Win an AccuQuilt Go! cutter. (and three of your favorite dies). :)
Q and A:
If you have a question -- please post it in the comments, and over the course of the giveaway, I'll post the answer here.
-Question from Peris -- The accuquilt looks really cool but how do you store it...does it come in a bag or box...limited space means storage questions???
Peris -- It measures about 12" x 16" x 5" (with a little extra for the handle) when it's all folded up. Mine is tucked next to my desk, and doesn't take up much room at all! The top stays up with strong magnets, so it's secure, but easy to open -- like in the photo above -- when you need it.
Here it is all closed up (next to the Go! Baby)
Someone asked me about the Go! Baby as well --
Yes, I've seen it, but I'd personally prefer the regular size Go! because it can use the wider dies (like the Rob Peter to Pay Paul, which I really love)... If you can't wait for a good sale, and if the cost of the full size is prohibitive, then the Baby is a great option. Also, if you don't see yourself using the bigger dies -- then go for it!
Calico Cat asked about wasted fabric --
I do have a question about the GO! - is there a lot of wasted fabric when you use it? The last thing I need is more snips and scraps of tiny fabric pieces, LOL - I'll feel obligated to keep them for "someday" or "just in case"!
Personally, I don't think the waste is much more than it would be cutting shapes yourself. Irregular shapes will always have more waste, and that is no exception with the Go! cutter. There is little waste with the geometric shapes (strips and squares) -- well, as much waste as you want there to be (based on how much overlap you make)
I don't feel bad throwing away irregularly shaped scraps, or anything smaller than 1 1/2" in width.
Here are my background posts and full reviews of the different dies I tried.
BUT -- to summarize:
- this product is really, truly easy to use -- sturdy and convenient
- makes piecing with tricky shapes much more manageable
- a nice tool to add to your quilty notions and gadgets
- would be a great investment if you make custom quilts or a lot of quilts
- If you can't afford it, it would be a great item for a wish list if your parents/rich great aunt/in-laws/fabulous sibling want to get you something, or if you find it on sale (they were just recently $200 at JoAnn's -- a great deal!)
I had wondered about a couple things from my experience, and I got a response from AccuQuilt directly:
- When using the rag quilt die, you will probably want to have an extra 10" cutting mat, because it is very hard on them.
- Also when using the rag die, watch for the little blades to pop up, and just make sure you pop them back in. If they don't pop back in -- call Accuquilt for help/replacement.
My personal favorite die I've used is the Rob Peter to Pay Paul. I just finished a pillow using that die this week in fact.
The quilt top I made with this die (using a layer cake) is bordered, basted, and waiting for the holidays to be finished and donated.
I also really enjoyed making this little pillow -- made with the round flower appliqué die (tutorial here) -- which now resides happily in a baby girl's room.
The next one I want to get my hands on is the Double Wedding Ring.
Now for the giveaway!
(separate comment for each please--and make sure I can get a hold of you!)
1) Leave a comment -- it can be a question, a cute little note, a boring little note -- author's choice for this one. ;)
2) Become a follower of traceyjay quilts (or tell me if you already are)
3) Be or become a follower of Quilt Hope In (the blog of our coming soon charity etsy shop)
4) Blog about Quilt Hope In and this giveaway... (yes, that is two things you must blog about for entry #4) -- don't forget to leave me a link!
So, you each get four chances. I am going to have an outside party pick a winner via random.org next week (Monday, December 13)...