Even the most creative and passionate quilters suffer from quilter's block. Similar to writer's block, the ideas and want to plan, cut and sew is there and yet, when it comes to choosing a new project or finishing an old, something just doesn't click. The result is days, weeks and months of no progress and probably a lot of frustration. As always, we're here to help. Check out this list of places to reignite inspiration for quilting!
After you've created a beautiful quilt top and sandwiched the batting and backing then quilted it all together, you need the perfect binding to finish your work. It can be a bit of a challenging piece to the process, especially since it's one of the last steps to completing your project. In this post, I'll go into how to prepare fabric and begin binding with your machine, plus I'll share a few tried and true secrets to save you some time!
It's the season of setting resolutions and whether you're setting goals or not, chances are you're reading this because you plan to get a few quilts done or try new quilting techniques in the next 12 months.
Hi, Jen from DizzyQuilter.com here and I want to share my favorite system for laying out pattern. My Ready. Set. GO! came with an GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block, which includes lovely pattern cards, a booklet, and a book by Eleanor Burns with more patterns. However, I like to go my own way, which means I think outside the box when it comes to using my AccuQuilt products. I haven’t memorized what pieces I have yet, and how they fit together. I’m sure there are resources to help me with all of this, but I came up with a simple, more playful solution.
It's officially 2020! Happy new year, quilters. We had an exciting 2019 filled with more patterns, new connections with quilting experts, GO! Quilt updates and of course, brand new products. Every year, we reflect on all the things you, our customers, have been asking for and what it is you love. Part of that reflection means looking at the top dies of the previous year. We thought it would be helpful if we shared our findings with you, too.
Hi Quilting Friends! My name is Emily from @homemadeemilyjane and I've been using AccuQuilt for a few months now. Some of my favorite aspects of using AccuQuilt over more traditional cutting techniques are the extreme time savings and insane accuracy! Since getting my AccuQuilt fabric cutter, I have had a ton of fun making a Pillow/Wall Hanging Duo and also some adorable Baby Shower Gifts, just to name a few!
Hello! I am so very happy to share my first tutorial with the AccuQuilt community. Allow me to introduce myself; I'm Kelly Cole the creator of Vintage Fabric Studio where I refresh, prep, and package vintage sheets and fabric with quilters in mind. I had the pleasure of using the Block on Board® (BOB®) die named GO! Hattie's Choice-8" Finished (#55220) to make the cutest wall hanging or table topper sized quilt.
Hi! It's Steph Jacobson, and I'm back with one more quick and easy Christmas idea. Many of you might be looking for a fun activity that can keep the kiddos entertained between dinner, presents and other festivities. This one takes very little supplies, will be a simple set up and take down and just might interest the adults, too. Not only do you clear up some of your scraps, but the kids will make something they can take home as a reminder of the time together. Let's get into these fun fabric scrap ornaments!
It's the season of giving and that means you've probably been searching for the perfect present for the special someones in your life. Sometimes it can be really challenging to know what to get, even if you know a loved one really well. We can't help you with everyone, but we can give you a little advice about the right last minute gift for the quilter on your list.
Holiday greetings from AccuQuilt and Terri at Lizard Creek Quilting. Friends, I'm going to share how to make a luxurious holiday stocking using the new GO! Santa Stocking die (55854) along with some tips on working with unusual fabrics.
December is in full swing which means you're probably buying gifts, planning get togethers and decorating for the season. If you could pause from your cookie baking and stocking hanging for just a moment, the elves at AccuQuilt have some new GO! dies to share with you. Yes, Santa came early and we're releasing THREE new dies! Santa's surprise dies include one adorable appliqué and two new Blocks on Board® (BOB®).
Hi, Everyone! Jessica Dayon and I am here to share with you another new tutorial made using the AccuQuilt GO! Baby Bib and GO! Burp Cloth Dies. Earlier this week, we made a little girl's bib and burp cloth set and now we are following up with one for a baby boy!
Hi, Everyone! My name is Jessica Dayon and I am here to share with you a new tutorial that made using the AccuQuilt GO! Baby Bib and the GO! Burp Cloth dies. These two dies are so handy to have around and they make creating baby gifts SO easy and quick. I can almost guarantee you'll keep coming back to them when you are making gifts for other or everyday bibs and burp cloths for your own children. Today's baby bib and burp cloths are perfect for the little girl in your life, but check back for a dapper project for a little boy.
Suzy Webster of Websterquilt here! I love Christmas and decorating for Christmas. Even though I have lots of holiday quilts, I always want to make new ones each season. I think it’s part of getting into the spirit for me. This year I made a table topper using Sarah Vedeler’s GO! Heather Feather Border Collection Die (55414).
Hi it's Bea from Beaquilter.com again. I'm here to show you how I made these three fun crazy patch Christmas stockings with the GO! Santa Stocking (55854) and the GO! Big Crazy Quilt-10" Finished (55861) dies, Andover fat quarters and some really, really soft, fluffy fur from Shannon Fabrics and some fancy decorative stitching! These go together so fast with AccuQuilt dies to help with cutting, so you will easily be able to make and hang these before the holidays!
Earlier this fall, we introduced the Island Batik Ambassador team to BOB® (Block on Board®) and the designs they created were amazing! The quilters were challenged with the theme Child's Play and were asked to let their inner child to come out and play. Whimsy, color and playful spirit were encouraged and AccuQuilt BOBs were invited.
This is Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com, and I want to share an updated machine embroidery project using the new GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set Die (55559). All the letters are on one die and it is fun and easy to personalize any project in as many ways as you like using words. Just look around and you will see word quilts everywhere and there is no better way to create a word quilt than to use an alphabet die which makes your cuts effortless and accurate.
You have done your research, looked over your options and decided to invest in a fabric cutter and take your quilting game up a level. We at AccuQuilt know how big of a decision this can be and understand the challenge of paying for the investment. As always, we have been listening to you, our customer, and we have found a solution we're excited to say will help. AccuQuilt has partnered with Bread® to provide an affordable financing option for our products. Here's how it works:
Hi Everyone! I’m Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting and I'm one of the newest AccuQuilt GO! Getters! I am excited to help you get ready for your holiday baking while using two of the newest dies: GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set (55559) and GO! Gingerbread Cookie (55682).
Hi quilting friends! I'm Kristina Brinkerhoff from Center Street Quilts and I'm excited to be sharing a tutorial all about Y-seams on the AccuQuilt blog today. Y-seams have a reputation in the quilting world for being intimidating and hard, but like with many other new sewing methods, once you give them a try you'll realize there was no reason to be nervous!
Confession: I'm not much of a decorator. We have two little boys, so our house is highly, highly functional. It's nice, but no one is coming over to take pictures for your favorite homemaking magazine any time soon. None the less, every year, like clockwork, I am possessed with a desire to freshen things up as we head into the holidays. I'm sure it has something to do with how much more time we're spending inside, how many people we always seem to have over as friends come back to Atlanta to see family, etc, and, well, did I mention the holidays?
Have you tried GO! Quilt yet? GO! Quilt is a FREE pattern customizer that allows quilters to choose from 500+ patterns and audition fabrics and colors from their own unique stash. We've got an opportunity for GO! Quilt novices and experts alike! Now until December 6, 2019, design and save a pattern in GO! Quilt and you could win. Yes, it is that simple! Will you enter?
Hi AccuQuilt Friends! It's me, Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog. Today I want share eight helpful tips to make sewing curves easy and fun - yes - EASY AND FUN! AccuQuilt has developed many curved piecing dies and they are amazing! There are Drunkard's Path, a Flowering Snowball, the Glorified Nine Patch (55557), and many more - click here to see the curved piecing dies.
Do you own the GO! Emojis Limited Edition die (55191) or have considered making it the newest addition to your AccuQuilt collection? Hesitate no more! These designs and patterns will show just how much expression you can add to your quilted masterpieces. The best part is just how customizable the shapes are. Take a look at these patterns and get ready to dream up your own take!
Hi there, I am Emily - aka Homemade Emily Jane, a brand ambassador for AccuQuilt! Do you agree that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of people who have served in the military to protect our homeland, America would not be what it is today? With Veteran’s Day right around the corner, I am reminded just how much we need to appreciate and love on the brave men and women who have served so we can live in the land of the free. Over the past few months, I've partnered with one of my favorite veterans (my mom!) to create patriotic quilts that we can use to give back to some of our country's incredible service men and women.
Rotary cutters were a great invention that made scissors seem tedious and downright painful. With its wheeled blade and large handle, a rotary cutter was easy for quilters who thought their hands couldn’t take quilting any longer. It allowed many quilters to take back their craft, but those razor-sharp blades also bring their fair share of dangers.
Wasted fabric is a quilter's least favorite phrase, which is exactly why nearly every sewing room or space has a scrap stash. Beautiful fabric falling to inaccuracies or miscalculated cuts is enough to warrant tears. The AccuQuilt team hates to hear that fabric cutters and dies create fabric waste, because just like a rotary cutter, our products can be used improperly and not do your fabric investments any good. That's why we're sharing our top three, tried and true fabric-saving AccuQuilt tips!
Hey friends, welcome to AccuQuilt! Terri here from Lizard Creek Quilting and I am super excited to share this fall pillow tutorial using one of the newest dies, the GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set (55559). Today, I'm going to show you how to create a pillow perfect for your home's fall décor. Even better, it's a great way to stash bust, too.
You might have already heard about our FREE quilt pattern customizer, GO! Quilt. If you have and are loving how helpful it is in your quilt planning process, we have some updates to share with you! If you aren't yet a GO! Quilt user, let's start with an introduction to your new favorite quilting tool!
Hi! It’s Steph from Steph Jacobson Designs, and I’m here to share a quick and easy Halloween project using the new GO! Classic 2” Alphabet Uppercase Set (#55559). When you have one of AccuQuilt’s alphabet dies, it’s a great excuse to personalize everything! With Halloween on its way, I decided to make a fun personalized trick-or-treat bag for my adorable nephew, Hunter.
Good morning, Rockstar! It's me, HollyAnne Knight of String & Story, and it's my job to guide you to quilt and live with confidence! Today, I want to walk you through a simple process - I say simple because it turned out to be a lot easier than I expected, but it was something that seemed quite daunting when I first began using my AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter. Let's talk about how to organize and prepare yardage for cutting with the AccuQuilt.
Hello everyone, Denise here from For the Love of Geese. In case you didn't know, I am an Island Batik Ambassador and AccuQuilt is an industry partner. Each year, Island Batik sends the Ambassadors two shipments full of fabric and goodies from their partners. In my second shipment, I received the GO! Spider Web-6" Finished die, and honestly, was a little stumped on what to make.
Hi, it’s Jen from DizzyQuilter.com. I don’t know about you, but the days are getting shorter, and I’m starting to get pumpkin fever. I’ve got my pumpkin bread recipe out, and my husband is happily using his pumpkin spice creamer every morning. It’s time to start decorating for fall so today I’m making velvet pumpkins, and I’m using my AccuQuilt GO! to keep it easy. Want to play along?
Hello Friends! It's Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting here and I am thrilled to be bringing you a new quilt tutorial. I love curved piecing and I think too many quilters easily shy away from it, assuming that it is too hard. As we walk through today's project, you will see just how fun curved piecing can be, especially when the amazing curved AccuQuilt Dies take care of the cutting! Between, the perfect cuts and those little notches that help line everything up, making your sewing accurate is a piece of cake!
Can you believe fall is already in full swing? It feels as though we just released our spring quilt patterns and first batch of new dies last week. Because even we have a hard time keeping up with all the videos, articles and tutorials we've released, for today's post, we thought we would review some of our most popular and helpful resources from the year so far. From organization to technique, we learned a lot about the art of quilting in 2019. Can you remember these highlights?
Fall is here and for quilters, it means time to start thinking about everything from gifts to seasonal home decor. If you're one of the quilters who is ready to start decorating, but want something different, the newest GO! dies to join the AccuQuilt collection are going to excite you! We're introducing the GO! Santa's Stocking project die and the GO! Classic 2" Alphabet Uppercase Set and GO! Gingerbread Cookie appliqué dies.
We all bind our quilts, right? For the longest time, I have used traditional binding cut across the width of the fabric. However, there are times when bias binding really comes in handy. If you're feeling a little hesitant to give this binding technique a try, hesitate no more. Today, I'll explain why bias binding is so vital, where to use it and how to approach it with confidence.
A few weeks ago, we shared some tips on how to best cut minky fabrics with our fabric cutters. We at AccuQuilt love partnering with Shannon Fabrics and even featured some of their ambassador's work in the AccuQuilt Quilt Gallery's Spring 2019 Exhibit. We’ve worked together to make some adorable projects and if you didn't get a chance to stop by and see them in person, we'd love to show you a crowd favorite: the GO! Talk to the Animals Baby Quilt (PQ10509)!
Hello everyone, it's Denise from For the Love of Geese. First let me say, “OMG, I love this die.” Okay, with that said, I recently got the GO! Storm at Sea die (55221) and immediately thought, "this needs a Snail's Trail." The resulting design is what I'm calling the Tidal Wave Storm at Sea!
Hi! I’m Jen Strauser from DizzyQuilter.com and did you know that September 21st is a big day for Jelly Rolls? It is National Sew a Jelly Roll Day and today I'm sharing with you the Diamond Braid Table Runner project perfect for celebrating the occasion with your AccuQuilt!
The first day of fall is next week which means it's time to start welcoming some autumn-inspired decor! If your looking to add a few more items to your seasonal decorations, GO! Quilt can help! GO! Quilt has over 500 patterns and we're adding more every day. There is also a long list of designer fabrics preloaded in the site and ready to help you personalize and envision your next project. With fall starting soon, we thought we would share some of our favorite seasonal quilt project customizations with you. Remember, these are some of our favorites, but you can easily adjust however suits you!
Hello! Today I am sharing some great ideas for organizing all your quilty things. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Lori Miller, and I am one of the newest AccuQuilt GO! Getters. I spend a lot of creative time in my studio in Oxford, Michigan. I am a quilter, pattern designer, and teacher of quilting and EQ8. I am now happy to say I am a big fan of AccuQuilt.
Hi! It's Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff! Today we are going to chat about choosing the perfect fabric for your next AccuQuilt project! Are you lucky enough to have a local quilt shop near enough to spend some quality time mixing and matching bunches of lovely fabric bolts to find the perfect combination? Or do you panic as soon as you walk into the store? Or are you an online shopper who relies on your computer/tablet/phone screen resolution for color accuracy? Worry no more! I have five tips for all who need a little help picking fabric for their next quilt project.
Hi AccuQuilt friends! I'm Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff and I'm so excited to share a tutorial on how you can build your own witch by combining a few AccuQuilt dies! I love being able to use my AccuQuilt dies for new ideas- they are so versatile! Plus, I think this Witchy Pillow is perfect for just a bit of cute spooky for Halloween!
