Happy (early) Birthday to Me!

Oooh, what could it be?!

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that my birthday was a couple of months away and I wanted a Sizzix Vagabond fabric cutter? Well, not 10 minutes later, dearest hubby sent me an email stating that he had purchased one for me, how awesome is he?? (He reads my blog. ūüėČ We received notice today that it had been delivered to our home successfully. Alas, we were still at work!

The whole kit and kaboodle!

I selected a few dies to go with my Vagabond, a Sizzix 2″ hexagon and 2.5″ hexagon so I can cut the fabric AND the templates. ¬†I purchased mylar separately specifically for this reason. I also ¬†ordered GO! Baby tumblers and diamonds which I can use with the Sizzix using a shim — seen in the photo above to the left the Vagabond. That’s right, you can use Accuquilt dies in Sizzix machines but you cannot use Sizzix dies in Accuquilt fabric cutters. Let me tell you, this little beast weighs a TON and it is a SOLID brick house! But not only is it solid, it’s very, very quiet!

First I tested it on fabric scraps which were basted to batting then 3 layers of fabric only.

They are perfectly formed but as you can see in the image above, there were little strings not yet sliced. I’d heard of this¬†phenomenon¬†and apparently, the more complex the shape, the more likely this is to happen. This is a minor issue compared to the amount of precious time I’ll be saving! And not only can I cut fabric but I’ll be able to emboss paper (or even fabric!) and cut other materials like card stock and mylar.

I didn’t think I’d buy square or straight cut dies but now I’m rethinking it! This little machine (and it is little — it won’t take up any room in your sewing space!) is going to save soo much time cutting fabric for projects.

I’d like to give a shout out to the Canadian online shop we ordered it from, Stitch in the Ditch, who were extremely helpful, they had the best prices I could find in Canada and the shipping was surprisingly fast considering we live at opposite ends of the country, not to mention the outstanding customer service!

There was another little package in the mail today, from my favorite online fabric shop…

Feast your eyes on this goodness! That’s right kids, Anna Maria Horner’s LouLouThi Needleworks; ¬†Crossing Paths Dapper & Visions in Pangaea¬†fabrics as well as Seafaring and Radiant Egyptian mercerized embroidery floss, YUM! I was pleasantly surprised that this fabric is so big, 60″ from selvedge to selvedge! However, I really wish someone would have told me¬†I had read the description better, because the repeat is 24″ and I should probably have ordered a full yard of each. No matter, the idea is to have fun and ultimately cut the fabric into sections for various projects and cross stitch that section. Should I wash the fabric before stitching??

LouLouThi Egyptian mercerized cotton embroidery floss

My apologies for the number of exclamation marks in this post, I’m sure I’ve exceeded my allotment for the next few posts but can you blame me?