Thursday, September 30, 2010

Accuquilt Go Review & Blazing Stars for the 3x6 Bee

Last week, I was so very lucky to receive an Accuquilt Go cutter to try out.  In addition to the Go cutter, I received Eleanor Burns' Blazing Star die that generates a 12.5" block and a 5" square die also.  I am going to test the Dresden plate die out, but that is on back order and I should receive it shortly.  

I really like to cut out fabric so I hadn't given the Go cutter much thought until I read Julie's review in which she tested the drunkards path die since that was not so easily cut with a rotary cutter.  A light bulb went off in my head, oh how perfect to get a Go for cutting those pieces not conducive to a standard ruler...

I needed to make several blocks for the 3rd quarter of the 3x6 Sampler Bee, so I thought that it was the perfect test for the Blazing Star die.  The instructions are VERY well written and clear.  The die can cut 6 shapes: two background shapes, two background star shapes and two front star shapes.  The number of each shapes is clearly specified and if cutting right side up/or wrong side down is needed to generate your block.  The blocks assemble into quarter units and then finally the 12.5" block

Here is a color layout of what the die will cut, this is the front of the package:



You can faintly see the shapes on the die here:



The instructions directed what size of rectangles of fabric were needed for each section of the block.  Here is a section of fabric face down on the die ready to cut... I kept the directions handy to keep me on track.



Place the mat over the die and roll in though... so simple.



Here I am pulling the mat off and you can see the cut shapes.



And here is the finished product, 6 blocks for my fellow bee members and one for myself...


So what did I think? Probably the most prevalent factor in my case... did you see those yellow gloves I had on in the photo?  Well, I think I am allergic to the surface of the die as I am allergic to either latex or one of the chemicals used in its processing.  So once I started to itch, I washed up and wore gloves from then on.  This worked for me but anyone with a more serious allergy should contact Accuquilt, I am waiting for an email back as to the exact content of the mats surface.  Save that statistically rare occurrence, it worked like a dream to cut out all those pieces so quickly.  Like otherwise, you must be careful with bias edges.  Next time I would iron and use best press on the pieces first...the Kaffe shot cotton I used in the darker block stretched like crazy.   

I intend to used the 5" square block for larger scraps.  It is easy to cut the squares out of yardage, but it will be nice just to slap a large scrap on the die to see if I can get a charm square out of it or not... and this will be perfect for my 4 year old who is wanting so badly to try this out!

The Dresden die is the one I am most looking forward to... I will share that once it arrives and I have a chance to play with it.  For more info on the Accuquilt, check out their website and facebook page for contests, too.  I think there is going to be a big announcement tomorrow!

7 comments:

Weatherbee ;) said...





Beautiful blocks! Great job! :)

Stormy Days said...





Beautiful, that is one of the dies I have been thinking about. I agree that the GO is good for hard to cut pieces. I especially like the appliques.

Needled Mom said...





What a great project and it appears perfect for the GO. If you find that you can't handle that allergy, you can send the GO to my house. I not allergic to latex!!!!!

Jackie said...





OMG, I love the blocks!! I think I may have to get that die!! But one question, how did you make the smaller blocks?

Barb said...





Oh wow, I have not seen this die demonstarted yet, maybe it is in a video but I have not seen it on a blog...just love it.

Carol said...





Wow, your blocks are amazing. It is sad news that you are allergic to something in your new machine.

Ariane said...





I love your blocks! You are the first blog I've seen demonstrate that die! It looks like it works great! I may just have to buy that one!!!