September 6th is National Fight Procrastination Day, and if you're like most quilters you have what feels like millions of things started. It isn't uncommon for the average quilter to have one too many WIPs (Works In Progress) in their sewing room. When better to learn some WIP-finishing habits than on a day all about beating procrastination? Here are some of our favorite tips for beating WIP overload - and all before National Fight Procrastination Day. See, we're already forming good, proactive habits!
Have you been to an educator-led AccuQuilt event at your local quilt shop? Our educators travel the country to meet with quilters like you to make sure they are getting the most out of the AccuQuilt fabric cutter system. They bring with them tips, tricks, the latest news, quilts made with AccuQuilt dies and fun! AccuQuilt store events are all about getting together to talk quilting and if you haven't been to one, you should definitely check with your nearby AccuQuilt retailer to see when their next one is scheduled.
Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter.com again and I'm here to show you how I re-made this really old, yet classic quilt pattern into an AccuQuilt-friendly GO! Qube pattern. It was fun and easy! First, let me give you a bit of a background about this quilt−it all started with a 1980s quilting magazine and a conversation on Facebook.
Are you looking for a little curved piecing in your life? Quilters love to challenge their skills and try out new techniques, but even the most experienced quilters get a little nervous to dive into curved piecing. Everything from cutting your gorgeous fabric into a smooth curve to sewing a perfectly rounded seam, sewing quilts with curves is difficult but enticing. The GO! Glorified Nine Patch-9" Finished Die (55557) is one of the newest BOB®s (Blocks on Board®) to join our collection and it offers an introduction to curved piecing that is both impressive and approachable.
Hi AccuQuilt friends! I'm Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff and I'm so excited to share a tutorial with the new AccuQuilt GO! Halloween Medley die (55192). The spider die included in the Halloween Medley is perfect for my reverse appliqué Halloween pillow- just the right amount of spooky! This easy tutorial will work for any AccuQuilt shape too!
There's nothing quite like the soft and cuddly feel of Shannon Fabrics' Cuddle®, but it can be a little challenging to cut in your fabric cutter. Today, we're sharing thoroughly tested tips to cut minky fabric on AccuQuilt cutters, plus a bonus cute pillow pattern perfect for your first project. Plus, Shannon Fabrics Cuddle® line is now featured in AccuQuilt’s FREE pattern customizer, GO! Quilt so it's easier than ever to see your favorite pattern in Shannon Fabrics before you buy. Be sure to keep an eye out for future announcements, including Shannon Fabrics sponsorship in AccuQuilt’s Annual Quilt Block Contest.
Have you met BOB®, the Block on Board® dies that makes cutting a quilt block easier than you could have ever thought possible? Whether you have or haven't been introduced, this month's releases are going to knock your socks off! We're adding four new BOBs to our collection, which means four more blocks you can cut with just one run through your GO! fabric cutter.
Whether you live near the beach or cool off at the city pool this summer, don't forget the #1 accessory...your beach bag. Today I'm sharing instructions for a quick finish bag. Never made a bag with a lining? That's okay, I promise it will be easy.
Hi! It's Kristina from Center Street Quilts and I'm excited to be sharing a quick tutorial today using the new GO! Fork-Knife-Spoon Limited Edition Die (55261). My kids take turns setting the table for dinner each night and when I saw the die, I knew it would be perfect for making place setting placemats to help my kids remember how to set the table! These placemats are super fast to whip up, are reversible and are sure to be a hit with your kids or grandkids.
Hi! It’s Emily here from Homemade Emily Jane! Have you ever seen the AccuQuilt fabric cutting system and wondered if you'd still be able to make the quilts from your favorite quilt pattern designers? You definitely can use your AccuQuilt die cut machine to make nearly any designer quilt pattern! I am here to teach you exactly how you can convert a designer quilt pattern into an AccuQuilt-friendly pattern.
Have you ever been unsure of what the perfect gift would be for that special soon-to-be-mom in your life? You can now use AccuQuilt dies to make personalized, custom baby gifts in just a few hours! There are so many ways to approach your design, including a ton of appliqué die shapes, but I chose to make cute monogramed baby bibs and burp cloths.
When it comes to quick and easy quilts, a classic patchwork quilt is always a winner. With a variety of square dies available, AccuQuilt makes quick work of cutting fabric for a simple patchwork quilt. When you're ready to take those fabric squares beyond basic patchwork, the new Studio Setting Triangle Dies make it easy to set those squares on point.
Hi everyone, this is Bea from Beaquilter.com! I'm here to show you this fun modern yet traditional pineapple block made with the NEW Studio Pineapple-12" Finished die (50176) and the Studio Setting Triangles-12" Finished die (50083)!
It's almost August and you know what that means: back to school time is nearing! We've been walking past all the classroom shopping lists and wading through new backpacks and school supplies for weeks. While students everywhere pick out new outfits and think about this year's classes, teachers are just as busy. Why not thank the teacher in your life for all their hard work with one of these A+ quilted projects?
It's summer and we've got new Studio dies that will have you ready to beat the heat by spending time with your sewing machine - like you needed another reason. We're so excited about this release. If you know AccuQuilt, you know we are focused on both cutting time so you can quilt more and giving you better cuts for better quilts. This month's new dies do not disappoint. We're introducing a new Block on Board for the Studio and Setting Triangles in five different sizes.
Hi, Marjorie Busby of Blue Feather Quilt Studio, and I'm excited to show you my latest AccuQuilt machine embroidery project, Beach Party Banners and Garden Flags. This is something that had been floating around in my mind for quite a long time and the new appliqué die, GO! Sea Life Medley (55190), sparked the connection. Who doesn't love a little homemade garden decor?
If you are or were hesitant to try AccuQuilt, you aren't alone. Check out how HollyAnne Knight of String and Story learned the revolutionizing power of our fabric cutters as she unboxed her Ready. Set. GO! and gave our system a try for the first time. Be sure to meet all our GO! Getters here and follow our blog to see what they're making!
Have you seen the new AccuQuilt GO! Fork-Knife-Spoon die (55261) yet? It is adorable. As soon as I saw it, a whole bunch of projects popped into my head. My favorite idea was a picnic quilt. I always loved going on picnics as a child. There is something so special about being able to have a casual meal while relaxing in nature. I’m a little bit more jaded as an adult - the logistics of a picnic get me worked up. It’s my own fault - I’m no longer satisfied with a PB&J and a juice box. I need fruit, crackers, cheese (and a cheese board and knife), maybe a charcuterie plate, some wine....
Hi AccuQuilt Friends! It's me, Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting and today I am so excited to share a few holiday banner projects I created using the new AccuQuilt GO! Pennant Die (55149). All use strip piecing and appliqué embellishments which are great ways to add color and fun to the basic pennant banner. These banners are so fun to make and go together pretty fast. They are a great way to add a little handmade to your holiday decor. :)
Hi AccuQuilt friends! I'm Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff and I'm so excited to share a tutorial with the AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block (55778) and GO! Stars (55028). We are going to make a fun and fabulous (plus quick) Fourth of July project today! Don't worry international friends - this block will look adorable in all colors!
Quilting has a rich history filled with community, tradition and surprise, some of which we've even discussed in past blog posts. For example, did you know that while Amish quilts are popular, the Amish people were actually slow to adopt the art of quilting?
Hi! This is Kristina Brinkerhoff from Center Street Quilts and I'm here to share my super fun Pennant Pillow Tutorial using one of AccuQuilt's newest dies! The new GO! Pennants die (55149) has three different banner shapes and I'm here to show how easy it is to turn these shapes into a darling throw pillow. Let's get started!
Though gender reveal parties are a huge trend right now, some couples choose not to know what they are having before birth. While that’s an exciting surprise to look forward to, it can be pretty difficult to make a themed quilt ahead of the little one’s arrival. Or maybe you would rather stick to neutral designs for the nursery. Whatever the reason, a gender-neutral quilt can be the practical choice for a quilter who’s ready to welcome a new loved one into the world.
Hi there, I'm AccuQuilt GO! Getter Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter. Have you heard of the Row by Row Experience? It is a fun program that's been running since 2011 and was built for avid quilters and sewists who travel. The Row by Row Experience has a couple goals - make it easy for quilters to find local shops and bring together quilters of all levels for inspiration and free patterns. Sounds great, doesn't it?
Isn't summer a great time for a party? Pools are open, kids are out of school, grilling weather is here and 4th of July fireworks are scheduled. Well, we're about to add to the excitement with three new dies that are going to make for a fun summer party. Welcome the new project die, GO! Pennants and two new appliqué medleys, the GO! Summer Medley and GO! Halloween Medley.
Hi, Everyone! My name is Jessica Dayon. I recently joined the GO! Getter team and had the opportunity to try out the Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. In case you haven’t heard of me before, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a stay at home wife and mom with my four young children.
Father's Day is right around the corner and it can be hard to decide what to get the man who has helped guide your life. Finding the right gift is a big task, but there is one thing that nearly everyone on the planet is happy to receive: something handmade and from the heart. Today we want to inspire you with a few great ideas that could help you honor and surprise the fathers in your life.
Hi everyone, my name is Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft and I am here today to share a pillow project I created using the new AccuQuilt GO! Emoji Limited Edition (55191) die. Emojis are a perfect way to express your current state of mind - you can send a quick image and let your friends know you are happy, in love, excited or cry laughing so hard only the cry laughing emoji will do.
We are so excited about this year's Limited Edition dies, and the GO! Sea Life Medley Limited Edition die (55190) is just so perfect for summer-themed projects. To get you started, we've got some awesome pattern suggestions to share. Check these out!
In February, we surprised the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors with a Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System and boy, were they excited. We loved getting the chance to watch them unbox their goodies from great companies, including our own. Now, we get to see the amazing things they’re creating with all those treats on their blogs and in social posts.
For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and picnic season. In fact, you might be one of the 60% of Americans who are planning a barbecue. Though the time with family and friends is a wonderful way to honor the federal holiday, the meaning behind it is even more important. The day is all about observing those who were lost while serving for their country. As a quilter, you're probably looking for ways to show respect and decorate your space with your talents. We've got some ideas that will do both and create moments for conversation.
Hi AccuQuilt friends! I'm Melanie from A Bit of Scrap Stuff and I'm so excited to share a tutorial with the new AccuQuilt GO! Sea Life Medley die (55190). When I saw the brand new GO! Sea Life Medley die, I knew I needed to make some fun pillows with puns or "punny pillows"! I always love a good pun and so do my kids!
We're so excited to announce our three new Limited Edition GO! dies. They're right on time and perfect for summer! Though only around for a limited time, these collectible dies are sure to excite for years to come. Introducing our GO! Sea Life Medley, GO! Fork-Knife-Spoon and GO! Emojis.
Today, meet one of our new GO! Getters, Melanie. After getting the chance to work with the AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutter, she learned just how easy it is to adapt our GO! Qube Mix & Match Block to her own patterns and projects. What unexpected ways are you using your AccuQuilt cutter and dies?
Mother's Day is right around the corner and choosing the right gift for one of the most important women in your life can be a challenge. Flowers are wonderful, breakfast in bed is great, but if she’s a quilter, the best gifts are those that help her finish her projects with ease. These gifts top the quilter wishlist, whether you're celebrating a mother who loves to quilt or are the mom with the need to piece.
Meet Emily, one of our newest GO! Getter team members! In this post, read all about how she and her mom used our AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! to create a mini quilt. As Mother's Day approaches, this is the type of quilting story we love to hear. Who do you love to sew with?
April was an exciting time around here. We released the GO! Baby Bib and GO! Burp Cloth dies. While those new project dies are exciting, they aren't all we had in store for you. Also answering popular demand, we announced this month that the GO! Owl Accessories would now be sold separately. We wanted to allow all AccuQuilt users the fun, limitless possibilities of this die paired with the GO! Owl die. What things can you create with this dynamic duo? Read on!
There is absolutely nothing colorless about our love of neutrals! We’re wild for the way these subtle hues ground busy patterns and prints while making other colors pop. Being immediately drawn to more vibrant colors might seem easier, but the right mix of neutrals can wake up or add dimension to a palette, and even be bold and versatile all on their own. Why are we talking about the importance of neutrals in quilting? Aside from our love from earthy tones, they're also so important to making a quilt pattern look great. Read on to learn how to use neutrals with confidence!
We recently announced some new additions to our family of GO! dies: the highly-requested GO! Baby Bib (55864) and GO! Burp Cloth (55863). These project dies can create three complete baby bibs or burp cloths (two cuts for the front and back of each) with one pass through a GO! fabric cutter. Handmade gifts are special, especially when they are personalized, so we designed these dies so there is just enough room for a myriad of appliqué shapes, monograms or embellishments.
Check out these appliqué shapes guaranteed to be perfect for your GO! Baby Bib or GO! Burp Cloth project!
We quilters love fabric. There’s joy in finding the right patterns and color combinations for each project and once the cutting is done you’re left with scraps too pretty to throw away. Let us help you whittle down your fabric stash by turning all those scraps into one (or more) of these 10 quilt patterns. Keeping your scraps in check makes for a tidy quilting space and offers room to start a new fabric stash.
Easter comes later in April this year. With the long and snowy winter most of us had, we’re more than ready to see green grass, flowers blooming, and bunnies hopping through the yard. Welcome spring by using soft pastel or brightly colored fabrics to create cute, Easter-inspired appliqué projects.
We have an announcement to make: our GO! family is growing by three more dies! That's right, we are pleased to announce that after listening to our community of quilters, fabric artists and crafters, we've brought you new dies that answer popular demand and help create amazing gifts and memories.
At AccuQuilt, we’re always focused on bringing you inspiration and helpful information. One of our favorite ways to do that is by offering beautiful patterns that reimagine the uses of our products. Because who doesn’t love to see gorgeous quilt patterns and projects? Recently, we released the GO! Qube 8" Over and Above Quilt Pattern (PQ11031) and isn’t it impressive!
Hi! My name is Kristina Brinkerhoff and I blog about my quilting adventures over at Center Street Quilts. I live in rural Utah with my husband and four young kids (ages 9 and under). I started quilting as a teenager and immediately fell in love with it. My first quilt was a pinwheel design made in 30s reproduction fabrics. I finished the quilt top during one summer break, but it took me several more years (around 8 years actually) to get around to quilting and binding it! These days, I'm usually a little faster at finishing my projects. ;)
Handmade quilts make treasured baby shower gifts. Baby quilts become blankies that are either loved, used, and kept forever or passed down as beloved heirlooms for the next generations. They may be used as crib blankets to keep baby cozy or wall hangings for decorating the nursery. Following are four free baby quilt patterns perfect for the new little one in your life.
If you're a modern quilter or prefer to have a more artsy, organic looking design, you might think a fabric cutter like AccuQuilt just won't work for your style. We're here to tell you just how versatile our dies are for all quilters! Take a look at the unique patterns that are all made with AccuQuilt fabric cutters and dies.
