Get the Perfect Fabric Cutter for the Holidays

Choose Right Cutter

Are you still trying to decide which fabric cutter is right for you? Let us help you! While we are certain you will be happy with any of our fabric cutters, it is important to recognize your own quilting needs before making a selection.

To start, all of the GO! Fabric Cutters will cut up to six layers of fabric, and the Studio will cut up to 10 layers. Beginners, occasional quilters, and people who like to do appliqué projects will love the GO! Baby, while others who quilt more frequently will prefer the GO! and GO! Big. The GO! Big is electric; therefore you will have hands-free fabric cutting. Additionally, if you have any trouble with arm strain, then this is likely the best fabric cutter for you. Lastly, although the Studio is generally used by high-volume quilters and for commercial use, other quilters love it as well because it cuts the most layers of fabric.

Concerned about the weight? We have lightweights and heavyweights ranging from 8.5 pounds to 23 pounds for the GO! fabric cutters which all have convenient handles for portability. If you are choosing a heavier cutter like the Studio, then it requires a designated space in your home. For a complete breakdown on how the fabric cutters compare, see here.

Watch the video below and choose your fabric cutter today:

GO! Winter’s Here

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The GO! Winter’s Here Quilt is the perfect project combining piecing and appliqué for the holidays! Download this pattern for free for a limited time.

Follow along below to see how easy it is to cut and sew one of the blocks.

Start with the GO! Quarter Square Triangle – 6″ die. Cut 11″ strips from two different fabrics.

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Fan fold the strip across the die to cut up to six layers of fabric. Position your fabric on the die so that the selvedge edge of the fabric is in line with the label on the die and the cutter handle. This ensures that the lengthwise grain is traveling perpendicular to the roller.

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Cover the die with the cutting mat and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off the die to reveal your triangles!

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Cut triangles with your second color too!

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Choose a different fabric and use the GO! Square – 6″ finished die to cut two squares per block. Fan fold 7″ strips across the die. Position your fabric on the die so that the selvedge edge of the fabric is in line with the label on the die and the cutter handle. This ensures that the lengthwise grain is traveling perpendicular to the roller.

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Cover the die with the cutting mat and roll through the cutter.

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For the appliqué parts, choose different fabric. Apply fusible according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the fabric over the GO! Snowflake die.

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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off the die to see the perfect snowflake.

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Do the same with the GO! Cardinal.

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Slide the mat off the die to reveal the cardinal.

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Sew the quarter squares to the 6″ squares to create a 4 patch block of squares and quarter squares.

Peel the paper backing off the appliqué shapes and place them on the squares.

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Iron down the shape to hold before using your appliqué technique of choice to sew down.

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Check out the final block!

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GO! Quatrefoil Squared Quilt

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You can make this stunning and colorful GO! Quatrefoil Squared Quilt by combining the GO! Big Square-10″, the GO! Big Circle-4″, 6″, 7″, 8″, and the GO! Square-5″. This amazing design is easy to piece together, and you can complete it in one day if you like as the GO! Quatrefoil is a great beginner project.

Additionally, if you’re up for doing a smaller project, the block in this quilt would also make a fantastic pillow design.

Download the GO! Quatrefoil Squared Quilt pattern now, FREE for a limited time.

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Watch how to make the Quatrefoil Squared Quilt below!

AccuQuilt Block Featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour

Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks Vol.10 is on sale now! Check out Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! In this issue, you will see fascinating blocks by many of today’s top designers, including Deonn Stott who used the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter for her creation below.

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Stott made Spring block #953. Wiith the GO! Rose of Sharon Die Bundle you too can make flowers and sheep in a variety of sizes!

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Answer the following question to win a free issue of Quiltmaker magazine!

How many layers of 100% Cotton Fabric can a go die cut at one time? Send us your answers now!

