AccuQuilt Baby Quilt Challenge and TGIFF!

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I finished this quilt when I was at the retreat!  I LOVED making this quilt!  It was so much fun!

Here’s what happened!

I spent part of an afternoon cutting up some Stash Builer’s fabric.  img_2940

I choose 13 – 5″ strips from my stash builders and cut 3 – 5″ strips from Island Batik yardage I bought in February.  IMG_2999

img_2953And, I pulled out the book that we Ambassador’s received: “Quilt in a Day, GO! QUBE.”  It has a ton of patterns in there that can all be made with the Go! QUBE – the set of 8 dies we received with the AccuQuilt Go Cutter.

There are a lot of 8 point star blocks and I thought I would choose 4 of them and make 16 blocks for the baby quilt. And, I added sashing and cornerstones.

IMG_3151First, I cut all the sashing from the grey solid batik. Then laid them out on my flannel tablecloth-on-bed design wall. I added the different segments of each square as I went along.

IMG_3150With the blocks I choose, each one had 4 flying geese. Not necessarily my favourite.  BUT cutting them out … using the AccuQuilt I was able to cut 6 blocks worth of the white triangles at a time!  How cool is that? And such a time saver!!!!IMG_3152

I didn’t say much when I recieved the Go Cutter, but I’d heard some negative talk about how the AccuQuilt wastes a lot of fabric and so on and so on.  Well, I have discovered that if you lay things out properly – it doesn’t waste a lot of fabric.  No more than regular cutting.

SEW … I started sewing the blocks together.

AND …. here’s the super duper awesome, fantastic bonus:

The blocks went together like a dream!  No dog ears to cut off and ALL of the pieces fit perfectly!  Look at those perfect flying geese!  Oh wow!!!  I’m a very happy camper!!!

Talk about a transformation in my sewing life!!!

I enjoyed sewing the blocks together that other than the picture of the flying geese, I forgot to take pictures.

I’m in LOVE with my Accuquilt Go Cutter!!!!!!!!!!

I’m a pretty quick cutter.  In the past, I’ve used a strip cut ruler and can cut a zillion strips in pretty short time.  However, I’ve found that using the 2 ½” die and cross cutting for 4 patches is pretty speedy!  See HERE and HERE   Now in cutting pieces for this quilt, I was able to cut the big part of the flying geese (white) with ease!  I cut enough for 6 blocks in one go!  Now that’s FAST!

I webbed the quilt together.  When you’ve got a sceappy quilt like this, it is SEW easy to get the blocks all mixed up.  SEW … here’s what I did: As I made each block, I put a sashing strip on the top and the right hand side of each block.Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 9.05.13 PM.png

  • I took the 2nd column blocks (blue) and put them over the first column (mauve), right sides together (Row 1, Block 7 goes on top of Row 1, Block 1  //  Row 2, Block 8 goes on top of Row 2, Block 2)
  • Gather the blocks from the top, placing each row above the next one.  Put a pin on the right hand side … this is where you sew.
  • Then sew the top blocks together and without breaking your thread, sew the 2nd blocks together.
  • You will then have Column 1  and Column 2 joined together.
  • Add Column 3, then Column 4

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I choose to use the Crib sized Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting. It was easy to work with and quilted up nicely!

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I didn’t use Island Batik fabric on the back of the quilt, so I can’t show it to you.  However, I did take a picture of the label before it was added to the quilt (the writing is actually straight, the picture isn’t!). I used the “Script” font on my Janome 500E.  I didn’t take the time to digitize it.

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When it came time to quilt it, the quilt screamed “keep it simple, let the stars shine.” So I did … The whole quilt is stitched in the ditch. I used one of the purples from Island Batik yardage that I bought, along with the grey to make a flange binding.  The purple was cut at 1 ½” and the grey was cut at 1¼”.  AccuQuilt IB Baby Challenge

#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik #iheartislandbatik #accuquilt

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Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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31 thoughts on “AccuQuilt Baby Quilt Challenge and TGIFF!

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    • Hi Emily,
      Thank you! It was SEW much fun to use the stash builders (along with a little yardage), then use the accuquilt and sew them all together … yup, it’s my kind of fun!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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  4. I love everything you make Gail! I have so many Island Batik fabrics in my stash ♥ I’m on the fence about purchasing an Accuquilt system…not because of the waste but I have so many rulers to do many of the same shapes. I love watching Eleanor Burns Accuquilt videos which always push me towards buy it now!

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  5. Hi Gail! What a cute finish! I love this quilt, especially all of the different center squares. Great job on mixing it up and using those pretty IB fabrics. So glad to hear you are loving the cutting system. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. I have found that there is much less waste using the Qube dies than with some of the previous die releases. I am thrilled with the Qube system with the Go! cutter.
    Your quilt is just lovely. Stars are one of my favorite types of quilt blocks.

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  7. I love my go cutter as well, makes for quick and accurate cutting. The other bonus is when you have odd shaped scraps from applique or fussy cutting you can just lay them all on top of each other on a single die (tumbler is a good shape) and cut pieces for a scrap quilt. I have not brought a cube yet, but plan to next time I am at a big show, as there are no local quilt shops near me. I have heard great reports about the mix and match potential so it was fantastic to see the quilt you made and the lovely array of stars.

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    • Hi Sue,
      Good idea for the tumbler block … my list of wanted dies is getting bigger & bigger! 🙂
      And, there are SEW many blocks that can be made with the Qube dies!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂

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