When the team at AccuQuilt asked me last month to try out their AccuQuilt GO! machine I was excited about the chance to play and see if I felt any different about this product versus other fabric cutting machines I have tried in the past. I am very familiar with die cutting, having worked on a design team for a while and also having the opportunity to try other brands over the years. Not totally sure if this would be any different, any more helpful or useful than the other brands I am familiar with (hint, it's different and so so good!).
The box arrived and it was an entire kit - Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. This includes all of the following (which I will add is the perfect kit of everything a quilter would need to get started and possibly all you would ever need, because it’s all there friends)
- GO! Fabric Cutter
- GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block
- GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished)
- GO! Cutting Mats: 6" x 6" and 10" x 24"
- GO! Qube Book by Eleanor Burns
- Die Pick
- Over 70 free patterns included!
The machine is nice and comes folded in half, with a handle built in. I loved this - not only does it have a very large cutting space, it also folds and sits upright so it takes up little room.
The GO! Qube 8” Mix in Match Block was also an interesting design. It's a small box, with fold out sections that the dies fit in, its not only smart for storage, I actually found this pretty darn cute. There are cards included that show a few block examples, in total these dies combined let you create over 72 blocks, so its very versatile. I did a little research online and found that they also sell these fantastic white storage boxes to keep your dies in. Storage and fabric dies have always been somewhat of a thorn in my side. I have a large collection of dies, but they tend to take up room and are just unattractive on a shelf. Very pleased to see that they offer a great storage solution that not only is helpful, but looks nice as well.
The GO! Qube 8” Mix in Match Block kit includes the following basic shapes for you to get started with:
- GO! Square–4 1/2" (4" Finished) (Shape 1)
- GO! Square–2 1/2" (2" finished) (Shape 2)
- GO! Half Square Triangle–4" Finished Square (Shape 3)
- GO! Quarter Square Triangle–4" Finished Square (Shape 4)
- GO! Half Square Triangle–2" Finished Square (Shape 5)
- GO! Square on Point–3 1/4" (2 3/4" Finished) (Shape 6)
- GO! Parallelogram 45°–2 3/4" x 3 1/2" Sides (2 1/16" x 2 13/16" Finished) (Shape 7)
- GO! Rectangle–2 1/2" x 4 1/2" (2" x 4" Finished) (Shape 8)
The triangle shapes do include squared off corners that when sewn together create a perfect clean edge, making it un-necessary to trim up blocks afterwards. This is HUGE if you are working on a stack of half square triangles.
I decided to play around with some of the shapes and some fabric to get a feel for the machine. The handle to the cutter is nice and smooth and it was effortless running 6 pieces of fabric through at a time. I could see this being very good for someone with arthritis or weak wrists as there was not any added pressure to my hand or wrist area while cutting.
The machine is quite fun to work with so I decided to make myself a little project, and then another and another. These little blocks become so addicting once you get started.
I grabbed a stack of Kaleidoscope solids by Alison Glass for Andover. These are a woven cotton and have a fantastic texture. I was a bit worried about strings from the fabric getting caught in the die corners and fraying, but I believe that the way that the die is off centered a bit really helped keep this woven fabric from fraying like it would cut with a rotary blade or scissors.
I had zero issues with the fabrics catching in the die, they released quite well and the 6 layers I placed in the die were easy to roll through the AccuQuilt GO!.
I chose three of the dies from the 8” Qube:
- Shape 2: GO! Square 2 1/2” (2” finished) - the green stocking
- Shape 4: GO! Quarter Square Triangle (4” finished Square) - the blue stocking
- Shape 5: GO! Half Square Triangle (2” Finished Square) - the pink stocking
I paired these with a crisp white Kona cotton and a beautiful coordinating print from Alison Glass for the interior of the stockings and the handle.
For the stocking shape I just traced an older stocking of mine, and added a 1/4” seam allowance around the entire shape.
I laid the stocking template next to my sewing machine and kept making blocks to fill in the shape. Pressing rows and connecting until my stocking shape was totally covered. I then placed the template over the joined blocks and cut out my finished stocking shape.
I am loving how clean the blocks came out and how I had to do ZERO trimming on the blocks when finished. I feel this not only saved me a ton of time but gave such a professional finished look. Will definitely be adding this to the mix when using these basic blocks again.
So for my final review – I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has been shopping fabric cutting machines for quilting. The ease of use, variety of dies available online and solid construction make this a great tool worth investing in.
Hopefully over the winter break coming up I will have some more projects to share with you all. I would love to hear if you have an AccuQuilt and what dies you recommend I add to my collection? I am looking forward to trying out the other shapes included in the kit, and also buying some curved block shapes for future projects.
Thank you for stopping by!
by Nicole Daksiewicz with Modern Handcraft