Today marks the launch of two new strip dies into AccuQuilt’s impressive line-up – the GO! Strip Cutter 2 ¾” (2 ¼” finished) and the GO! Strip Cutter 6” (5 ½” finished), bringing the grand total of strip dies to 18!
If you haven’t experienced GO! Strip Dies yet, you may wonder why they are consistently among the brand’s top-selling dies and why adding two more is so exciting for quilters.
Quilters will typically cut width of fabric (or WOF) strips, so GO! dies are cut to accommodate this - with die boards that are 24” long.
This is perfect for cutting those strips just as the fabric comes off the bolt – folded in half. So, why not just cut strips with a rotary cutter and a ruler?
- Reduced hand and shoulder strain
- Quicker and more accurate
- No need to keep straightening your fabric after ruler “slips”
- Safe for quilters of any age
- Cuts up to 6 layers of 100% cotton fabric at a time
But there are more uses for strip dies than may meet the eye at first.
Here’s a picture of AccuQuilt’s #1 top-selling die year after year. It’s the GO! Strip Cutter 2 ½” (2” finished).
There are just four blades, all running lengthwise, cutting three strips across the die.
This die’s popularity comes from its versatility, with quilters using it for binding, sashing, and borders. It’s also the exact same width as the popular pre-cut strips often called jelly rolls.
If you cut six layers of width of fabric at a time, you will have nine strips in just one pass through the cutter! That’s enough to bind a queen-size quilt - all cut perfectly in mere seconds.
Do you ever shy away from making a project with a curved or scalloped edge because you didn’t want to deal with cutting bias binding?
Well, don’t worry about it because GO! dies can make cutting that bias binding easy. Just watch this video with Pam!
But strip dies can do more than cut strips alone!
The lines you see are screen-printed, angled guidelines marking the end of the die blades. As well as 90 degrees along with 30, 45 and 60-degree lines.
By cutting strips and lining those strips up along the angled guidelines and cutting again, you can create squares and diamonds!
Need to make a lot of four patch blocks?
Cut your strips and sew them together. Next, lay them out on the die using the 90-degree line and fanfold back and forth across the die up to six layers. Press your two square units to the dark side to “nest” your seams and you will have the most perfect four patches ever!
Here’s a great video with Pam reviewing how to make all these cuts.
The two new widths have been highly requested by quilters. The 2 ¾” teams up perfectly with the GO! Qube Mix & Match 9” Finished and Companions. With it finishing at the same side as the small square (Shape 2), it’s a natural for sashing and inner borders for any 9” block.
The new 6” width will make squares that finish at 5 ½” – that’s a size square that is not found on any other die or in any Qube!
It’s also great for borders. If you don’t like piecing your borders, you can cut long continuous strips by folding your yardage up and down the die board, making sure to keep your folds inside the blade ends.
Using six layers like this, you can cut a strip that is over three yards long in one pass!
GO! Onward Throw Quilt
Here's a fun way to put the new GO! Strip Cutter 2 3/4" to use! This fun project uses Shapes 4 and 5 from the GO! Mix & Match 9" Finished Block and the strip die to create a fun weekend project. Experiment with different colors using GO! Quilt.
GO! Color Bar Throw Quilt
This bold, modern quilt is a snap to make using the GO! Strip Cutter - 6". You won't believe how easy this one is - with ombre fabrics creating a fun and distinctive look.
Looking for more ways to use your strip dies? Think about cutting up-cycled fabrics for a variety of projects from quilts to pot holders to rag rugs and more. How about a way to use fabric scraps and batting scraps at the same time? Use the GO! Strip Cutter 2 3/4" for your own version of a "jelly roll" rug. Patterns and tutorials abound online, and it couldn't be easier!
Cut and sew fabric strips together end to end - the longer the strip, the bigger your final project will be. Cut your batting scraps on the die also, cutting no more than 2 layers at a time. To get started with assembly, you will want to lay your fabric strip on your work surface with the right side down and lay the batting strip on top. You'll want to fold the long, outer edges of both layers to the center, then fold in half and stitch down the open side.
Once that's done, it's time to start putting your rug together. I used a wide zig-zag stich on my sewing machine for this step. For more detailed information, check out this blog post by our friends at Moda Fabrics.
Do you have a favorite way of using your strip dies? As they say about potato chips, once you get started you can’t stop with just one!