Saturday, 25 June 2011
a new toy
I'm sure you've seen plenty of these little Accuquilt GO! Baby cutters popping up around blogland over the past year. When I was asked if Id like to review one on my blog I have to say I jumped at the chance. I was curious to see how they worked and whether they really were going to be something I used or something that just added to the ever growing pile of 'stuff' in my house.
In all honesty I was a little bit sceptical. They're not cheap - so if you are planning on making that kind of investment you really need to be sure about it, right? It has to be something that you will use on a pretty much daily basis.
Since it arrived I've had a lot of fun playing. I have a tutorial for the tumbler pillow you can just see in the photo up there on the Fat Quarterly blog this coming Wednesday (27th) and I'm working on a second tutorial for here (bear with me for this one - it's curved seams, I'm going as fast as I can).
I have been using the 2 1/2" strip die a lot. I think of all the dies I could buy that would be the one I'd use most of all. That was why I picked it. I make my bindings 2 1/2" wide, and I love scrappy bindings, so this is perfect for it. In fact, I used it to make the miles and miles of binding here and it was a breeze. It's worth it's purchase price for that alone, in my mind.
I kind of like cutting fabrics, but sometimes I need to do it at night when the kids are in bed and I would rather watch TV. That's the beauty of the accuquilt GO! baby cutter - last night I sat and cut out all of the blocks I need for my drunkards path project whilst sitting on the floor in my sitting room and watching some trashy TV. I had a little pail next to me for the waste and I sat and rolled and cut for a little while - it went fast, because you can stack up 6 layers of fabric at one time. I tried 6 and it was a bit tricky with the drunkards path shapes, but for the strips it works brilliantly. I found 4 layers worked really, really well for the smaller, more intricate shapes.
Another bonus with the strip cutter (for me personally) is that I can then cross cut the strips into 2 1/2" squares for the scrap vomit quilt. A 2 1/2" square makes me a happy girl. And I need a lot of them for a scrap vomit quilt. I don't think there's a die for 2 1/2" squares for the Baby cutter...yet. But it's ok, cross cutting those strips the 'old fashioned way' isn't too much of a bind, you know.
The only prep I needed to do was to press my fabrics and cut them into strips the same size as my cutting mat and die - so 6" x 24" for the strips and 6" x 12" for the smaller shapes like the drunkards path or the tumblers. In all honesty, I could probably fold them over accordian style like Krista did when she cut her 2" squares, and that would save me a little job.
If you're in the UK Claire at Patch Fabrics sells the bigger GO! Cutter and a wide selection of the dies as well. Plus she's really nice, so you should make friends with her.
Posted by Katy Jones at 11:55
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