GO! English Paper Piecing Project

During our morning Show and Tell, we see all kinds of awesome projects that team members have been working on. Recently Erica shared an English Paper Piecing Project she finished.

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Erica used the GO! English Paper Piecing – 1/2″ Finished die to make this adorable pin cushion.

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If you haven’t tried English Paper Piecing, now’s the time! You can cut both your paper templates and fabric hexies on one die board. Check them out in two sizes – 1″ finished and 1/2″ finished.

And be sure to check out how to cut and sew with the GO! English Paper piecing die here!

Die Spotlight: GO! Bowtie

The GO! Bowtie by Alex Anderson is a great BOB. That’s right, this die is a block on board – every shape needed to make the classic bowtie is included on one die board. It’s easy, fast, and convenient to use this die!

Watch Alex Anderson show you how to use her die:

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Grab your copy of GO! Bowtie Bonanza – free for a limited time only!

Die Spotlight: GO! Winding Ways

The GO! Winding Ways die is a classic BOB (Block on Board) die. All the pieces to make this fun block are included on one die board, so cutting out the blocks is fast and easy.

This fun block is featured in a new pattern – the GO! Winding Wall Hanging. The pattern is free for a limited time only, so download your copy today.

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Follow along below to see how easy it is to cut and sew this block. First, start with your GO! Winding Ways die, cutting mat, and strips of fabric cut to 10 1/2″ inches.

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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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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll any additional fabric to the side to travel through the fabric cutter.

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Keep rolling…

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Slide the cutting mat off the die to reveal your GO! Winding Ways pieces.

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TIP: Keep you pieces organized on the cutting mat to bring them to your sewing machine.

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Lay the pieces out so you can see the GO! Winding Ways block.

GO! Winding Ways Sew one of the teal corners to the yellow centers. Use the helpful notches to keep the pieces in line. There are lots of different ways to sew curves – pins, no pins – do what feels best to you! Press your seam after sewing.

GO! Winding Ways After piecing all the corner pieces to the petals, start sewing the teal pieces between the petals together.

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Next, join the bottom pieces of the block together to form one unit.

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Do the same with the top of the block!

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Sew each of the center pieces together.

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Join the center portion to the bottom of the block.

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And then sew the final seam to finish the block off!

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BOB Blog Hop Schedule

HP-BlogHop-1408 Up next, the BOB Blog Hop! BOB (aka Block on Board) make cutting easy! All the shapes needed to make the block are included on one die board!

We’ve teamed up with some of our favorite creative folks to see what they make with BOB! From August 18th – August 29th, see a new project each day! Here’s the full schedule:

August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon GirlGO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip QuilterGO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the RiverGO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting LifeGO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant HomeGO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water QuilterGO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew CraftyGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt StudioGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a TimeGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – BeaquilterGO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly CrazyGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh QuiltsGO! Ohio Star

Interested in seeing all the BOB dies?

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Die Spotlight: GO! Hunter Star

The GO! Hunter Star is a great BOB die. This classic block has endless possibilities when you start to play with color. Whether you are making the two-color design – featured in the GO! Festive Hunter Star Quilt – or a scrappy design, the GO! Hunter Star die is sure to save you tons of time! Download your copy of the GO! Festive Hunter Star Quilt today, free for a limited time…and follow along below to see how to cut and sew the GO! Hunter Star block.

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Start by choosing your fabric and cutting 10 1/2″ strips. We are using two-colors for the sample below.

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Position your fabric on top of the die. Make sure that the selvedge is aligned with the die label and the cutter handle to ensure that the lengthwise grain is traveling perpendicular to the roller.

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Your fabric should also be placed on the die at the same angle as the die shapes. You can see in the picture below, the fabric is at a slight angle.

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Place the cutting mat on top of the die and roll through the cutter. Roll extra fabric up along the side of the die.

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Keep going…

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Slide the cutting mat off the die to reveal all the shapes you need for the GO! Hunter Star block.

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You can continue to cut shapes from the strips of fabric so you’ll have enough pieces for several blocks.

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As you continue to work your way thorough the fabric, you’ll have small scraps. You can either keep them to one side of the die, or trim them off as you go.

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Before you start to sew, lay out the pieces to create part of the block. The GO! Hunter Star block is assembled in four units, and when the four units are combined, the create the full block. The picture below shows one unit.

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The center rows are constructed with three pieces – two small and one larger. When you set up the center rows to sew, the unit looks like the picture below when the right sides of the fabric are together. The pieces have notched corners so everything lines up perfectly, and you don’t have to trim dog ears later!

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Sew the center units together, press your seams.

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Pin the center unit to the large triangle.

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Sew with a 1/4″ seam.

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Press the seam.

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Repeat the same process for the other side.

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Pin each half together.

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Sew with a 1/4″ seam.

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You’ve finished one unit, now it’s time to make three more! Follow the same steps as the first unit.

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Check out all the different blocks Ray’s Sew Crafty made with the GO! Hunter Star die:

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Tammy G. shared her GO! Hunter Star quilt on Quilter’s Spotlight too titled “Dancing with the Stars.”

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GO! Scrappy Star Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

The Log Cabin is a classic block with endless design possibilities. Check out the GO! Scrappy Star Log Cabin Quilt Pattern for a fun block layout.