GO! Classic Double Wedding Ring Table Runner

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This lovely table runner features the GO! Big Double Wedding Ring 12 1/2″ die, which is one of five NEW GO! Big dies designed specifically to work with the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter. This die is a Block on Board (BOB) die design, so every shape you need to cut the Double Wedding Ring block is included on this one die! Download the GO! Classic Double Wedding Ring Table Runner Pattern now, FREE for a limited time.

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Watch how to make this beautiful table runner below!

Learn Eleanor Burns’ Techniques for Finishing Fabulous Quilts Faster

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. Sign up today for just $24.99 today, (that’s 29% off)!

Eleanor Burns has been a beloved instructor and one of the most recognizable figures in the quilting world since she published her first book in 1978. Since then, Eleanor has authored more than 100 titles. Her TV Series, Quilt in a Day, began airing on TLC in 1987 and on PBS in 1990. It’s still broadcasting nationwide and abroad.

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Eleanor’s passion for quilting extends into developing her own fabric and pattern lines, and teaching her quiltmaking techniques — which she’s shared with thousands of students from around the world. And, if you’re ever in San Marcos, CA or downtown Paducah, KY (near the AQS Quilt Museum), make sure you stop by one of her Quilt in a Day shops!

When you sign up for Eleanor’s online Craftsy class, Quick & Easy Quilting, you’ll receive three complete patterns and all the guidance you need to transform them into fun, finished quilt projects! You can even ask Eleanor questions and get answers using Craftsy’s interactive online classroom.

In Eleanor’s class, you’ll use both traditional and updated techniques to swiftly finish stunning quilts: a timeless Flower Basket wall hanging, a gorgeous Garden Walk quilt and a playful Geese in the Garden quilt. Along the way, uncover speedy traditional techniques and tips for using the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. You’ll also pick up Eleanor’s tricks for piecing accurately, pressing perfectly flat blocks, creating lovely fusible appliqué, finishing your quilts and more!

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Eleanor’s class starts with how to make her Flower Basket wall hanging. You’ll see how to cut perfect triangles and rectangles with the AccuQuilt GO!, assembly-line sew your pieces, press them flat and sew them into Flower Basket blocks.

Next, cut and sew your setting triangles, before creating some eye-catching fusible appliqué flowers by machine (no needleturn necessary!). Bring your project together with Eleanor’s tips for binding, quilting and embellishing your work.

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Move on to creating the Garden Walk quilt. Make a Triangle in a Square block using Eleanor’s traditional method, including how to square-up your patches so you finish with flawless blocks. Plus, discover how to achieve the same result faster using the AccuQuilt GO!

After that, see how to efficiently create perfect four-patches, and assemble the Garden Walk blocks with a speedy chain-piecing technique. You’ll even learn Eleanor’s swirling method for pressing away bulk at the center seams. With your Garden Walk blocks ready, Eleanor will help you assemble them into your quilt top and finish your project with a crisp folded border.

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Your last project is the gorgeous Geese in the Garden quilt, where you’ll learn to easily create flying-geese units using Eleanor’s techniques or the AccuQuilt GO! Then, assemble your flying geese into rows, and press them smooth.

As you continue with the Geese in the Garden quilt, you’ll find out how easy it is to cut long bias strips with the AccuQuilt GO! Eleanor will also demonstrate how to create and attach meandering bias vines to your background fabric.

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In the final lesson, you’ll make and machine appliqué vibrant flowers as well as leaves with perfect points. Eleanor will even take you step-by-step through finishing your quilt with a striking scalloped border.

Make quick work of projects you love with techniques you’ll use again and again. Sign up for the online Craftsy class Quick & Easy Quilting for 29% off (a savings of $10.00)!

What’s your best tip for making beautiful quilts quickly?

By Nick Linkow for Craftsy

 

GO! Retro Circles Quilt

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This beautiful, colorful quilt features the GO! Big Circles die. Although all GO! dies will work with the GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter, this die is one of the five New GO! Big dies designed specifically to take advantage of the GO! Big’s larger size . Download the GO! Retro Circles Quilt Pattern now, FREE for a limited time.

