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I finished up another mug rug but if I had been thinking I should have made it a 12 inch square so I could put it on the new table stand that I showed you here. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Starburst die I just bought from the Sizzix Outlet Store and Elegant Flourishes that I have had. If you have a Big Shot be sure to check out the Outlet Store as you can sometimes get dies for as much as 80% off.
The Sizzix Big Shot uses 2 acrylic pads – 1 goes under your die, the other goes on top of your die and fabric.
For the Starburst die I cut my HeatnBond Lite about 5 inches wide and then fused it to my fabric. I like to cut with the fabric face down so that the last thing cut is the paper backing.
Next I cut my Elegant Flourishes but I only wanted one part so I cut my fabric with Heatnbond Lite just a little bigger than the flourish.
I cut 2 at a time with the fused backing on one piece facing down and on the other facing up so that I got reversed designs. I could have cut all 4 at once but at the time I wasn’t sure what I wanted to design.
I laid my die cut pieces on the fabric for my mug rug and then ironed them in place. I decided to do my free-motion appliqueing again. I forgot to mention that I cut the designs out of Batik fabric. I finally put a new needle in my sewing machine…………..I push them to the limit………..and a nice sharp needle is important with batiks.
My picture of the front turned out fuzzy but here is a picture of the back. Instead of using stabilizer or paper I just used my piece of Warm & Natural batting. Notice that the batting is 3 different pieces? I love making small things and using up my batting scraps. I just zig-zag them together.
Then I added the backing to it and did a small stipple quilting using a taupe Bottom Line thread.
My mini quilt/mug rug measures 8 x 10 inches. I like this size of mug rug because I can cut 1 – 2.5 inch strip of binding and it will fit around the piece. I used a 1/4 inch stitch and sewed it to the front, then folded it to the back and stitched-in-the-ditch on the front.
I have had a lot of people asking about the Big Shot versus the GO! Baby and I can only say that I like both. The applique designs from Sizzix are smaller and more detailed as most are designed for paper. Geometric quilting shapes – I prefer AccuQuilt’s as the corners are dog-eared which makes it much easier to piece. If you have any questions just ask. Do you have a Sizzix Cutting Machine?
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Hmmm….I'm late to this one I guess. Or a repost? Anywho… I love my big shot for applique work. I like that I can use a lot of the accuquilt dies in it also.
One trick I learned from my hubby who worked in printing for a while (w/ commercial die cutting machines) is that the smaller bits can be removed if you don't want them. It's a bit dangerous because of the sharp edges, but hubby took out some holes from a set of flourishes I had. If you really want to do the inverse image with that die, the clippy thing could be removed.
Great project! Fab quilting!
Super post, Connie. Thank you for all the great info. I am going to look into the Outlet store… didn't even know there was one. You are always a fountain of information! Thanks again. I love my Sizzix, but need some more dies – only have 5 so far.
Cute! I love shopping the Outlet. And I agree. I like both. For exactly the same reasons. And I think my Sizzix is easier to crank.
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Another fun mug rug Connie!!! I purchased some of the Heat & Bond Lite that you suggested today so I can't wait to try it with my dies (have to finish the quilt for my daughter first though). Thanks again!!
I can totally see why this machine is nicer for appliqué, those cut-outs look so good! THANKS for sharing!
Just lovely. I adore flourishes. I'm so happy now that I know what they're called and I can quit calling them scrollie-things 😀 I love the size of the mini quilt too! Great gift ideas!
Now that's something to have a cup of coffee with! Very pretty!
What a beautiful mug rug! Such an intricate design! I don't have any cutting machine! One day….
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yet another great mug rug!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am way behind. 🙂
I am thinking I am going to have to invest in a cutter, but just can`t decide which one to buy.
I love all your stuff!!
That is gorgeous! How do you like the Sizzix? I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. Maybe one of these days…Quilting Lodge
Wow! That's great. Did you know that Westminster Fabrics has a Sizzix line of dies mostly to make flowers? Just thought I'd let you know but I do love the mug rug you made.
That's really pretty — I love the quilting!
Stunning – what a cut above mug rug. And thank you for the tutorial. Now where do I buy one of those?
Oh you are SO making me want one of those machines!
I've been trying to win one of the many Go Baby cutters that have been given away all over Blogland without success.
Do you think the Big Shot does the same job? It is a lot cheaper.
You mug rugs are gorgeous. I'm loving seeing the things you are making.
WOW – thats super cool!! You did an amazing job.
Oh wow, that looks absolutely stunning …imagine trying to cut those pieces out by hand…I am just going to count my pennies…… x
Where did you get this thing? I love it! If I send you some fabric and a big padded envelope…LOL — j/k!! You're making some fun things and I'm enjoying each day of your sharing! 🙂
All of the mug rugs are great , I really love the leaves . I do not own either of these machines but it sure would be nice to .They look like fun.
As always turned out beautifully. And how well that there is a Dig Shot
very pretty Connie. I have never heard of the Big Shot…how does it compare to the Accu Cutters?
The mug rug is beautiful! And what a great way to use your sizzix.
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