Thursday, November 8, 2018

My New Toy - The AccuQuilt GO!

Over the last two weeks I have been having a whole lot of fun playing with my new little quilting "toy", the  Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System from AccuQuilt!!!    And I am super excited to share what all has been "Making the Cut" these last two weeks ;)


The Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System comes all boxed up like a nice little Christmas present (which it would be awesome for anyone to find under the tree :)  And you really do have everything you need to get started cutting with AccuQuilt.


The first Die that comes with the system is the 2 1/2" strip die.   And I have to be honest, I skipped right over this.   Because of the way I like to cut my fabrics using the mat to measure (I know, its frowned upon, but I love it!!)  and subcutting all of my strips horizontally without moving them, I just don't know how often I will find this die useful.   But after skipping over it, I have since found that there are guides for 90 degree, 30 degree, 45 degree, and 60 degree angles on the die, which would make it easier to make a Lone Star or Tumbling Blocks quilt.   So now I can see myself opening up this die up and trying it out for blocks like that ;)


But what really got me excited when I was un-boxing, was the GO! Qube and the accompanying Quilt in a Day GO! Qube Book by Elanor Burns.   And here's why.   I have been wanting to start working with Jessica on some precision piecing now that she has basic patchwork pretty much down, and I can't think of a better way to start learning precision piecing than with absolutely perfect cuts!!!


The GO! Qube has 8 dies that can be mixed and matched to make 8" blocks.   Each die comes with a pattern, so those are just more bonus patterns.   And having the clipped corners on all of the triangle dies, really helps in lining things up, especially for a beginner like Jessica ;)


So Jessi and I started planning and she decided she wanted to make a Sampler Quilt using the blocks from the patterns and book.  She had so much fun deciding which fabrics to use! (don't we all :)  The great thing about the  Go! Qube is that several of the dies are charm pack friendly and leave next to no waste. So after a lot of fabric surfing, Jessi decided on 2 Charms of The Good Life and 1 Layer Cake of Miss Kate and it is going to make the cutest  sampler!!!    She choose a star block pattern, grabbed the dies, picked where she wanted her selected prints . . .


And it was time to cut!!!  This is as easy as stacking and rolling.   You just place the fabric on the die, place the cutting mat on top, and then roll it all through the cutter.   The cutter can cut up to 6 layers at a time, so several of the pieces that were the same size could all be cut at once.   Awesome!!!


And in no time at all, all the pieces were cut, and Jessi had her star block all laid out and ready to be sewn!!  And again,  those clipped corners on the triangles . . they really came in handy when she started to sew things together!!!


So ya, time to sew.   And wow, we learned, laughed, got a little frustrated, and then laughed some more!!  It was so great!!!!  I got to teach Jessica the basics on how to pin precisely, she is left handed, so it took me a minute to figure out how to explain things backwards, hence the frustration :).   Also, she learned best ways to press, chain stitching, and even the little Pin Trick for lining up points.   Yippee, she really did learn a whole lot sewing this little block together.


And I have to say, she did an amazing job with it!!!  Look how perfect all of her points are!!! What a great way to learn precision piecing!!   She was thrilled with the finish, and asked if she could start another block as soon as the last seam was pressed ;)  To which of course, I said "absolutely!!!"


So she choose a block from the Quilt in a Day GO! Qube Book and starting cutting.   And this block, every die was charm pack friendly and you can see how little waste there was.   Pinked edges and a few 1" strips, gotta love that.  Jessica got her new block all laid out and then said, I'll sew it tomorrow, tee hee hee.   I think she has quickly realized the cutting is the fun part now ;) 


But I am so happy that she enjoyed the experience and really wants to make up this quilt.  It will be awesome getting to make it one block at a time and see her confidence grow.  I will keep sharing her blocks here.   I told her if she can get it done , we can enter it into a quilt show, so here is hoping that keeps her motivated!!!


So, that is the Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System and I am just so happy with how wonderful it has been to teach Jessica!!    But now, I wanted a project too!!!    And why not start by cutting all the curves.   So for myself, I choose the Flowering Snowball die ;)   And you know how I love to make Red, White and Black quilts!!!


So grab my bolts of solids and start cutting!!!  The die has great instructions telling you what width of strips to cut, and then you just fan fold them and place them on the die, so you can cut out lots of layers at 1 time.   (And I cut one of the red dies first, and then cut out scraps from the die to layer on the little center square ;)


A quick roll, and I had beautiful curved pieces!!!  And I have to say, the curved piecing is what I am so super excited about for this cutter.   Curved piecing cutting is just more finicky than straight cutting, obviously ;)   It is the one thing that I cut, where I have to take a break because my wrists get sore trying to cut in and out of the curves.    So now, no break needed, and perfectly cut pieces every time.