Hello AccuQuilt Readers! It's me, Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting and I am thrilled to be bringing you a fun quilt tutorial today. I love curved piecing, and I think too many quilters easily shy away from them with the assumption that it is difficult. But I hope as we walk through today's project, you will see just how fun curved piecing is, especially when the amazing curved AccuQuilt Dies take care of the cutting! This Winter Ways baby quilt is made using the AccuQuilt GO! Winding Ways-8" Finished and I just love it!
We're always on the look out for ways to help quilters cut time and quilt more. That includes the beginner who is just starting their quilting journey, the intermediate up for expanding their knowledge, and the expert who is ready to push their skills even further. The goals of every quilter can be met with the help of our GO! Qube Mix & Match Block System. Available in in five finished block sizes (6", 8", 9", 10" and 12"), one GO! Qube Set lets you easily create 72 quilt block designs. Tack on the GO! Qube Companion Sets-Corners and Angles and that increases to 216 quilt block designs. Just add fabric!
Today marks the first day of spring and we are so very excited at all the possibilities that come with a new season. If you're ready to celebrate warmer temperatures with us, take a look at these beautiful spring-worthy quilt patterns perfect for bringing a little brightness into your sewing room and home.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Before you get to pinching, check out these interesting facts about some of our favorite associations with Irish culture: Celtic Quilts. You might be surprised by the history behind these timeless patterns!
Hooray, it’s National Quilting Day! Celebrated every third Saturday in March, National Quilting Day is for all quilters–beginner, expert and everyone in between. The day is coordinated by The Quilt Alliance and National Quilt Museum as a way to honor and promote the art of quilting. Obviously this craft, rich in history, should have a day all its own. Not sure how to best celebrate the occasion? Consider one of our 11 favorite National Quilting Day ideas:
An organized and tidy sewing room lets you feel more creative. If you’re avoiding new projects because you dread walking into your quilting space, you don’t need expert organizer Marie Kondo to tell you it’s time for a spring cleaning. Get ready for the change of seasons and check out these tips to help make your sewing space the place you and your projects deserve.
It’s Mardi Gras, which got us thinking about the traditions of New Orleans. One symbol found all over the city (especially in parades) is the fleur-de-lis. In architecture and on sports gear, the fleur-de-lis harkens back to the French roots of New Orleans.
Have you ever seen a quilt pattern that you love but wonder what it would look like in different colors? I do all the time. I’m never quite sure if what I end up choosing will look right and the result is the project ends up not getting made because I don’t want to take a chance.
Easter might still be a few weeks away, but we're gearing up for the season by sharing a project that will look great all through spring!
Hi, everyone! This is Mona Phelps from Kentucky Whittaker Creations. I started sewing and quilting a little over two years ago. As soon as the sewing bug hit, the desire for all the fabrics followed. As I’m sure many of you can relate, I started stocking up on various fabrics – “building my stash,” if you will. I realized at the end of 2017 that I needed to try to focus on using the fabric I have on hand instead of shopping every time a new project came along.
Have you ever seen a quilt pattern and instantly fallen head over heels? It’s the type of love at first sight that has you immediately downloading instructions and mentally envisioning the right fabrics. The hang-up? Will it look as good in real life as it does in your head? Quilt designing software is expensive, often hard to use, and won’t guarantee you have what you need to complete it. That’s why we created GO! Quilt, a FREE web-based quilt customizer that makes planning quilt projects a breeze.
Quilts are versatile. Need something light in weight and airy in color? There’s a quilt for that. Looking for a traditional and comforting feel to top off a cozy reading nook? There’s a quilt for that. When the seasons change and holidays come and go, we can’t help but feel a need to, well, find a “quilt for that.”
Did you know there is an entire day devoted to log cabins? June 25th is National Log Cabin Day and what better way to honor the observance than by exploring the story behind one of our favorite traditional quilt blocks? Take a quick dive into the history of this beloved design with us…
Each year, Island Batik chooses a team of talented quilters and designers to act as their ambassadors. To kick off the annual program, Island Batik Ambassadors are sent a box filled with goodies to help them create monthly projects. For 2019, we decided to join in on the fun and collaborated with Island Batik to help these artists build truly awesome work.
We do live videos on Facebook all the time. It’s a wonderful way of showing you, our followers and users, all the cool things we’re doing in our Dream Studio. We often cover product announcements and quilting tips as well as live cutting and sewing demonstrations. Even better, viewers can ask our experts questions and get answers in real-time, right then and there. Unfortunately, just “liking” us on Facebook might not be enough to be notified when we go live. Follow this process and you won’t miss AccuQuilt live on Facebook ever again!
It’s Groundhog Day! So charismatic Punxsutawney Phil will be taking to a Pennsylvanian podium (or has depending on when you're reading this) to predict the coming of spring. While founded in ancient practices, the first known observation of Groundhog Day was recorded in 1886 by the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper. Though that was quite some time ago, you might be surprised to find that another tradition associated with Pennsylvania began taking shape right around the same time that ol' Phil made his shadow viewing escapades official. Let’s explore the history of Amish quilts!
Double Hearts is a quilt of, well, hearts! At 40" square, it is just perfect to use as a sweet baby quilt, a signature quilt to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary or just a wonderful surprise gift for your beloved.
Hi there quilting friends! Today I am super excited to share with you my new Scrappy Fabric Wreath's. These are so much fun to make and the possibilities are endless. I have already made 3 and am thinking of at least 10 more fabric combinations so I can rotate them on the front door each month. And the best thing about them, they are a fantastic way to use up scraps!
It’s a new year which means even more opportunities to create more amazing projects. Talk about exciting! We’ve got some exciting ideas for new AccuQuilt dies and patterns percolating that we can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, did you know we released over 40 different free quilt patterns last year? Do yourself a favor and take a look at the below list of projects created with our GO! fabric cutters. You won’t want to miss any of these.
Hi everyone, it's Bea again from beaquilter.com.I'm here to show you this cute and quick Valentine's pillow. Surprisingly, when I first started creating this pattern, I didn't know this would become a pillow, but I'm so happy I went this direction. The entire project only took me a few hours to finish. :)
Hello, 2019! Like many years do, 2018 flew by quickly. Maybe that’s thanks to the number of amazing projects we and others have worked on this past year. While we can’t wait to start diving into new ideas, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on some of the creations that got us to where we are now. After all, the past is a great learning tool for the future. Read on for some of our favorite quilting patterns and projects of 2018, and learn why they help motivate us to celebrate quilting.
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam with another cute kid-friendly project using the GO! Me. This pencil case can also be used to hold all sorts of little treasures. This case was made using upcycled blue jeans but could also be made with felt, quilted fabric or even using an upcycled wool sweater that has been felted—lots of options!
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam back with another fun project using the GO! Me. This family-friendly pillowcase is easy to sew and can be embellished using animals created with the GO! Me.
Today I’m sharing a product review of the Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System. While I was recently sent this terrific new product by the folks at Accuquilt, all opinions expressed in this post are my own. And I do love the Accuquilt GO! system for cutting fabrics for quilting. I’ve been using the 2 1/2″ strip cutter included with the package to trim up some of my scraps over the past few days. Using the GO! system helped me make some good progress on my scrap management which is always a good thing.
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. I'm excited to share this stylish notebook cover that I made using the GO! Me. Clever arrangements of the shapes from the GO! Me Owl 55333 and GO! Me Owl Accessories 55675 (included with the GO! Me) create fun flowers to decorate the cover.
Hi, GO! Getters! It’s Gina from Gem Hill Quilts! Like most quilters, I have experienced times in my life that seem overly hectic, and lately, it has just been one thing after another. So, working with the GO! Big Crazy Quilt – 10” Finished (55861) in the last few days - well, it just feels right!
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. What child wouldn't be excited to use a cute cinch bag, like the Koala Cinch Bag, that they can help decorate using the GO! Me. It's great to use for a sleepover, trip to the pool, on a picnic lunch or for lots of other uses.
Today’s tutorial uses the new GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase Set (2 die set) #55491 die and the free alphabet machine embroidery designs that can be downloaded from Accuquilt.com. This is not your typical pieced or embroidered quilt design and allows one to add their own personal design touch to the project. Besides the lowercase alphabet set, some additional designs were purchased from the Accuquilt.com website for the complete wall hanging.
It’s here! It’s here! The GO! Cleopatra’s Fan - 12" Finished (55490) is here!
Hi everyone, this is Connie Kresin Campbell from Freemotion by the River and I have another easy tutorial to share with you.
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!).
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. What little girl doesn't like to add a cute barrette or hair tie to her hair? With the GO! Me, girls can make adorable barrettes or hair ties to match their outfits and to give to their friends. They're fun to make and work up quickly with the GO! Me!
If asked to choose, I would guess that everyone has a different favorite part of quilting. For some it's cutting, for others it's piecing. I have several friends who love the quilting aspect. I haven't heard anyone say basting is their favorite though... ;) For me, it's definitely designing. I have dreamt up many quilts, but sometimes I've been intimidated by the level of detail or amount of cutting required for the design. Or even just the repetition of cutting so many tiny pieces. When AccuQuilt contacted me last month and asked if I'd like to review their GO! Fabric Cutter, I jumped on the opportunity. I've been using the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter for a few weeks now, and I'm excited to report my thoughts.
This tutorial will show you how to use the GO! Spring Medley die and the free Spring Medley Embroidery Designs for appliqué to create beautiful embroidered quilt blocks. This quilt is made using the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 10” Block die set and the Uneven Nine Patch Block and the Louisiana Block from the free 72 block brochure from AccuQuilt. A free pattern is available for making the Spring Medley Baby Quilt, so this tutorial will focus on how to stitch the embroidery onto a quilt block.
Hi - this is Mona Phelps with Kentucky Whittaker Creations. Today, I’m going to share a fun table runner pattern with you using one of AccuQuilt’s Block on Board® (BOB®) dies.
At the Grand Canyon, keeping the chill off!
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. I'm excited to share What a Hoot!—this 3D owl that I made with my grandson using the GO! Me. Parker and I love to make crafts, so I'm always on the lookout for family-friendly crafts we can make together. One thing that makes What a Hoot! so much fun for kids is that they can personalize their owls however they want—add fun details like a heart or flower or change the owl's expression just by changing the position of the eyes.
Imagine being able to access your product library on your mobile phone while shopping. You’d have the cut and finished sizes of your dies, cutter compatibility and much more at your fingertips. It’s easy using the AccuQuilt app.
Hi fellow quilt lovers, it's Bea from Beaquilter.com. I love all things summer and I'm hanging on to those summer vibes by creating a fun and colorful scrappy pineapple quilt with the new AccuQuilt GO!® Pineapple Block. The finished quilt measures 40" x 50".
Welcome to the GO! Bear’s Paw Block on Board® (BOB®). I made a variation of the Bear’s Paw block to use as a table runner. While I used red and white, my thoughts were of falling leaves. The single "paw" unit of the bear's paw looks a lot like a maple leaf.
If you’re a collector of tshirts and find yourself with drawers of memories that you don’t want to forget but really don’t want to wear anymore, consider giving them some practical value by upcycling them into a tshirt quilt.
Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. With the holidays approaching, gift ideas are on my mind. I'm always looking for gifts that are family-friendly that I can make with my grandson for him to give to his teacher, parents or other friends and relatives. Mug rugs are popular, quick and fun to make, and the GO! Me makes it easy for kids to cut the pieces.
I love decorating borders with swag. There’s nothing that adds grace, flair and fancy to a quilt like a curving swag border all around. They can be challenging, but oh so rewarding. You can make a simple quilt look much more complicated, and make a complicated quilt look absolutely smashing!
Hi everyone, this is Connie Kresin Campbell from Freemotion by the River. Have you seen the GO! Qube™ 10" Companion Set-Angles? I couldn't wait to try it out! I had fun using this Qube Companion Set to make this fast and easy table topper. Working with angle blocks has never been easier as all of your pieces are dog-eared and cutting is so accurate!
Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter.com. The great thing about making quilts is the ability to get creative with colors and dies. What a great world it is! Did you know you can mix fall and spring dies for amazing table toppers? I'm here to say you can and here's how!
Hi, it is Connie again from Freemotion by the River.
Have you seen the new GO! Spring Medley die? Cutting these shapes out with your AccuQuilt GO! cutter takes no time at all!
Have you seen the new AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix & Match 10" Block? This is another one of my favorite size blocks to make and there is a lot you can do with this set! Today I’ll show you a beautiful Batik Diamond Stars quilt. You can use it as a table topper or a wall hanging using this fast and easy quilt block and the AccuQuilt GO! dies.
Hi everyone, it's Bea from beaquilter.com.
Hi it's Bea from beaquilter.com
Hi AccuQuilt quilters, it's Bea from Beaquilter.com.
AccuQuilt’s new GO! Block on Board® and appliqué dies are worth cozying up to this fall
Quilting and sewing are fun, creative activities, and perfect to share with the kids and tweens in your life. Now, there’s a great way to enjoy togetherness while introducing them to the arts. AccuQuilt’s newly released GO! Me™ Easy Fabric Project Maker allows you to create DIY fabric projects that are fast, easy and fun.
Hi, it's Marjorie and I'm sharing a quilt I made with the GO! QUBE™ Mix & Match 10" Block, the GO! Qube™ 10" Companion Set-Angles and the GO! Qube™ 10" Companion Set-Corners. Adding the Companion Qubes to the Mix & Match Qube creates a wealth of possibilities for quilts and especially for adding pieced borders. The 72 block brochure for the Qube Angles Companion Set and the 72 block brochure for the Qube Corners Set is the perfect starting point. It only takes a block or two from these pattern brochures to create a beautiful quilt. In this post, I will show you how I used a single block from the companion set - angles for the center blocks and added just the Bow Tie from the Corners Qube with a Flying Geese unit to create the pieced border.
Appliqué, and particularly circles, can be intimidating for a lot of quilters, even seasoned ones. My pomegranate die, with two circles and two cat’s eyes, not to mention two curved leaves, may seem intimidating, but in truth, they make everything easier! I love using them because they help me achieve accurate results so quickly and effortlessly, and they make all my projects look great!
Hi, it’s David and I’m sharing how to use the GO! Qube Mix & Match and GO! Qube Companion Sets to make 9-patch quilt blocks. Isn’t it great when you learn how to create different and fun patterns with your Qubes? It’s what ensures that you will never run out of inspiration for your next quilting project.
The GO! Pineapple Block on Board® (BOB®) die makes piecing a pineapple quilt block a breeze with perfectly cut matching pieces. This tutorial shows how to make this six block wall hanging (or table runner if you like) in a simple two color block scheme. Making this wall hanging is a great first step to get your feet wet with this die by making a few blocks. This will only whet your appetite for making a lot more pineapple blocks and quilts in an infinite number of color schemes. All you have to do is search for images of pineapple quilt blocks on the internet to see the wonderful quilts you can make.
