Die Spotlight: GO! Snowflake

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The GO! Snowflake die is the easiest and fastest way to cut out three different snowflake motifs. While there are endless design possibilities, one of our favorites is in Disney’s Frozen Sisterly Love quilt, featured in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. This quilt is the perfect gift for all the Frozen fans in your life!

Fons & Porter is offering both the quilt kit and a pattern for this fun project.

Follow along below to see how easy it is to cut and sew with the GO! Snowflake die. Each snowflake is 7″ across, so to cut one snowflake, cut a 7 1/2″ square. Apply fusible using the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Place the fused fabric over the snowflake you’d like to cut.

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Since we are just cutting one snowflake, use a 10″ x 10″ mat to just cover the section of the die you are cutting with. This helps conserve your mat!

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Roll through the cutter…

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And there’s a perfect snowflake! Use both the positive and negative space of the cut for even more options in your snowflake projects.

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Create Your Most Fascinating Machine Appliqué, Efficiently!

Are you ready to create machine appliqué projects with more interest in less time? Join quilting expert Kimberly Einmo for her online Craftsy class, Amazing Appliqué, and find out how!

Boost your machine appliqué aptitude as Kimberly helps you achieve speedy, accurate die-cutting results with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter. Plus, you’ll make your appliqués pop like never before as you learn snazzy single- and twin-needle decorative stitching methods and even Kimberly’s signature stitch-stacking techniques.

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Learn the techniques for swift, accurate and gorgeous appliqué alongside an award-winning quilter, author, international instructor and quilt judge — Kimberly Einmo! She’s written five books published by the American Quilter’s Society, including Quilt A Travel Souvenir, Jelly Roll Quilts and More, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Precuts Bonanza and her newest book, Modern Quilts and More!

Kimberly has also written articles and designed original patterns for numerous publications like American Patchwork and Quilting, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts. She’s even appeared on television and radio programs such as America Quilts Creatively and Pat Sloan’s American Quilting and Patchwork radio show.

When you sign up for Kimberly’s online Amazing Appliqué class, you’ll receive patterns for three fabulous appliqué quilting projects and all the guidance you need to bring them together beautifully.

lotsa_dotsStart by creating the Lotsa Dots! quilt. Kimberly will help you use the GO! Fabric Cutter to cut flawless pieces for your project, before you see how to adhere perfect circles to your background fabric with fusible web. Get the best tips for stabilizing your fabric, using special twin-needle appliqué techniques to add pizazz to your work, and removing stabilizer without distorting your stitches. Then, Kimberly will take you step by step through assembling and finishing your gorgeous Lotsa Dots! quilt.

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Next, make a personalized sewing machine cover project you can finish in an afternoon! Kimberly will show you how to customize the cover to fit your machine, make fun appliqué shapes quickly with the GO! Fabric Cutter, and create super-cute side ties for the project. You’ll also learn to stitch around points and curves with ease as you embellish your project with complex appliqué shapes.

Move on to creating the Good Morning Sunshine quilt. You’ll begin by cutting out background fabric squares. Then, use the GO! Fabric Cutter to make customized Dresden wedge shapes, and create perfect points on your wedges. Kimberly will also teach you how to sew your Dresden wedges into perfect units, attach your Dresden plates to your background fabric and secure them with tiny appliqué stitches.

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Last but not least, learn Kimberly’s signature stitch-stacking technique as you work on your Good Morning Sunshine quilt. You’ll create layers of different stitches and thread colors to bring eye-catching textures and interest to your appliqué! Kimberly will also cover how to assemble the Good Morning Sunshine quilt in a variety of different layouts, and talk about some beautiful options for quilting your project.

With Kimberly’s online Craftsy class, you’ll receive instant access to her lessons, which you can watch any time and as many times as you want — forever! You can even ask Kimberly and your classmates quilting questions, so you’re always just a click away from answers.

Sign up for Amazing Appliqué today to master fun new stitching techniques and tips for efficient, accurate die cutting with the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter.

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Pattern Spotlight: GO! Rectangle Reflection

The GO! Rectangle Reflection is just like a Disappearing Nine Patch – quick, easy, and you can cut it out in a flash with your GO! fabric cutter! Download this fun pattern for FREE for a limited time.

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Follow along below to see how to cut and sew this block. First, gather your dies. You’ll need the GO! Rectangle – 2 3/4″ x 5″ (2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Finished), GO! Square – 2 3/4″ (2 1/4″ Finished), and the GO! Square – 5″ (4 1/2″ Finished).

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Start with the GO! Square – 2 3/4″ (2 1/4″ Finished) die. Cut a strip of fabric that is 9 3/4″ wide. 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.

SONY DSC Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter. Slide off the cutting mat to reveal your squares.

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Next, grab the GO! Rectangle die. Cut a 10 1/2″ strip of fabric. 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.

GO! Rectangle Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter. Slide the cutting mat off the die to find perfect rectangles.

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Using the GO! Square – 5″ (4 1/2″ Finished) die, cut a 10 1/2″ strip of fabric and fan fold up to six layers across the die.

GO! Square Place the cutting mat on top of the die and roll through the cutter. Slide the mat off the die and you’ll find your 5″ charm squares.

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Cut more charm squares with the color you are using as the background.

