Friday, August 05, 2011

Free on Friday: The Big Winner and How to Tile Your Quilt

GO! Baby Fabric Cutter from AccuQuilt
We have a Winner! The lucky winner of a GO! Baby Fabric Cutter is Connie from Iowa. Congratulations Connie, you lucky son of a gun!

With all this talk about the Accuquilt die cutters this week I thought I'd show you another use for die cut shapes: building a tiled collage from the fused shapes.
 To make your tiled collage use symetrically cut shapes like the leaves from this die.

The leaf die has lots of possibilities like using them as..... leaves.

But you can also use them to build pattern like this.

Or cut them with a decorative blade and re-arrange the shapes to make this type of design.
A tiled collage using die cut leaf shapes.
Here's how to build a tiled collage with the leaf cut shapes:
  • Place a row of leaves vertically on release paper or a Teflon sheet. Slightly overlap them on the sides to engage the next leaf.
  • Fuse-tack that row of leaves into place. 
  • Add another row horizontally across the first row. These leaves are placed between the leaves in the first row to fill in the gaps. Fuse-tack them into place.
  • Continue to add rows. In our example the leaves were slightly tilted on each row toward the center of the collage.
  • Make a little Acorn House with the resulting collage.
Acorn House (sorry, it's been sold)
If you'd like to experience the thrill of tiling first hand, please leave a comment today and you may be the lucky winner of a set of our Fuse Fast Shapes to play with. We're all about play here!

42 comments:

smith said...

What a great mashup this week. Everytime I think I’ve enjoyed the best lineup ever, you top it.

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Gene Black said...

A Big congrats to Connie.

Thanks for the ideas. I will certainly be looking at shapes with new eyes now. I am wondering what I can do with fused triangles....hmmmmm.

Sequana said...

This was such a fun week! I've copied everything to keep and learn from.

I DID use a couple negative spaces from partial funky flower cuts that looked like hearts, so I'm not totally out of the loop. :)

Thx for all the play.

Jeanie said...

Great ideas! Love the fused shapes and new ways to use them!

Susan said...

Boy that Connie sure is a lucky duck! Congratulations to her!

Donna in Macomb said...

It's been fun to tune in every day to see what's new with the AccuQuilt shapes. That acorn house is too damn cute.

MarĂ­a Cristina said...

A sweet idea ... just need the sprite.
Greetings!

Mimibug said...

The acorn house is precious! What a wonderful idea. The AccuQuilt Go is on my Christmas list for sure! Too wonderful!

Jamie

DixieH said...

would be so nice to be the lucky winner

Nancy said...

You have certainly made me go back and look at all my dies with different eyes. Oh a rhyme. Thanks

JustCallMeElle said...

What fun this week has been on your blog!

I have been following your posts since you visited our guild a couple of years ago (before the time you took a 'blog vacation').:-) I have to say that the workshop I attended changed my way of quilting in a big way.

Keep on blogging!
- Ellen in MD

Jane said...

I hope you are having fun giving things away! I'm up for some fused shapes.
Jane

Linda said...

Now that would be fun! Thanks for the chance to win.

eily62 said...

You have an amazing eye- it sees all around and backwards! Love your ideas! Enjoyed this week - thanks

Darla said...

What a good idea! That looks like fun. Thanks for an opportunity to win.

LynneP said...

Great ideas, thanks. I'd be very happy to win some fused shapes!

Josie McRazie said...

One of these days I might win! Till then I never get tired of looking at your beautiful work!

Anne said...

Another great idea..I can't wait until school is back in session, and I can dive in and try some of these creative techniques!

MJKasz said...

Love your Acorn House idea, I got my GO for Christmas last year and haven't put it to the best use but you can bet after this week of ideas I will be using it even more. I did by 5 new dies this week so I can make some Flower Gardens!

Carol said...

You are just full of great ideas! Makes me want to give them a try.

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

These are so inviting! Great great great. Thanks again!

Debbie said...

You make everything so much fun, Laura. I want to play, too!

Jean said...

Love the acorn house. What a charmer!

Pamela said...

Your whimsy is inspiring!

gill said...

Congratulations to Connie!
Thank Laura - this week has been such fun! Great ideas and inspiration and of course great company!!

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Love that leaf shape, I use that general outline all the time in my artowrk, I would be thrilled to win some!!

Charae said...

Still loving your blog, Laura! Thanks~

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

Congratulations to Connie. I would even take the leftover scraps. Love the acorn house. You are amazing, Laura. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

Trillian said...

Wondergul masine!

Michigoose said...

Boy...you're on the verge of selling me...Thanks for all the concepts.

soren2go said...

This has been a great week of inspiring ideas. I would love to play with Fuse Fast Shapes.

Marcia W. said...

Missed the big day as was flat on my back with pulled muscles. Perhaps will win some of your great applique cuts as a consolation prize. I can play with them like a lil' kid, arranging and re-arranging.
Congratulations to the winners.

Connie said...

Wow! I can't believe I won! Thanks Laura! That is a really unique way you arranged the leaves, I really like that~

Sewconsult said...

Congrats, Connie...you lucky duck. Laura, your ideas are so great.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Estie said...

Well, I'm sorry I didn't win but warmest congratulations to the big winner. I know she'll have lots of fun with her new "toy." BTW, I love your little acorn house...very cute!

Stormy Days said...

Is that the stems and leaves die? Love the acorn house, you really have some great ideas.

sanann said...

Congrats to Connie on her new toy. I've really enjoyed watching what you do with the go dies. The little acorn house is just sew cute. Sandi

Lisa said...

Great ideas Laura! And congratulations to Connie!

Joy said...

Have really enjoyed this weeks ideas. Have ordered a Go Baby for hubby to give me for my birthday next week. Your tiling has got me thinking. Thanks for your blog.

Gari said...

How cool. I love how you see things so differently than I can. But I can learn.

Sewgirl said...

Ohh, that is so pretty. You are so creative. I would love to win the fast fuse shapes and see how creative I could be!

Mimibug said...

I always think that my shapes have to "fit" together. I love this tiling idea! And that little acorn house is too wonderful for words. Reminds me of playing with acorns as a child. Love your blog.

Jamie