Monday, March 25, 2019

Using Sizzix eClips on Heat ‘N Bond

I am currently working on a bunch of teddy overalls with teddy appliques and thought it would save some time by using my cutting machine, the Sizzix eClips 2, to cut out the Heat ‘N Bond.  I asked around and searched google, and nobody had ever tried it, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I was very happy to find out that it really does work.

Some things to remember:
1. Make sure you use a new or sharp blade so that it doesn’t tear.
2. Use spray adhesive like 505 Adhesive Spray if your mat loses its stickiness.
3. Place the Heat ‘N Bond with the iron-on side up, and the paper side down.
4. Make sure your paper is cut a little bigger than the area being cut.  I like to make it at least 1/4” bigger at the top and bottom.
5. I set my speed to 5, and my blade and pressure at 3.  Play around with it on plain paper to find what works best for you.
Find my teddy applique on etsy and ebay under cpkdiana.
Download the teddy cutting file here.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Bird Quilt Tutorial

with border (Small)

border 2birds quilt template

In my previous post, I laid out the directions for making the Bird Quilt found on  In this post, I will be taking you step-by-step from start to finish, with my alterations.  The finished product is 51x64”.

First and foremost, I want to give credit where credit is due.  I never would have made this quilt if I had not found it on the Joann Fabrics website.  However, many people didn’t give it a chance because it is missing information, and the directions are vague.  I am writing this tutorial for the sheer enjoyment of helping others.  I hope it will inspire others to make a bird quilt.

If you would like the Joann pattern, you can download it here.

Download my tutorial pdf version here.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bird Quilt Project on

2441937P143I’ve seen this bird quilt on before, and really liked it.  I recently acquired the bird block fabric (Nestled in the Branches Square Blocks) from a friend, so I decided to give it a whirl.

The directions are vague, and some of the dimensions are missing.  The reviews are not good—mostly because the directions are so vague.  You have to guess what size to cut the sashing.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

How to make your own acrylic ruler for under $3

I needed a 7.5” square ruler, but didn’t want to spend $15 on it (Walmart’s online price) and have to wait for it to ship.  Joann’s had them for sale for less than $11 but they were out of stock.  I really needed to get one for a project I was working on.  I hate having to stop in the middle of a project because I don’t have something.  Anyway, my brilliant, creative, and helpful husband said, “What about plexiglass at Home Depot?  I can cut it for you with my table saw.”  I decided to check it out.  (By the way, if you do cut it with a table saw, make sure the blade has a lot of teeth and go very slow.  Look at this video for explainations.)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bowl Cozies!

FullSizeRenderFollowing the video on youtube by TheCraftyGemini, I made some bowl cozies.  In the video, however, she says to use 9-inch squares and I used 10-inch squares.  I used AGM Fruit Salad fabric, and Susan Winget’s Baked with Love Kitchen Words fabric.

Mug Rugs!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Fabric Dye Experiments--Rit, Rit More, and iDye Poly

I really don’t know much about fabric dye, and I’ve searched the web for answers, only to find that I needed to experiment for myself in order to find them.
I purchased a bunch of polyester knit fabric for making dolls, so they are mainly fleshtones—four different colors.  I made some dolls with the fabric—one doll for each color.  One of them did not look right.  In fact, it had a “dead” look to it.  The tone was just too gray.  I have a store-bought doll that I really like the color—a really rich peachy color.  So I wanted to see if I could match it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Singer Futura XL-580 Embroidery/Sewing Machine Review


In my previous reviews for the Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist (click here for review) and Singer Futura XL-400, (click here for review) I was really excited about the automatic thread cutter that the 9960 has, and was wishing that the Futura had it, too.  Well, I got my wish.  Most everything that the Quantum Stylist has that I love, the new Futura XL-580 has.  So I was quick to purchase it and sell my other machines.  I needed to clear out things in my bedroom/craft room/sewing room anyway.  I figured since one sewing machine takes up less room than two and since the XL-580 has the previously mentioned features, that I might as well have one machine rather than two.  Oh how I was wrong!

If you’re looking for an embroidery machine, this one will do, but if you’re looking for a great overall sewing machine, the Quantum Stylist takes the cake.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

42 Presser Feet Guide

42 Presser Feet Guide
What is included and what do they do?

Most presser feet cost $5 and up.  There’s a couple big kits with loads of presser feet on the market that are a lot more affordable.  There are many different variations of the kits, as well as different sizes. I purchased the 42-piece kit.  The box reminds me of a box of chocolates.

presser feet box

I searched on other websites for a complete list for what was what and their uses.  I couldn’t find any.  So….
I went through piece-by-piece and compiled a convienent list with photos, uses, and videos (also available on PDF).
They are in order from top let to bottom right of the box.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vivitar 500mm vs. Tamron 70-300 Lens Comparison

I LOVE taking pictures of the moon.  I wish I could take pictures of each planet.  I recently purchased a new camera and lenses and decided to try them out to see how well they take photos of the moon.
First, some information on each lens.

Vivitar 500mm f/8.0 Telephoto Lens (T Mount) (White)