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Watch how to create the GO! Retro Circles Quilt below!

GO! Winter Bliss

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The GO! Winter Bliss Quilt is a classic! With all kinds of appliqué shapes all over this quilt, there is something for everyone!

Download this pattern for free for a limited time!

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Follow along below to see how easy it is to cut with the GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes die!

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Pick out your fabric and apply fusible following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cover the shapes with the fused fabric.

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Cover the die with the cutting mat and roll through the cutter. Slide the mat off the die to reveal the cut shapes!

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GO! Flying Geese

 

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Flying Geese are a building block of countless designs in quilting, and this lovely table runner is one of them. The new GO! Flying Geese die includes all the shapes you need to cut 3″ x 6″ finished Flying Geese units. This versatile die can be used with all of AccuQuilt’s fabric cutters, including the Studio when using the GO! Die Adapter. Download the GO! Flying Windmill Table Runner Pattern, FREE for a limited time!

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Watch how to create the Flying Windmill Table Runner below.

Quilter’s Spotlight: Retired Police Officer Marla Margelewski Inspires Us with her Fall Project

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Retired Chicago police officer Marla Margelewski began quilting after the loss of her father, finding it therapeutic in coping with heartbreak as well as the stress of working as a police officer. Her story is incredibly inspirational for anyone who loves quilting and for people thinking about quilting as a form of relaxation.

Marla’s Wool Candle Mat project that she uploaded to Quilter’s Spotlight is a charming piece she made with the GO! Fall Medley, GO! Circle 2”, 3” 5” and GO! Cute Car dies. As a special touch to her quilt, Marla added buttons from her and her husband’s police uniforms, creating a lovely, personalized, tangible binding to an already impressive project.

 

How did you come up with the idea for the Wool Candle Mat?

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I had been seeing people use wool for a long, long time and thought it was beautiful so I tried my hand at it. I’m not good at cutting, and every time I tried to cut you could see where my scissors landed. So I got frustrated and started researching and looking at magazines. I saw all these perfectly cut pieces, and then I saw the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter and I bought one. I had read about it and watched videos. I knew if I had it I was going to do something good. The buttons you see on the little circles are from my husband’s and my [police] uniform shirts.

It really is a lovely project, and the buttons are a heartwarming touch. Is there a quilting product you can’t live without, maybe a quilting obsession?

[laughter] The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter! It is really fabulous. I’m using it even more now because I have more dies.

Do you have any favorite AccuQuilt dies?

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Yes, I do. The Tumbler, the holiday Christmas one with the snowman [GO! Holiday Accessories], the rag die is really, really nice. I mean, you can put a quilt together very fast. It’s one of my favorites. The double wedding ring I absolutely love, but I’m cutting the ring part from actual scraps. I like the classics. The hexagons, oh my God! You don’t really need a sewing machine once they’re cut out for you.

Are you a member of any guilds?

I belong to several guilds. Prairie Star Quilt Guild, Sarah’s Grove Quilt Guild, and North Suburban Quilt Guild. I joined all of them because I didn’t know how to quilt! I’m telling you, quilting was like therapy when I was working, but I didn’t belong to the guilds then.

How long have you been quilting?  

I started quilting in 2006 when I actually started thinking about retirement. I wanted to learn how to quilt.

What triggered that?

