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A really great new tool……..and GIVEAWAY (over $400 value)!


!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!
I have been having a lot of fun playing around with a new tool lately.
And the precision of this thing is phenomenal.
And will grab at your little heart.
Well, your please-save-me-some-time-crafting heart.
Accuquilt is a company based out of Nebraska, that has created a brilliant little portable cutter.  One that will save you hours of time.  Seriously.
They have designed this sleek little tool, the Go! Cutter, that uses die cuts to cut so many different shapes and strips of fabric…….making quilting, sewing, and crafting so much easier.
Let me tell you a little secret.  I am not a quilter. Not because I wouldn’t like to be…….I just don’t have the time.  Quilting takes time…….and that’s no secret.  I like a project to take a few hours max, to work on it here or there, and then be done.  When my kids are bigger, I’d love to make piles of quilts……but now is not the time.  I need faster crafting gratification for now.
But then, a few weeks ago, I received a Go! Cutter to test out.
I cut piles of shapes and strips.
In minutes.
I’m not kidding.
So I decided to make a quilt……and just see how it went.
(Remember the time thing?  I was hesitant.)
So, I opened up my cutter and placed the Go! Tumbler die in place………
Then I folded over a piece of fabric 4 times, into a narrow strip to fit through the cutter…..to make multiple cuts, all at the same time.
I placed the mat on top and turned the handle a few times……
……and out came my tumbler-shaped cuts.  And 4 of them at the same time.
I continued on with the same strip of fabric, using as much of the space as I could……and ended up with minimal scraps.  Loved that.
And then I continued with my next colors and folded my fabric over even more, to cut through 8 layers of fabric at once.  Done.
And now I had little piles of neatly cut tumbler shapes, in 4 different colors.
The thing about this Tumbler shape, is that it has trimmed corners, to minimize trimming later on.  I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate that, until I sewed all the pieces together later on…….and didn’t have to trim one thing.  Ahhhh!
Then I layed out the shapes, just how I’d like them, and started sewing strips together.
Then I sewed all of the strips together to get one big quilt top piece.
Then I placed a layer of batting and then a piece of plain fabric along the backside…….and began quilting, using a stippling technique on the Bernina.  (Wow……effortless.  But we’ll talk about that another time.)  You could always use straight stitches right along each Tumbler shape or even hand-stitch some quilting designs onto your quilt.  But hand-stitching takes more time…….but is so charming.  So you decide.
Then I trimmed off my edges and got the quilt ready for the binding.
I placed my fabric onto the Strip Cutter die, and folded it into thirds so that I could cut long continuous strips……as wide as the width of my fabric.
I placed the mat on top……
……then rolled it through.
Then I removed the side scraps……
(This cutter is just 4 parallel blades, so it won’t ever chop your ends off…..thus, giving you 3 continuous strips.)
Then I unfolded my strips of fabric.
Easy, quick, and very precise.   Wow, this makes binding so much easier.
Then I sewed each strip together, and folded it in half lengthwise, to form one long piece to use for the quilt binding.
And then attached it to the quilt, sewed around it……….
………..and done.
I love that it took me an hour here and there from one day to make each quilt, and shaved off hours of measuring, cutting, and clipping.
And the tumbler shape created a fun and vibrant pattern for these quilts.
(And did I mention that I have never had my binding turn out so evenly and precise?  Must be from crooked binding pieces in the past.  Oops.)
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And they go perfectly in the little boy/girl toddler room, that I started here.
(More on the room to come…)
One on a toddler bed, and one for the crib.
Love them both.
And I couldn’t be happier with how easy it was to keep everything even and precise while sewing.
Want to see some other ideas?
Are you really into making those rag quilts, with all of the textured edges?
But hate snipping and clipping all of the darn raw edges?

 

Just take a look at this Rag square die cut, that cuts each square on the Go! Cutter, plus all of the little slits in the fabric.  All you have to do is piece them together.
No more cutting.
At all.
Or how about some really fun applique cut-outs, that could be used on blankets, shirts, table runners, etc.  Check out all of the die cuts here.
Just think of all the fun.
(And I’ll be showing you more of what I have made using the cutter, tomorrow.)
But are you ready for something exciting?
Accuquilt is offering one of their Go! Cutters, absolutely free, to one of you.
The winner of this fabulous giveaway will receive 1 Go! Cutter and 3 Die Cuts of their choice.  (Over $400 value)
So whatever your crafting style is, you’ll be able to choose just what you’d like to create.
And save a ton of time while doing so.
(And remember to check back tomorrow for some other great non-quilting ideas,
using the Go! Cutter.  Can’t wait to show you.)
!!!!!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!
Here’s how to enter to win:
Visit the Accuquilt site here , but more specifically the Go! Cutter shop here…….then browse around for a while.
Then come back here and let me know in one comment what your plans are for the Go! Cutter, or how you’d like to use it.
So visit the site,  comment back on this post, and you’re done.
Only one comment per person.
This giveaway ends Wednesday, July 21st, at 9:00 a.m. (EST)
Good luck!
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Aireene says:

    I can use this to make fabric hair accessories… I would love to win it!! I’ve been eyeing this for years now..

