Thursday, August 04, 2011

More Possibilities with the AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter: Part 4


 Another really cool die from the AccuQuilt GO! Baby die stable is this puppy, the Sparkle-Jumbo Tree (#55094) designed by Sarah Vedeler.  They may  call it a die for cutting a tree but I have other plans for it!

And we have plans for you too. Today's winner will receive the big kahuna of prizes! 

But first our yesterday's winner of a GO! Baby Die from Accuquilt is Gari from Alabama! Congratulations Gari!

How to Use the Sparkle-Jumbo Tree Die (Without the Tree Part)
  • Rather than use plain rectangles of fused fabrics in the die, start with a large collage of  fused fabrics.
  • The collage fabrics are overlapped and fused onto release paper. 
  • After the fabric cools, the paper is removed. 
  • The collage is cut into rectangles the size of the die. 
  • What happens next?  It's a surprise!

When the collaged rectangles are cut with the die, the pieces have random colors and shapes on them. The resulting triangles also have convex and concave bases.
What to do. What to do.
 Should we arrange the triangular shapes into various patterns?
Turn them into flowers using a big dot for the center?


Or place them on the border of a quilt to add a little pizazz?
Ooooooh! The possibilities!

Let me know what you think is possible for this AccuQuilt GO! Baby die today and you may be the lucky winner of a  GO! Baby Fabric Cutter from the generous people at AccuQuilt!

And thanks to AccuQuilt for giving me the opportunity to show you why I love my GO! Baby Fabric Cutter.



96 comments:

Quiltbug said...

I hate being the first one to comment but I'm excited about the GO cutter. I had never thought it could be so useful until I saw your samples. I am making an art piece with random colours and these shapes would be perfect. I'm not sure how they became curved but I'm willing to learn

Sequana said...

I'd like to toss these little pieces all over the top of a quilt made from solid fabrics - just like confetti. And fuse them down where they fall.

Susan said...

So cool! I really do love how you think outside the lines, Laura! This week you have really started me thinking of ways to use shapes and patterns in a different way from what they were intended! As I have been saying...I'm thinking of jewels, crowns and a quilt fit for a queen!

Kathleen said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....the possibilities!!! Maybe I've got grandchildren on the brain, but I'm thinking turkey feathers. Something fun for the Fall (which hopefully will finally come - this heat has been horrific). And yet something random and fun would be great as well....hmmmm....what to do what to do...

carrie said...

I know it's not in the least original - but I live in the mountains of Western North Carolina and would recreate the peaceful mountain scene I see every day. Then, I might give it to friends living in a major metro area to help them relax after a stressful day of urban living!

susan said...

Oh Laura - you and Accuquilt Go Baby cutter are quite a team! Love the spontaneous and creative quilt ideas! My fav today is collaging fabric before cutting!
What a GREAT idea!

:Diane said...

Really tempting! After watching you play = Want a cutter now. Love the collaged fabric before cutting. Great idea.
:Diane

WoolenSails said...

What a great idea, I like the way you used them in flowers, especially how the colors look with the fused pieces. It reminds me of tangrams, so many possibilities.

Debbie

Kristine said...

I love everything you've been making with the cutter and dies (and I'd love to win one!). With this fun shape- I'm seeing kites or pieces to a crown and of course flowers!
Thanks for the give-aways!!

gill said...

What fun you're having thinking outside the box! Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!!
Before cutting could you add ribbons and ricrac to the mix?

Jane said...

I think I like the flowers.
Jane

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Laura, this is a revelation... didn't know the GO Baby cut the Vedeler dies. Lovely exciting and creative! I want one! Thanks for the chance!

Janelle said...

I love that you show us multiple uses for the die cut shapes and the negative spaces as well. This is much more interesting to me than the traditional use. I like the flowers. I also like how you used the multiple colors before you even used the die.

Carol said...

I'm not sure of all the possibilities but I'd like to give it a shot!

Zizophora said...

I love the flowers. This die would be great for fish scales too!

Chris Chambers said...

love your flowers!

MarĂ­a Cristina said...

Every morning I see the creative transformation of pre-cut pieces surprised me a lot.
Very successful fusion of pre-cut fabric! imagine a piece mimicking inlaid on canvas ....

gatheredthreads said...

Make rows and rows of interlocking diamonds with them, then use as fabulous fields in a large quilt

Josie McRazie said...

I am seeing sail boats out on a sunny day!! Oh, the possibilities!!

Doreen K. said...

