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:
Not so good:
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