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5 Expert Quilting Tips from AccuQuilt’s Sharon Miner

Sharon Miner Shares Quilting Tips, Advice for Beginners and Her Love of AccuQuilt Products

Who Is Sharon Miner?

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Sharon Miner is a Michigan native who has moved around her home state and now lives in Allen Park. She first got the quilting bug in 1982 when she took a hand piecing class. Since then, she’s completed over 75 quilts.

Her favorite quilters are Eleanor Burns, Linda Hahn, Stacy Michell, Sue Nickles and Jinny Beyer. Not one to play favorites, Sharon is a fan of traditional, modern, pieced and applique quilting.

Tumblers, Hexagons, Half Square Triangles and Squares in many sizes make up Sharon's favorite shapes. When she has spare time, Sharon Miner likes to read, cook and use her cutters to cut her own personal quilt kits.

Sharon had a successful 30-year career as a legal secretary before diving into the quilt educating world in the fall of 2012. That was when she was invited to join the AccuQuilt team in Houston for the International Quilt Festival to show the fabric cutters in the booth. She now travels as an educator with Accuquilt to shows through out the US giving quilting tips and advice.

Favorite Teaching Moments

Sharon Miner enjoys showing quilters how fast and accurate AccuQuilt products are. “The 2.5-inch strip is my favorite die to show as it shows them they can cut perfect strips without the bend at the fold, by having the fabric going into the cuter fold first,” she said

She’s also always delighted to let quilters know how much fabric they can save by using AccuQuilt products as opposed to rotary cutting.

One of Sharon’s favorite things about AccuQuilt products is the accuracy of cutting, plus the dog-eared corners and notches that enable perfect piecing. “I love how easy the cutters are to use and the amount of time that I save,” Sharon said.

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Sharon Miner at a show with two AccuQuilters!

Quilting Tips for New Quilters and New Go! Cutter Users

Sharon suggests that any new quilter have a basic sewing machine with a quarter inch foot and a GO! system for cutting. “I explain that having a sewing machine with a quarter inch foot is great; however, if your cut pieces are not cut correctly, your blocks will not come out to the correct size,” Sharon explains.

For new quilters, Sharon's quilting tips suggests starting with scrap fabrics to create simple 4-patch or 9-patch type blocks. This is because the seams are easy to master and it gives the quilter confidence.

Quilters new to AccuQuilt products are excited and some times over whelmed. Sharon suggests starting out simple with purchases that they will use the most. She advises that they read the manual and project booklet first. Then start out with the patterns in the project booklet using scrap fabric to get used to their new cutter.

“I stress that when cutting geometric shapes, the length of the grain is placed over the angled blades going through the cutter and show them an example of how to test their fabric,” Sharon said.

Sharon recommends a 2.5-inch strip cutter and a GO! Qube so quilters can cut their own Jelly Rolls™, bindings and sashings to create countless block patterns and build confidence.

5 Quilting Tips from a Quilt Educator

  • Browse AccuQuilt catalogues for inspiration and ideas
  • Miter strips for borders and bindings using a half square triangle
  • Many dies can be used for multiple purposes
  • Use 2 dies together to create different patterns
  • Think outside the die

“Dies like Local Color give you other options as well – a half of an apple core, a different size orange peel and a crown. The Flowering Snow ball die can give you a large orange peel by folding your fabric just below the straight blade of the shape that resembles a half orange peel,” Sharon said.

If Sharon had a wish for the quilting industry, it would be to see more local quilt shops and fewer big box discount stores.

“Local quilt shops provide us with quality quilting fabrics and education that quilters rarely find in big box stores.” 

The Perfect GO! Starter Set

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GO! Just Add Fabric-9" Starter Pack

The GO! Just Add Fabric-9" Starter Set includes:

  • GO! Cutter Starter Set (55100S)
  • GO! Value Die (55018) – Included with GO! Cutter (55100S)
  • GO! Cutting Mat-6" x 12" (55112) – Included with GO! Cutter (55100S)
  • GO! Die Pick (55105) – Included with GO! Cutter (55100S)
  • GO! Qube 9" Mix & Match Block (55777)
  • GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) (55017)
  • GO! Cutting Mat-10" x 24" (55113)
  • GO! Sampler Mix & Match Blocks & Quilts Pattern Book by Eleanor Burns (1089)
  • GO! Ruler-12" x 12" (55475)
  • Includes 66 FREE patterns

Comments (10)

  • Audrey Moore said on March 7, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I agree with Sharon Miner that the 2 1/2″ strip cutter is the most useful additional die to add to a Mix and Match Qube. Perfect strips for sashing, piecing and binding make for perfect quilts.

