Wednesday, December 8, 2010

wanna Go!?! -- closed

Pin It Just in time for the holidays. :)

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. 
Modern Swappers pillow

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

Breakfast at Tiffany's quilt top

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. 

pretty little pillow

The next one I want to get my hands on is the Double Wedding Ring.

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Now for the giveaway!

To enter:
(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)... 

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pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh Pick me Pick me! I mean, ahem, how about a nice little note telling you that one day when our kids grow up and get married and our hubby's have gone, we can move in together and be sewing mates.... nice, right?

pinksuedeshoe said...

Also... I totally follow your blog. Religiously.

pinksuedeshoe said...

And I subscribed to Quilt Hope In. That is such an amazing thing you are a part of! And as soon as my life calms down a bit I'll blog about ya'll. I swears.

Wendy said...

Tracey, thank you for this opportunity! So soon before Christmas, excitement is in the air! :)

Wendy said...

Truly a joy to follow your blog ... thanks for sharing!!

Wendy said...

Per your suggestion, I did check out Quilt Hope In. I became a follower for such a worthy and admireable project ... can't wait to see more :) Thanks for sharing Tracey!

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I have been interested in these for a while - your posts have been so helpful!!
I'd love a chance to win- thanks!!
Sorry. Boring Comment. ;)

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I'm a follower/lurker!!

Peach Rainbow said...

Would LOVE to win - Thanks for the chance :)

Peach Rainbow said...

I follow you!

Toni said...

I definately wanna a go at a go! lol

Toni said...

I am a lurker

Peach Rainbow said...

I Follow Quilt Hope In!

Annie said...

Love your blog!! This is a great give away!!
~Annie
my email is
fatallygorgeous (at) gmail (dot) com

Shruti said...

Pick me, Pick me Please.... Thank you so much for this opportunity... About that note... Tracey, I soooooooooo love you!!! LOL... But I really admire the work that you do... and yes, I love your 'about me!' I'm going to be inspired by it and update mine too...
Cheers from India

Shruti said...

Yes, I am a follower!!! I read everytime you write...

Emma said...

I'd love a Go! These giveaways are becoming few and far between...please pick me!

Emma said...

I'm now a follower of your blog!

Emma said...

I'm now following Quilt Hope In!

Annie said...

I'm following Hope Quilt In, what a wonderful project!

~Annie
fatallygorgeous (at) gmail (dot) com

Kelli said...

Loving all of your demos with this little wonder mate!
I love the Rob Peter to Pay Paul die set! I have the 'old school' templates for it. I haven't used it yet. I think you have inspired me to get started. :)

Kelli said...

I am already a happy little follower mate :)

The One and Only said...

I so would love to win one of these!! I finally finished my first quilt!!! Very interesting process! I think I'm going to have to have someone else quilt the darn thing for me next time!! but oh what fun!

The One and Only said...

oh, btw, already a follower!

Lesly said...

Rob Peter to Pay Paul is one of my favourites, too!

Lesly said...

Following you via Google Reader

Fiesta said...

Tracey thank you for the chance to win and Feliz Navidad

Fiesta said...

I became a follower. Looking forward to reading your blog.

Bree said...

Awesometastic giveaway Tracey! I'm boring and can't think of a proper comment, but in fairness, it's 6:39 am, I have a 2 year old, and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet. :)

Bree said...

Religous follower, my dear!

Bree said...

And I'm following Quilt Hope In :)

Lee said...

Happy Holidays! thanks for entering me for a chance to wins a Go!

Lee said...

I am a follwer of your blog

Lee said...

I am a new follower of Quilt Hope blog. Thanks for sending us all to this site!

Annie said...

I've been a follower of yours for awhile now, and I absolutely love your blog!! Keep up the wonderful work!

Amy said...

I'm a follower!

Amy said...

I'd definitely love a chance to try a Go!

Jackie said...

Please pick me. Quilting would be so much easier Accuquilt Go Cutter!

Jackie said...

I follow your blog.

Jackie said...

Just signed up for Quilt Hope.

Sarah Craig said...

Hi, Tracey! We still need to get Steiger and Lilli together....

Sarah Craig said...

I already follow your blog....

Sarah Craig said...

...and now I follow Quilt Hope In too!

KristyLou said...

Ohhhh, I would love to win this. Maybe I would get more accomplished. Or maybe it would sidetrack me... :)

KristyLou said...

I am already a follower of yours!

KristyLou said...

I am already a follower of Quilt Hope In!

Kelly said...

You know you want to pick me, right? Mr. RNG loves me--I got him a really nice Christmas present--so lets hope he lets me win this one! :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome giveaway! I wanted to put this on my Christmas list this year, but I was pretty sure that it wasn't going to happen for me, so I skipped it. What an awesome giveaway, thank you Tracey!

