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Bye Bye Affiliate Links

You may notice something new on my blog these days, and I wanted to write a quick post letting you know about it–I’m no longer including affiliate links in blog posts. It recently came to my attention that affiliate link payback is actually not permitted in the state of Maine, according to state regulations. That helps explain why I’ve never seen a return from the few Amazon and Sizzix affiliate links I’ve posted! Knowing that, I wanted to publicly announce that there will be no more affiliate links on this blog (and any that are already posted are obsolete).

You can see my thoughts on sponsorship here, and the feelings I express are the same. My number one goal with this blog is to share excitement, inspiration, and project ideas, as well as to create community among us like-minded quilters. I will still link to relevant products and services in my blog posts, since I truly think the links are helpful. If I am really enjoying using a certain tool, fabric, or service, wouldn’t you like to know how to try it yourself? I know I would. Now, though, your clicking through the link won’t kick any pennies my way.

PATTERN STOREIf you still want to support my making and blogging in a tangible way, you can purchase my patterns on Craftsy (if you live in the EU, please purchase through Payhip), continue to support my sponsors so that they want to continue working with me, and of course, continue to comment and share and offer the wonderful conversations I value so greatly. Thank you for joining me along my creative journey, and for sharing encouragement, support, inspiration, and friendship along the way!

A New Endeavor: Creativity Inspired by Sizzix

A few weeks ago, I received an email inviting me to join the Sizzix Design Team as their English Paper Piecing (EPP) blogger. I was excited at the offer since I love EPP, but I had never used a Sizzix die cutting machine before (affiliate link), though I’ve heard many good things about them. For those of you who don’t know, the Sizzix is a die cutting machine that has the ability to cut fabric (or paper and other materials) quickly, easily, and accurately with the use of stainless steel dies (basically like cookie cutters in a foam protective layer) rolled through a pressing machine. Sizzix sent me a Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit (affiliate link) and a few dies to try out, and I figured if it was as helpful, safe, and time saving as I’d heard, I would happily sign on as a Design Team member.

Sizzix Fabi die cutting machine

It didn’t take me long to be convinced at how big of a time saving tool the Sizzix machine was. It cuts eight (8!) perfectly even pieces of fabric at a time, including “fussy cut” shapes–of course I had to try to meticulously cut with the Fabi before agreeing to join as an EPP-focused Design Team member! While the meticulous cutting takes a bit more preparation to get lined up, it surely is faster than hand tracing and scissor-cutting, not to mention perfectly accurate in size and shape.

The biggest selling point for me was the safety of using the Fabi die cutting machine (affiliate link). As a mom of little ones, I can do all of the necessary cutting for a quilt with my kids around, even my very busy three year old son. In fact, my kids can even (eagerly) help turn the crank to cut the dies (with my direct supervision of course). There’s no way I would rotary cut fabric around my son and even scissors disappear off the table if my hawk watch falters, but the Fabi is definitely doable. Not only will I get more accomplished, but perhaps this will inspire my kiddos to try more fabric crafts as well.

fabric pull
A fabric pull for some Sizzix EPP playtime.

So, it’s official: I’m a member of the 2015 Sizzix Design team! I’m excited to be joining the team, and will be sharing posts and projects soon. (Who doesn’t love an excuse to start new projects!?) In the meantime, I’m playing around with my Fabi, starting a few projects, learning the ropes of die cutting, and experimenting with ways to use the Sizzix with EPP. I can’t wait to show you what I’m making! Here’s a tiny little peek to hold you over:

english paper piecing with sizzix

2015 sizzix design team member

Do you use a Sizzix or other die cutting machine to help speed up your quilting process? What’s your favorite aspect?

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced’s WiP Wednesday.