  • Nancy Swartz said on March 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I am so glad you Highlighted Sharon Miner. I was on one of my first expeditions out, during chemo and she was demonstrating at our Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit, quilt show. I was amazed at how fast she could cut fabric with the Accuquilt dies, and I stayed so long at her booth, I tired myself out. She gave me a chair and kept chatting between customers. I ended up buying the strip cutter, 2, 2.5 and 3″ a Baby then a Go. I have since purchased a total of 33 dies. I have some neuropathy left in my hands and this cutter has allow me to keep sewing. Sharon recently showed me how to use the dies, to make Mystic Mts and the Buzz Saw patterns using a square and the strip cutters. I even made a Youtube showing how I used the Accuquilt cutter to make this pattern. Sharon is an asset to the company, and I am glad you featured her this month.

  • DiAnn Boehm said on March 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    My daughter and I met Sharon at Nancy’s Road trip weekend last May (2016). She showed us SO many super fun things we could do with the Accuquilt dyes! She was so enthusiastic and excited about Accuquilt she made us fall in love with it too! I bought the 12″ cube and three other dyes to make three college Quilts for my kids all going off to college! We saw Sharon again at our local quilt store, she gave us big hugs! She’s WONDERFUL!

  • Virginia Ratcliff said on March 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Sharon is the best at what ever she loves. I learn so much from her with my new Accu go cutter. I pray she keeps doing what she loves. Thank you Sharon proud of you. Ginger

  • Linda Rees said on March 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

    What is the cost for the Go! Starter set featured in this article. The article was wonderful for those of us who want the AccuQuilt but are not sure where to start. I have started writing down all the tips I find, there are so many good ones.

  • Carmela Seifferly said on March 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I just purchased the Go Big Electric cutter last November, and just starting out. I have purchased about 25-30 dies.
    I am really new to quilting. I have made a few baby quilts, 6 1/2″ square, fussy cut with a rotary cutter. I am anxious to start a queen size bed quilt and a full size bed quilt. I am a little puzzled how to use the strip dies to get a really long strip piece. Is that possible without cutting the top and bottom of the strip and if so, how do you do it?
    Carmela Seifferly

  • Carmela Seifferly said on March 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I read the feature article on Sharon Miner and was excited to learn that she doesn’t live too far from me. I live in Lincoln Park, Michigan and Allen Park is just a hop skip and jump away.

    Sharon is correct to think outside the box with the various dies. I have a 4 1/2×8 1/2″ rectangle die that I used the first time a few weeks ago. My grandson needed an arm band for his Ski Club. The 4 1/2 x 8 1/2″ rectangle was the right size for the arm band and I sewed 3″ elastic to the sides of the band and sewed on his patch and it came out perfect!
    I also have to make a 9″x6″x3″ bag to hold essential oil bottles. I plan on using the 10″ block die and the 3 1/2″ strip die to make it. So if you are a crafty person, the Accuquilt system will work for you too even if you don’t quilt!

  • carey careyhuang said on March 10, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Noting, noting and noting, Yep, I’m going to start mine very soon. Thanks. The Walking Dead Negan Jacket

  • Kathrn Palombo said on March 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Sharon is an awesome instructor. She even took the time to show my granddaughter how simple the Accuquilt system is to operate. She is so on target about big box stores. Joanns might have the Accuquilt cutters and dies to sell, however the Joann employees can’t show the customer how to use the cutters properly or to their best advantage. Therefore, the dies sit on a rack and the Joann customers have no idea how fantastic this product really is.

  • James Steadman said on April 13, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Hi everyone,
    First off, I was totally blown away with how easy and accurate the Accuquilt system is. There are tons of tutorials on how to load fabric, definite means of understanding “length of grain, bias, etc.” but I’ve only seen one, and it was NOT a clear demonstration of how to sew two of the pieces together, perfectly. I am a total novice to quilting and am a visual learner. Please direct me to your demonstration videos. Thanks, silverbearded54

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