Hi, I'm Marjorie and I have to say that the more I use the new AccuQuilt GO! Qube™ 10" Mix and Match Companion Sets the more I love them. It is so much fun to see how the blocks go together and the wonderful quilts. In this post, I'll show you how to use a single block and add a two-inch border to create a beautiful fall quilt. These blocks bring a modern look to the traditional quilt block shapes that we all know and love. Turn the blocks in different orientations and you will get even more quilt designs. I warn you, this is addictive!
Hello, I'm David Mills, project engineer at AccuQuilt. In my previous blogs part one and two, I talked about our Mix and Match Qube™ Set, then the Mix and Match Qube™ Companion Set – Angles and the Mix and Match Qube™ Companion Set – Corners. Now that you know about the tools needed to create quilts, I want to take it a step further and talk about building a block.
Hi, it's Bea again from beaquilter.
Can you guess how many additional quilt blocks in a 4-patch configuration you can make with our companion sets? It's an amazing 72! Just think of all the options for new designs! We’re always driving ourselves expand ways for quilters to get as much as possible out of GO! products. As a result of our passion for quilting, we’ve created two new GO! Qube Companion Sets to add to our array of easy to use sets.
Hi, It’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com and I'm excited to share how to take a single block using the GO! Qube™ Mix & Match 10" Block and the GO! Qube™ 10" Companion Set–Corners to make a striking 40"x 40" quilt with four blocks and a pieced border. The new AccuQuilt GO! Mix and Match 10" Block is a wonderful addition to any collection because you can easily calculate a quilt size since each block is 10". The blocks I used are from the 216 Block Brochure located on accuquilt.com allows quilters to choose from an infinite number of designs. Turn the blocks in different orientations and make even more quilt designs. Watch out. The endless design options can be addictive!
We shared our excitement with everyone who loves quilting as much as we do with the launch of our annual AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest. One of our favorite things is tapping into the creativity of our quilting community and sharing our love for the art.
AccuQuilt Announces GO! Qube Mix & Match 10" Block and Companion Sets
Since we’re celebrating our 10-year anniversary, we thought we’d GO! all out and present the GO! Qube™ Mix & Match 10" Block plus two companion sets. With the addition of this convenient 10" size, GO! Qube Sets now come in five finished block sizes: 6", 8", 9", 10" & 12", giving you more creative quilt options. You can make thousands of block designs in varied sizes with the GO! Qube Mix & Match system.
Hi everyone, it is Connie, Freemotion by the River, with another fun AccuQuilt® tutorial. Today I am sharing a beautiful batik mini table runner made with the new AccuQuilt GO!® Spider Web die.
Hi everyone! It’s Bea from beaquilter.com. I’m excited to show you how to create a cute Elephants on Parade Quilt (42” x 42”). This pattern has become one of my favorites this summer. You also get a free GO! Elephants Embroidery download available to finish your project.
Hi, GO! Getters! It’s Gina from Gem Hill Quilts! I’m so excited to share with you the brand spanking new AccuQuilt GO! Crossed Canoes 9" Block on Board®(BOB®) die! It makes this block so much easier to make.
Before the invention of AccuQuilt fabric cutters, cutting fabric was probably the hardest part of quilting. But now, because fabric can be cut with ease, choosing a color scheme for your quilts may be the hardest part of quilting. While color schemes and designs are a personal choice, there are still tools you can use to make your decisions easier. One of these tools is color theory. Consider it the AccuQuilt of the color world. Color theory, a centuries-old practical guide to understanding color, is used heavily in visual arts, and you can use it too.
Hi! This is Mona Phelps with Kentucky Whittaker Creations. I have been sewing and quilting for close to two years. I love to come up with new ideas and I love creating; however, I don’t like to cut fabric! This is why I love AccuQuilt! When you use their awesome products, your projects turn out so well because the accuracy is spot-on!
Summertime and the Living’s Easy
AccuQuilt presents three new Block on Board dies that make creating complete quilt blocks easy-breezy.
Hi – this is Mona Phelps from Kentucky Whittaker Creations. Today, I’m going to talk about embellishments.
Submissions for this year’s Quilt Block Design Contest have been finalized, and voting is now open to the public! Go to www.accuquilt.com/contest to support your friends, family and other block designers that you think deserve to win the Fan’s Choice Prize Package, which is valued at more than $2,000 and includes a California retreat pass from Quilt in a Day.
Hi! This is Mona Phelps with Kentucky Whittaker Creations. I have been sewing and quilting for close to two years and it's amazing how things can start to pile up.
Hi, it's me Bea again from Beaquilter. I'm here to show you how I made this cute elephants and bowties table topper.
Summer is here and that means it’s not too soon to begin getting ready for the holidays. AccuQuilt has just released a new Studio Santa Stocking die for the Studio 2 Fabric Cutter, and I’m in love with it. I have made Christmas stockings in the past, but never have I made Christmas stockings so quickly and easily. These stockings are not only beautiful, they are big enough to actually hold lots of goodies.
The heart of a quilter is stitched together of dreams and adventures, of sorrows, determination, and joy. Through each period in quilting history, quilters have had unique stories to tell. Those stories were – and are still today – reflected in their quilts. And a quilt, like its creator, is composed of more than meets the eye. Before it becomes a beautiful finished piece, though, it is first but fabric and thread. And even before the two should meet, the fabric is lovingly and meticulously – if painstakingly – cut by a quilter. In fact, quilters’ stories are not reflected only in the finished product but also in their quilting methods – methods that have improved dramatically with time and innovation. Indeed, the evolution of fabric cutting is as storied as quilting history, as detailed as an intricate pattern, and as fascinating as the life, love, and laughter that together create each quilt.
Hi everyone, it's Bea again from Beaquilter.com.
You could be the star of our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration by winning the 2018 Quilt Block Design Contest, which kicked off today! All you have to do is submit your awesome original designs to www.accuquilt.com/block-contest/contest-home by July 31. From there, entries will be posted online and public voting begins. So, gather up your friends, family and fellow quilters to vote daily for your favorite design from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15.
By Marjorie Busby
Hi everyone, it's me Bea again from beaquilter.com.
We know how it feels when you’re ready to start an exciting new project, but you don’t know exactly where you put everything you need. You might spend more time sifting through your sewing room than you do actually cutting your fabric.
Are you ready to take the adventure of quilting on the road with you? Row by Row Experience® can make that happen. When we set off on family trips or vacations, our home-based hobbies and passions are left just there, at home. But Row by Row Experience® makes it possible, and fun, to bring your love of quilting with you while you travel.
Learn about how we design our BOBs (Block on Board) from one of our very own product engineers—David Mills.
Here at AccuQuilt we design a lot of dies to help our quilters cut time and quilt more. These dies range from simple geometric shapes to intricate appliqué designs. The product development process varies for each type of die, so today I’ll talk about how my favorite die gets his start. We’ll call him BOB — short for Block on Board.
Have you ever wondered if it would be hard to make a quilt design like the Cleopatra's Fan? Using the new Cleopatra's Fan-12" Finished Studio Die from AccuQuilt will make it easy!
Proper Pressing Techniques
Have you ever wondered why some quilts come out so beautifully? Why some seams are perfectly aligned, and all pieces match up, while others are puckered or just seem…off? Chances are it’s all in the pressing. AccuQuilt has some tips to help you, after you've cut all those perfectly accurate pieces with your AccuQuilt Fabric Cutter.
In an industry where you only see one or two men for every 100 quilters, you might think males feel slightly out of place in the quilting space. However, they don’t see a difference. They just see themselves as playing their part – contributing their ideas to make a difference in the lives of quilters.
The Summer months are full of patriotic holidays. From Memorial Day to Independence Day, each gives us a time to remember our rich heritage and show our pride in this great country.
AccuQuilt’s Quilt Gallery will be sporting patriotic colors through June and into July. But the hanging quilts aren’t made by the hands of seasoned quilters. Instead, they come from Nebraskan 4-H members as young as 8 years old.
Hi everyone, it is Connie with another fun AccuQuilt tutorial. Today I am sharing a cute little wall hanging designed with the Limited Edition 10th Anniversary GO! Elephants die that is fast and easy to make.
Hearing your ideas is like chatting with good quilt guild friends. That’s what makes our four newest GO! dies so special. They came from you!
Meet Terri Vanden Bosch, runner-up winner in the 2017 AccuQuilt Quilt Block Design Contest, and AccuQuilt 2016 Quilt Block Contest grand prize winner! One look at her Shell Canyon Road quilt block and you’ll see why.
Get Ready to Celebrate with these Patriotic Quilt Patterns
Patriotic National Holidays in the United States
This previously released content was so popular with you, our valued readers, we're releasing it again!
Your Guide to Better Fabric Cutting
Wondering what kind of cutter would be best for you? We can help you out. This article gives the lowdown on AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine options—from the specs to how to use them. Plus, you’ll get links to resources where you can learn more if you still have questions. We want you to get the cutter that’s right for you.
Make these Fun Quilt Patterns with New 10th Anniversary Appliqué Dies: Quickly and Easily
2018 marks the 10th year that AccuQuilt began creating tools and free quilt patterns to help you Cut Time and Quilt More. We are so glad you welcomed us into your homes and quilting guilds. To show our gratitude, we have some fun product releases for you this year.
Have you seen Reed Johnson’s award-winning quilt, Purple Rose? He was the 2017 grand prize winner of the AccuQuilt Quilt Block Contest and special guest at AccuQuilt's 2017 Quilt Block Unveiling Event where his amazing quilt block design was unveiled as a 17-foot quilt block at AccuQuilt's Omaha headquarters. Take a look!
The GO!, GO! Baby, and GO! Big fabric cutters will all cut up to 6 layers of a wide variety of fabrics at speeds 90% faster than rotary cutters. To get the most out of your cutter, follow the tips below.
Hi everyone, it is Connie with another fun AccuQuilt tutorial. Today I am sharing a precious little appliqué baby quilt designed with the new GO! 12" Qube Companion Set-Corners and the GO! Flower Bunch appliqué die.
Now that you’ve fallen in love with your AccuQuilt fabric die cutter, you’ll want to keep it working perfectly so you never have to go back to cutting by hand again. The best way to ensure this is to handle, transport, and store your cutter with care. If you’re not using your cutter every day, or if you like a pristine studio in between quilting sessions, you will at some point need to store your cutter.
The GO! Qubes are creating a lot of buzz in the quilting world and our guest bloggers love them, too. We are confident you will find them just as amazing if you haven't already purchased one. You won't believe all the options you have to create stunning blocks, and the Qube includes everything you need to get started - just add fabric.
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Most of the time.
First, let’s talk about why you would want to prewash. There are two main reasons. Both are particularly important if you are buying your quilting fabrics from somewhere other than a quilt shop or a vendor catering to the needs and interests of quilters. (Who among you would do that?!) You may see fabrics that look just like what they sell in quilt shops in lesser locations, but what you may not know is that those fabrics are often printed on less-than-top-quality “greige” goods (pronounced “gray” goods), the base fabric that takes the pattern and dyes.
This Quilt Features Sunbonnet Sue and her Sisters!
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Do you come from a large family? I happen to have 3 older brothers and 3 older sisters and let's not even talk about cousins! Most of us live in separate towns (and countries!) that are thousands of miles from one another. Having a complete family reunion is usually impossible. However, around this time last year, my mother was celebrating her 85th birthday. So, for the first time in several decades, we all managed to be at the same place and at the same time!
In case you missed this blog post the first time by artist and quilter Mary Lee, we are bringing it back. Don’t miss out on this must-read for all quilters!
Cutting tools & tips that will help relieve hand and arm pain.
If you have been a quilter for a long time then you may have had some cramping or soreness in your hands and other aches and pains in your arms, shoulders, neck and back. You may have even been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. We hope you don't allow this from stopping you from doing what you love. There are many things you can do to help alleviate these ailments and still be able to quilt for years to come. We've come up with a list of 7 cutting tools and tips that could help to ease the pain.
Searching for ways to improve your quilts and quilting skills? Follow the seven tried-and-true tips below. These easy tips are helpful for both experts and novices, and can be used to create beautiful, quality quilts.
If you’re a beginning quilter, you’ve likely experienced a wide range of emotions ranging from fear to frustration while creating your quilting projects. That can have quite a dramatic effect on your motivation and cause you to give up on whatever it is you are trying to create.
Are you looking for a fast and easy quilt project to use up some of the fabrics you have in your stash? This is the perfect baby quilt to make using the AccuQuilt GO! 8" Qube and Companion Angle set. Hi everyone, this is Connie Kresin Campbell from Freemotion by the River and I have another fun tutorial for you.
Making your own baby quilt is easy when you have help from these free patterns
Babies make shopping for quilting fabric so much fun! It doesn’t matter if it’s your own grandbabies, grand nieces and nephews or baby showers for family friends, every time you walk into a fabric store your eyes gravitate toward candy colored quilting fabrics and adorable prints. Put those cute fabrics to good use by creating your own baby quilt.
Make Sawtooth Stars with Embroidery Machine Hexagons
This quilt was inspired by the Starstruck pattern from the AccuQuilt website with the traditional Sawtooth Star in beautiful bright colors. The Grandmother’s Flower Garden machine embroidery adds another traditional touch to this bright and modern looking quilt. Instructions for the pieced Sawtooth Star block can be found in the AccuQuilt GO! 72 Blocks pattern set. Using the AccuQuilt GO! 12” QUBE to make this block is a breeze. I love that all the shapes are at my fingertips and there’s no searching on my shelves for specific dies. The machine embroidery used is also easy as the stitches are light and the block is stitched in a single thread color, making the hexagon blocks complete in record time. For piecing the stars, a Tonga Treats 6 Pack Happy Hour by Daniela Stout was used and that provided a wonderful selection of colors.
The GO! Carefree Alphabet die and the GO! Carefree Numbers die have become some of my favorites. The first time I used them was for numbers in the Winter Bliss machine embroidery. After that, I created an entire quilt top using the Perfect Placement Carefree Alphabet machine embroidery set method. And in this project, a new method for spacing the letters proportionally is shown on naptime name quilts for my twin grandchildren. The letters are machine embroidered onto separate background fabric blocks. When the embroidery is complete, the blocks are trimmed vertically, stitched together, and then trimmed horizontally to create a proportionally spaced name banner. Combining the Carefree Alphabet die and some simple blocks made with the AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block makes this a perfect project for small quilts like these.
Hi, it's me Bea again from beaquilter.com.
My girls love to draw and sketch and always get lots of markers/pens, pencils, etc. so here I made an embroidery zippered pouch for my 5-year-old's markers and crayons!
Making perfect circles couldn’t be easier with the AccuQuilt GO! Circle die and my embroidery machine. Hi, it’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com, and I’ve been having fun making ISpy quilts with the Circle die, 6” Qube Mix & Match Set, and my embroidery machine.
Hi everyone, it's me Bea from beaquilter.com again. January is a new year and often that means out with the old and in with the new and ORGANIZING!
