I finished this quilt when I was at the retreat! I LOVED making this quilt! It was so much fun!
Here’s what happened!
I spent part of an afternoon cutting up some Stash Builer’s fabric.
I choose 13 – 5″ strips from my stash builders and cut 3 – 5″ strips from Island Batik yardage I bought in February.
And, I pulled out the book that we Ambassador’s received: “Quilt in a Day, GO! QUBE.” It has a ton of patterns in there that can all be made with the Go! QUBE – the set of 8 dies we received with the AccuQuilt Go Cutter.
There are a lot of 8 point star blocks and I thought I would choose 4 of them and make 16 blocks for the baby quilt. And, I added sashing and cornerstones.
First, I cut all the sashing from the grey solid batik. Then laid them out on my flannel tablecloth-on-bed design wall. I added the different segments of each square as I went along.
With the blocks I choose, each one had 4 flying geese. Not necessarily my favourite. BUT cutting them out … using the AccuQuilt I was able to cut 6 blocks worth of the white triangles at a time! How cool is that? And such a time saver!!!!
I didn’t say much when I recieved the Go Cutter, but I’d heard some negative talk about how the AccuQuilt wastes a lot of fabric and so on and so on. Well, I have discovered that if you lay things out properly – it doesn’t waste a lot of fabric. No more than regular cutting.
SEW … I started sewing the blocks together.
AND …. here’s the super duper awesome, fantastic bonus:
The blocks went together like a dream! No dog ears to cut off and ALL of the pieces fit perfectly! Look at those perfect flying geese! Oh wow!!! I’m a very happy camper!!!
Talk about a transformation in my sewing life!!!
I enjoyed sewing the blocks together that other than the picture of the flying geese, I forgot to take pictures.
I’m in LOVE with my Accuquilt Go Cutter!!!!!!!!!!
I’m a pretty quick cutter. In the past, I’ve used a strip cut ruler and can cut a zillion strips in pretty short time. However, I’ve found that using the 2 ½” die and cross cutting for 4 patches is pretty speedy! See HERE and HERE Now in cutting pieces for this quilt, I was able to cut the big part of the flying geese (white) with ease! I cut enough for 6 blocks in one go! Now that’s FAST!
I webbed the quilt together. When you’ve got a sceappy quilt like this, it is SEW easy to get the blocks all mixed up. SEW … here’s what I did: As I made each block, I put a sashing strip on the top and the right hand side of each block.
- I took the 2nd column blocks (blue) and put them over the first column (mauve), right sides together (Row 1, Block 7 goes on top of Row 1, Block 1 // Row 2, Block 8 goes on top of Row 2, Block 2)
- Gather the blocks from the top, placing each row above the next one. Put a pin on the right hand side … this is where you sew.
- Then sew the top blocks together and without breaking your thread, sew the 2nd blocks together.
- You will then have Column 1 and Column 2 joined together.
- Add Column 3, then Column 4
I choose to use the Crib sized Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting. It was easy to work with and quilted up nicely!
I didn’t use Island Batik fabric on the back of the quilt, so I can’t show it to you. However, I did take a picture of the label before it was added to the quilt (the writing is actually straight, the picture isn’t!). I used the “Script” font on my Janome 500E. I didn’t take the time to digitize it.
When it came time to quilt it, the quilt screamed “keep it simple, let the stars shine.” So I did … The whole quilt is stitched in the ditch. I used one of the purples from Island Batik yardage that I bought, along with the grey to make a flange binding. The purple was cut at 1 ½” and the grey was cut at 1¼”.
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Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!
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