Fabri-Quilt. When contacted by Lisa and asked if I would
like to participate, I jumped at the chance.
Here's the star I selected! It has a very traditional
look but is pieced together in a much simpler way.
So let's get started!
And there you have it!
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...for those of you who like to English paper piece.
Several years ago Bonnie Hunter has blogged about buying a hexagon paper punch she had found in a craft store and how fabulous it was. Right then and there I knew I wanted one. Not enough to go online and buy one but enough to comb the scrapbooking aisles of every craft store I went into to find one. I'd always find lots of punches but never hexagon ones. This hexagon punch had become my unicorn...a myth that people hear about but never see.
Well...while roaming the aisles of JoAnn's the other day, I FINALLY found what I had been searching for all these years...and not just one but THREE!
X-Large = 1" hexagon
Large = 3/4" hexagon (the one I use most)
and the Medium = 1/2" hexagon
Pretty fabulous...right?! Never more will I have to order hexagons...at least in these sizes. When I got home I did a little math to figure out what kind I'll be saving cost wise.
I used coupons to buy all three:
X-Large retails for $17.99...got it for $10.79
Large retails for $14.99...got it for $8.99
Medium retails for $10.99...got it for $6.59
Now onto the saving for the pieces themselves. I compare the prices of what it would cost me to buy them from a manufacturer/retailer versus using a 250 sheet ream of 65 lb. paper that costs $15.99 from WalMart. 1"
1 ream makes 5,000 pieces = Total $15.99
4 pkgs of 1000 @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 100 @ $3.50 each = Total $147
1 ream makes 8750 pieces = Total $15.99
5 pkgs of 1500 pieces @$35.00 each + 1 pkgs of 750 @ $19.00 + 4 pkg at $3.50 8,750 = Total $206
1 ream makes 20,000 pieces = Total $15.99
13 pkgs of 1500 pieces @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 250 @ $3.50 each makes 20,000 = Total $462
One last thing...on top of all those savings, the punches have a lifetime warranty so save that receipt in case you ever need to get a replacement.