Hi everyone, it is Connie with another fun AccuQuilt tutorial. Pillows are fast and easy to make and one of my favorite things to create. Appliqué envelope pillows made with AccuQuilt GO! dies take no time at all! I used the Queen of Hearts AccuQuilt die for my bright and colorful pillows for our guest bedroom. I know my granddaughters will love them.
Thank You to Our Wonderful AccuQuilt Customers for a Great Year!
This month I designed a lovely throw quilt using the new GO! Companions sets-Angles for 12” blocks. Ice Crystals, our free project this month, features several of the new dies in the 12” size, along with an assortment of dies from the original GO! 12” Qube set. Our cool quilt features Wheat Field with Cypresses Fabrics from Anthology Fabrics.
Have you seen the new GO! Qube Companion Set-Angles dies? I couldn't wait to open the dies! I had fun using the 9 inch GO! Qube Companion Angles set to make this fast and easy Christmas Star Centerpiece. Working with angle blocks has never been easier as all of your pieces are dog-eared and cutting is so accurate!
Hi everyone, this is Connie Kresin Campbell from Freemotion by the River and I have another easy tutorial for you.
Hi everyone it's Bea again from beaquilter. I'm here to show you a quick tutorial on how I made this fun table topper for Christmas with the new Qube Companion Set-Angles.
Hi, it's Bea again from beaquilter.com. I'm here to show you how to make this cute heart bag that I can up with.
AccuQuilt Die Storage - The Perfect Gift!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for yourself or someone you know? AccuQuilt has designed several new die storage options that will help you organize all of your dies.
Hi, it's Bea again from beaquilter.com. Have you seen the new spool die?? When I saw it, I just had to play with it and I came up with this fun and quick table topper, that's made with only 3 FQs!!
Enjoy this article from the AccuQuilt Blog Archives!
My name is Jennifer and today I'm going to show you how it easy it is to use the GO! Half Square Triangles. I love quilting and all things fabric. After a series of athletic injuries and surgeries, I needed a relatively safe hobby so I decided to try quilting. As it turned out, I was one of those people who didn’t discover the extent of my creativity until I picked out some fabrics, picked up a needle and thread, and made my first quilt. From then on I was hooked and quilting has become a passion in my life. I love to write and I love to quilt so starting a quilting blog was the perfect answer.
12th of 12 Blocks of the Week by Eleanor Burns
Set Sails to Learn Port and Starboard using AccuQuilt GO! Cutters and Tips from Eleanor Burns.
November is here and it’s time to finish some projects for the holidays. This 12 block quilt is a great weekend project—and lots of fun if you would rather stitch than shop over the Thanksgiving holiday. It includes machine embroidery using the seasonal holiday and Christmas dies and also uses the new Angles Qube to create a bow-tie block setting for the machine embroidery.
11th of 12 Blocks of the Week by Eleanor Burns
10th of the 12 Blocks of the Week by Eleanor Burns
Hi, it's Bea again here from beaquilter.com. I'm SEW excited to show you this quilt that I made with the NEW GO! Qube Companion Set-Angles! and the GO! Qube set of course too!
Ninth Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns
AccuQuilt’s NEW GO! Qube Companion Sets-Angles
AccuQuilt is happy to introduce its newest product: The GO! Qube™ Companion Sets-Angles. Our goal is to make a smoother path to sharper angles by giving you the tools that you need to make it happen in no time! This box set of four shapes in 6”, 8”, 9”, and 12” finished block sizes, were made specifically for use in conjunction with the GO! Qube Mix & Match Block Sets. The four shapes included in the NEW GO! Qube Companion Set-Angles are: Triangles in Square-Center, Triangle in Square-Sides, Kite and Trapezoid. In case you’re new to the GO! Qube concept, just know the NEW Angles Sets offer tremendous convenience and are great for quilters of all skill levels. Just Add Fabric™ and your GO! Fabric Cutter.
What's New! Studio Two Tone™ Dies
If you have been an AccuQuilt customer for a long time, then you already know that our Studio™ dies haven’t always been made with Two Tone™ foam. This innovative invention makes it so much easier to see which shapes you want to cut and we have recently applied this to all our Studio Dies as well. You can be more efficient with your time, you can save fabric, all while being safer. You asked and we delivered!
Block of the Week #8 by Eleanor Burns
Snowfall Quilt by The Whimsical Workshop
Seventh Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns
AccuQuilt’s 2017 Quilt Block Unveiling Event
Each year AccuQuilt sponsors an on-line quilt block design contest for quilt makers around the world. The winning quilt block design is displayed all year long on a 17-foot sign on the outside of the building. This year’s Quilt Block Unveiling Event which took place on Friday, September 29th at AccuQuilt’s HQ in Omaha, Nebraska was an absolute success and loads of fun for all involved.
Have you ever thought about working with other fabrics when using your AccuQuilt GO! dies? This month I am doing something totally unexpected for me........hand-stitching on wool!
Sixth Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns for AccuQuilt
Hi, it's Bea again from Beaquilter.com.
Do you start thinking about Christmas as soon as it starts getting cold outside? Since it's colder now in NC, my daughter's are already starting to think about it!! So I've come up with this cute snowflake pincushion with a FELT embroidered snowflake on top!
Fifth Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns
Have you seen the news? AccuQuilt just released two new FREE quilt patterns to go along with the two new BOBs: The GO! Wonky Heart-6" Finished and the GO! Spool-6" Finished. You won't want to miss these new releases because you can download them absolutely FREE. Take a look. You may find just-the-right pattern for your next project. The patterns all contain complete information on how to cut out your fabrics using the GO! cutting systems. You'll be able to cut out your fabrics quickly, accurately and safely!
AccuQuilt has a fun new die that you will really enjoy using! It is called the Wonky Heart and makes a finished 6" block. I decided to make a quick and easy table topper that is perfect for the autumn weather we are starting to get.
Eleanor Burns and AccuQuilt GO! Take the Puzzle out of Dutchman’s Puzzle
Third Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s 2017 Quilt Block Design Contest!
Hi, it's me Bea again from beaquilter.com. I'm here to show you this modern Dresden quilt.
Second Block of the Week by Eleanor Burns
Hello, GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. As I was working on this blog's project, these famous lyrics kept going through my head: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!
The Churn Dash block is one of my favorite quilt blocks and cutting the pieces out with the AccuQuilt GO! Big Churn Dash die is fast and easy.
This month’s project was made using the GO! Hunter Star 6” Finished (55166) and Cat’s Cradle collection from Michael Miller Fabrics.
Hello, GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Refresh your table with this oh-so-pretty table mat! Three-dimensional half-circle scallops around the outer edges makes it fun and quirky.
Hi, it's me Bea, from beaquilter again. Are you staying cool in this hot summer? I'm in NC and in July and August the heat is brutal! The kids don't even want to go in the pool. And I want to stay inside and sew/quilt.
AccuQuilt and the Quilt Hand Piecer
There’s something uniquely therapeutic about hand piecing a quilt. Yet, while the love you put into your quilt knows no limits, neither, it seems, does the time. So, when you want to dedicate that time to your quiet passion of hand piecing, count on the GO! Fabric Cutters and Dies to get you to the stitching phase with speed and precision.
Hi everyone, it's me Bea from beaquilter again. I have a fun remake to show you today. You'll see how easily you can make a variety of table toppers from just one pattern.
AccuQuilt is Proud to Sponsor Edyta Sitar’s Quilt Exhibit: Regeneration
We’re proud to let you know about a special quilt exhibit that AccuQuilt is sponsoring. This exhibit from Edyta Sitar runs from July 11 to October 8, 2017. We invite you to visit the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to discover Sitar’s work. You’ll find the exhibit located in the Pumphrey Family Gallery on the first floor of the Quilt House.
How to Make a Quilt on the Road - Traveling and Quilting
Getting away from it all is important, but as quilters, we don’t want to take a vacation from what we love. While it may not be feasible to bring big quilting projects, there’s no need to leave everything at home. Here are some tips on how to make a quilt that allows you to take the vacation you deserve while still enjoying your quilting projects.
If you’ve ever seen or used an AccuQuilt fabric cutter, you know what a lifesaver one can be. Designed to cut fabric up to 90 times faster than other cutting methods, and with perfect precision and accuracy, these cutters are a quilter’s dream. Our line of fabric cutters includes the Go!, Go! Big, Studio, and Go! Baby cutters. All of them make cutting quick, easy, and painless so you can get to sewing faster. The Go! Baby is also portable, lightweight, and the smallest of the AccuQuilt Fabric cutters.
We all start thinking about Christmas projects in July, and this year is no different. The machine embroidery designs on the Holiday Medley Die are so pretty that I decided to design around that and use other dies too. The log cabin die is a favorite of mine and so is the Signature Block from the GO! Qube Mix and Match and Companion Set. Thinking about those shapes, I used Electric Quilt software to design a quilt. This tutorial is for the quilt shown and is 63 x 76 inches when finished.
Hi, it's Bea again from beaquilter showing you how to make Christmas ornaments out of felt, using the GO! cutter and several dies!
Create gorgeous, elegantly constructed quilts in less time with both traditional techniques and updated tips for using the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. Learn how alongside quilting legend Eleanor Burns in her online Craftsy class, Quick & Easy Quilting.
A Bubbles Quilt By Heidi Pridemore and The Whimsical Workshop
Isn't it time to team up your GO! Qube with a GO! Qube Companion Set? You'll expand the number and type of quilts you can make and save time and space at the same time. Take a look at these free patterns available for the GO! Qubes and GO! Companions. Find even more patterns here.
When I first purchased my AccuQuilt Studio™ Fabric Cutter, circle dies were among my first purchases. In fact, my very first die purchase was a custom circle with a pinked edge.
Do you love to collect scraps of fabrics or older fabrics which have a vintage look? Do you believe in going green and recycling? If you said yes to both of these questions, then those fabric scraps or older fabrics are what you need to create vintage looking rag quilt.
Hello, GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Are you ready to head down to the beach or lounge about poolside? I have a great project just for you! I'm going to show you how to make personalized beach towels!
The AccuQuit GO! Baby-The Perfect Travel Companion
The AccuQuilt GO! Baby may be small but it's mighty. It's mighty accurate, mighty quick and definitely mighty portable. If you are looking for a light-weight fabric cutter that can be moved from room to room, taken to classes, or even travel in an RV, the AccuQuilt GO! Baby is for you! Read what our customers are saying about the AccuQuilt GO! Baby and watch the video below to find out more.
Rob Peter to Pay Paul: Four Bites Per Project
These Quilt Blocks Make the Perfect Block of the Month
The inspiration for designing the Bright Sampler Quilt was a personal challenge to create a new sampler using quilt blocks using both the Mix and Match patchwork dies and the value die shapes that are packaged with the GO!® Fabric Cutter. AccuQuilt has made it even easier to make this beautiful block of the month sampler using the GO! Qubes Mix & Match Blocks. You can make it in any size GO! Qube: 8", 10", 9" or even 12".
5 Free Quilt Patterns for Great Appliqué
Whether you are an old hand at appliqué or just starting out, you'll enjoy these free quilt patterns from AccuQuilt. These free quilt patterns will be your guide on how to use GO! Dies for perfect appliqué. You'll be amazed at how easily and quickly you will be able to cut multiple appliqué shapes. Don't see the pattern you want here? We have over 1,000 free quilt patterns at www.accuquilt.com.
Hi, it's Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com with a picnic quilt project for you. In the United States, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4. It is so much fun to celebrate by sharing picnics and watching fireworks with family and friends. This project is a picnic or table topper quilt that you can make very quickly using the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 6” Block set and the Patriotic Stars Machine Embroidery Set. And the fabric choice is easy because any combination of red, white, and blue works beautifully for July 4. Likewise, if you’re not in the U.S.A., you can use colors to coordinate with a party theme of your choice.
The AccuQuilt GO!® Star-2", 3", 4" die is one of the first appliqué dies that I purchased. At the time, I did not have an embroidery machine and my quilt repertoire did not include raw edge appliqué. Those stars were cut so perfectly that I just had to have them.
Greetings fellow quilters and sewists! My name is Belinda Karls-Nace and I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog). Today I am back as a guest blogger to talk all about the GO! Ohio Star-12" Finished (BOB™) die.
How to make a quilt cool enough for summer? Well, Summer is here!!!!! Time to think about sunny days and beach vacations, cool drinks and summer nights. So to celebrate our next few months of warm weather with “Making Lemonade”.
A Double Wedding Ring Quilt from Batiks!
Hi, it's Bea from beaquilter. I'm here to show you how the double wedding ring quilt die is NOT just for quilts but you can also make a round pillow easily with the die :)
Who doesn't love a good tumbler quilt? Vanessa Wilson, founder and proprietor of Crafty Gemini, explains how the GO! Tumbler-6½" (55020) makes for an easy way to whip together a quick project. Take a look at this story from the AccuQuilt archives for the story and for a video filled with tumbler-specific tips!
My name is Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilt Designs. I am a designer and blogger who has been quilting for over 15 years. AccuQuilt encouraged me to enlighten you about my favorite die–the GO! Apple Core. Originally, I purchased my GO!® Fabric Cutter to assist my mother-in-law in cutting kits. My mother-in-law is also an avid quilter. Due to carpel tunnel and arthritis, she has difficulty using a rotary cutter. I viewed this GO! Fabric Cutter as the perfect solution. It is quick, accurate, precise, and most of all, it cuts classic shapes with curves. One of the first GO! dies I used was the Apple Core. I absolutely love apple core quilts as I have always admired them. Truth be told, I had never made an apple core quilt. That is, not until I tried my Apple Core die with my GO! Fabric Cutter.
As a quilter and a busy mom, my time can be very limited. I love to design new quilts and get started cutting and sewing as soon as possible. I have found that the AccuQuilt GO! Baby® Fabric Cutter helps me to get my more time-consuming cutting done much faster. Many of the dies for the GO! Baby are a perfect solution for cutting complicated blocks faster and easier. Hexagons, Apple Cores, Circles, and Flowers are all quite time consuming to cut out by hand or with a rotary cutter. GO! Baby dies make the cutting process so much faster and more fun. AccuQuilt has dies for traditionally pieced blocks that also substantially reduce your cutting time.
Hello, fellow AccuQuilt friends! I am excited to share with you my favorite AccuQuilt die: the GO!® Isosceles Triangle. It is by far the most used in my collection and I have plans for many future projects with this die as well. This die cuts isosceles triangles 5" wide at the base and 6" high at the point.
Sands of Time Hourglass Quilt Blocks Made with GO! Dies
Since childhood, I have been fascinated with making things. When I started quilting, I found a new obsession. I love the AccuQuilt GO!® Fabric Cutter because it makes it so easy for me to spend more time creating and less time cutting fabric.
Don't Miss these Sizzling Summer Free Quilt Patterns
These pretty, colorful free quilt patterns will keep you quilting even when the weather is warm. After all, you'll want to have something happy and colorful to decorate with all year long. The AccuQuilt GO! Cutting Systems take all of the back-breaking cutting out of quilt making. So be cool and start on your summer quilting project now!