But of course, with curved piecing, you are going to have some fabric waste.   And I worried about how much fabric would be left over from these die cuts.  But I was happy to find, that because of the way you fan fold the fabric strips, the "waste" could actually be cut into usable scrap pieces that I have added to my scrap drawers.  And that's nice ;)


I cut out all the pieces for my Flowering Snowball quilt, which will be 20 blocks, in just under a half an hour.     Wow!!!  I am going to love cutting out all the curves going forward!!!!


I used the 3 pin method to pin these together,  just like I use for drunkard path blocks we have done in quilt alongs.  (I think it would be so awesome if AccuQuilt made a "modern" drunkards path die :)  And I have to say, it is so, so, so, nice to have those little notches in the center to know where to line the pieces up!!!  A bit of chain stitching goodness . . .


And my blocks are just about all done, only 2 seams left!!!   I can't wait to get this project all done.  It is going to be incredible.   And it has been so easy.   I just love that ;)


So that is what I have been up to with my Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System and Flowering Snowball die and it has been so much fun!!   Not only am I working on a classic quilt that has been on my "to make" list for way to long, but I got to teach Jessi so much and to have it be a great first experience with precision piecing, well,  I couldn't be more happy ;)   I will be back with my finished quilt soon,  more on Jessica's blocks, and I am sure, lots more of playing with my new "toy" ;)
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13 comments:

  1. I can see that you are both going to have fun with this toy.

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  2. Love that you are teaching your daughter! I got my accuquilt go for Christmas last year. I love using it to cut up scraps- just press them and layer them on. That 2.5” strip die is great for cutting 2.5” squares- you can layer lots of 2.5” strips crosswise on it and then run it through. Looking forward to seeing what else you use it for!!

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  3. I would love to have an Accuquilt Go. You are so lucky, and so is Jessi!

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  4. Hi Melissa. I know how happy you are. I received my Accuquilt cutting system just over a year ago with the 9” cube. It’s great. If you get the Companion cube that matches up with your cube, you get a Drunkard,s Path die or you can get various sized Drunkard’s Path dies from Accuquilt. I have used mine and really love it.

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  5. Isn't the Go cutter amazing! I absolutely love mine!

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  6. Hi Melissa. I taught quilting for many years and when I needed to teach a left-handed student (I'm right handed), I would have them stand (or sit) opposite me, facing me. They would see everything I was doing but in the opposite direction. Right handed students would stand/sit next to me. It seemed to work really well. BTW I have the Big Electric cutter from Accuquilt and I LOVE it!! I buy the dies sparingly due to the cost, but that Cube you are showing looks great! I might have to put that on my Christmas wish list...

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  7. Nice to see a bit of a review of this tool, and how quickly your daughter is taking to quilting. How fun for you both!

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  8. Wow - your daughter nailed those geese! Wonderful. Also wonderful that your daughter is keen to learn with you. Mine prefers knitting, although she has a great eye for fabric - I spend a fortune if she comes to a quilt shop with me because she adds to my list! I have now realised that is a subtle hint that she'd like another quilt in those colours.
    I only recently purchased the Accuquilt Go, but it'll be a little while before I add more to the library. I have yet to master curved piecing on a machine - only done it by hand before. You make the curves look so easy!

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  9. Hi Melissa, wow your daughter did an amazing job and she'd right that the cutting is fun with the Go cutter lol. I have been cutting out my 1st curved pieces to make a double wedding ring quilt for my son and his partner so I am hoping it goes together as well as your curved pieces did. You can get a drunkards path die set in many sizes. My 8" companion cube came with the drunkards path dies but the newer set doesn't have it now. Any way you will become addicted to the dies, like I am lol. They also do some really lovely applique dies and you can get embroidery files to go with a lot of them which is fun too. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with the Go cutter and I am glad I found your blog. All the best, Diane xx

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  10. Can't beat precisely cut pieces! Have fun with your new toy!

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  11. Congratulations to you for getting the new "toy", and to Jessica for doing such a fantastic job on her first precision pieced block. It looks fantastic. I see a master quilter in your future!
    I need to get out my Go! Baby and start using that. I never did justice when I first purchased it so many years ago. But now you have me thinking of what I can do with it!

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  12. Welcome to aa. Accuquilt anonymous, well I guess you are not so anonymous! The strip die is great when cutting 6-9 binding strips. All in one go!

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  13. I have the go big and I also have an amazing husband who bought me all of the blocks with companions for each. I looove my AccuQuilt! I will be teaching my grand daughter to quilt the next weekend as it is her birthday and I got her a new sewing machine. I can’t wait. Glad you are enjoying yours as much as I enjoy mine.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa