November 3, 2009

I may have mentioned it before but I have fallen in love with a new machine called the Accuquilt Go!  It is easy, fun and there are endless possibly projects that can be created from it.  If you have not heard of the Accuquilt Go!  it is a fabric cutting machine.

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A lovely little thing that is very portable and can be taken to classes and retreats as well as used at home.

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Here it is all ready to go.  The handle in the center turns a roller that runs the dies through the machine.  The dies have blades in them surrounded by foam and when they go under the roller it compresses them and the blades cut the fabric.  You layer the die with fabric and then cover with a cutting mat.   There are approximately 3 dozen dies to choose from and more coming all the time.  You can choose from more traditional cuts such as 2 1/2″ strips (like Jelly Rolls), squares, triangles, tumbler blocks and more.

There are also applique dies; feathers, critters, flowers, circles, snowflake, tree, fall leaves and more.  With the applique dies you can actually put your fusible web right on the back of your fabric and run it though the Accuquilt Go!.  After your pieces are cut they are ready to be fused on your background fabric.  No tracing and cutting with scissors.

I needed to cut charm squares (5″ squares) and a lot of them for a project I was working on- 24 different fabrics in fact and 8 charm squares from each one.  That is 192 squares and I was done in under 20 minutes.  (20 minutes includes the little bit of extra time that was needed because my four year old wanted to help turn the handle.)

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PICT0064 The die, fabric, cutting mat

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PICT0067 Two charm squares

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PICT0070 Completed charm squares .

 

I used salvage to salvage cuts of fabric from bolts, but you can also use scraps and pieces.  For example if your pieces are smaller you may only be able to cut one charm square from your scrap but you can layer a few up together and discard any little bits left.  So far we have cut up to 6 layers at a time, some of it will depend on the thickness of your fabrics.

We will be demonstrating the Accuquilt Go!, and many other things, at our Holiday Open House this Saturday (Nov. 7th) starting at 10am.  Come and join us!

Happy Crafting!

Lisa 🙂

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