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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.)
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!
 
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Comments

  1. Dena and Jared says:

    Oh heavens, do I have to pick just one idea! I love the baby bib and the onesie applique ideas. However I would probably use the strips almost every day :)

  2. Caroline says:

    I didn't even know that something like this existed! I am a VERY slow cutter (and not always the most precise), this would make all my quilting projects go so much faster which is especially important if I am going to get any sewing done once the school year starts again.

  3. Lindsey Marie says:

    WHOA! What a great giveaway!
    If I won this, I would give it to my boyfriends Grandma, who is an amazing quilter and quilts for Big Bend Hospice Tallahassee and also makes quilts for Babies in the NICU. She is a great woman and would love this tool! Maybe she would even be nice enough to share it with me so i can make some appliques! :)

  4. Becca says:

    Oh the quilts I would make with this! And I'd applique all over the place with those cute dragonflies and butterflies!

  5. Fosters says:

    I would LOVE to make different quilts for my family. I've tried some in the past, but time has gotten away from me, and so have the straight edges! This would be a blessing to have! I would love it especially for all the cutting and straight edges! LOVE this product!! I would probably have to purchase most of the products since I'm in love several different ones!

  6. Amanda says:

    My all-time favorite blanket is a quilt from my grandmother. She cuts everything by hand….so, as much as I would love this thing for myself, if I won I would give it to her for her birthday coming up!

  7. Amanda says:

    I, like you, typically enjoy projects that allow more instant gratification. I really think that this would allow me to do more baby and toddler quilts that I love to give as gifts. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one!

  8. melissakeith says:

    My mom is a big quilter, especially for charities. I think I would give this to her. The die cuts would look adorable on some of the premie quilts she makes!

  9. Stacey says:

    Oh my gosh…I'm in LOVE!

    I would definitely be spending a lot more time quilting (and a whole bunch less time cutting). How easy is this? Seriously awesome. I love it all especially the letters.

  10. Nina says:

    Oh, I'm in love! :) I would use the Go! Cutter to make fabric pennants in a snap!

  11. *Kelly* says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I am in the process of getting a new machine so I can quilt more!! and I was just talking to my friend saying how we never win give-aways online….so please let this be my first win! I would def. get the strip cutter and then something just crazy fun! I cant decide but don't worry I will be able to SO PICK ME!!

  12. Kimberly says:

    I've never done a quilt but really want to try to. This would be awesome for that! The strip cutter would also be great for making ruffles.

  13. Cyn says:

    I would love to have one of these. With three kids running around, the time spent cutting fabric makes all the crafting I want to do difficult. This would make appliques and binding so much easier, and my Mom would finally be able to convince me to quilt!

  14. Laure.Martin says:

    I would love to use this nifty little thing to make a quilt for my wonderful friend's triplets (of which I am a God Mother to one of :))!

  15. Lindsay says:

    I would use it to cut my squares for the next three quilts in my project line up. I have been drooling after one of these for a while now.

    Lindsay.forgette(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. A.Rhodes says:

    I would finally make my kids their memory quilts….this thing looks awesome!
    agnesrhodes2@hotmail.com

  17. pink cotton says:

    I love this!! Makes quilting sooo much fun. Great timesaver. I have 4 little kids & this would speed things up like crazy.

  18. Sharon says:

    I would love any of the strip cutters or Studio Strip Cutter-1 1/2" (Super Giant.

  19. Lori says:

    Awesome! I love the applique uses (onsies anyone??) and the rag quilt block. I hate cutting all those annoying fringe but love the look. Sweet deal! here's hoping I win!

  20. Mama Bear says:

    The Go! is amazing! I would use it for so many things…cutting strips for binding, making an apple core quilt, cutting out appliques for various projects…oh and so much more!

  21. JW says:

    If I win the GO! Cutter I would make baby quilts for my friends. I have wanted to make a quilt for sometime but was intimidated by all the cutting. This would make it so much easier and I love the apple core die-cut!

  22. ~linds says:

    I would use it all the time! I HATE cutting by hand. I would love the strip cutters, but would use the quilting shapes as well as the applique dies. We have an Accucut machine at work and I love it. I would LOVE to have one at home.

  23. Michelle says:

    Love to sew, HATE to cut. This would definitely take the headache out of quilting and appliques! Awesome tool!

