A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 18, 2012

And the Winner of the Accuquilt Go Cutter is….

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Give Away,Winners! — quiltcetera @ 11:59 am

Do you remember what your entry number was?

LOL. Just kidding.

I’ll tell you who it is….

“Hey Bradie! Awsome of you do to this girl!
1. Since I dont own any cutter, the 4 1/2 strip cutter may be a place to start.
2. I’d design a Cathederal Windows cutter for hand piecers to get some use out of a cutter! I LOVE that pattern, and someday, I hope to make one for myself.

The UFO i’d like to finish the most, is a “saved” dresden plate. I rescued it off of ebay. Replaced a half dozen of the plates/petals due to holes, etc,..replaced with old flour sack material to match, and the top looks wonderful, if I say so myself!
Reason it’s not done: I have fibromyalsia, and it takes me quite a long time to finish quilts, both longarming with my millennium, and piecing tops. Good Days allow me a couple hours to quilt. Most days NOT.
I’ve been finishing quilts first from friends/family who have quilt tops not yet quilted, and i’ve done theirs first, hence, mine’s taken the back seat!

Comment by sheributler — January 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Edit This | Reply

Sheri! Are you excited?? I am excited for you. :)

Please send me an email to bradie@sparrowstudioz.com and include your email address, mailing address, and your choice of three Go cutter dies. I will forward all the info to Accuquilt who will then proceed with getting you a fabulous new cutter! Congratulations! I hope you love it as much as I do. :)

January 13, 2012

Bradie’s GO Cutter Giveaway!

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Give Away,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 7:30 am

Hi everyone!!
I am so excited to share today’s post with you. :) Let’s jump right in k?

Again this week I broke up my tasks to make the job less daunting. Monday, I pressed the white background fabric so the cutting would be easier. Tuesday I cut the 15 inch squares and marked them for centering the Dresden plates. Wednesday, I laid out the plates and pinned them in place. Lastly, on Thursday, I stitched the first one in place. Being guild night, I had to cut it short, but I am pleased with finishing one.

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Oh! Look there it is! :)

As you know from my earlier posts, the initial stage of this quilt was made much easier through the use of an Accuquilt GO cutter. I am very pleased with my GO cutter and if it is a purchase you are considering, I would truly recommend it. It is especially useful for odd and unusually shaped patches due to the accuracy and speed. That is why I am so thrilled to be offering you, the opportunity to win one of these great quilting tools!!

To enter, here is what you need to do. First, subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already. Next leave a comment, on this post answering the two following questions…

1. Visit the Accuquilt website and decide which is the #1 GO cutter die you would like to own AND if you could design a die, what would it be?

2. Tell me about the UFO you would like to finish the most, and tell what is keeping you from the FINISH? Binding, quilting, what?? :)

Once you have done that, you are entered! Only one comment per person please. The comments will close on Monday at midnight MST and the winner will be announced Wednesday.

I would be very grateful if you took a sec to share this on FB, twitter, or your blogs. :) thanks my quilty peeps! Best of luck to you all.

Quilty hugs,
Bradie

May 10, 2011

Making a Pointed Tip Dresden Plate

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am
Hey there Quilters!
So here we are with Post #2, in a series of blog posts about my experiences with an Accuquilt GO! cutter.
Post #1showed the use of the GO! cutter for Dresden Plate pieces.This time, I want to show you how I assembled the dresden plate petals before joining them together. Since I wanted to get moving quickly on this project, I chose the pointed tip pieces. These can easily be done by machine, which as we all know… is quicker!I’m assuming you have a basic knowledge of the Go! and how it works. If you don’t, please visit Accuquilt.Com to learn more about the Go! cutter.
For this step, I used only Dresden Plate petals with the squared top edge. These will make the Dresden Plate with pointy tips.

A pretty little selection of petals all ready to become plates!

