The Easy Way to Turn Triangles into Star Quilt Blocks

Jun 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Education, GO! Product Tutorials


Make Your Triangles in Squares Into Star Quilt Blocks!

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.

One of my favorite dies is the GO!® Triangles in Square-3" Finished (55027) die. It creates a little pieced square which can become a point for a star block, a point for star sashing, or even a stand-alone triangle shape. Typically with this block, the triangles are all fussy to cut out. The large triangle is not equilateral, meaning the bottom edge is shorter than the two sides. To achieve this shape, you would need to paper piece or use templates to get the shape correct. The smaller side triangles can be cut traditionally by cutting a rectangle and then cutting it diagonally.

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It Couldn't be Easier - Quilting with the Isosceles Triangle!

Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Education, GO! Product Tutorials


 The Easy-to-Cut Isosceles Triangle


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.

The obvious reason to love using an AccuQuilt GO!® Fabric Cutter is how much time is saved – especially cutting those shapes that would require a template, specialty ruler, or would be tricky with a rotary cutter. For me, the isosceles triangle is one of those tricky shapes. I know it would take me a long time to cut multiple isosceles triangles and I also know that accuracy would be a big problem. They would all end up slightly different sizes. I love using this die because I can quickly cut multiple triangles without even thinking about geometry and they will all be identically sized.

Using a piece of fabric slightly wider than 6" x 44", typically the width of fabric, I can fold that fabric on top of itself making five layers. In one pass through the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter, I have 10 perfectly cut isosceles triangles.

Isosceles Triangle


I then take the remnants and carefully place them over the die shapes and roll it through the GO! Fabric Cutter again and get 4-5 more triangles. So with only two trips through the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter and less than two minutes, I have 14-15 isosceles triangles depending on the actual fabric width. I now have perfect triangles and hardly any waste.

The isosceles triangle gives multiple options for blocks and quilts. The first and simplest is a one-patch quilt in the 1000 Pyramid style. The 1000 Pyramid Quilt is a very traditional style, but it can have such a modern feel to it depending on the fabric choices. This is a recent one I started with some solid green fabric and some scraps for a Christmas wall hanging. AccuQuilt offers a similar type free pattern called the GO! Perfect Triangle to GO!.

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How to Achieve Amazing Sands of Time Quilt Blocks

Jun 10, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by AccuQuilt posted in Education, GO! Product Tutorials


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.

Today, I would like to discuss the Quarter Square Triangle block. This block is more commonly called an hourglass block. The block is a great geometric shape that is used repeatedly in quilts. The quarter square triangle quilt blocks can be used in many ways. In some quilts, its use is obvious. In others, it is almost hidden as it plays a supporting role in the background or as part of the larger quilt blocks.

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You're Invited! Show Your Love of Quilts at Quilter's Take Manhattan

Jun 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by AccuQuilt posted in Inspiration, Quilting News


AccuQuilt is proud to be one of the sponsors of Quilt Alliance's Quilter's Take Manhattan 2017 event. Tickets are now available for this whirlwind weekend of quilting and Big Apple delights. Among the many fun activities there are lectures, tours, exhibitors, a bed turning, a silent auction, a broadway show and more.  Here's a rundown of just some of the activities that you will be able to join in on during the September 15-17, 2017. 

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