  24. Amber says:

    At first I thought this was a scrapbooking tool. Boring. (for me.) Then I realized you were cutting fabric and I freaked out! I have been struggling over what to do with my kids rooms because my daughter and son want to share a room. Now I know I can make 2 really cute quilts for them! I NEED TO WIN.

  25. Natalie says:

    I just finished a HUGE rag quilt, and it took way too much time to trim the edges (and I even forgot a row). I would love to have the GO! Rag Square-5 1/4".

  26. Holly @ Domestic Dork says:

    OMG! This is so cool! I'm about to start making quilts for the first time and this would be excellent! I love the tumbler shape quilts you made! They'd make a fantastic quilt for my MiniDork!

  27. Jenni says:

    The first think I would make are matching quilts for the my girls. This would be AMAZING!!
    djcjlw@yahoo.com

  28. n8'swife says:

    I love to quilt, but I'm terrible at it! I can't cut a straight line to save my life! This would really make it a LOT more fun!

  29. sisj says:

    This machine makes quilting look easy to even a beginner like me. I'd love to give it a try.

  30. Karen says:

    Well now I have to have one to make the 6 million ideas I have spinning thru my head!!! I need that butterfly cutout.

  31. Suzee says:

    First I am going to make that cute quilt you made with the tumbler shape – as a picnic blanket – for all my friends. Then I am going to pull out all of the quilts I've wanted to make and get cracking!

  32. A.W. says:

    Wow! I love how your quilts turned out, so cute. I would love to win so I could make rag quilts for christmas.

  33. Sandra says:

    Circles, circles and more circles! I was just thinking two weeks ago how awesome it would be if there were a die cut machine for fabric . . . and here it is! I would love to win it!

  34. Messy Jessie says:

    I would give this as a gift to my mom. She loves quilting but would never spoil herself with such a great tool!

  35. Shelly and Kellan says:

    I'm all about fast crafts too! This tool is awesome :)

  36. Abbey says:

    Oh my gosh, that is the coolest thing ever! I like quilting, but cutting is the WORST!!!!! I would never stop using it! I can't imagine always having squares all be the exact same size!!!

  37. Karen says:

    Absolutely use it to make a quilt for my new baby's crib! And probably potholders as gifts and quilted bags!

  38. Kira says:

    I not only would use this for quilting, I'd use it to make some of my costumes, bibs, and possibly outfits for my pug.

    Pugs are meant to be dressed. :)

  39. Busch family says:

    I would love to use this to quilt! My mom and grandmas quilt, and I'd love to join their club!

  40. QuiltyGirl says:

    These are so cool! I think i would use it mainly to cut 5" squares and 2 1/2" strips. So handy!

  41. Sarahnthegirls says:

    Now THIS is an awesome product! My kids and I would have so much fun using this machine in many ways. Today, they are digging through my scrap basket and making patchwork pillowcases for their beds. This machine would make cutting a LOT easier!

  42. McKell + Garrett Hartle says:

    Wow, this machince looks like so much fun! I can't believe you are giving it away. It would save so much time and would look at lot better than my cutting skills… I would love to have one for quilts and crafts. I love crafting for other people, especially when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints needs humanitarian projects done. Please consider me :)Thanks. -mckell
    mckell2012@hotmail.com

  43. Nena says:

    My mom loves to make quilts but her eyes are just not what they use to be. I would love this so that I can help her with the her quilts. I think it would save so much time and would be a great bonding experience.

  44. chrissy o says:

    wow wow want one of these i would use mine for applique the flowers would work lovely and as a quilter it would be used for cutting the 2and a half inch strips
    hugs chrissyxx

  45. Ellen says:

    Love that shop! I would use this for quilting for my girls, which I'd like to do more of, but don't have the cutting patience, mainly.

  46. Angela says:

    I LOVE quilting!! It's become somewhat of a pastime now that I have 2 toddlers. But this would shave off soooo much time! I would like to try the Where's Tommy pattern for my boys- what a fun idea!

  47. Megilon says:

    I think this would make quilting so much easier. I would get the Go! Apple and the Go! Tumbler for quilt making.

  48. Luv 2 Kreate says:

    I REALLY REALLY want one of these! I would use it to cut 2-1/2 strip all the time!

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