I love how you fused the fabric first. That die has many possibilities. Love it.

Connie said...

What a different way to use the Sparkle-Jumbo Tree die, love the collage of fused fabric and your great ideas! Turning them into flowers would be neat!

Jean said...

I would make circles out of them. That would be so cool. Thanks for the chance to win and the great tutorials all week.

Mommarock said...

I think they would look nice in a quilt border alternating the convex and concave bottoms.. but the convex bottoms are faced UP and the concave bottoms are faced down.. making a long line.

Carolyn said...

Wow you have done some really nice and different designs with the dies. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gale, pursuing as much as I can as fast as I can! said...

It's amazing what this thing can do! The ideas are marvy. Thanks so much for demo'ing, Laura!!

Nancy B said...

It's great to see actual examples of what the gadget can do before acquiring one! Hope I win - today is my birthday!

Clare said...

I love Matisse's paintings. The dies that you are showing would make gorgeous Matisse style collages. I also love the idea of using this die for borders.

You might make an art quilter out of me yet!

Momgunter said...

My GoBaby has just been sitting until summer visitors and obligations are over. I have still to use it myself. It's been used by others. This particular die for a Christmas quilt. Hmmmm. I wonder.

Linda said...

Those could also be little "bodies" in dresses (convex) or pants (concave) if you just added a circle head and little strip arms and legs.

Linda Smith said...

What a versatile machine that is. Thanks for the demos.

eily62 said...

Keep them coming - I am going to check it out - you made me do it.

Sea Otter Quilt said...

I would love to have a Go Baby!!! My hands hurt after using my scissors & rotary cutters too much.

Laurie


Laurieh@bresnan.com

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

So many possibilities! Arms, legs, bodies, pants, skirts, mountains, sails, flowers, stars, etc. I need this machine. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

Cory said...

These would make a quick large pickle dish quilt block. Can you see the possibilities of hand or machine embellishment on this arrangement? Thank you for this wonderful week and the great ideas. Now I just need to win myself a Go! cutter so I can get some of them Go!ing. :-) Take care and God bless, Cory

Nancy said...

I wish my mind was as creative as yours. All I saw was a tree when I looked at this die and now I can see all sorts of possibilities. Love your blog.

Donna in Macomb said...

The triangles could be used to make the rays of the sun, roofs of houses, dragon teeth, or the spikey things on the back of a dinasaur. They could be slices of pizza, or the obvious, trees. They could be arranged to be the background of a quilt too. This is getting to be too much fun. I'll stop now.

Suztats said...

So many wonderful possibilities! How fantastic these would look on CQ's, or I could design a color baby quilt for my granddaughter, who is expected to arrive in October. I could make matching pillowcases, and grow a beautiful scrap garden. Yes, please add me to the draw.

Camille said...

Candy corn, ice cream cones, kites, little Christmas trees, sections of a chinese dragon...oh my.

Lynn said...

How about making faux Mariners Compass blocks with the shapes. Fuse a circle over the center of course.

Another idea - Make ice cream cones.

Michelle said...

Your ideas for the Go! are just incredible -- I see the tree die and think trees. You've really opened my eyes to the possibilities.

Bonnie said...

I'm kind of into medallion thingies right now, so I'd add some lace, sparkle, and sheers and splash them all over things. Then I saw that purple tree skirt on the AccuCut ad--gorgeous!

jackie said...

The Go! cutter certainly opens up a lot of possibilities. Just dyed fabric last week. It would be fun to experiment.

Jackie B.

Diana Louie, The Village Fabric Shoppe said...

Wow, stars, suns, flowers, beachballs, ice cream cones, cheese wedges, pizza slices -- hmm, I must be hungry. The possibilities are endless, not to mention the traditional blocks that could be done, kalideoscopes, crossed canoes, and more. How fun!!

peggy bass said...

i could see leaves on an abstract flower or plant from this die...i love go baby from accuquilt....peg in ks

JustCallMeElle said...

I can really see using the resulting components of the 'trees' die to build a stylized NY Beauty!!! And I think it would be a real beauty!

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Lady Parasol said...

What great ideas! Look forward to experimenting with them all.

Brel

Lisa said...

Some of the triangles look like candy corn! The would also be nice bird beaks. :D

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Estie said...

There are so many ideas flowing through my head now after seeing what you did with those "tree" shapes. Funky party hats, animals, wings, flowers, other kinds of trees, sun rays, etc.... I sure would like to win!

Darlene said...

Diamonds are a girls best friend...I see a splattering of diamonds within diamonds to make a sparkling quilt!