Make a Modern LeMoyne Star Fat Quarter Quilt with AccuQuilt GO! Dies
Hi, it's Bea from beaquilter again. I'm here to show you how to make this modern funky version of a LeMoyne quilt using your fat quarters.
AccuQuilt just released 4 new quilt patterns. You won't want to miss these new releases because you can download them absolutely FREE. Take a look. You may find just-the-right pattern for your next project. The patterns all contain complete information on how to cut out your fabrics using the GO! cutting systems. You'll be able to cut out your fabrics quickly, accurately and safely!
RJR Fabrics: A Retrospective 1978-Present-Part 4
AccuQuilt would like to invite you to make a pilgrimage to the greater Omaha, Nebraska area this summer to enjoy quilting exhibits, a world-wide recognized quilting museum, local quilt shops and a variety of dining and shopping options thrown in for good measure.
RJR Fabrics: A Retrospective 1978-Present-Part 2
Hi everyone! It's Erin from House on Hill Road with another great super-sized quilt block made using the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12" Block. This month I took the traditional Ohio Star block and made it big - 18" finished to be exact! I turned my block into a fun throw pillow, but just like with the supersized Churn Dash, sewing a handful of blocks will get you a throw-sized quilt top in no time.
14 Mid-Century Mountain Mist Quilts Made New
by Linda Pumphrey
If you love traditional quilt patterns, and if you love patterns made with today's modern fabrics, this is the book for you!
Strip Quilting Has Never Been Easier with these 5 Free Quilt Patterns
Strip Quilting is known for being fast. The Strip Dies from AccuQuilt make stripping even faster. The GO! Strip Cutters with Angled Guide Lines are really helpful since the angled guide lines are printed right on the die foam. The 30, 45, 60, and 90 degree angles are pre-printed on these strip cutters. With the angled guidelines you can sub-cut your strips into squares, triangles, and diamonds. Add five free quilt patterns and what could be easier!
Did you know you can buy a GO! fabric cutting machine and utilize the 30-day Risk Free Guarantee to return the fabric cutting machine if you decide it isn't for you? However, we are confident that you won't reach that conclusion. Once you've had an opportunity to see the GO! Baby (55600), GO! (55100S), or GO! Big (55500) in action, you'll be wondering how you've lived so long without one.
Have You Seen Our Newest Free Quilt Patterns?
It's always exciting at AccuQuilt when we release our newest free quilt patterns. The staff has fun picking out their own particular favorite and it's a rare occasion when someone doesn't immediately want to start making their very own version. Just in case you missed our most recent introductions, here's a recap. Remember, you can download these quilt patterns for FREE!
The Coastal Mist table runner is very easy to make with the AccuQuilt GO! 6" Qube set. I used a strip set (jelly roll) for the blocks in this table runner. I'm Connie Campbell from Freemotion by the River and I have a fun tutorial for you!
Take your GO! Cutter to a Craftsy Class with Kimberly Einmo
Are you ready to create machine appliqué projects with more interest in less time? Join quilting expert Kimberly Einmo for her online Craftsy class, Amazing Appliqué, and find out how!
Guess No More! Here's are two of the best fusibles to use with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutting Machine!
Have you ever found yourself standing at the fabric store, eyes glazed, completely overwhelmed with the choices of fusible webs in front of you? I think we’ve all been there. How do you know which one to choose?
Start Making Your Quilts More Modern Using Modern Quilt Patterns
Modern Quilts are known for their bright, vivid colors and bold graphic designs. However, just as in traditional quilting there are a myriad of styles within the modern quilt patterns world. Are you ready to tip your quilting needle into the world of modern quilts? If so, you'll want to try some of the FREE GO! patterns that were created with a contemporary, modern look. They're are easy to make with any of our GO! Cutters and GO! Dies. So GO! Modern!
Set an Elegant Table with Bea's French Braid Table Runner
What every quilter should know about basic color theory and fabric coordination
Do you second-guess yourself when selecting fabrics? Unsure if the colors work together? Not anymore. AccuQuilt is covering the basics of color theory, and giving you the confidence to choose the perfect color combinations every time.
Does an AccuQuilt Cutter Really Save You Time?
The answer is yes, without a doubt! There are many ways that using an AccuQuilt fabric cutter makes your life easier, and most importantly, saves you time.
Quick & Easy Ways to Change Your Bedroom Decor
Do you want to give your bed a new look this spring? If so, we have some awesome free bed runner patterns for you to choose from. It will only take you minutes to cut out one of these patterns, and you could have a new runner on your bed after just an afternoon of sewing. Download one or all of these pretty patterns and start cutting with your GO! Fabric Cutting Machine.
A historical look at these time-honored quilt patterns from ancient times to today
The drunkard’s path quilt patterns are a popular favorite among more experienced quilters who love a bit of a challenge. Characterized by its zig zag pattern made of curved fabric pieces, this pattern resembles the path a staggering drunk might take on his way home. If you don’t know the origin of this creative pattern, the history is both fascinating and surprising.
How to Maintain your Quilting Fabric Cutting Dies to Keep Them in Great Shape
Quality dies are a vital part of any quilting kit. It’s hard to imagine creating a quilt without them! Your AccuQuilt fabric cutting dies can last for hundreds of cuts if you take care of them. To ensure your dies will last and that you can use them repeatedly, follow these simple guidelines.
How AccuQuilt Will Help You Make a Better Quilt!
Are you interested in making the best quilt possible? AccuQuilt has got you covered. It's the single most helpful place quilters can visit to find helpful cutting tips, a wealth of information and quality, useful cutting products that will enable you to create impressive quilts.
This is a fun tutorial showing you how to use your embroidery machine to “quilt in the hoop”. The quilting is done with your embroidery machine for both appliqué and pieced blocks made with the AccuQuilt GO! Qube Mix and Match 6 inch Block Set. Each block is appliquéd or pieced and then quilted individually. The quilted blocks are joined by sashing strips. The best part is that when the blocks and rows are joined, the quilting is also done and the quilt is finished.
If you’ve never attempted a Double Wedding Ring quilt, you may still be familiar with its design. This quilt pattern is a popular bedcover in many homes, and comes with a history as rich as the romantic tradition that surrounds it.
A helpful guide to 6 quilting supplies for beginning quilters
As a novice quilter, you may be overwhelmed trying to decide what quilting supplies and products to invest in. Here is a list of basic AccuQuilt supplies to get you started.
The GO! Qube™ makes this table topper so quick & easy!
Hi, it's Bea again from Beaquilter.com. I'm here to show you how to make this chomping table topper.
Get a stylish tote bag pattern that's just right for you!
Springtime is the perfect time to get out your prettiest pastels and bright quilting fabrics and start working on new totes. Whether, you make a purse to go with your Easter bonnet or a casual beach tote for the upcoming Summer months, we have a pattern for you. Purses and totes are a great way to use up scrap fabrics and they make great gifts, too.
This Goodie Bag is a Gift All By Itself
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Don't you just love spring? It always feels fresh and new. It is also a time of gift-giving for my family especially this year with upcoming weddings and other special occasions!
See why AccuQuilt customers are raving about the GO! Qubes. Isn't it time that you added them to your GO! Die collection? You won't regret it. All you need to do is - Just Add Fabric™.
The Double Wedding Ring Quilt - Cut in No Time
The Double Wedding Ring is a classic quilt block and probably the quilt block that brings the most thoughts of love and romance. The interlocking circles of the Double Wedding Ring quilt have been found on pottery as far back as the ancient Roman Empire. The first published Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern was published in the 1920's.
Get Patterns for 5 Free Table Runners
Table Runners are the perfect way to set the tone of any dinner, luncheon or even breakfast. It's a quick way of featuring your favorite holiday or celebration theme or even to tie in your favorite decorative fabrics and colors.
Twirling Windmills has to be one of the easiest and fastest quilts to make when you cut your batik fabrics with a AccuQuilt GO! Big fabric cutter. This quilt block reminds me of all of the turbo windmills we have here in Iowa. I'm Connie Campbell from Freemotion by the River and I have a fun tutorial for you!
English Paper Piecing Then & Now
Have you tried English Paper Piecing? The hand work craze has hit AccuQuilt.
Quilt Batting: Your Questions Answered
It seems that we all have questions about which quilt batting should be used in our quilt projects. Many have favorites that they have used for years. However, the makers of quilt batting and the types of quilt batting to buy has exploded. The elements discussed in this blog on quilt batting can help you ask the right questions to choose the best product for any given project.
Four Quilt Fabric Projects to Help Use Up Your Fabric Stash
Quilt fabric is a blank canvas for any quilter. So many possibilities lie in that stack of quilting fabric. Your GO! Fabric Cutter and a host of fun AccuQuilt dies take the hassle out of cutting those colorful quilt fabrics down. It’s now simply the turn of a crank or push of a button.
The Importance of Quilt Labels (Make your own with an AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter)
Oral history is a wonderful thing. What’s more fun than sitting around with family and friends sharing stories and memories? Laughter and tears and shared experiences are the ultimate glue, the bond that ties us to one another.
Whether your kids grew up with you quilting or it’s something new, they’re sure to love the results: quilts for them! Here’s a collection of six quilts designed to accommodate today’s styles.
Busting up a quilting fabric stash can be one of the most exhilarating tasks for a quilter. The sewing room is refreshed, there's more room for new fabric and all for the sake of new projects you can share. Using up your scraps doesn't have to mean creating scrappy projects−though there is nothing wrong with a good scrappy pattern. Check out this fun video featuring the GO! Orange Peel-4 1/2" die and look over the 5 patterns that can use up your stash!
Hi, it's Bea again from Beaquilter, I'm here to show you how to make this cute HOOT baby quilt! I made this baby quilt in two days so it's a weekend project for a last minute baby shower gift or it's never too early to start thinking about Xmas gifts!
GO! Qube Mix & Match Blocks and Quilts Second Edition is an Expanded How-To Quilting Book by, Eleanor Burns.
Quilters, rejoice! You don’t have to struggle to think of a great quilt pattern idea or spend money (that could go to fabric) or magazines to find inspiration. Here at AccuQuilt.com we have over 1,000 FREE quilt patterns just waiting for your quilting pleasure. Here are just a few.
Sharon Miner Shares Quilting Tips, Advice for Beginners and Her Love of AccuQuilt Products.
Who Is Sunbonnet Sue?
A female who inspires great passion is inherently interesting. Often she is someone people either love or hate – there is no in between. In the quilt world that person would be someone everybody knows but with a past you can’t quite pin down – Sunbonnet Sue.
Trapunto is a traditional type of quilting. This technique adds extra dimension to appliquéd and quilted shapes and is most often used on whole cloth and appliqué quilts. I love the look of trapunto, especially with machine embroidery and will share with you a method I have developed for adding that extra dimension to machine embroidered blocks. The wonderful part of this is that the AccuQuilt GO! Cutter makes this easier than ever to do.
Indigo is one of my favorite colors. It is bold yet dark and mysterious. Indigo can play the part of the background or take front and center in a project. For this month’s project I designed House of Blues and I wanted to make the dark Indigo color the star of the show. I used my AccuQuilt GO! Qube 6" Mix & Match Block to make this project quick and easy.
Are you looking for an accurate, fast and safe way to cut your quilting fabrics? Look no further! The AccuQuilt GO! family of fabric cutting machines are here to save the day.
We are proud to announce a new AccuQuilt gallery exhibit by renowned quilt designer, artist, and teacher Sue Bouchard. Named “The Quilts of Sue Bouchard: A Journey of Color and Design,” the exhibit will run from Feb 1 - April 27, 2017.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. To celebrate the month of love, I designed our little lovely quilt, “Dearest Heart”. It is the perfect size for a wall hanging or table topper. So let's celebrate the month of love with sweet projects, acts of kindness and lots of chocolate.
Hi it's Bea again from beaquilter! I'm here to show you how to make this cute baby quilt called Underwater Stars (and Mermaids).
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it is always tough to come up with new ideas for a special Valentine for the grand children. In my case, there are nine grand children under the age of ten. A couple of years ago, I created an embroidery set of candy hearts using the AccuQuilt GO! 2-3-4-inch Heart die. These hearts have served me well and have been stitched on quilt blocks and wall hangings as well as using them on mug rugs and zipper pouches. And this year, I came up with another idea—adding candy hearts to the tummy of a little stuffed bear.
Hi everyone! This is Connie from Freemotion By the River doing a guest post again on the AccuQuilt blog. I've got a fast and easy scrappy baby quilt tutorial for you using the GO! Set by Edyta Sitar and a couple of other dies. You'll also find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns and other fun things on my blog.
Greetings fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, visiting once again with my latest AccuQuilt project quilting tutorial. Today’s project features the GO! Qube and GO! Qube Companion – it’s my “All Bundled Up Fabric Basket.”
Sugar Cookies Apron Pattern: Quickly and Easily
The Holiday season is upon us! Here at the Pridemore house, it means that my mother-in-law and husband will be making the most amazing sugar cookies from a very old family recipe. This is a tradition that they have been doing since Matthew was a very small boy. Last year was the first year I helped with the cookies as my mom-in-law was not up to standing for hours as they make them. So this year I will be ready with my new duty with my Sugar Cookies Apron.
Imagine not being able to do something you love because of a physical disability. What if you couldn't quilt anymore because your rotary fabric cutter caused you too much pain? Unfortunately, many quilters find that this is exactly what happens to them. Whether it's because of age or accidents, some quilters find they are unable to cut the quilting fabric that they need to make beautiful quilts.
There are so many things you can do with the Studio Strip Cutter - 2 1/2" die. You can make the most basic quilts, or try quilt patterns like the Rail Fence or Log Cabin. Additionally, you can make your borders and binding with them. With the Studio Strip Cutter - 2 1/2", you can cut up to 25 perfect strips in seconds. It's the best quilting tool for making jelly roll strips for jelly roll quilts, too.
Mrs. Claus wants a New GO! Big Qubed Starter Set. At least the mysterious copy of the letter received at AccuQuilt seems to indicate that. We don't know who sent it to us, but we hope she gets what she wants for Christmas. Just in case you fall in love with the New GO! Qubed Starter Set too, you might want to give this letter to your favorite Santa. (Maybe under his pillow, in the car, in his golf bag, in his tool box)?
Hi everyone, it is Connie from Freemotion by the River and today I have a fast and easy table runner using AccuQuilt GO! Qube Serendipity Set by Edyta Sitar. You’ll also find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns, and other things on my blog.
We are honored to welcome the LUKE Haynes Quiltllaborations Exhibit to the AccuQuilt Gallery. Quiltllaborations is a series of collaborative projects that LUKE Haynes worked on with other artists and quilters. Haynes did most of the piecing, while artists like Liz Tran and Carlos Jesus Dominguez provided the painting elements on a couple of quilts. Quilters Libs Elliott and Heidi Parkes also worked with Haynes on piecing one quilt each.