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Check out all your pieces that are ready to become the GO! Rectangle Reflection.

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Sew each of the four units together.

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Sew the four units together to create the GO! Rectangle Reflection block!

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Pattern Spotlight: GO! Storm at Sea

The GO! Storm at Sea Quilt is a classic made easy with die cutting! Cut this quilt out in a flash and you’ll be sewing before you know it! Download this pattern for FREE for a limited time!

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Follow along below to see how quick and easy it is to cut all the shapes you need for the GO! Storm at Sea. First collect the dies you need – GO! Triangle in Square – 3″ Finished, GO! Half Square Triangle – 3″ Finished, GO! Square – 3″ Finished, and the GO! Half Square Triangle – 1 1/2″ Finished.

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We’re cutting for a four color block. Starting with the GO! Half Square Triangle – 1 1/2″ Finished die, cut 7″ strips from each of the four colors you are working with.

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Fan fold the strips 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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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off to reveal your perfectly cut half square triangles.

GO! Half Square Triangle - 1 1/2" Finished Repeat the same steps for each of the colors.

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After cutting with the same die, you may notice threads caught in the blades. Use your die pick to clean out the die.

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Next use the GO! Square – 3″ Finished die to cut squares with the aqua color. Fan fold a 7 1/2″ strip 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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Place the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Ta-da! Perfect squares.

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Next, on to the GO! Half Square Triangle – 3″ Finished die. Cut 9″ strips from each of your three accent colors – not the background fabric, in this example the lightest green. Fan fold the strips across the die. Layer up to six layers of fabric.

GO! Half Square Triangle - 3" FinishedPlace the cutting mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Perfect half square triangles!

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Repeat the same steps for each of the other two colors.

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Next, moving on to the GO! Triangle in Square – 3″ Finished die. Cut 6″ strips of the dark green and dark blue fabric. Layer them together over the center triangle portion of the die to cut four layers, two of each color.

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Cut a 5 1/2″ strip of your background fabric and fan fold over the outside triangle pieces.

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

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You’ve just cut everything you need for the Triangle in Square units!

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Lay out all your pieces!

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Download the GO! Storm at Sea pattern – free for a limited time – and lay out your blocks before you start sewing! The color placement in the Storm at Sea is important – so follow the diagram!

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Pattern Spotlight: GO! Fish

Looking for a fun piecing project? The GO! Fish Quilt creates this fun motif with just two pieced units. Download the pattern for free for a limited time!

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Follow along below to see how quick and easy it is to cut and sew this quilt! Start by gathering the dies. You’ll need the GO! Triangles in Square – 4″ Finished Square, GO! Quarter Square Triangle – 4″ Finished Square, and the GO! Half Square Triangle – 2″ Finished Square. The 2″ finished half square triangle is available both on the GO! Value die and the GO! Half Square Triangle – 2″ Finished Square Multiples. We’re using the GO! Value die below.

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Cut a 3 3/4″ strip to fan fold across the half square triangle units on the die board. 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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Since the fabric is doubled, fan fold up to three times across the die to cut the maximum six layers of fabric.

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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 perfect half square triangles! Notice the notched corners? These are so helpful because you don’t have to trim dog ears after sewing.

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Next, grab the GO! Quarter Square Triangle – 4″ Finished Square die. Cut an 11″ strip of fabric. Again, make sure the selvedge edge is lined up with the die label and the cutter handle. Fan fold the doubled fabric three times across the die to cut six layers of fabric.

GO! Quarter Square Triangle - 4" Finished SquarePlace the mat over the die and roll through the cutter.

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Slide the mat off the die to find lots of quarter square triangles.

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Next, on to the GO! Triangle in Square – 4″ Finished Square die. Cut a 3 1/2″ strip from the same color fabric as the half square triangles. Also cut a 5″ strip of fabric for the center triangle.

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Line the selvedge edge of the fabric up with the die label and the cutter handle to ensure you are cutting on the lengthwise grain. Fan fold the doubled fabric up to three times to cut up to six layers of fabric.

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

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Slide the mat off the die to find the piece needed to construct the triangle in square units.

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Lay your cut pieces out to show the two units you’ll be sewing – the flying geese and triangle in square.

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Sew the triangle in square unit by sewing one side to the center triangle. Press the seam.

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Sew the second side to the center triangle and press the seam.

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Sew one half square triangle to the quarter square triangle. Press the seam.

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Sew the second half square triangle to the quarter square triangle to finish the flying geese unit.

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The entire GO! Fish Quilt is made with these units! Download the pattern for free for a limited time to make your version today!

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BOB Blog Hop Projects

The BOB Blog Hop was a huge success! 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. Explore all the great projects below!

Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Girl - GO! Flowering Snowball

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Strip Quilter - GO! Ohio Star

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Freemotion by the River - GO! Log Cabin

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A Quilting Life - GO! Dresden Plates

DresdenPleasant Home - GO! Blazing Star

pleasant homeLiving Water Quilter - GO! Hunter Star

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rayssewcraftyBlue Feather Quilt Studio - GO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul

RPPP-flowerOne Stitch at a Time - GO! Double Wedding Ring

One Stitch at a Time Beaquilter - GO! Log Cabin

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sew incredibly crazy Sew Fresh Quilts - GO! Ohio Star

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Interested in seeing all the BOB dies?

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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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