rest of the girls. They worked so hard for four years and to have it so close and see it slip away...
But that's soccer for you and I will cheer for them next year at the Olympics and in 4 years in Canada too.
Now back to some sewing...
I made these two blocks for Jo for Busy Bees.
She wanted starburst blocks using this tutorial - they are a little trickier than you think (although since I JUST now read through the whole tutorial I think my error was in the trimming - Note to self: read through entire tutorial before trying a block!!)
And I'm working on a little tutorial using my Go! Baby Fabric Cutter.
I have to say, I was pretty excited when I found out I was getting a free one to review. I had seen them popping up on other people's blogs and was having some serious envy issues.....
And now I have my very own from Accuquilt.com.
I had a hard time deciding which dies I should choose.
When I looked through the dies, I was looking for ones I could use for applique. And after I sent back my email with my 3 choices (I chose the Holiday Medley, 2" squares and Alpha Baby) , I immediately regretted choosing them.
But now that they are here, I am so glad I chose them and wish I had chosen another "shape" die instead of the 2" squares. It's just so hard to get precise shapes when using scissors (and drawing them yourself) and these come out great every time.
I had a little trouble with my squares not lining up right but I think I need to go back and read the instructions carefully (are you seeing a trend here? ha ha). I really think I'll be using the shape dies a lot more than the square die anyway.
The Go! Baby is really easy to use. My five-year-old is totally into it and wants to help crank the fabrics through (although she needs a little help). I heard her tell someone today, "My mom got a new sewing machine but it doesn't sew fabric. It cuts it."
I like how crisp the letters/shapes are cut out - I ironed fusible webbing to the back of the fabric and ran them through like that (with the paper still attached).
I keep thinking of all the cool things I can do with them - baby blankets, tree skirts, Christmas stockings, table runners.....
It's a useful tool to have - I've liked seeing all the different dies people have chosen and the different projects they've made.
I'll have a little quilt tutorial for you tomorrow....