  2. Ethel LaCasse says:

    I’d love to win the GO cutter. I could use it for so many things because I like to do all sewing crafts & have tons of fabric & other things put up because I don’t have the space or time to do my crafts like I’d like to since I work & can’t really leave stuff out because of children, grandchildren & greatgrandchildren usually being here when I’m not working –which also cuts into the time I could work on crafts. I’ve done some quilting, applique, embroidery, & especially like to do children’s clothes & nursery ensembles. I’ve also made drapes, tablecloths, other home decor items & the cutting is what takes the most time.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Love it! What an amazing tool! It would be so helpful with cutting out fabrics for quilting. It would save so much time! I have a toddler and teach 23 second graders so I know how valuable time is! There are so many die cuts to choose from! The quilting patterns are endless with this machine! It is a wonderful thing!

  4. imtillie says:

    Wow, what couldn’t I use this for, quilt pieces, pockets for my bags, future baby stuff, gifts…gifts…gifts, such a special touch it would give to anything.

  5. Egater says:

    Those are really lovely quilts!
    I needed idea to do one quilt to girl and one to boy and I think I try to do this pattern.

  6. Holly Olberding says:

    I would love to use this to help cut straighter lines and to help with the fringe cuts needed for project I do.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I would cut out flowers to applique onto skirts! I absolutely love your quilts – gosh – this machine might even inspire me to make a quilt!!!!
    Sharon

  8. Rachel B. says:

    Holy moly, I want one of these! I have developed quite the sewing (especially quilting!) obsession lately . . . this would make it so much faster and more fun! Heavens to Betsy, I hope I win this gadget :-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I would have to put this to good use with my church group–we sew blankets for our local Salvation Army Family Shelter. What a time saver!!
    Natalie K.

  10. Lacey says:

    What wouldn't I do?! I want to make quilts for each of my girls and start making more of their own clothes. Love this machine!

  11. Lacey says:

    What wouldn't I do?! I want to make quilts for each of my girls and start making more of their own clothes. Love this machine!

  12. JJohnson says:

    I love to sew, being a mom of a 15 month old and one on the way (due any day now) I am normaly stuck cutting my fabric out late late at night. being sleep deprived often means my cuts are not as sharp as they should be. This machine would be an awsome took. i could cut strips for bias tape out all at once. My brian is going crazy just thinking of all the projects i could do. i have been drooling over this machine since it came out, but i know we could never aford one right now.

  13. JJohnson says:

    I love to sew, being a mom of a 15 month old and one on the way (due any day now) I am normaly stuck cutting my fabric out late late at night. being sleep deprived often means my cuts are not as sharp as they should be. This machine would be an awsome took. i could cut strips for bias tape out all at once. My brian is going crazy just thinking of all the projects i could do. i have been drooling over this machine since it came out, but i know we could never aford one right now.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Love the hexagon die. I'm currently working on a GFG using English paper piecing and the only thing I hate is cutting out the fabric hexagons LOL!

  15. Kim says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I think I am going to cry because I want one of these so bad! It would make my life so much easier when doing binding. I can never seem to cut in a straight enough line (uugghh). I love it!!

  16. chanale says:

    would make quilting such a breeze! love this tool.

  17. Becky says:

    I would give the cutter to one of my aunts. Not that I couldn't use it for myself, my aunt makes lots of quilts/blankets for Project Linus. This would save her time in cutting and allow her to spend more time sewing and quilting and with her grandchildren.

  18. Christina says:

    You did a really good job showing how to use this cutter and how it all works without wasting fabric (which I had been wondering!) I would be using it to cut lots and lots of squares and binding for quilts! Whoever wins, thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  19. Ruthie Kaye says:

    Wow! I recently started doing alot of fabric/sewing crafts and I'm not good at all yet! This nifty machine would make all my quilting dreams come true! I'd love to make that adorable orange flower pillow and all sorts of other things that are so hard to cut! I love love love this!

  20. Nick and Terryn says:

    Wow -that looks so awesome! I would love to use it for cutting the 2 1/2 in strips!

  21. Nick and Terryn says:

    Wow -that looks so awesome!

  22. Dani Christensen says:

    I'm really bad at cutting ANYTHING even. I love that it takes away time and makes it more precise. Much easier for novice sewers!

