A few weeks ago I purchased a Sizzix Big Shot machine. I had been drawling over one for sometime thinking it would be an asset to my crafting but on getting it home and having a few goes I was a bit disappointed. I bought two die cutters, one being a set of various size hexagons, even though I swore I never wanted to see another hexagon after completing C&G. However, with this machine I can cut out perfect hexagon templates every time so rather than just leaving it to collect dust, I have started making some hexagon patches in the hope that one day it will become a quilt. Unfortunately, the die cutter will not cut through fabric, not sure why maybe you need specific fabric die cutter (I need to enquire). In the meantime I am simply drawing around the next size up die template directly on to the fabric then cutting them out by hand. Its been nice having some hand sewing whilst watching the TV of an evening with Colin.