New Cutting Tool and Project Progress

On Monday I took a drive down to Eau Claire, WI for some quilting-related errands.  For Christmas this year my parents bought me an electric cutting tool, which is great for applique type projects, but isn’t quite handy for the type of quilts I make.  My dad (who is AWESOME, by the way) had anticipated that I might want to exchange it and made sure to include the receipt just in case.  Although I am extremely grateful for the gift, and after talking to my parents about it, I decided to exchange the cutter (Cricuit Explore Air 2) for an Accuquilt GO!, which I have had my eye on for a while.

So, off to Joann Fabrics we went (I talked my mother in law into going with), and after some fabric shopping, I was able to return the cutter.  I have not tried to return anything at Joanns before, and it became quite the hassle.  Due to the amount, they would not return for cash, and told me that they could only give me a Joann’s gift card.  I don’t know if all of the stores are this way, but the Joann’s I go to does not carry Accuquilt products.  After explaining that I would not be spending the money there, and would not accept a gift card, I was able to talk the cashier into refunding the purchase onto my debit card.

Our next stop was Buffalo Wild Wings, before heading to Sew Complete, who I had called beforehand and made sure that they have the GO! in stock.

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At the bottom of the photo you can see Laura making a cameo appearance.

I settled on the AccuQuilt GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System.  This included the hand crank GO! cutter, a 2 1/2″ strip die and a 8″ QUBE set.  I also picked up a 1 1/2″ strip die.  I am very fortunate that between the returned cutter and some creative budgeting, I was able to bring this home.  I also have to include a shout-out to my husband, who is incredibly supportive of my quilting addiction, and encourages me to expand my sewing equipment.

After finishing up some other errands, we heading back home.  Luckily we beat most of the snow on our drive.

Tuesday the temperature was a balmy -35F and dropping (including wind chill) and the next few days will be even colder.  So, with that in mind, I spend Tuesday setting up and playing with my new cutter!

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2 1/2″ Strips cut for binding on a quilt that is in the To Be Finished pile!

I also cut a pile of 1 1/2″ neutral strips for sashing on an in-progress quilt top.  I am able to run 1/2 yard of fabric through the cutter in one pass with no problem.  I will have to be careful or my entire stash will be cut down.

After I had cut all of the strips I know I will need in the upcoming weeks, I sat down at the machine.

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Remember these guys?

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They are in the process of being joined to each other in pairs.  For this project I am focusing on SLOWING DOWN and enjoying the process.  I have set a goal of working on these blocks for one bobbin at a time.  After a bobbin runs out, I can either work on something else, or walk away for a while.

Yesterday I chose to work on something else. And that’s the story of how I finished my second Dear Jane block of 2019.

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This is D02.  I am using the directions and templates put together by Susan Gatewood, which are free to anyone at http://www.susangatewood.net/dearjane.html

This block is paper pieced and took me about an hour to finish it.  The center neutrals didn’t line up exactly but whats done is done.  The block size is correct and I’m calling it a win.

I don’t know whats in store for the rest of the week, but with the temperatures as low as they are, I am sure to be spending time in the workroom at QPD, making progress on one thing or another.

One of the things that I have been considering is putting together fabric bundles for the quilt patterns in my shop.  The GO! would certainly help with any mass-production pre-cut bundles.  When you are looking at fabrics or patterns, do you shop for kits or bundles?  What are some things that you search for?

Do you have a cutting system?  How do you like it?  What are your “must have” cutting dies?

Until next time,

Tia H.

One thought on “New Cutting Tool and Project Progress

  1. Laura A Kildow

    Love your block! Love how much you’re able to accomplish is so little time! Loved the adventure Monday and I’ll try to smile in the next photobomb cameo! 😀

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