Thursday, August 26, 2010

sponsored review: AccuQuilt GO! cutter

sponsored review: accu quilt GO! cutter
disclosure: this review is in exchange for the cutter & 3 dies

 Back in June I was contacted by AccuQuilt.  They offered me a free AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter along with three dies in exchange for a review of their product.  To be honest I was skeptical at first.... of the "free" part and of the cutter itself.  Those who know me... know that I'm a ruler junkie!  But in the end after a phone call with AccuQuilt I agreed to try it out.  So here is my experience and honest opinion of the GO! cutter.

 You will have an opportunity to enter to win a GO! fabric cutter next week courtesy of AccuQuilt.

I got the cutter a few weeks ago and immediately put it to work.... writing this review however took a bit more time... as i don't like to write! ;-)

AccuQuilt does have a large amount of YouTube videos to help guide you.  I suggest starting with the ones on how to mark your die and cutting tips.

video by accuquilt on marking your die

fabric cutting tips video by accuquilt

my experience

I had my choice of dies.  My first choice was the hexagon die since I am after all a hexagon junkie.  My second choice was the drunkard's path die since if this cutter was going to work... I wanted a die that wasn't as easily replicated with a traditional ruler.  The third die was recommended to me... the 2.5" strip cutter since it is one of their best selling dies.  I should have spoke up and said I don't want that one... especially since I don't do 2.5" binding but I didn't.  {My mistake}

I received the cutter & tested out a few things with it.  Overall I'm happy with the product.  I found a lot of success with the hexagon & drunkard's path dies and i'd recommend them.  There is a small learning curve with this machine and it does take some muscle to get the dies through.

Unfortunately I have not been happy with the results from the 2.5" strip cutter.  I watched most of the YouTube videos by AccuCut to see if I was doing something wrong, but hadn't found an answer.  Fabric is moving and it is very hard to get through the cutter even with one or two layers of fabric.  I did notice that the blades appear to be leaving much deeper marks on the cutting mat than the ones left on the same mat from the drunkard's path die.  I don't know if there was a defect with my die, or if this die is just harder to use because the blades are straight?  I contacted AccuCut and they sent me a replacement strip cutter die.  I had more success with the second one but still found it much harder to get through the machine than the other two dies.  Despite getting the second die to work I wouldn't recommend this one.  With the prep time I found that in the end it was quicker to cut 2.5" strips with a traditional ruler and rotary cutter.

Here are some photos of me testing out the Drunkard's Path-7" Finished Die

mark your die...

cut & press fabric
i used a piece 17" x 36" {basically 17" x WOF with the selvages off}

after you run it through sometimes the fabric sticks to the mat

and sometimes you have a thread or two to cut where the blades come together

but with careful planning there is little waste

and each 17" x 36" piece yielded 8 inside curves and 8 outside curves

sometimes threads get stuck in the die

but you can usually get them out easily with a lint roller

in very little time i had cut my pieces from many different fabrics

Here are some photos of me testing out the Hexagon Die

i decided to use a charm pack with the largest hexagon on the die

and it worked very well!

although i'm still not sure what i'm going to make with them now

the middle hexagon size is also perfect for 1" paper pieced hexagons

which has been very handy

so to recap...

1. Do the prep work!  Iron your fabric and cut it to the appropriate size for the best results.  We all like things to be fast... but skipping these steps just results in headaches.  Planning also = less waste!
2. Use a sharpie and mark your dies.  After doing this run a piece of "junk" fabric through as some of the ink from marking transferred onto the first fabric I cut with the die after marking.
3. Watch the YouTube videos.  They really do help!
4. Look to purchase the Applique, Classic or Geometric designs and skip the strip dies.

don't forget...
 You will have an opportunity to enter to win a GO! fabric cutter next week courtesy of AccuQuilt

8/27 Update!
I made a step by step tutorial for making a drunkard's path quilt with the AccuQuilt
It's posted on the swatch & stitch!

I also made a video for you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

sponsored giveaway: featuring The Fat Quarter Shop

the amazing crew of 
the fat quarter shop are back!

i've told you before that i love the fat quarter shop!
they always have great service & new fabrics!!

how Kimberly does it all... with 3 kids amazes me!
but she wanted to let you know about some great things going on...
and took some time to tell you about them!!

The Fat Quarter Shop is a beehive of activity these days!

We add new merchandise almost every day, so you have to watch our what’s new page for all the latest items. Some of our very favorites are the awesome clubs we offer!

 Our emphasis right now is on our spectacular Block of the Month clubs—we have over a dozen block of the month programs in progress right now, with a few brand new ones beginning soon.

You might enjoy the Aunt Grace Circle of Friends, beginning in September

Paris in the Fall beginning in November

or Civil War Chronicles beginning in January

 Already in progress but with spots still available...

are the 2010 Designer Mystery

Holly Lane

 and a quarterly quilt kit club called Scrap Basket Surprises

Visit our website for all the info!


personally i think i might join
darlene zimmerman's 2010 clothesline club

or the 2nd annual
fig tree club

on top of telling you all the amazing programs they have going on...
Kimberly & the FQS is offering up some fabric to one lucky reader!

ready for the giveaway??
a fat quarter bundle of the entire collection of pure by sweetwater!
37 fat quarters of PURE joy!!

update as of 6pm on Wednesday...
this giveaway is going so well..
that the FQS crew has decided to give 2 pure fat quarter bundles!!!

the FQS crew wanted to offer a coupon code just for you!!
It’s a 20% off one purchase coupon, with the code “jaybird”
It will expire Friday, August 20 at midnight CST.
The coupon excludes the purchase of gift certificates or clubs.

you have five chances to win the pure fat quarter bundle
yes FIVE!!

the rules
leave a comment for each entry.
pretty simple.
{ if you leave one comment saying you did all 5.. you only have one shot! }

just leave a comment.
a nice one please.

leave a comment on the jolly jabber
the fat quarter shop's blog }

sign up to get the newsletter for the fat quarter shop {top of the page}
they send out great info on new arrivals!

head on over to the fat quarter shop...
& come back and tell me your favorite fabric, pattern or notion that they have for sale
{ or you can pick more than one thing!... i know some of you are indecisive! }

blog about this giveaway on your blog
& come back to let me know!

giveaway now closed
winner announced soon!

you have till 10pm est on thursday the 19th to enter.
winner will be announced on friday.

so you got all that??
start commenting & go shopping!

Monday, August 2, 2010

sponsored giveaway: featuring above all fabric

i'd like to introduce to you...
above all fabric!!

melanie has a great eye for fabric... and only sells the best of the best in her shop!

here are a few of current favorite fabrics & things in her shop...

{ you really just have to feel how amazing it is }

so what is she giving away to one of you??

a fat quarter bundle of Sandi Henderson's new line Meadowsweet 2!!!
that's a $35 value!!

she is offering a discount just for you!
10% off any order this week.... until 8/8/10
just use the code QUILTS

the contest rules
leave a comment for each entry.
pretty simple.
{ if you leave one comment saying you did all 3.. you only have one shot! }

check out above all fabric & let me know what you favorite fabric is...

sign up for above all fabric's newsletter & let me know you did
{ bottom left side of their main page }

blog or tweet about this giveaway & let me know you did!

you have till 10pm est on Wednesday the 4th to enter!

so you got all that??
start commenting!!

giveaway now closed!

congrats to....
Teresa Eliason said...

2D Zoo by Alexander Henry - such cute and modern fabric for baby quilts!

i just checked teresa out..
and she has a family blog & just started a quilting blog!
so go pay her a visit!