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?

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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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Marla’s snowman appliqué project

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! 

 

GO! Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt

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This beautiful, bold quilt features the GO! Big Snail’s Trail-12” 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 Snail’s Trail block is included on this one die! Download the GO! Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt Pattern, FREE for a limited time.

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Watch how to create the Swirling Snail’s Trail Quilt below.

Quilter’s Spotlight: Mary Mahoney’s Halloween Tumbler Explosion

If you’re looking for some Halloween inspiration for your October projects, Mary Mahoney’s Halloween tumbler quilt should do the trick. Mary used a medley of Halloween fabrics and the GO! Tumbler die to create this eye-catching project.

While sharing her inspiration behind her quilt, Mary admits she has a bit of a problem and calls her husband the “enabler” since he lets her take over their living room with her ever-growing collection of sewing and quilting products. She also discusses her newfound passion of playing the ukulele.

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Mary with her Halloween Tumbler Quilt

The lovely Halloween quilt that you uploaded to Quilter’s Spotlight is not short on Halloween fabrics. What inspired you to make this creation?

One of my sisters loves Halloween, so I made it for her. Two years ago we picked out decorations for a mantel, and we went overboard when it came to fabric. I had stacks and stacks of fabric. Well, I love AccuQuilt, and I was sitting around looking at the tumbler, so I used that and the strip die for this quilt.

I put 1-inch strips of black fabric between each two rows and that’s how I came up with it. It’s a very large lap quilt. Probably about 45-48 inches wide and 6-7 feet long.

What was the most difficult part about creating it, if anything?

Sitting there and figuring out which tumbler went next to which tumbler. I came up with a color scheme after a while.

What was the easiest?

The easiest is cutting it out because the AccuQuilt cutter makes it so fast and easy.

What are your favorite dies?

Actually, the strip cutters. Not very sexy, but boy do they get the job done! I use that a lot when I’m making Seminole-style quilts. I like all the Studio strip cutters and the Hexagon dies. I also used the Studio Rag Quilt dies and really like them.

Which AccuQuilt product would you recommend to someone who hasn’t used any of our products?

The GO! Fabric Cutter is real nice because it folds up and has a little heft to it. The GO! Baby if you’re doing appliqué. The Studio Fabric Cutter is wonderful, but it takes up a lot of space. All of them are good. And since they came out with the GO! die adapter [for the Studio] it’s even better.

Our quilt guild, Quilter’s Workshop of Tampa Bay, bought a Studio when it first came out. We saw it on one of Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson’s road shows that they do. We house it at a sewing machine store here in Tampa who’s very supportive of our guild.

What is your dream-quilting project?

The silk one that I’ve been working on since February. It’s 23×23, 140 blocks; each block has 45 pieces. It’s an all paper pineapple piece that I’m getting ready for a show in Jacksonville, FL. Also, I’m doing a face binding, not a traditional binding.

What would you like to see in the quilting industry that hasn’t been invented yet?

I know there are tons of markers, and I think I own every single one of them. But I’m looking for one that actually delivers. It’s never quite what I thought it would be. But I’m just astounded by the developments in the industry and what has come out. The invention of the rotary cutters, the ruler, and the AccuQuilt cutters help because you do some of the details much faster. People with Parkinson’s disease can actually cut things out.

Do you have any favorite quilters?

I had a class with Libby Lehman in Paducah in 2008.  Not only was she a great quilter, but a very funny lady.  I also had classes with Carol Doak and loved her organizational skills and upbeat personality.  Another great is Kimberly Einmo. We had her teach for our guild, and she was another excellent instructor.  Mary Storis, the beaded embellishment lady, is very inspiring and lots of fun.  Last but not least, Ricky Tims. I like how he looks beyond conventional wisdom and his musical talents.  What a showman!

How many quilts have you made in your life?

