Sunday, 25 November 2012

My new toy!

On Friday Mum, Bethany and I took the 'biddy bus' to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching show. I was uncertain as to whether Bethany would enjoy the experience as she is more into graphic design than needlecraft, but we all had a fab time. Bethy and I both agreed that our fave stand was Favourite Fabrics, we could have bought the whole thing between us! I was hoping to take loads of photos to share with you but it was sooo busy. Many stallholders, naturally, were wary of how I was going to use those photos too, so I decided to feast my own eyes on all the goodies instead of the camera lens. 
One thing I must share with you, however, is my new toy! This is the Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine that Mum bought me for Christmas from the Cotton Patch stand. I'm not sponsored or paid by anyone for this plug-I just love it! 
She also bought my first die to go with it, I went for this 1/2 square triangle which makes a 2" finished square.

My head is now spinning with ideas for patchwork bags, quilts and hangings! I designed a wall hanging months ago, based around a seaside theme, and it was all triangles-a perfect first project for my new toy. I can't wait to begin and share my journey with you. My husband, Malcolm, can't believe that the Big Shot is still in it's box and not up and running. I'm trying reeeeally hard not to open it up before Christmas though, as I want to have it to look forward to for the holidays. Do you think I'll manage it?

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