Hi everybody! It's Justin from Keaton Quilts back again for another fun quilting tutorial. Today, I'll be using my Big Shot™ Plus and the Sizzix® Bigz™ L Die - Facets to make a cute quilt block.


The first step is to make a Sizzix "Sandwich." Start with a Cutting Pad, and place the die on top, foam side up and slightly askew. Then, stack a minimum of four layers of fabric to make sure that you have enough pieces to make the block. I chose to roll through eight layers using scraps over different portions of the die shapes. As Victoria Findlay Wolfe says, "It's all about having fun!" You can use any leftover pieces for your next project. Place the second Cutting Pad on top, and your Sizzix "Sandwich" is complete.

It's time to feed the "Sandwich" through the machine. Turn the handle until it's all the way through the other side.

And just like that, you have the pieces to construct the block. Isn't it amazing how quick and easy it is?

Start by joining the sets of four rectangles. Place a clip at each short edge, and chain sew the pairs together, sewing along a long edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Roll open the seams.

Next, join the square pieces placed at the corners of the block. Clip the triangle without dog ears to the five-sided piece, and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Chain piece the four pairs needed for the block.

Roll open the seams.

Next, join the first dog-eared triangle to one of the long edges of the joined pieces. Clip the triangle to each set, and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance for the four needed units.

Roll open the seams.

Next, join the second dog-eared triangle to the other long edge. Clip the triangle to the unit, and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance for the four needed units.

Roll open the seams so you're left with four square pieced units.

Now all the units are joined together, resembling a simple nine patch.

Sew together the three pieced square units in each row using a 1/4" inseam. Roll open the seams.

Sew together the three rows using a 1/4" seam allowance, roll open the seams and your block is complete!

This is fourth tutorial in a series where I'm making blocks that will eventually all be combined into a full sampler quilt of Sizzix blocks. You can find instructions for the Quarter Square Triangle Blocks and Drunkard's Path Quarter Circle Block over at my blog and the tutorial for the Kaleidoscope Block by scrolling back here on the Sizzix blog.

I hope you'll continue to join me for more quilting tutorials here on the Sizzix blog! If you'd like even more fun, visit me at Keaton Quilts.com or follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook for even more quilty adventures.

xoxo - Justin