Oh goodness, I don’t know. Say 40-50, including charity quilts. I’ve won blue ribbons at the state fair here and the strawberry festival. But I don’t make bed quilts because our dog sleeps with us and would destroy them. I made a flannel rag quilt for one of our dogs. But he got cancer, and we had to put him to sleep. He was cremated with the quilt. The quilt had all kinds of holes in it, but he loved it.

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve incorporated into one of your quilts?

I put Mardi Gras beads on a quilt commemorating Hurricane Katrina. I like to put beads on my quilts. I just won first place in the Jacksonville Quilt Fest for a miniature quilt I made with silk dupioni. I had to restrain myself from loading it up with beads! And I put a clock face on a Halloween quilt and used glow in the dark thread to quilt it.

Who is Mary Mahoney? Describe yourself.

Eclectic. I like to do all kinds of different things. I play the ukulele. Badly, but I play it.  I like to go sailing, play around in the yard.

Mary holding her new Oscar Schmidt baritone ukulele

Mary holding her new Oscar Schmidt baritone ukulele

How often do you play the ukulele?

I try to practice every day! I take lessons and participate in a jam session every two weeks.  We also belong to the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society.  We are going to a weekend ukulele festival in nearby Tarpon Springs in November.

I have to ask, what does a ukulele jam session look like? Are they well attended, and do people take turns jamming, or do they jam at the same time?

Good questions! A uke jam (at least the way it’s done here) is where ukers come together and play the same songs together. We get a song list with chords prior to the jam so we can be familiar with the words and chords.  Usually a jam has a theme, like country music, Elvis songs, Motown songs, and rock ‘n’ roll.  The woman who coordinates ours—singer/songwriter Norine Mungo—gets very creative with the song lists. The last few monthly jams have had 10-15 players. Attendance will increase soon when our winter visitors (known as “snowbirds”) return to Florida.  All ukes are played—sopranos, tenors, baritones, and even a banjolele.

What happens at a ukulele festival, or will this be your first one?

This year’s uke festival will be our first.  Tickets were limited to 150, and they sold out in 15 minutes!  We’ll go to the free event on Friday evening where we can jam with the big group and visit all the vendors.  The festival has technique workshops, concerts by uke performers from around the U.S., and lots of opportunities to play. There are festivals like this all over the world.  As a beginner, I am a little intimidated, but these are such friendly, encouraging folk that I am sure I will fit in soon.

How enlightening! It really does sound like a fun time. What are your bucket list items?

I’d like to go to Sicily, spend a few months there and visit my ancestral homeland. Everyone says it’s beautiful. Along with that, go to Rome, sail the Caribbean on a nice big boat, maybe spend time in the Grand Canyon and do like a photographic expedition.

Italy is my dream country, so I can’t wait to travel there. What’s the first thing you’d do in Sicily?

Find a sidewalk cafe in Palermo and sip a glass of Sicilian wine while people watching, and ultimately go to Capo d’Orlando and look for my distant relatives—Alberti’s and Clementi’s.

lagheadshot1Lynette 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!

GO! Peace, Love & Joy

Looking for the perfect holiday projects? Check out the GO! Love, GO! Peace, and GO! Joy patterns! Free for a limited time…

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Follow along below to see how quick and easy it is to cut out letters with Sarah Vedeler’s GO! Peace, Love & Joy dies! Let’s start with the GO! Joy die. Apply fusible to your fabric of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Lay the fabric across the die, cover with the cutting mat and roll through the cutter.

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The GO! Peace die by Sarah Vedeler is a fast, easy way to get all the funky font letters you need to spell P-E-A-C-E. Start by applying fusible to your fabric of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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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 reveal your perfect letters! You’ll need to cut an extra E!

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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 LOVE!

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Shop the GO! Applique Die Sale today for savings!

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GO! Baby Starter Set

Get started with GO! with the GO! Baby Starter Set! Watch the video below to learn all about the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Starter Set – now including two dies!

The GO! Baby Starter Set comes with not one, but two dies! The GO! Flower is perfect for appliqué.

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And the GO! Tumbler – 4″ finished die is perfect for fast, fun piecing.

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