Kelly said...

Of course, I follow you!

Elizabeth D. said...

And I'm a follower, I love reading your blog, and I especially love the eye candy :)

Elizabeth D. said...

And I'm following Quilt Hope In as well - I definitely plan to make something (or more than one something!) for it next year after I get through the holidays!

Jessica said...

i would love to have one of these! thank you for such a generous giveaway!

Jessica said...

and i follow you in google reader!

Brenda said...

I am a follower :)

Brenda said...

I would love to win a GO! i think it would be such a time saver and help me to use my time more wisely.

Leah said...

I would love to win one of these. Thanks

lbroadstreet@tds.net

Leah said...

I'm a follower.
lbroadstreet@tds.net

Melissa said...

Oh man, I would love to win a GO. I have read a lot of reviews on them. It seems overall people tend to have more good to say than bad. It is nice to know :)

Melissa said...

You know I follow your blog, and love it every time you post :)

Melissa said...

I also follow Quilt Hope In and am proud to say I was the first follower :) I would love to help with your grand opening by contributing a quilt :)

Jenni said...

I am a follower. I would love to win!

Stray Stitches said...

Finally another GO! Giveaway! Thank you for hosting and for the opportunity to enter :)

Lee Ann said...

Yes, yes, yes, YES! I want a Go! LOL. :-)

I've been wanting one for what seems like eons. I just don't have that kind of money at the moment. In the meantime, I have to fight the green eyed monster every time someone mentions a Go! *sigh*

Stray Stitches said...

I am a regular follower!!

Lee Ann said...

I am a follower now! I can't believe I wasn't one before. 8-O I've been following via Google Reader all along...

Lee Ann said...

I follow Quilt Hope In now. :-)

Dresden Quilter said...

I love the quilt you made. I am so amazed at all the amazing dies and items created with the GO Cutter.

Dresden Quilter said...

I am a follower.

jabeybaby said...

Yay, a go cutter giveaway! I wonder if I got one of these would I be able to make a beautiful quilt like that one.

jabeybaby said...

I 've followed your wonderful blog for awhile now!

jabeybaby said...

I now follow the Quilt Hope In blog too.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow what an incredible Christmas present a GO! would be! Thanks for entering me :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

And I now follow :-)

Marie said...

I am a follower and have been for some time.

Marie said...

I didn't think there were any of these left in blogland as giveaways. I am so pleased to find this one.

Kelly Irene said...

Fantastic giveaway! Thanks, Tracey!!

Kelly Irene said...

I am a blog follower :) It's nice to "re" connect.

Kelly Irene said...

I'm also following Quilt Hope In and am really excited about it. Thanks again for the giveaway!
kellyihovey[at]yahoo[dot]com

Amy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

I follow your blog and love it!

Amy said...

I'm following Quilt Hope In, sounds like a great idea.

Amanda said...

Oh how I want to get my hands on one of these.

Amanda said...

I'm a follower too. (maybe one day I'll be the leader though)

Jenny said...

thanks for asking, YES i would really like a GO cutter! this would put the *happy* in my holidays!

Jenny said...

I follow your blog

Regina said...

I'm following you. tee hee hee

Regina said...

A new follower of Quilt Hope In

Regina said...

Now just my message. Hope you're doing well and enjoying your new toy. I'm finally trying to get back to the computer and hoping to blog today. Trying to get adjusted to the weather, driving here, and trying to figure out where I'll be after Christmas. ahhhh On a good note, my sewing machine should be here today. I'm so excited. Suddenly I've had all this time with the kids asleep and nothing to do.

Jewel said...

I love the flower pillow. I have that die but wouldn't have thoght to use it that way. I do not have a Go though... don't ask :)

Jewel said...

I follow your blog :)

Jewel said...

I follow Quilt Hope In

Kendra said...

Tracey, fun giveaway! Have you seen the GO! Baby?? And what did you think about it>?

Kendra said...

I already follow your blog...

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Merry Christmas and Thank you for the giveaway. What a sweet treat it would be to win.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

I am now a follower

Rafael's Mum said...

Hi Tracey, course I wanna GO !! what a question... I only have entered each and every one of the competitions!! This elusive GO...sigh... oh well... maybe this time!!

Rafael's Mum said...

I'm already following you!

Rafael's Mum said...

I now also am following Quilt Hope In.

Jewel said...

I posted on my blog about Quilt Hope In and the giveaway as well as an incentive to get everyone started donating to QHI
http://jewelsarmcandy.blogspot.com/2010/12/lets-have-some-fun-and-do-some-good.html

Molly said...