  23. JeccaB says:

    What a fantastic tool…I've never seen one of these before but this is the best! My Mom is an awesome quilter and she is a missionary's wife in Mozambique, Africa. She is always making quilts for other people and I would love to give this to her. I think she could really get some good use out of it. Thank you for the opportunity!

  24. Janey says:

    Ohhhhh I'm SO happy about this!!!! Fingers Crossed…I'm an applique fanatic, especially on cute little baby patchwork quilts. I'd LOOOOOOOOVE one of these!!!

  25. Heather says:

    well, how cool is this machine. i would love to teach my daughter to do some quilting with appliques. And how 'bout those binding strips. super fun.

  26. Paula says:

    I would LOVE one of these!! I am due with my first baby any day now, and would love to cut down my quilt-making time!

  27. Ann's ART says:

    If ever I could win a giveaway, this would be it. Seriously. So cool. I HATE CUTTING!!!

  28. MoeWest says:

    Go! cutters are so awesome! I looked at the project ideas and I would like to make the Apple Core to Go! quilt. Love the way it cuts strips so easily.

  29. Barb says:

    Oh, I have been trying so hard to win a GO cutter! I have used one before but cannot purchase one at this time. I wish to win one to make quilts for others. I have so many students and Veterans who would truly benefit by my using a GO cutter! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  30. Kim says:

    I would love to have one of these. It would be great for sewing and I would probably finally try my hand at quilting also.

  31. Kevin and Stephanie says:

    Oh my goodness! This is the coolest thi I have seen in a while!! I would use the Go! Cutter to start quiling again! I love to make quilts but the cutting is so time consuming.!

  32. Melanie says:

    I would love to win this so I could quilt. Being a mom with small children I need all the time saved I can get so this would be great.

  33. HS says:

    I love using the loads of satin scraps I have to make flower hair things for my two little girls! I cut TONS of circles to make the little flowers-the GO! would make my life SO MUCH Easier! I would cut HUNDREDS of circles and we would all wear flowers in our hair!

  34. ozone says:

    As a teacher, I would use it for my classroom (art projects, bulletin board displays), but also as a crafter, I would use it at home including making that amazing quilt you have created!

  35. Jehn says:

    I would love it to alter my clothes! I'm short so most of my skirts are too long so it would be fun to use it to add something adorable!

  36. rachel_523 says:

    I am a teacher and this would be such a cool thing to use in the classroom with students for art. Kids love to create and we could use it to make our wagon fabric cuts or a cool classroom quilt. Maybe even some kind of gift for their parents (Mother's Day).

  37. rachel_523 says:

    I am a teacher and this would be such a cool thing to use in the classroom with students for art. Kids love to create and we could use it to make our wagon fabric cuts or a cool classroom quilt. Maybe even some kind of gift for their parents (Mother's Day).

  38. Valerie says:

    I would use it for quilting and making cute cut outs for pillows!

  39. Jenna says:

    This is wonderful! I love to quilt but don't anymore with my little ones. My 2 yr old is graduating to a twin bed and the tumbler quilt would be perfect for his personality.

  40. jdharris photography says:

    This is amazing. My wife would die!!! and her birthday is coming up…crossing my fingers!!

    Josh
    iatwalrus@hotmail.com

  41. Kristina says:

    This is the first comment or giveaway I have entered on your blog or any other blog for that matter, but I absolutely love to quilt and have had my eye on the Go! for months. Like you, I'm limited on time for quilting because my children are young and i would love to have something to help speed up the quilting process! It's a dream tool for quilters or anyone who likes to applique or be creative!

  42. Alyssa says:

    I would LOVE this!
    i have been looking at them in our local craft shops and I want one SO BAD! i just can't afford it :[
    I would make quilts [like the gorgeous tumbler quilts you made!] and I also would make pieced bags and purses. OOH I'm excited! what a great giveaway :]

  43. makeup_girl says:

    I've always wanted to make a quilt. I've been saving some of my children's favorite t-shirts from over the years, and I'd like to turn them into one. I'd use this to help me achieve this goal. Plus, I know my daughter would find all kinds of craft projects for us to do together!

  44. Alison says:

    I NEED one of these. Period. This would cut my crafting time in half!!! AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    alison

    maggiemoosmom.wordpress.com

    alihol@hotmail.com

  45. Alison says:

    I NEED one of these. Period. This would cut my crafting time in half!!! AMAZING!!!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    alison

    maggiemoosmom.wordpress.com

    alihol@hotmail.com

  46. Garth & Ashley Pedersen says:

    I would love this! I have been working on new sewing projects and they take so long! this would make it so much faster! I want to make a car blanket for my daughter for trips!

  47. Heather McCurley says:

    Wow, what a great tool! Pick me…please. HeatherMc1(at)msn(dot)com

  48. Carrie H. says:

    When I saw this I thought of my sister. She is amazing at quilting and I would love to use one of these as a gift for her!

