All in a Day’s Work

My local sewing dealer hosted an Accuquilt Go Cutter class using their Winding Ways die. Two years ago, I had the choice between a new computer or the Accuquilt Go Cutter. I needed a new computer and I wasn’t sure I wanted the Accuquilt Go so I choose the computer. I knew this class would be a good opportunity to try the cutter system and help me make an informed decision.

Before this class I put out the question on Twitter to get feedback from current owners. Those that own them, love them. It was true of those in the class as well. The class was small (12) and about 1/2 already owned the Accuquilt.

A secondary part of the class was to learn to sew curves. Curves don’t intimidate me so I wasn’t as interested in that part of the class, other than I am always listening, looking and reading for new hints, tips and tricks on any technique.

The class was from 9:30-4:00 with a brief lunch break. Our 2 main fabric pieces needed to be cut into 10 inch squares and starched. The border fabric just needed to be starched. I used fabric in my stash that I wasn’t too excited about. That way if the quilt didn’t turn out well, I wasn’t going to lose any sleep over it.

We were told not to expect to get the entire top pieced in class. My goal was to get 2 rows completed. I did finish piecing the top including the border. I knew the more I finished in class I had increased odds of finishing it once I brought it home.

My thoughts on the Accuquilt Go:

  • I found it hard to get started though the rollers, even with 2 layers – possibly user error
  • There was a lot of fabric waste – though I would still use the scraps
  • I loved the trimming of the corners and adding the notching for the curved seams, a real time saver
  • I wish we had made a sampler quilt using different dies for more applications – I’m a hands-on learner

I didn’t buy one though if I had more disposable income I may consider it. It would be a hard sell, I enjoy all aspects of quilting, including cutting.

So here are the results of sewing with curves, warts and all:

Good:

Not so good:

Bad: 

Once I started piecing I thought my prints were a little too busy, but they help hide the imperfections, (there are a lot). I think the border helps tone down the quilt somewhat.

I have a few ideas on how I might quilt this so more on this later, most likely after Christmas.

Even though it was late when I got home and I was tired, I put my supplies away and started working on another project:

This is a commissioned project, more on this one later. After piecing all day, it was nice to do some planning with sewing and quilting thrown in.

After weeks of little sewing, I made up for it in one day.

What are your thoughts on the Accuquilt Go?

Enjoy the journey, Jackie

  • SewCal Gal

    There are a lot of ways to cut fabric on a fabric die cutting system to minimize time as well as scraps. For example, if your teacher didn’t have you cut a square that was 10″ you would have been able to reduce strips. A die can be marked with what many consider registration lines ~1/4″ inch from the blade. There are many tutorials on blogs that share this tip, as well as youtube videos, but by cutting a strip of fabric vs squares, where the width of the strip measures out to those registration marks, you can then line up these strips (WOF) for up to six layers of fabric, cut, then move the fabric strips to the next place to cut again, repeating all while minimizing scrap. Make sense?

    And, the Windy Way design is one that regardless of using templates, specialty rulers, or a fabric die cutter, there will be some scrap.

    Personally, I find a fabric die cutter saves me money as I pick 1-3 dies that I use to cut scraps that I’d typically toss (e.g. a 2 1/2″ square, the Value Pack Die, or an applique’ die). I save these usable pieces vs scraps and place in a bag. When I have enough I stitch out a block and pretty soon I have enough blocks, from scraps to make a quilt.

    You may want to check out the page on my blog that maintains a list of Quilters that use Modern Quilting Tools. For those that use fabric die cutting systems you can search their blog and find oodles of tips and tutorials that help show the value of a fabric die cutting system, as well as insights on the different ones. For AccuQuilt, turning the handle is frequently tight when they are new. Some think of it as needing to be broken in, to become more comfortable. For me, I also think of body posture alignment to the cutter to make it easier to turn the handle.

    Here is the link to the page I recommend: http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/quilters-with-modern-quilting-tools.html

    SewCalGal
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