If you're wondering which AccuQuilt GO! Cutting Mat do I need for a certain die, all you have to do is look on the die packaging and it will tell you the exact size. Luckily, you can use the same cutting mat for a variety of dies, so there's no need to purchase a separate cutting mat for every die you own. GO! Cutting Mats come in the following sizes: 6" x 6", 10" x 24", 10" x 10", 5" x 10", 14" x 16", 6" x 12", 6" x 24".
Harley Sturgis Biker Quilts BIG - The Early Years
If there is such a thing as a stereotypical quilter, Karen Crotty isn't it. Karen is the warehouse manager at the AccuQuilt headquarters. She is the person responsible for making sure that all of your packages get to you on time and in good condition.
Welcome fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's me, Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, back again for my latest AccuQuilt project tutorial. Today’s project features the GO! Qube and GO! Qube Companion – it’s my “Freeze Frame Mug Rug.”
Here at The Whimsical Workshop Studios, we design hundreds of patterns a year for a large number of clients. Every once in a while, one design will stand out as a favorite for me. This is the case with the Modern Melody Basics quilt we designed as a FREE pattern download for Henry Glass Fabrics. When I was sent the fabric collection to work with I thought about doing a Drunkard’s Path design and immediately planned on using my GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished die (55034) if we ever needed to make the quilt.
Hi, it’s Marjorie from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com and I’m still working on Christmas projects. Last month, I did a tutorial for my Interchangeable Blocks Wall Hanging. Some of the blocks from the Winter Bliss set are a bit more challenging for those who are new to machine embroidery--this tutorial is just for you. With this post, we will go step by step through the machine embroidery of Block 8 from the Winter Bliss set.
Hi everyone, it is Connie from Freemotion by the River with another fast and easy tutorial for the Christmas Pinwheels table runner featuring the 12 inch GO! Qube and also the new 12 inch Companion Set. You’ll also find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns, and other things on my blog.
Hi, it’s Erin from House on Hill Road. I don’t know about you, but I am already thinking about holiday making. I love having some handmade items at the ready for hostess and teachers gifts and today I want to share one of my favorites with you. These cute holiday potholders are the perfect addition to whatever baked goods you may be passing out this season. They are also great on their own! The construction is simple and uses small amounts of fabric, making these perfect for fussy-cutting and scraps.
AccuQuilt employees are allowed two hours per week of paid time to work on quilting projects in our state-of-the-art Dream Studio where they have their choice of fabric cutters, thread, and sewing and embroidery machines. The Dream Studio also includes must-have irons and ironing boards as well as a longarm machine—every quilter’s dream—so we can do our own quilting.
Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter, I'm here to show you how I made these quick and easy potholders using the 8" Qube set and Companion Set and scraps of fall fabrics! This is great for Thanksgiving or as a hostess gift if you're not staying home for Thanksgiving ;) You'll need scraps of orange, brown, and yellow. You'll also need scraps of batting AND Insul-Bright (it's a special sort of batting that has metal in it to help with heat).
I decided to do my first Texas Shop Hop and make as many stores as I could with my grandchild of a few months, on my own, in my New Prius Electric Car. On the final trek into the Austin/Houston area, my mother-in-law decided that I didn't need to do it alone with her great-grand baby in tow. So, she joined us on her first shop hop, too.
Fall is upon us and for people in Arizona that means the end of 100 degree days. Yah! So fall in Arizona can feel a lot more like spring does everywhere else. So this month to celebrate the cooler weather I decided to design a whimsical dragonfly table topper. I used a collection called Dragonfly Dance from Benartex Fabrics. This fabric has beautiful gold details to add elegance to the stunning artwork. I used my GO! Qube Specialty Set-Serendipity by Edyta Sitar to make the applique design and the pieced border.
Greetings fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's me, Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, stopping by for my latest guest post. I am back today to share another one of my AccuQuilt pattern designs featuring the GO! Qube and GO! Qube Companion – my “Pumpkin Patch Placemats.”
Hi, It’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com to tell you about a fun wall hanging that I made. First, you have to know that this was a complete experiment. And it did take three tries before it worked the way I envisioned. It’s an idea that’s been floating around in my head for a very long time and came from a vacation visit to Waikiki where there were small wall hangings in the elevators of our hotel. Several times a day the wall hangings were changed with a greeting suitable for the time of day.
How Do You Prepare a Quilt for Quilting?
Last time we met, my discussion of favorite tools morphed into one about preparing a quilt for quilting. We were already about halfway through the pin-basting process. (If you missed that discussion, see my October 3, 2016 blog entry.) The backing was laid out, with the batting on top, and the quilt top of the batting, all the layers smoothed out and secured with 1" safety pins so they won’t shift out of position during the machine quilting.
Hi everyone, it is Connie from Freemotion by the River with another fast and easy tutorial for the Winter Blues Table Runner featuring the 12″ GO! Qube and also the new 12″ Companion Set. You’ll also find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns, and other things on my blog.
One of our favorite quilters, the irreplaceable Eleanor Burns, is doing well and recovering nicely from her broken leg. She even has the greatest little helpers: her grandchildren Ellie, 9 and Jonas, 7. They got to make fun owl blocks while babysitting grandma. These two adorable kids sure look like they know their way around a sewing machine!
Happy Fall, y'all! It's Erin from House on Hill Road and I have a tutorial for a fun, fast, fall mini quilt. I raided my orange scrap bin to make this darling patchwork pumpkin. One block is perfect for a wall hanging or you could make a bunch of blocks for an autumn throw. With the GO! Qube Mix and Match 9'' Block and Companion Set, this project comes together in no time!
Aaron Zavitz of thinkMotionVideo has been the AccuQuilt videographer for about four years now. During that time he has been behind the camera for the filming of hundreds of AccuQuilt videos. Lynn Gibney recently challenged him to show what he's learned about AccuQuilt during all that filming.
Hi everyone, it's Bea Lee from Beaquilter. I'm here to show you how to make a quick red and white quilt (small lap or large baby quilt) that's SUPER quick using the 8" QUBE set and the 8" Companion Set! I also used a FQ bundle from Connecting threads called Kinderfolk and about 1yd for the border and another yard for binding and inner border.
The funny thing about writing about your favorite things is that as soon as you finish and get back to your quilting, you suddenly realize that you left out some of the best ones.
Halloween is around the corner and it is time to break out the Spooky Décor. We are also so excited to share my husband, Matthew’s newest fabric collection, Booooville from Benartex. The collection features a panel with Gnarly the tree getting ready to go trick or treating with his ghost friends. So this month I used my GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block Set and my new GO! Qube 6” Companion set to create a sweet and spooky wall hanging using part of the panel for the center and the corners. I used all the new dies from the Companion set to create whimsical borders to go around the tree. This left eight extra ghost panels, so I used an assortment of dies and fabrics to create a matching set of four placemats.
Quilters often joke about being identifiable by the threads that are often (always) dangling off of their clothing. Did you know the same thing can happen to your cutting dies? Over time, threads can become embedded in the grooves of the GO! Dies. When this happens you may start to notice that your die is not cutting as cleanly as it once was, it may start skipping over sections, or you may not be able to cut as many layers of fabric at once.
Greetings fellow quilters and sewists! My name is Belinda Karls-Nace and I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog). Today, I am back as an AccuQuilt blogger to talk about the GO! Qube 9" Companion Set-Classics and share my Jewels and Vines Table Runner project tutorial.
In 2007 I was lucky to be part of the fledgling Washington County, Iowa, barn quilt effort. Following what other communities had done since the first barn quilts were created in 2001 in Ohio (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilt_trail), about a dozen citizens gathered to discuss how to decorate the many barns in this very agricultural part of the world with quilts. Several years later, the project received a gubernatorial commendation and Washington County became known as “The Barn Quilt Capital of Iowa” for having more quilts on barns than any other county (well over 100). This is my recollection of what our committee did and how my husband and I made our own barn quilt.
It is really simple to get started with the GO! cutting system, and you will become a professional in no time! Before you know it, you'll be introducing the product to your friends and family and sharing the tips you've learned on your GO! journey thus far.
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Something funny happened on the way to this blog post.
In North Carolina the days are not cooler yet in mid-September, but with football season in full swing and shorter days, we’re all thinking of cooler weather and dressing up our homes for fall. Are you in the mood for cooler weather? I’m Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com here to share a machine embroidery Fall Table Topper idea with you.
While combing through issues of Quilter’s World magazine and books from Annie's Publishing and Leisure Arts, you may have stumbled upon designs from our guest blogger and pattern designer Gina Gempesaw of Gem Hill Quilts. Like many quilters, Gina learned to sew as a child and has been sewing ever since. Today, she says designing and piecing is her favorite part of the quilting process.
Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter again. Are you ready for fall? Kids have started school and the weather is starting to get cooler (at least a little bit here in NC). Get a head start on projects for the fall!
Hi everyone, it is Connie from Freemotion by the River with another fast and easy tutorial featuring the 12" GO! Qube and also the new 12" Companion Set. You’ll find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns, and other things on my blog.
Hello there! It's Erin from House on Hill Road back with another large quilt block. Just like my tutorial for the supersized Churn Dash, this tutorial will show you how to make an 18" finished eight-point star in no time. And it gets better... no y-seams! Let me show you how I do it.
The new GO! Qube™ Companion Sets are here and ready to join your GO! Qubes, so they can work together to make a wide assortment of beautiful projects! These boxed sets of four classic shapes in 6”, 8”, 9”, and 12” block sizes, were made specifically for use in conjunction with the original GO! Qubes. In case you're new to the Qubes, just know they offer tremendous convenience and are great for quilters of all skill levels. Just Add Fabric™ and your GO! Fabric Cutter!
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. I was so excited to receive the GO! Qube Specialty Set - Serendipity by Edyta Sitar! She is such a dynamic designer who makes the loveliest quilts. Using this set of geometric and applique dies, you can make several blocks and quilts of her design. This specialty set even includes embroidery files in a variety of formats. Best of all, you can also use the dies to create your own designs!
Breathtaking quilts by Tula Pink - fabric designer, quilter, author - is the latest exhibit in the AccuQuilt Gallery. Visitors can look forward to seeing nine exquisite quilts showcasing a splendid array of colorful fabric. Of course, in true Tula Pink fashion, while you're in the midst of admiring the lovely fabric, you are certain to discover a few hidden gems as well. The exhibit will run through October 31.
It's Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio.com with a tutorial featuring the Serendipity Specialty Qube Die Set by designer Edyta Sitar. It is so much fun stitching the machine embroidery designs, and in particular, the basket from this set. What fun to make a basket quilt with machine embroidery applique, and there are stars and hearts and flowers that can be stitched onto the baskets.
By now, you've all heard about our innovative GO! Qube Mix & Match Block Sets and may already have one or two of your own. For your convenience, we've compiled a list of 70 spectacular projects you can make with your Qubes. You have so many options with the GO! Qubes, and we want to make sure you don't miss any.
Designing quilts for about 16 years, Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop is now averaging about 400 quilt designs annually and she doesn’t see that trend ending any time soon. In total, Heidi estimates that she has designed several thousands of quilts so far in her career.
I don’t know why, but I love Octopus! Perhaps it's because they have eight arms and some days I wish I did too so I could get more done. Maybe it is because they are smart animals that excel at creative problem solving, a daily requirement for my job. Whatever the reason is, when I saw “Come Dive With Me” from Windham Fabrics, I fell in love.
Greetings fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's me, Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, stopping by for my latest guest post. I am back today to share another one of my AccuQuilt pattern designs featuring the GO! Qube – my “A Slice of Summer” placemats.
Hi, it’s Marjorie from blue feather quilt studio, and this month’s project is a king size bed runner inspired by the AccuQuilt Peaks and Valleys quilt pattern (made with the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 12" Block Set) and my new Holiday Elements machine embroidery design set. Making a bed runner is a new type of quilt for me, and stitching this was a lot of fun. While it’s only July and it’s crazy hot outside, it is time to get ready for the Christmas holidays. The photo above shows the bed runner on our picnic table (perfect for July—right?) and the only way I could get a photo of the full 98-inch length.
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. We're currently sweating through the middle of a heat wave. So, when I started thinking about this blog post, "Christmas in July" came to mind of course!
Many years ago I was at a Sit-and-Sew group in the home of a guild member I barely knew. I’ll call her Patsy.
After everyone was settled in she brought her very young son out to meet us, clearly using the occasion to teach him about manners and being polite. He was adorable and, indeed, well-mannered.
Hi everyone, this is Connie from Freemotion by the River and I would like to take you on a tour of my quilt studio. I have actually been in it since January, but it is still new to me. Each and every day when I open the door to my studio, I am happy to be able to work in this beautiful room!
Eleanor Burns is back again with tips about her own incredible and fun die design: GO! Eagle by Eleanor Burns. Eleanor loves this design so much, because it's so patriotic. And since Eleanor was born on July 3, she likes to think of 4th of July as a celebration for herself, too. She always dresses in red, white, and blue on her birthday as well. Eleanor's parents used to tell her she was an early firecracker that popped too soon! We would agree that she is indeed a firecracker with a wonderfully explosive personality!
If you have been an AccuQuilt customer for a long time, then you already know that our dies haven't always been made with two-tone foam. This innovative invention makes it so much easier to see which shapes you want to cut.
Hi everyone, it is Connie from Freemotion by the River with another fast and easy tutorial featuring the GO! Qube. You’ll find all kinds of quilting tutorials, quilt patterns and other things on my blog.
I confess, this is not my favorite part of the quiltmaking process. As primarily a free-motion-by-machine quilter, I find there are rarely times when I need to mark a quilt top before I start quilting. (As a matter of fact, I make SURE those times are rare.)
The first BOB (Block-on-Board) die Eleanor Burns "met" was the GO! Hunter Star. Now that she's been making her way around these blocks for some time, she's a BOB die professional. Eleanor enjoys getting all the shapes she needs for one block in record time. She understands how difficult and intricate the pieces are to cut with a rotary cutter and she wants no part of it.
Sewing since she was a young girl, Terri Vanden Bosch didn't get the quilting bug until 1993 when she went on a road trip to Country Threads Quilt Shop in Garner, Iowa. Now she's a 20-year veteran quilter who is the proud owner of Lizard Creek Quilting where she performs longarming services for other quilters. Terri started longarming nine years ago.
Let’s come clean: There is no consensus on washing quilts. Whether to wash them, how to wash them… There are, however, some things to consider that might help guide you the next time you find a hacked-up fur ball on your beloved creation, or discover that your brilliantly placed wall hanging has been a landing zone for kitchen-grease-laced dust all these years.
Eleanor Burns is on a modern quilt roll, and she can't believe it! She has succumbed to the ease and convenience of using the GO! Churn Dash-12" die, a great Block-on-Board (BOB) die that gives you all the shapes you need for one block. The Churn Dash also comes in the 9" finished square. For the 9", you can cut one full block with one pass through your fabric cutter using four layers of fabric, and you can cut two full blocks for the 12" using four layers of fabric.
