Part of every new year should be learning new things…and I’m starting with the Accuquilt GO!
As part of the Michael Miller 2020 Brand Ambassador program, we received the Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System from Accuquilt. It includes an AccuquiltGO! plus the 8″ Qube (a set of dies to cut shapes often used in piecing 8″ blocks) and a ginormous die to cut my own 2 1/2″ strips. I’ve never seen one of these used in person, let alone done it myself. They are supposed to be lots faster than traditional rotary cutting and more accurate to boot. That makes two things where I need improvement–grin!
A while back, I was deliriously delighted to learn I had WON all 214 colors (above and below) of Michel Miller’s Cotton Couture (this was before I even applied for the Brand Ambassador program). I’ve been wanting to make a quilt I shall call “214.” As I’ve been waiting to upload this post, I realized that I can use the AccuquiltGO! to do the majority of the cutting, even the sashing! If I use the die for 2 1/2″ strips, I can then manually cut those in half vertically to get the 3/4″ finished strips I want to use for sashing. And then (!!!) I can use the die to cut 4 1/2″ squares (4″ finished) — if I am careful — to subcut the strips into 4 1/2″ lengths to match the size of squares I’m going to use in the quilt! Stay tuned…guess what I’m going to do today!
So, with that I am going to sign off and go play with my new fabric and toys!
January 12th, 2020 at 2:04 pm
What fun! I keep waffling on purchasing one. Since I plan on quilting until I am taking my last breath, I’ve been investigating tools that will be kinder to my body. The die machine is one I have looked into. Looking forward to your review and your new quilt with those gorgeous fabrics. Have fun!
January 12th, 2020 at 7:11 pm
I received this one as being part of the Michael Miller Ambassador program for 2020. I don’t know that I would ever have bought one since I so rarely make pieced quilts, but I can tell that I will definitely use it. The decision to purchase is a personal one based on what type of quilting you do. The digital cutters might also be able to cut, but I don’t know that they are as easy to use. I kinda just love analog: layer it up and crank (which even with my arthritis is eminently easy to do).
January 12th, 2020 at 7:59 pm
Might want to try cutting ONE of those 2 1/2″ strips in half before you have dozens. One of our LQS has a Studio Accuquilt they will rent out for individuals. Because of health issues last summer, I went over to her shop and cut 136 2 1/2″ strips in about an hour, something I would not have been able to accomplish in that time with a rotary, ruler and mat. But those dies can get expensive. And if I were really doing the ‘deep dive’ on the Accuquilt, I would go for the big electric one.
And I didn’t even know Michael Miller made solids.
January 12th, 2020 at 8:09 pm
The solids are SO silky, and so many colors! I did try a few long strips then cut in half, then cross cut into 4 1/2″ lengths sewed to the 4 1/2″ squares and it worked perfectly. I wish they made a die for the Lucy Boston blocks (an elongated hexie). Maybe I should suggest it to them! Talk about heaven to avoid all that fussy cutting! I have cut about 50 or so squares today as well…..will post anon!