I think it was the passing of my father and when I saw an article in a magazine—not even a quilting magazine—about a woman whose husband had passed away and she couldn’t bear to go in and clean his clothes out of the closet. And when my dad passed away I had a shirt of his hanging in the bathroom, and I would always touch it in the morning when I’d get up and then when I’d go to bed. Every morning and every night that was my ritual. It finally got to a point where I could finally release all of my dad’s clothes, so I asked a cook I knew at a restaurant if he wanted them because he looked like my dad’s size. He said, “Oh yeah, absolutely!” So after I gave my dad’s clothes away, I saw this article and the woman’s neighbor asked her if she could donate her husband’s clothes. So the neighbor boxed the clothes up, but instead of donating them, she sorted through them and took out all of the cotton shirts and she made a quilt out of the lady’s husband’s shirts. And when I saw that article I thought, oh my God, I could’ve done that with my dad’s clothes! Do you know how that would’ve felt? If I had known how to sew and if I’d heard that story, I would’ve known what to do. So that’s what started the journey. Since then, my daughter-in-law’s grandmother passed away, and I made quilts for their family members out of her grandmother’s clothes. Now I make quilts for people when a family member passes away.

That’s a great story, and now you’re sort of getting known for making quilts for those who are dealing with loss.

Yeah, I’m getting known for doing that. People see quilts I’ve made and now they’re calling me, sending me emails and saying, “Can you make a quilt for me?” So, I told my husband I’m going to get the Studio because I was getting overwhelmed. And also because I do a lot of charity work for Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, Project Night Night.

How does quilting make you feel?

It makes me feel good. When I worked as an evidence technician people were burglarized during the holidays. They had nothing, and I’d feel so bad so I used to sew these little bags and put hot cocoa in there and candy canes. You know, just little stuff, but it was something to give them. Here it is Christmas and they have nothing because someone stole their TV, etc. That’s why when I’d come home I’d sew. I thought, somebody’s got to do something. I’d load up the trunk of my police car with stuff.

How long did you work as a police officer?

I was sworn in in 1986. Then the last four years of my career I was promoted to an evidence technician. So I worked as a police officer for 26 years and then retired in 2011.

What was the most difficult part about your job?

I would say the most difficult part was coming home and shutting off what you see and what you have to do. Coming home and acting like it was a beautiful day when you know what you just went through is hard. But it was a good thing my husband knew because he was an officer as well.

Earlier you mentioned a project you’re working on for fallen officers called The Quilt to Remember. Tell me more about that.

When officers pass away it’s really hard to recover from the loss. Some officers wanted to find a way to honor them, so one of the girls put a plan into action to make quilts. I volunteered my services, but when I get there I see that they don’t know how to quilt. They were trying to figure out what to do with these [police officers’] shirts. I was thinking oh geez, we’re going to have to cut this fabric, and I thought oh, I have the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter! So, we used the Log Cabin die because I already had it.

Who is the team making this quilt?

Along with officers, we have a senior lady who comes in to help. And another lady who helped to restore the flags found in the rubble during 9/11. They took the flags to each state and each state was assigned a flag to restore.

When will the quilt be completed?

We’re looking at May 2015.  Because that’s when we have our St. Jude Memorial March, and all the officers come to the police memorial on the lakefront and we honor the Gold Star families.

Where will the quilt be displayed?

We’re not sure, I think St. Judes and then it’ll travel around to the different districts so each station can see it and they’re going to encase it but they don’t know where yet.

Another one of Marla’s appliqué projects – Halloween bat mug rugs

Do you multitask when quilting?

It depends on what I’m doing. If I’m cutting, I can watch TV at the same time. If I’m sewing, then I listen to music or an audio book. If I’m longarming, I listen to an audio book because it’s like somebody’s talking to me.

Describe your studio.

I use the recreation room in the basement. I have a longarm in there, too. It’s crowded. I mean you got to walk in between everything sideways. It works for me because I do everything in steps.

What is your dream-quilting project?

I would like to make a Baltimore Album Quilt. They’re appliqué shapes and each block is different. I was just telling my husband about it. But I want to design my own. I have it in my head that everybody will love it.

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Lynette A. Griffin is a new member of the AccuQuilt team, and she’s looking forward to sharing your projects and stories in a regular feature called Quilter’s Spotlight. Quilters will be selected from the Quilter’s Spotlight section of our site. Upload your projects today, and you could be the next featured quilter!