Greetings sewing enthusiasts– it’s me...Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs…and I'm back again today with a brand new quilting tutorial featuring the GO! Qube. In case we haven’t already met, I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog)…and I put my AccuQuilt Fabric Cutters and cutting dies to work on a daily basis!
Eleanor Burns is back again, only this time to share tips about her own design, the GO! Blazing Star-12" Finished die. Eleanor says this is the kind of block in which you really need to have a GO! Fabric Cutter. It's another Block-on-Board (BOB) die that gives you all the shapes you need for one block, so you only have to pass it through the cutter once to get the entire block.
This month I used my GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block Set, and the GO! Big Snail's Trail 12” finish die to create a Table Topper for the 4th of July. I kept the project small so even the busiest of sewers can whip this up in time for the holiday!
Nothing is more disappointing than rooting around in closets and trunks to haul your seasonal or holiday quilts out of storage for the family visit only to find them creased, wrinkled and unwilling to lie flat.
Learn how to cut and sew a Drunkard's Path block fast and easy with some assistance from the amazing Eleanor Burns. Although some people think the Drunkard's Path is a really complicated block, it truly isn't ... especially when using the GO! Drunkard's Path-7" Finished die. This is another one of our infamous Block-on-Board (BOB) dies where you can get all the shapes you need for a block on one die. For added convenience, these dies are made with the notches already built in, so it's much easier to sew those curves!
When my grandson was little I made him a rag quilt out of old jeans. We all thought what a great idea - it would be free!
The GO! Qube Specialty Set - Serendipity by Edyta Sitar has a great embroidery CD that includes seven designs with three different stitching options: satin, blanket, and motif. The CD also includes the following 11 embroidery formats: art, dst, exp, hus, jef, jef+, pes, sew, vip, vp3, xxx. On the DVD that comes with the set, our very own Erica Bottger gives you an embroidery tutorial on Edyta's GO! Little Butterfly.
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Now, I just love taking pictures, and sometimes they even turn out really well! Here's one I took of happy little sunflowers. It always reminds me of nice and breezy summer days and when I first learned to how to make a quilt.
Eleanor Burns is back with more great tips on using the ultra versatile GO! BOB dies. This week she's featuring another one of her all-time favorite Block-on-Board (BOB) dies: GO! Snowball-6" Finished. This die also makes you think of a stop sign. Eleanor actually has a big red stop sign in her home specifically for her grandchildren's timeouts. She says it works because any age can read it!
The AccuQuilt Gallery has a new exhibit featuring seven quilts and 12 block designs from the top 30 entries in last year's Quilt Block Design Contest. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the 2015 Quilt Block Winner Exhibit from now until July 31.
Hello! It's Erin from House on Hill Road here. I love making over-sized quilt blocks. They are a great way to showcase a particular fabric, create great visual impact and get a quilt top completed in record time. This churn dash block is a classic and works well singularly as a pillow, but is equally as great for a larger project. Four blocks make a nice 36" square lap/baby quilt and nine blocks give you a good 54" throw. Keep going and put 16 together for a 72" larger picnic or beach quilt. You can always add sashing or borders to get the perfect bed sized quilt! Big blocks are so versatile. Here's how I put mine together. This tutorial makes one block.
The unveiling of a new quilt block design on the AccuQuilt world headquarters building in Omaha, Nebraska is only one day away. Each year AccuQuilt sponsors an on-line quilt block design contest for quilt makers around the world. The winning quilt block design is displayed all year long on a 17 foot sign on the outside of the building.
With the GO! Qube Blooming Block Quilt Pattern that comes with the GO! Qube Specialty Set - Serendipity by Edyta Sitar, you will learn Edyta's techniques for using wool in your GO! Fabric Cutter. Wool is thicker than most other fabric material; therefore, you should only run 1-2 layers through your GO! You don't even have to use fusible web for wool since it's felted, and there is no need to worry about frayed edges.
Eleanor Burns' first book was Quilt in a Day - Log Cabin Pattern (1978), and the Log Cabin is still one of her favorite quilts today. She is sharing tips and some insight about the amazing Log Cabin quilt that we all love for its tradition and for the layout variety it offers.
By now, you've certainly seen a number of great tutorials like this phenomenal GO! Qube Lap Quilt by our guest blogger Erin Burke Harris of House on Hill Road. Erin, mother of two teenage daughters and wife to Fatty (it's okay ... trust me), lives in Kentucky along with their beloved dog and cat. Even with a busy family life, Erin manages to carve out time every week for her sewing and quilting projects. Erin began sewing after a little nudge from her mom who encouraged her to take a home economics class in the 7th grade. She still sews garments periodically, but her true passion is making quilts.
I get lots of questions about various aspects of machine quilting. Here are my answers to some of them.
If you've already added the GO! Qube Specialty Set - Serendipity by Edyta Sitar to your collection, then get ready to have a lot of fun the next six months with her Block of the Month Pattern: GO! Qube Blooming Block. This pattern, along with seven other block patterns, is included in this new and exciting Specialty Set. These six blocks consist of flower baskets that have a different flower for each month. You will be amazed at the variety of flower options you have with Edyta's incredible designs. Making these cheerful blocks is certainly something to look forward to as we head into summer. However, if you're feeling antsy and want to make the blocks all at once, feel free since you have the pattern. Like Edyta says, "Once you get your Qube, you won't be able to stop creating and having fun!"
It's Heidi from the The Whimsical Workshop and this month I used my GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block Set, and the GO! Fantasy Flowers die to create a whimsical tote just in time for summer. This happy tote is perfect to carry to the beach, craft fairs, shopping or just around town. I used the wonderful dies from the GO! Qube 6” block set for the background and then added a big beautiful daisy to the front to add a touch of whimsy to the bag.
The new GO! Qube Serendipity Set by Edyta Sitar comes in a box that is small enough to sit on a book shelf.
Greetings fellow quilters, sewists, and AccuQuilt enthusiasts - it's me, Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs and the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog, stopping by for my latest guest post. I am back today to share another one of my AccuQuilt pattern creations featuring the GO! Qube – my “Let’s Build a Birdhouse” machine appliqué pillow.
Oh, the wonderful things you'll find in Edyta Sitar's new GO! Qube Serendipity Set! It's a treasure trove of inspirational quilting ideas, Edyta's dies, patterns, embroidery designs, and more! You'll have all the products you'll need to make your inspirations into the quilts of your dreams.
We have an amazing new block set from the mega talented designer and quilter Edyta Sitar! GO! Qube™ Specialty Set -- Serendipity by Edyta Sitar has something for quilters of all skill levels -- beginner, intermediate, advanced.
Get your FREE Pattern of the GO! Qube Spools & Kite Jigsaw Puzzle here.
It’s almost June and that means selecting and making gifts for weddings and babies. Hi, it’s Marjorie Busby from bluefeatherquiltstudio here today. My youngest grandchildren will be a year old in June, so a celebration is in order with a new quilt for each of them. As of today one quilt is almost complete (it still needs to be bound), and the other isn’t far behind. I’m not sure which is cuter—the babies or the quilt.
Today I have a wall hanging that is easy to make and perfect to add a touch of color to your room.
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's 2016 Quilt Block Design Contest!
Hey all! Erin from House on Hill Road here with a fun, fast and scrappy project for you today. I whipped up this darling spring bunting in an afternoon and now I want to make more! Here’s how I did it.
The friendship between Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou and the textile artistry of Faith Ringgold not only linked three amazing, important African American women in life but also made history when one 73” x 73” quilt sold for $461,000 in September 2015.
We love these ladies! Watch Joy Bernhardt and her friend Terry discover the wonders of our Studio 2 Fabric Cutter. We knew cutting strips with the Studio was fun, but Terry and Joy make learning how to use the Studio a "laugh-out-loud" experience.
I wouldn't exactly say that I hide my fabric. I have my own room devoted to my quilting and crafts and I have it pretty full of fabric. When I say full, I mean every drawer, every shelf, literally every surface is covered with fabric. And, don't forget the closet. It's fully stuffed with it, too.
Greetings quilty friends – it’s Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs, and I'm returning today with a brand new quilting tutorial featuring the GO! Qube. If we haven’t met before, I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog). I enjoy using my AccuQuilt Fabric Cutters on a daily basis and love to share my enthusiasm and projects with others!
I've been thinking for quite sometime about making a quilt for my sister using vintage postcards from all the countries we have visited. I've been collecting the cards for years, and now thanks to Melody Littrell, I am totally inspired and on my way. Here is her story.
This month I used the new GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block Set, to create a quilt using “Eggcellent Adventures” fabric collection from Fabri-Quilt. This is a very special group for me since I designed the fabric collection last year and have not had a chance to play with it. I always wondered what life would be like inside the coop. This fabric represents my imagination gone wild on this idea. I hope you enjoy your visit to the coop and get to know the “Stars of the Coop” this month.
Every time I use my GO! Qubes, I love them more and more. It’s Marjorie Busby from blue feather quilt studio here to tell you about my latest adventure. If you haven’t used the Qube yet, it comes in several sizes (6", 8", 9", and 12") and any combination of the shapes included in the Qube will make an endless variety of blocks. And mixing the Qube blocks with machine embroidery is so much fun.
Heirloom Creations, a 4,000 square foot store in Sioux Falls, SD, is a top 10 Husqvarna Viking dealer in the U.S., so they are a major player when it comes to selling sewing machines. They also sell the GO! line of fabric cutters, which they demonstrate to customers daily.
If you have a GO! Qube then you're already aware of how much you can do with it and how convenient it is to have in your collection, especially with the innovative self-contained storage system. All of the GO! Qubes (6", 8", 9", 12") provide you with an opportunity to create a multitude of blocks. It still makes us feel warm and tingly inside, so we hope it's doing the same for you.
Hey everyone! I’m Erin from House on Hill Road and I continue to enjoy making things using my GO! Qube. This month I am sharing a tutorial for an easy baby or lap quilt that finishes at 36” square. I’m using some pretty floral prints and a solid white for a soft look, but this quilt could be made using two bold solids or lots of different prints for a scrappy look. This quilt does finish small, but it can easily be bigger if you like. You’d just need to cut and sew more squares, keeping your finished measurements divisible by 6”.
While it’s true that high tech sewing aids like permanent glues and fusible fabrics have somewhat supplanted the need to attach cloth to cloth with thread, needles remain the single most necessary piece of sewing equipment we use. Here are some interesting things to know about your needles.
Hi everyone! I am Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Company and I am here with a fun and simple tutorial for prom or wedding season that is coming up fast!
Spring is here and it seemed like the perfect time to make an appliquéd table runner using the AccuQuilt GO! Harrison Rose by Eleanor Burns and the GO! Big Churn Dash-12" Finished dies. Hi, I'm Connie from Freemotion by the River and I always like fast and easy quilted projects and the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric cutter is perfect for them! I actually made a table runner and a table topper.
Hi, it's Bea from Beaquilter again! I'm here to show a modern sampler quilt made in Batiks from Island Batik using the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block set, the GO! Tulip die, 2 1/2" strip die. I started off with 1/2 yard each of 4 different batiks, then 1 1/2 yard orange batik for sashing and another 1 1/4 yard for the outer border plus 1/2 yard for binding. I also used some Heat n Bond for the appliqué and matching thread. (I used scraps for the back - you'll see at the end of this post.)
We are thrilled to welcome the Handi Quilter Vintage Made Modern exhibit to the AccuQuilt Gallery. This collection of vintage quilt tops were originally purchased at auctions and then finished by Handi Quilter national educators. Using their own vision, these educators came up with the perfect techniques to finish these quilts and make them even more exquisite. We are certain that the original quilt top maker would be both pleased and astonished by their work.
Greetings sewing and quilting enthusiasts – Belinda from Blue Ribbon Designs here, and I'm returning today with a brand new quilting tutorial featuring the GO! Qube. In case we haven’t previously met, I'm a quilting and needlework designer, creator, finisher, and teacher (and the author of the Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl blog). I enjoy using my AccuQuilt Fabric Cutters on a daily basis and love to share my enthusiasm with others!
Hey there, Erin from Avery Lane Sewing here to share with you a free quilt pattern for baby. With all the Daffodils and Daphne bushes in full bloom, all I can think about is spring. When I was young, I loved pinwheels and we always seemed to receive them just as springtime was greeting us.
Country Traditions is a fantastic quilt shop located in the Historical Downtown District in Fremont, NE. Owners Leslie and Kevin Main opened the spacious quilt shop in 1998. Leslie (pictured below to the right), who was looking for a career change after teaching middle school for 10 years, followed her instincts and opened an amazing store which has just about everything a quilter needs.
Hi, fellow GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. I just have to say that I love winter. Wait, let me try that again. I love cuddle-with-my-quilt-and-cup-of-hot-chocolate winters more than hot and sticky summers!
I have never liked basting my quilts. I tried all kinds of methods from basting in a hoop to using a Q-Snap Frame (anyone remember those?) I went to Quilt-A-Fair in Colorado and saw a demo of a quilt being basted with curved safety pins. Man, was I impressed!
With two quilting books already under her belt, quilter Sherri McConnell is putting her bachelor’s degree in English to good use. She also has plans to write more books in the future, but for now Sherri is content with helping other quilters through her blog, A Quilting Life, and by writing for Craftsy where she shares great tips on using up your fabric scraps among other things. Additionally, Sherri provides tutorials for the AccuQuilt Blog. You can see a few of them here.
If you're a beginner quilter, you may want to start off with smaller, more manageable projects like placemats. Once you make a couple of these, then perhaps try a table runner or wall hanging before tackling an entire throw or bed quilt. Of course, if you're the fearless type then don't let us slow you down! Some people work better by just jumping right in with a more challenging project. Whatever you decide, go all in and see it through. Make yourself proud!
Do you have a green thumb? If you do, I’m sure you love springtime and the beautiful flowers and plants that are everywhere—and likely in your own yard. But, if you’re like me and don’t have a green thumb at all, you can still plant some beautiful flowers on a quilt. I'm Marjorie Busby from Blue Feather Quilt Studio and today’s blog post is all about machine embroidery flowers and how I turned some “orphan” flower blocks into a very pretty quilt top in a single weekend.
The AccuQuilt 2016 Quilt Block Design Contest starts on March 18, and you have until April 8 at 11:59 p.m. CST to submit your winning design to the contest page! Get your family, friends, and fellow quilters in on the fun and ask them to vote for you beginning April 9 - April 22. There are $13,000 in total prizes waiting for you! The winning block design will be displayed on the AccuQuilt world headquarters building in Omaha, NE.
Take a trip down the rabbit hole! This month I used the new GO! Qube Mix & Match 6” Block Set, to create a quilt using “Adventures in Wonderland” fabric collection from Windham Fabrics. This group is based on the original artwork from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story. Which happens to be one of my favorite stories. I was drawn to this magical world full of whimsical characters. When I saw the line at quilt market, I knew I had to have it. So I bought the collection and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it.
Today is the day to celebrate everything green! From green beer to broccoli, green is the color to be today.