The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to design and make a baby quilt using our new Accuquilt Go! cutters.
This wasn’t the first time I’d used the Accuquilt Go, but it was the first time I used it to cut out an entire quilt. Man was it fast! I had that quilt cut out in no time. And all the pieces were so perfect!
Designing for the Accuquilt Go! was easy. The box of dies we were given (the Go! Qube 8” Block Mix & Match) contained all the dies you would need to make any 8” block that uses HST, QST, Flying Geese, squares, diamonds, or rectangles.
I played around with designs in Electric Quilt and came up with this one, which I’m calling Oh My Stars!
The fabrics I used are from the Elementz collection from Fall/Winter 2017. I had a set of fat eighths, so I had to do a lot of planning before I started cutting to make sure I had enough fabrics.
To cut fabrics with Accuquilt Go! you simply cut a strip the width of the die. You don’t have to be absolutely accurate here so I find this kind of strip cutting fun and fast.
You lay the strip on top of the die, lay the cutting mat on top, then crank the whole package through the rollers.
After the fabric and die is rolled through, you lift the cutting mat and peel away the slight excess. Most tell you to cut strips then subcut them to the rough size of the die, but that’s too much cutting for me! Instead I just lay the strip on top of the die and roll it through. On the other side, I trim the excess from the leading edge of the strip.
You can cut multiple sets at a time (in this case, QSTs) by simply folding the fabric back and forth on itself, up to six layers.
To cut the next set of triangles here, I just snipped the excess from the leading edge of the strip, returned the die to the left side of the roller, layered the strip on the die again, put the cutting mat on and cranked it through. Easy-peasy. I didn’t need to for this quilt, but I could have cut hundreds of triangles in minutes.
Aren’t those triangles simply perfect? Repeating the process with other strips and changing the dies out when needed, I soon had the entire quilt cut out (including the border squares).
I love the bright fun colors in Elementz, and how it looks with white.
I quilted the stars rather simply, 1/4” in from the edge. I wanted to do something fun in the large white negative spaces, so I quilted free-flowing feathers with random curls every once in a while.
For the border, I quilted a single curvy line. I’m not too good with feathers but I think these turned out pretty so I’m happy.
Here are the quilt details:
"Oh My Stars"
38” x 38"
Fabrics: Island Batiks from the Elementz collection, plus a White batik (a Neutral)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2310 (Lt. Beige)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White), #4150 (Creme Brule variegated), 2180 (Turquoise), and #4020 (Fuchsia); Invisifil 100 wt. #702 (Chartreuse)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton
I really had fun with the Accuquilt Go. I plan on using it a lot more in the future! (In fact, I’ve already used it to cut out a lap quilt bound for Market. Man I love how fast and accurately it cuts!)
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