Hello, and welcome to another edition of “Ask Jo”. I get many comments and questions from all sorts of places, the comment section here, Youtube, email, and from our Facebook group. Sometimes I think others of you might want to know the answers as well so I answer them here on the blog. In today’s feature, I have a little bit of everything to share.
First off I want to share an email from Bobbie C.
“After reading your post about “Cut and Run,” I thought you might like to know about a site I visit often. It’s: bookseriesinorder.com
I’m not sure where I first learned of it but it’s great. It doesn’t charge any fees. I’m even subscribed to their newsletter but of course, that’s not required.”
I know many of you are series readers and will appreciate the service of this site offers of listing books in a series in order. AWESOME. I went and check it out. I loved it!!
Next up, I did a video and blog post on how I cut so many squares at once. I had shown this quilt Square Dance. We made this back in 2014 and it was published in Quiltmaker magazine.
I had several people ask about the quilt. You can read the full blog post about it HERE. The question everyone wanted to know is, what issue was the quilt in. The answer: March/April of 2014.
If you want to read or see the video on how we cut so many squares for a big project like this, read THIS BLOG POST or watch my video…
Sandy wrote asking: “How do you handle pockets and labels on yokes?” I will be doing a video on this along with a blog post in the near future. I am still cutting out a quilt from shirts so it was the perfect time to ask. If you subscribe to my Youtube channel HERE and hit the little bell to get notifications when new videos come out, you will see it before I even tell about it on the blog.
Gail is one of MANY who have asked:
“I love, love, love the Halloween quilt. Could you possibly let us ( your readers) know how much background to complete this s quilt? If we have to wait until the pattern comes out I understand, but, often I will see a background and don’t know how much to buy. I do a lot of scrap quilts and backgrounds are almost the only thing I need.”
Here is a peek at the Halloween quilt…
I talked with Kelli. She said this is what you need to know about fabric requirements:
6 1/2 of background if you don’t make any errors. She suggested 7 yards.
4 1/2 of printed fabrics
3/4 of binding. I used scrappy orange binding.
I used fabric from a new Moda line that is coming out. The line is Midnight Magic II. It will be coming out in April of 2021. It’s a great print with mini stars in the background.
If you are wanting the fabric, I suggest hitting up the shops in April when it comes in.
I know someone will ask so this is what I used for the backing fabric. It is also from the fabric line. The quilt is 94″ x 94″ so that should help you determine what you want for the backing. If you want to splice yours together as I did and hide the slice, then you might want a little extra fabric.
I talked to Marcia at Pine Needles Quilt and Sew in Rochester, MN. They are getting this line of fabric in and will have it available. If you are looking for the exact fabric I used for the background, I highly suggest giving them a call. Who knows, they might be able to put you on a list to get it once it comes in. HERE is a link to their website which will have their contact information.
I did find out from Marcia that kits for our Moment of Zen quilt kits are selling fast.
They were only able to get a certain amount of fabric and only able to cut that amount of kits so they will only be available for as long as they last. If you are interested, HERE is the link. I know that the kit is very generous in the amount of fabric so that’s fun too!!
It is in the current issue of American Patchwork and Quilting.
If you missed our post about this quilt Moment of Zen designed by Kelli and me, you can read more about it HERE.
“WOW, WOW, WOW it is absolutely gorgeous. This has convinced me to renew my subscription which runs out in August.”
She wrote this after I showed a sneak peek of our Christmas quilt that will be published with American Patchwork and Quilting in an issue in late 2021. This was the sneak peek…
We are on a roll with American Patchwork and Quilting right now. I know for sure that we have committed to five projects with them coming in the next year or so. If you don’t want to be scrambling to get the magazines from the newsstand, it might be a good idea to subscribe.
“You mentioned that you do not use your Accuquilt maker anymore. Is there a reason why you stopped using it? I have been thinking about purchasing one but now after reading your mention of it in your blog I have been doubting my decision. I’m looking forward to reading your answer.
I did have an Accuquilt Go! I no longer have one. There are several reasons why I don’t have one anymore.
I got mine early when they were first hitting it big. I got mine from the company as a promo as I was a blogger. They ran a program that is blogger’s would make videos of things they made using the dies and posted them on Youtube, they could pick a free die. I did that. That’s one of the reasons I have so many Youtube videos showing projects I made with my cutter.
Then the company asked me to write patterns for them and I’d get a commission for patterns sold. Well, I did…and guess what? I had to fight to get paid. It was a terrible relationship. I decided that I didn’t want to work with them anymore and decided to get rid of my Accuquilt.
This was years ago. I harbor no terrible feelings for the company. I feel I can give you an honest review from my experience.
Here are some things I can tell you. The dies take up a lot of space and are expensive. At the time, the double wedding ring die was close to $80. How many double wedding ring quilts is a person going to make? That dies adds a lot of expense to a quilt.
The dies take up a lot of space. Check out the pictures above. Do you have a place to store them all?
I didn’t realize there was an ongoing cost. You will need to continue to buy mats the sit on top of the dies as they run through the machine.
What are your physical abilities? I now have a bum shoulder. I don’t think it would appreciate turning the crank all the time to get the pieces cut. On the other hand, for someone with a hand issue and rotary cutting is hard, it might be just what the person needs. I would strongly suggest trying one out before buying one to see how it would work for you physically.
One of the big advertising draws is that cuts are accurate. Well, I had a 5″ die and it was not accurate. I think in most cases they are. I’m guessing mine was a factory flaw, but I would check the dies before I cut a million pieces with them. I also had a die that the edge turned over and it would no longer cut. That was replaced by the company, but it was a hassle.
There is quite a lot of waste if you are cutting things that are not strips or squares. For some, the ease is worth it. I’m pretty conservative so I didn’t like the waste.
Static cling with the machine is annoying. The pieces stick to the mat. I’m sure they’ve come up with a solution for that by now though.
I know some people have them and love them…I know Bonnie Hunter has the big one and sings its praises all the time. She is mostly only using the strip dies.
It isn’t a product for me. I would rather store a ruler, rotary cutter, and mat. For me, that’s easier. In general, aside from the strip dies, the quilts that are made with an Accuquilt, really aren’t “my style”. I don’t do a lot of applique. I’m not someone who would spend lots of money on a die to cut masks. I’m not saying any of that is wrong, it’s just not me.
That is my honest opinion. I do know that there are many who do have them. I welcome anyone who has experience with one to leave a comment on how you feel about them. Let’s help Dianne or anyone else thinking about an Accuquilt get good informed reviews before she buys one.
I think that wraps up questions for this round. As always, if you have questions, please leave them in the comment section. I try to answer as many as I can. Often if I don’t, other readers do.