I am so envious of all who own a Go!. I have asked for either the Go! or Go!Baby for B-day or Christmas, but it's not looking promising. Thanks so much for the giveaway. And thanks for what you do, Tracey. I so enjoy your blog.

Molly said...

I already follow your blog, of course!

Sunflower Skies said...

Wow, thank you for this great opportunity to win! I'm still fairly new to the quilting scene and having this would be AWESOME for when I finally try my hand at the more difficult patterns...not to mention I could share it with my mom, who has been drooling over a Go for ages :)

Sunflower Skies said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Sunflower Skies said...

I am following Quilt Hope In as well. What a great project :)

Danae said...

I've been eyeing these and it would be so nice if I could win it instead of having to explain the purchase to the hubby! Thanks for the chance!!

Danae said...

Oh and of course I'm a follower!

Rosalie said...

I would love to win one of these. It would seriously cut down my cutting time when quilting. :-)

Rosalie said...

I also follow your blog in my Google reader.

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower

Janet Perez said...

I'd love to have one of these for a christmas present for myself :-)

Janet Perez said...

I'm a follower too.........

Tara said...

Thanks for another chance to win one of these!

Tara said...

And I'm a follower!

VickiB said...

Kind of like chasing the infamous Cabbage Patch kids in days of yore... Great giveaway for the holiday season!

VickiB said...

I'm a loyal follower!

Elsa said...

I've heard about the GO and would love to have one! I've been following you for a while!

CaraQuilts said...

Oh I want one! It would help my shoulder so much not to have to cut!

CaraQuilts said...

Follow you! Have for awhile!

CaraQuilts said...

Follow Quilt Hope In. Which is totally awesome by the way. I will have that stuff for you soon!

Linda said...

I love your chubby stars tutorial. I made a nice little lap quilt. I am not a follower but I check your blog every day!
Lurking Linda

CJ said...

I'm still on the fence about the cutters but if I won one that sure would push me over! :D

CJ said...

Of course I follow your blog!

CJ said...

Now a follower of QUILT HOPE IN

Brooke said...

Tracey, I just want you to know how much I admire you for what you've started with Quilt Hope In. I think it's amazing that you're being proactive when so many of us just "wish" we could do something to help.

Brooke said...

I'm a follower.

Brooke said...

I also follow the Quilt Hope In blog.

Brooke said...

I blogged about Quilt Hope In and this giveaway.

http://pitterputterstitch.blogspot.com/2010/12/quilt-hope-in.html

LesQuilts said...

Hi Tracey!
Thanks for the giveaway and the link to all the great info about Quilt Hope In blog. I've been waiting for some info about this charity.
I cross my heart, I've been a good girl all year, kind and giving, so please tell Santa he can bring me a Go cutter and 3 dies?
Take care, and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Leslie

Tracey said...

Here's my boring little note!

WvHmmngbrd said...

What a great giveaway for Christmas!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

LesQuilts said...

Hi Tracey!
I became a follower, but I have been following your blog thru up to date postings on my blog.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Take care, Leslie

WvHmmngbrd said...

I am a new follower!

Tracey said...

I'm a stalker, um, I mean follower.

LesQuilts said...

Hi Tracey!
I also became a follower of Quilt Hope In, thanks for the link to this great charity.
In the new year, I promise I'll send a quilt.
Take care, Leslie

Mimi said...

Hey Tracey! Count me in for this giveaway...do you think it's too late to write to Santa if I don't win? Because that would be my last hope!

Tracey said...

Love what you are doing with Quilt Hope In! I read that same post the same night you did and was also touched by it. I can't wait to help with this amazing project! I'm following there as well.

Mimi said...

Just letting you know that I am a dedicated follower! Thanks for the chance to win this incredible machine!!

Manda said...

I love the things you've made with the rob peter to pay paul dies! And the first die I would choose would be the double wedding ring one so I can't wait to see what you make with that!

Manda said...

Follow your blog!

Manda said...

Follow quilt hope in too.. can't wait to see more from that!

Becky said...

I'm a follower

Becky said...

I am so glad I found your blog I love your projects

Mama Pea said...

Fun give away. thanks. I would love to win one! stephiepeterson@yahoo.com

Mama Pea said...

I follow your blog through my RSS feed. I read it every time you post! stephiepeterson@yahoo.com

Peaceful Piecer said...

If Santa leaves me cash a GO will be my New Year's gift. Thanks for a chance to win!

AllieKatMom said...

You know how much I want one of these...of course with my awful bad luck there probably isn't much of a chance....but look I am still trying!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for a chance to win!

AllieKatMom said...

Im a faithful follower :)

AllieKatMom said...