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Follow along to see how easy it is to cut and sew the GO! Log Cabin Block. First, pick out your fabrics. To make blocks for the GO! Scrappy Star Log Cabin Quilt, you’ll need a solid color for one half of the block and fabric that contrasts with your chosen solid for the other half of the block. We are using the royal blue solid for one half and the red, brown, and blue prints for the other half of the block.

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To start, layer up to six layers of fabric across the die board. Notice the fabric below is at an angle? The die blades are positioned across the board at an angle and it is important that your fabric is placed on the die at the same angle to keep your fabric grain oriented correctly! The lengthwise grain needs to travel perpendicular to the roller. Notice the blue fabric peaking out from underneath the red print? That is the selvedge edge of the fabric, lined up with the die label, and the cutter handle. This alignment ensure the lengthwise grain is perpendicular to the roller.

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Place the cutting mat over the die.

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Roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off the die to reveal your first set of logs!

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Continue cutting the rest of your fabric. Several of the prints we chose were fat quarters, so we have two pieces – one for the logs on the left hand side of the die and another for the logs on the right hand side of the die.

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We’re cutting three layers of fabric, so where the two piles overlap, there are the maximum six layers of fabric on the center blades of the die.

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Cover the die with the cutting mat.

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Roll through the cutter.

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And here are the rest of your logs!

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The key to success with the GO! Log Cabin Die is to keep your pieces in order. We’ve arranged them in size order so we’ll be able to work down the line during sewing.

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Head over to your sewing machine to get started! Grab one solid blue square and a printed square. Put fabrics right sides together and sew with a quarter inch seam.

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Press your seams to the outside, and continue sewing log cabin pieces around the center unit. Keep the printed fabrics on the left and the solid fabric on the right.

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Careful ironing as your piece makes the back of your block look great too!

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And here’s the finished block! There are five rows of logs of each side of the red center.

SONY DSCHead over to Quilter’s Spotlight for even more Log Cabin inspiration, like this gorgeous quilt shared by Julie W.

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Get the Most Out of Your Cutting Mats!

To get started die cutting with AccuQuilt, you need a fabric cutter, dies, and cutting mats. The fabric cutter and dies are designed to last, but the cutting mats need to be replaced over time. How can you get the most out of your cutting mat? Read on for helpful tips to make your cutting mat last as long as possible!

When you open up a brand new mat, it looks perfect, like the mat on the left below. As you use the cutting mat, the blades from the die cut into the surface and leave marks. This is totally normal! A slightly used mat looks like the mat in the middle below, and a mat that should probably be replaced looks like the mat on the right.

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To extend the life of your mat, there are a few tips and tricks. First, if you are cutting with a die that has multiple shapes, only cover the shapes that you are cutting with the cutting mat. You can use a smaller cutting mat to only cover the shapes that you need.

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Below the 6″ x 6″ cutting mat is the perfect size to only cover the two smallest size circles on the GO! Circles die.

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Roll the die through the cutter. As you push the uncovered section of die under the rollers, you can feel that the die doesn’t catch on the roller until the mat section goes under the roller.

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Slide the cutting mat off the die to reveal perfect circles!

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Another important tip is to always rotate and flip your mat during use so that the die blades are cutting into a different part of the mat with each cut. Notice in the image below that there is a GO! label printed on each side of the mat. Watch to make sure you are seeing the label facing up on opposite sides each time you cut – that means you remembered to flip the mat!

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After the first cut, flip the mat so the label is on the opposite side.

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Use your mats on a variety of different dies – the blades are placed differently on each shape, so by rotating your mat between dies, you take advantage of the entire surface area of the cutting mat. Here’s an example of a mat that has been used on a variety of shapes since you can see cut marks across the surface of the die.

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If you are making a rag quilt with any of the GO! Rag dies, your cutting mat is going to get a work out! The GO! Rag dies are designed with lots of blades to easily cut the fringed edge. Take extra care to flip and rotate your cutting mat with rag dies!

GO! Cutting MatsIf your cutting mats are looking like the one below…

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It is time to get a new one! Right now, buy a GO! die and get 50% off the matching cutting mat. Shop now! 

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Meet BOB

Who’s BOB? BOB stands for Block on Board. BOB die designs enable you to create an entire block with just one die. That’s right, every shape that you need for the block is in one place!

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BOB die designs are designed to make cutting even easier for quilters. You’ll make quilts with SPEED since you can cut an entire block in just one pass.

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BOB die designs are a great VALUE because you don’t have to buy multiple dies to cut out a block.

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And at the end of the day, BOB die designs let you quilt with EASE.

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Browse all the BOB die designs and plan your next project! With 15 different BOB die designs to pick from, your next project will be a breeze…

Call for Quilts!

AccuQuilt has teamed up with the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild and Quilts of Compassion to make and collect quilts for victims of the recent tornados in Pilger and Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. Members of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild have been hard at work in the AccuQuilt Dream Studio making a variety of quilts for those in need.

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If you have quilts that you’d like to donate to this worthy cause, please send them to address below before August 12th.

Quilts for Compassion
c/o AccuQuilt
8843 S. 137th Circle
Omaha, NE 68144

The quilts will be delivered to communities in need on August 16th and 17th.