  49. The George's says:

    I love making Rag quilts! The only problem is my hand cramps after all the snipping of the edges so I would use that awesome die cut! I would love to make many more quilts and give them out to friends and family!

  50. Angela says:

    I would LOVE to make binding with this.

  51. Amber says:

    I just started learning to quilt with my grandmother. She has severe arthritis in her hands and wrists so I've been doing all the cutting and sewing under careful and very precise eye. If I won this, she and I would be able to do more together, rather than her sit and watch.

    Quilting has is a tradition in my family. Around the holidays, all of granddaughters, aunts, sisters, nieces, etc, gather around and we have our "stitch and bitch" sessions. I think having something like this would save us some time and maybe actually complete a quilt in the short time period we all have together!

  52. Fay says:

    I really love the alpha baby die, the rose of sharon die, and the strip die cuts. I think they're absolutely fantastic. I have fantastic ideas of banners, alphabet softies, quilts, and fun felt boards floating around in my head right now. –I'd especially love to be able to use the go cutter to make my son's memorial quilt. I keep meaning to make it, but handcutting everything is turning out to be a little … well… overwhelming.

  53. The Amusing Redhead says:

    I would LOVE to win this cutter!

    I would love to quickly cut fabric shapes. I am not s quilter but I would put it to good use.

  54. The Amusing Redhead says:

    I would LOVE to win this cutter!

    I would love to quickly cut fabric shapes. I am not s quilter but I would put it to good use.

  55. katielea says:

    I would love to win this! My grandma loves to quilt, but it hurts her hands to do all the cutting. I have been seriously contemplating buying this for her, but it would be amazing to win it. Especially because tomorrow is her 80th birthday…no lie! :) She would be most likely to use the strip and the square dies.

  56. lips says:

    What an amazing machine and such a wonderful giveaway. I would love to use the geometric designs!
    Colleen

  57. Carol says:

    Wow love this! I could sure make good use of it.

  58. sawnjuh says:

    I just discovered these about two weeks ago, when I was making pom poms and couldn't FATHOM cutting ONE MORE CIRCLE! Well, unfortunately my budget forces me to cut circles…But OH the things I would cut and sew and glue with one of these awesome machines. I particularly would like to launch my dream of creating massive amounts of decorative pillows to distribute to my eager and greedy friends and family (who I indulge with joy and love!!)

  59. scrapseed says:

    Fabulous machine and I love how you made the scrappy binding!

  60. Ashlee says:

    I am like you, I would love to quilt- but it takes so much time! I would love to win one of these!

  61. tracyp says:

    I love all the fun shapes. I am a volunteer with our NICU parents group at the hospital and I'm starting to make blankets/quilts for the babies to help show love and support for those going through this tough time. I would love to have this machine to make it possible to serve more families and more babies!!! I love the tumbler pattern and the GO! baby and critters! They would be so cute for the little preemies!
    tracemclee(at)yahoo(dot)com

  62. Rachel says:

    I would use it to make quilts for my little kidlets!

  63. Katie B. says:

    I would put this to great use in all of my quilts!

  64. a girl says:

    I would be in paradise if i won one of these!!! i can think of all kinds of things to do with this!

  65. sy says:

    thanks for the awesome giveaway. i love the geometric dies, hexagons, triangles, so many possibilities. the applique dies are adorable too, teddybear is so cute. and i love the apple core die >.<

  66. webmailaddress2 says:

    I would definitely use this prize to enhance my quilt making. I get so worried about my cutting accuracy when I'm cutting fabric!

  67. Deb says:

    I'd definitely cut LOTS of 2 1/2" strips! But I also like the quilts you made, so I'd love to do one like those.

  68. Ducks and Rabbits says:

    Oh wow – this would be an amazing thing to own and it would be put to lots of use for quilting! It would be so hard to choose the dies!

  69. Kashina says:

    I think this machine is SO neat, I almost wonder why it wasn't thought of sooner! I would use it for everything. I am expecting and would love to make a little quilt for the little one!

  70. Dave and Ash says:

    Oh my goodness! The possibilities are endless! I would LOVE to have one of these. It would make evrything so much simpler!! :)

  71. Jenny says:

    Awesome tool! I love to quilt and do all of my cutting with a rotary cutter. Thought that was high tech! What did I know??

  72. thecap52 at gmail.com says:

    I would love to make quilts for my grandkids with this

  73. Duff says:

    Hmmm, number 2801 on the comment list? holy smokes! I'd like the GO! Circle-2", 3", 5" to make a bubbles quilt. I just saw it on a blog and fell in love!

  74. Duff says:

    Hmmm, number 2801 on the comment list? holy smokes! I'd like the GO! Circle-2", 3", 5" to make a bubbles quilt. I just saw it on a blog and fell in love!

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