I follow your new blog too :)

Di~ said...

Thank you and I'm not bored.:)

Di~ said...

I do follow you blog and love it!

Kristin said...

I would totally love this. I'm teaching my biggest little to quilt and rotary cutting with an 8 year old is darn scary. :)

Kristin said...

I'm a follower :)

Kristin said...

I'm a follower of Quilt Hope In

Kristin said...

I blogged about it!
http://sewchaos.blogspot.com/2010/12/giveaways.html

Katie B. said...

This would be a great Christmas present for myself!

Katie B. said...

I follow your blog, of course.

Katie B. said...

I follow Quilt Hope In (p.s. you're a rock star).

Peris said...

I am a follower of your amazing blog!!!

Peris said...

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 said...

I am now an official follower of Quilt Hope In...thanks so much for sharing your heart on this!

Rachel said...

I'm a religious follower of TraceyJay Quilts! I love your seeing all the lovely things you make! Keep it up...you're awesome!!

Rachel said...

I would soooo love to win the AccueQuilt Go! I can only hope Christmas will come a little soon for me :)

Rachel said...

I'm not a follower of Quilt Hope In. Such a great idea!

Leigh said...

Ooooh what a Merry Christmas this would make!

Leigh said...

And I follow!

Leigh said...

And I'm following Quilt Hope In!

Karin said...

I follow your blog and I would L.O.V.E. a GO! It's hard to decide what my favorite 3 dies would be, but I'd have to say 'rob peter to pay paul' and 'drunkards path' and 'winding ways'. But, the tumbler and apple core are awesome too! So many wonderful dies!

calicokat said...

I just found you and will be following now ;0) 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"!

webmailaddress2 said...

I love your projects, and I'm glad you're not making me list the 3 dies I like best in order to enter the giveaway!

webmailaddress2 said...

I follow your blog on google reader!

webmailaddress2 said...

I follow the new QHI blog too.

Mommarock said...

Hi, I love the quilt you made! It looks like one I really want to make. Cathedral windows. I'm sure it is the same design, but I plan to make mine by folding and stitching. Of course if I won the accuquilt go I might just change my mind!

Mommarock said...

I am a follower of your blog

Lee said...

As a contributor to the Quilt Hope In blog, am I still eligible for the giveaway? :) I hope so, because it's awesome!! Thanks, Tracey!

Lee said...

I follow you, of course. : )

Kati said...

Oh, I would love one of these. I'm so excited you're giving away another one. Love your work!

Lee said...

And I do believe I was the very first Quilt Hope In blog follower, besides you!

Kati said...

I'm a follower.

Kati said...

I'm a follower of Quilt Hope In.

Deborah said...

The only way I'll ever be able to have a GO! is if I win one. Buying one is just simply not an option any time soon. I sure love reading about them, and I keep putting a few dollars aside in order to keep this dream of owning one alive. Prayers and fingers crossed that I'll win this. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I follow your blog. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deborah said...

I subscribed to Quilt Hope In.

Janet said...

I love your rob Peter to pay Paul quilt. I'd make one if I had a Go cutter. :)

Rachel Hauser said...

Quilt Hope In is a great idea! Way to go.

Erynn said...

This would make a great Christmas gift for... ME!!

A Plain Path said...

I follow your blog already!

A Plain Path said...

I follow the Quilt Hope In blog.

A Plain Path said...

I have entered so many GO! giveaways and yet to win and would love to! :D Try, try again. For that matter, I've entered hundreds of contests/giveaways and have yet to win anything. Oh, Random Generator please be my friend this holiday season and make it merrier! :D

Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Kari said...

I at least have to throw my hat in the ring for a chance to win the GO. That robbing peter to pay paul top you made is gorgeous!

Kari said...

I already follow your blog. Or subscribe to it with RSS feed. Is that the same thing?? I get notified of (and read!) every post.

Poppyprint said...

YES! I wanna GO! I thought you'd never ask, Tracey.

Poppyprint said...

You know I'm just sitting here waiting for your next post, following at all times, right?

JayTee said...

no "quilty" sewing time the past two days...had to make a dark colored bathrobe for my 4 yr old granddaughter so she can be a shepherd in the church Christmas program.

JayTee said...

I am a follower of Traceyjay's blog already

JayTee said...

I became a follower of Quilt Hope In

Poppyprint said...

And now that I know 'Quilt' is a verb and the whole thing makes sense, I'm following Quilt Hope In, too! You are so fantastic. The blog looks beautiful. I really must investigate how to get 3 columns on my blog.

felicity said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Consider this a boring little note. :)

felicity said...

I follow your blog.

felicity said...

And I follow Quilt Hope In.

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