Let’s begin with one petal, and how to make it pointy. :)
Fold the petal in half, lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Be sure to pin it so it can’t wiggle around too much.
Here is the little petal after it’s been stitched.
Press the seam open and your little petal will flip around to the right side with a nice and pointy tip..
Grab that little seam and flip it over top of the petal to get the wrong sides of fabric together.
The right side of the petal.
I wanted to make sure the folds on each side of the petal were consistent. Fold the entire petal in half lengthwise, and finger press to create a light crease.
Line up the seam with the finger crease you’ve just made. Then press the top in place to make a crisp, pointy tip on your petal.
First finished petal!
Repeat as many times as needed!Next time I will show you how I put them together and appliqued them to the background fabric. We will have a quilt in no time at all.
Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

April 11, 2011

Ready, set, GO!

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Tutorials — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Hello! Welcome to the first in a series of posts about my experiences with the Accuquilt Go! Cutter. About six months ago, I received a Go! cutter from Accuquilt, to play with and review. I really wanted to use the cutter for a project that seemed daunting without it. In all honesty, I would never put in the hours needed for a Dresden Plate quilt. The templates, round cutting, and lack of consistency were big deterrents for me. I thought it was a great choice for my first Go! project.
I’m assuming you have a basic knowledge of the Go! and how it works. If you don’t, please visit Accuquilt.Com to learn more about the Go! cutter. Let’s take a peek at how to use the cutter, k?
This is the first die I chose to play with. It is the Dresden Plate and includes the option of round or pointed petals, as well as the center circle.

Accuquilt Go Cutter Dresden Plate

I was really excited to cut into my collection of Moda 1933 fabrics. They seemed like just the right choice for this project.

Moda Reproduction Fabric

Many of my online friends reminded me to mark the die with sharpie marker to improve the visibility of sharp blade edges. I think this is an excellent idea and highly recommend taking the time to do it. The edges of the dies are very sharp, and must be handled with the utmost care, just as you would your rotary cutter.
In order to make the best use of your fabric, you need to do a little bit of pre-cutting. It is tempting to lay large pieces over the entire die, but it would be very wasteful. I cut the following strips in a variety of fabrics:
center circles – 5 inch strips,
pointed petals – 6.5 inch strips,
round petals – 6 inches.
The instructions for this die recommended 6 layers of fabric. Being a bit of an independent thinker, I decided to try 8. In this picture you see my layers ready to roll on through the cutter.

Go Cutter Die loaded with fabric and ready to roll on through!

Don’t forget to place the cutting mat on top of your fabric….
Look at that!! Within seconds (literally, seconds) I have cut out dozens of each shape.
THIS, however, was the result of my greediness. Definitely salvageable, but time consuming. All further cuts were a max of six layers. Lesson learned.
Ahhhh. The end result of cutting. Perfect and precisely cut dresden plate petals.
I couldn’t help but lay them out right away to see how they look…
What do you think?
Hugs,
Bradie

February 2, 2011

Friday Night Go! Cutter Fun

Filed under: AccuQuilt — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Accuquilt Go Cutter Dresden Plate

1933 Fabrics by Chloe's Closet

Moda Reproduction Fabric

First set of fabric for Go! Cutter....

Go Cutter Die loaded with fabric and ready to roll on through!

As you can see, I spent a little bit of time with my Go! Cutter recently. It was great fun playing with such an awesome tool. I’ll be back soon with more pics from my Go! Cutter fun. :)
Quilty hugs,
Bradie

November 25, 2010

Black Friday Sales you won’t want to miss!!

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 11:11 am

Chloe's Closet - 1933 reproduction prints

What do you get when mix these pretty fabrics with one of these cool toys….
I’ll bet it’s something quilty!! I’m thinking that these will be my first project with the GO! cutter… what do you think? I’m really looking forward to playing with these 30′s prints…. LOVE THEM!!
Did you know that AccuQuilt is having a great sale right now? You can download the Accuquilt Black Friday Sale flyer here. These are crazy great deals that would make someone (quite possibly YOU!!) really happy for Christmas! Don’t hesitate, these prices end November 29. :)
I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m really craving turkey, knowing that you all are enjoying it today! Have a Safe and Happy Holiday everyone!
Bradie

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