What I’m working on with my Accuquilt’s Go! Cutter
Here’s what I’ve been working on….or my design wall Jo’s Country Junction style.
Friday afternoon, I had a “play date” planned with my girlfriend. I got up early and started making another batch of salsa with my tomatoes. I got the equipment up from the basement, and got everything chopped and ready. The only thing I had left to take care of was the tomatoes.
My girlfriend and I went shopping to The Calico Hutch, an awesome quilt shop in Hayward, Minnesota where we splurged on their $1.25 fat quarters. We didn’t get home until early evening and there to greet me at the door was…..
I was SO excited until I realized that I had to finish making salsa before I could touch it.
The salsa QUICKLY got in jars and I played while the jars processed.
At midnight, the last jars came out and I had had enough play time to come to an opinion about my Go!….I LOVE it.
Several years ago, my daughter Kalissa spotted this fabric covered trivet at an antique shop. She thought it was so neat because it had metal beverage tops inside the “yo-yos”. I ended up buying and always had it my mind that I wanted to make one. It has been here and been here and I never got around to making one.
I opened up my Go! Cutter got the circle die and started to experiment. I grabbed my sorted bucket of 3.5 inch scrap. I layered some fabric pieces over the 3″ die section, put the cover piece on, rolled it through and Wa-La…3 inch circles! It honestly took a minute or so and I had 6- 3″ circles.
I took needle and thread, turned over the edge of the circle a bit less than 1/4″ and ran a running stitch all the way around in the folded edge.
I put the beer top into the gathered circle and gathered up the thread. Then I tied a knot in the thread.
Now the edges didn’t quite all come together so instead of clipping the thread, I caught the opposite side of the circle and pulled it tight. Then I caught the two sides and pulled them in as well until it looked like this.
I tied it off and made a couple more. Next step was to tack them together.
At that point, it was bed time. I was SO excited that I had finally started on a project I had wanted to do for a LONG time. This is Go!ing to be a great little take along project.
I am opting to make an eclectic version and not a patterned one like I had purchased.
The Go! was QUICK and VERY EASY. So far, I have only used it for circles and hexagons. I have been very pleased with the results of each. For project that a quilter would normally not be able to cut with a rotary cutter, it is going to be a new best friend. I didn’t get a strip cutter so I can’t tell you about that yet. I did order a Robbing Peter to Pay Paul die and can’t wait to try it out. I honestly think people are going to be sewing quilts with curved seams like never before. The Go! takes the tedious cutting process away. Keep checking back….Accuquilt will be giving me a Go! and three dies to give away sometime in the near future.
Saturday morning I cut out more circles using my Go! and within a few minutes I had more than enough circles cut out…in fact, I had so many cut out that I have enough to give away to one lucky blog reader. I even found a little container to store it all in so that you will have a perfect little take along project.
If you are interested in winning this little take along trivet project, just leave a comment here on this post.
You will get 40 beer tops along with 40 Civil War fabric 3″ cut circles and the container. I was so busy cutting and didn’t count…so lucky you…I will have FOUR little kits to give away. I will leave the giveaway open until Thursday morning…and that my friend is what I have been busy working on.
If you are looking for an Go! giveaway, head on over to A Quilting Life…Sherri is giving one away.