Sunday, July 17, 2011

Accuquilt Go Baby Review

We had a chance to play with my new Accuquilt Go Baby fabric cutter this weekend.  Fun!  It is really pretty simple.  (Really simple compared to a magazine quitl I have been working on... I can't give away too, much, but I'm really having to brush up on my piecing skills as each block has an hourglass unit, four quarter square triangles, four half square triangles, 4 flying geese, and four corner blocks... all set on point.  And there are 72 blocks!  Oh my!)
The Go Baby cutter has a very compact design, making it easy to store.


You open up the Go Baby...



Choose your die, and lay an appropriately sized piece of fabric on top.  (Most dies for the Go Baby use a 12" x 6" piece of fabric.)  If you only want to cut one shape from the die, just lay a smaller piece of fabric on top of that shape.  Cover the die and fabric with the cutting mat. 


Roll the die through the cutter, turning the Accuquilt handle with one hand and applying pressure on the mat/fabric/die with the other.  More pressure results in a cleaner cut.

When the cut shapes come out the other end, there may be a few threads that still attach them to their background, so keep a pair of sharp scissors nearby. 


Snip the threads and you have a beautiful applique shape.



I think the Go Baby cutter really would come in handy for applique projects, or project with unusal angles that can't easily be cut with a rotary cutter.  If you only want a few shapes from the die, it is definitely a great way to use up scraps.

First on my wish list for new dies that Accuquitl might create would be one that has leaves - just leaves, in the same style but different shapes.  Or spirals - that would be fun!

I realized that the round flower die (55007) is a perfect fit for Town Square, so our daughter cut two sets of 20 flowers to go with my Village Green pattern - one in Ambrosia....


and one in Veranda...


I think it might be cute to do the flowers in patterned fabric and the squares in solids.

Our son cut a ton of circles for a future project.  I am a big fan of circles!

I'll have a giveaway for these lovely Ambrosia and Veranda flowers later this week and a little later in the month I will be giving away a Go Baby fabric cutter along with three dies of your choice!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

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At July 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM , Blogger Mommarock said...

Leaves is such a great idea! Love that :)

 
At July 17, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Blogger The Sunflower Patch said...

Love all the flowers :) I agree about the leaves too. Can't wait until next month when your new line comes out.

 
At July 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

Looks like fun! I have only tried the 2" finished hst's so far, but they are a huge improvement to the old method :)

 
At July 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM , Blogger ferne said...

I got a new Go Baby about 2 weeks ago and didn't realize that it didn't come with a mat so I had to wait another week for the mat. I don't see why they don't include it in the package. I did finally get to use it the other day with the one die I bought and love the accuracy of it. I originally thought something was wrong when the die looked like it was of kilter, but then a little reading on their web site explained why the blades need to go this way into the machine. Now I am pumping out triangles and squares and thinking of what my next die might be! Loved your post!

 
At July 18, 2011 at 4:54 AM , Blogger ciccia74 said...

I would one me too! Cut flowers and circles must be very easy. :)

 
At July 18, 2011 at 5:01 AM , Blogger Deb said...

I love appliqued flowers added to quilts. Your Go! flowers turned out great--I especially love the Veranda! I recently worked on a quilt and somehow a few of my pieced seams were "off." My idea was to use flowers to cover some of the boo-boos. So I've been entering all the Go! giveaways I can find in blogland. :)

 
At July 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Miss Nancy said...

What a great way to cut applique pieces! Love the pieces that you cut with the Go Baby. You made it look so easy. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for this giveaway. Would love to make use of these pieces.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

 
At July 18, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Blogger VickiT said...

I love your review of the Go! Cutter. And the mutliple sizes/types of leaves would be a great idea too, I totally agree.

I love your flowers. Now that you've allowed your helpers test out the machine too. You may have created cutting monsters and may find you'll need to lock that machine up or you'll sleep in one day and find you have hundreds of circles and flowers. LOL

 
At July 18, 2011 at 10:00 PM , Blogger PinkGranny said...

What a cool tool to play with. I have been keeping my eye out for one of those to land in my sewing room.

 
At July 19, 2011 at 2:27 AM , Blogger Leena Salleh said...

I have been eyeing the Baby cutter...but the time is just isn't right... love your flowers...they are darn cute!

 
At July 19, 2011 at 3:25 AM , Blogger Cindy Lou said...

I need a baby go!

 
At July 19, 2011 at 5:20 AM , Blogger JCnNC said...

I would love to win these cut out flowers of Ambrosia and Veranda fabrics. Gorgeous - Judy C

 
At July 19, 2011 at 5:35 AM , Blogger Sequana said...

What a nice giveaway. Thx.

I think just leaves would be a great idea too.

 
At July 19, 2011 at 6:13 AM , Blogger Mimi said...

Beautiful fabrics for those flowers!! Thanks for the chance!!

 
At July 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Lee said...

love the pattern and the new fabrics! I think the leaves or spirals would be great too!

 
At July 19, 2011 at 7:32 AM , OpenID Snoodles said...

I hopped over from IHAN...love your cut flowers!
Jacque in SC
quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

 
At July 20, 2011 at 3:48 PM , Blogger crafter1953 said...

I would love to have Baby cutter Go please let me know when it starts.

 
At September 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM , Anonymous Julierose said...

Love those circles--just great for applique Julierose

 

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We had a chance to play with my new Accuquilt Go Baby fabric cutter this weekend.  Fun!  It is really pretty simple.  (Really simple compared to a magazine quitl I have been working on... I can't give away too, much, but I'm really having to brush up on my piecing skills as each block has an hourglass unit, four quarter square triangles, four half square triangles, 4 flying geese, and four corner blocks... all set on point.  And there are 72 blocks!  Oh my!)
The Go Baby cutter has a very compact design, making it easy to store.


You open up the Go Baby...



Choose your die, and lay an appropriately sized piece of fabric on top.  (Most dies for the Go Baby use a 12" x 6" piece of fabric.)  If you only want to cut one shape from the die, just lay a smaller piece of fabric on top of that shape.  Cover the die and fabric with the cutting mat. 


Roll the die through the cutter, turning the Accuquilt handle with one hand and applying pressure on the mat/fabric/die with the other.  More pressure results in a cleaner cut.

When the cut shapes come out the other end, there may be a few threads that still attach them to their background, so keep a pair of sharp scissors nearby. 


Snip the threads and you have a beautiful applique shape.



I think the Go Baby cutter really would come in handy for applique projects, or project with unusal angles that can't easily be cut with a rotary cutter.  If you only want a few shapes from the die, it is definitely a great way to use up scraps.

First on my wish list for new dies that Accuquitl might create would be one that has leaves - just leaves, in the same style but different shapes.  Or spirals - that would be fun!

I realized that the round flower die (55007) is a perfect fit for Town Square, so our daughter cut two sets of 20 flowers to go with my Village Green pattern - one in Ambrosia....


and one in Veranda...


I think it might be cute to do the flowers in patterned fabric and the squares in solids.

Our son cut a ton of circles for a future project.  I am a big fan of circles!

I'll have a giveaway for these lovely Ambrosia and Veranda flowers later this week and a little later in the month I will be giving away a Go Baby fabric cutter along with three dies of your choice!

Happy sewing!
Amanda

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