Hi everyone! It’s Melanie here from the Sizzix Quilting Team with a fun, DIY quilt that combines love of country with love for the sea. It is a great addition to any patriotic or beach décor. Display it Memorial Day through Labor Day or all year long!
- Sizzix® Big Shot™ Plus
- Sizzix Bigz™ Die - Fish #5 (#661273)
- Sizzix Bigz Die - Seashell #2 (#661276)
- Sizzix Bigz Die - Starfish #2 (#660919)
- Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Strips, 2 1/2" Wide (#658328)
- Fabric (Blue, Red, Tan, White)
- Backing Fabric
- Binding Fabric
- Fusible Adhesive
Start by ironing the fusible adhesive to the red, white and blue fabrics. I chose to cut my fabrics into 5" strips so that I could get them through my machine more easily. If you don’t want to sew down the individual pieces, then this is a great time to use a heavy-duty fusible adhesive.
Get ready for immediate gratification! I love the way that the sea creatures come to life once they are die-cut. I immediately fell in love with the Fish.
I chose to make my Fish swim in different directions in the rows to add more interest. (Either that, or it was a mistake…I will never tell!)
Once marking the middle of your piece, lay out all of the Fish, Seashells and Starfish. I rotated the direction in which the red Fish swam in each row. I also gave a little flair to the Starfish by varying their direction within their layout—I can just imagine one of them crawling off the quilt!
It was fun to practice my free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills with these shapes. I became quite good at the shell details! I think I might even use a contrasting color the next time I make one of these.
I had such a great time using this quilt to expand my skill level, and you can too! Just make sure not to quilt yourself into a corner. Every time I work on another quilt, I lessen the amount of times I run myself into a corner (as pictured here).
The most important thing to remember is to have FUN! I know that I cannot improve my skills if I don’t practice, and although sometimes it terrifies me to try more complicated skills, I just close my eyes, take a deep breath and prepare to conquer the world (or at least the skill in front of me).
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