SusanT said...

Having just looked at my cousins doodles I would use this to do my own version of her art work.

soren2go said...

Amazing. I love the way your brain thinks out of the box. I need to sign up for one of your classes. In the meantime, A GO! would get me started in the right direction.

Cherie in St Louis said...

I love the thought of using fused pieces before using the Go cutter. I could see these shapes to make pennants or triangle banner flags.

Joy said...

Love the idea of the Go Baby. This die looks like you could play forever and get pretty darn creative!

Debbie said...

Well, I kind of like the tree, Laura. But, I make a lot of things using the hexagon shape and if I had this die I would try to work out making some hexagons with it incorporating that curve.

Charae said...

Love your blog!! Would love a Go! Baby Fabric Cutter!!

maggie fellow said...

It would make a great arrow. Great ideas! thanks,
maggie

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Bev said...

Laura, I think you've started a whole new way of thinking about using the GO dies! You've shown me a different way of looking at simple shapes. Thank you.

Dr. Geri said...

I would like to make a quilt to donate to my church's regional office that features a map of all the congregations in the region. These triangles made with the AccuQuilt Go Baby could be stylized representations of the steeples of the churches.

Mary-Kay said...

that's pretty cool! I love the flower possibilities with that die. I'd love to get my hands on one of the Go Baby's.

Stephanie said...

Love the fused-fabric idea! I'd fuse together a bunch of my very small scraps, then make some flowers and a border for a large square pillow cover.

Kate said...

I think that this die would be great for making a mini bunting block I could also use it to make a fair quilt using the shape to make and make it look like the tops of the midway lights. Thank you for the chance to win a cutter. I have been trying for a while now and would love to wind this one. I love the way you are using the dies in so may diffrent ways.

Marie Spadaro said...

Ooooh, it's August, and when I see triangles with concave bottoms and big circles, I'm thinking ice cream cones, in all of my favorite flavors. I could see making a wall hanging covered in ice cream cones in various stages of consumption/melt, in a rainbow of summer colors. On the beach, of course.

taiqi said...

Janet says--What a great machine. I love a new piece of equipment--that I actually would use.

Grammasheri said...

I think the shapes could be overlapped to make a pineapple! Who among us hasn't yearned for a blue, green and gold pineapple to hang on our wall and say "WELCOME" to our guests?

Anna F said...

Fusing a collage of fabrics together - pure inspiration! I'm thinking all sorts of dies could be used to make all sorts of different applique pieces for little skirts, shirts, and dresses. My little girls would love it!

Jennifer said...

Wow what a die! I see leaves in the triangles of this die. Of course they would need some hand stitching to highlight the veins of the leaves. But first, I'd need to win an accucut go!

Hazel said...

I see candy corn! Your blog has been great fun this week.

Stormy Days said...

I wonder if you could use them for the branches of a Christmas tree, sticking out instead of smooth. I would try turning the petals and make pointy flowers also. Thanks for the chance.

sanann said...

you really gave us some new things to think about with the dies. I see many possibilities that I did not before. Fingers are crossed. Sandi

Marilyn said...

Oh. I think sails on yachts in a regatta

Sewgirl said...

I see starting pieces of stick people, or faces for a Jack-0-lantern, or parts of a clown face. The possiblities are endless!

Deb's Artful Journey said...

I love squares. Squares within squares or with circles in them, or with triangles... or squares on one side of the quilt with bigger squares... I am getting an endless supply of ideas!

LynneP said...

I love the idea of using this die for flowers. I don't think I would have come up with that idea on my own. Thank you. Sure would love to win the cutter!

Maggie said...

Wow! I think you can make sparkley suns and moons with this die. It seems so handy to be able to cut out multiple shapes at one time.

Mimibug said...

As I drove along the interstate today, I started thinking about all the possibilities for the triangle die. Cats ears, rays of the sun, spikes on the collar of your "tough" dog quilt, spikes along the back of a dinosaur, and of course for my favorite very short haircut in a portrait quilt. It is very freeing to think of uses for a shape, before actually starting. A rather serendipitous approach!

Dianne said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...YOU.ARE.AMAZING! I have looked at this die a whole bunch of times but passed it by. Afterall how many triangle shaped trees does one need? What would I DO with this die?
Apparently the possibilities are endless!!! If you draw my name for the Go Baby please draw agian as I already have one. Thanks for the great tutorials this week it has been illuminating!!

Brenda said...

I think you've used the Go cutter in the most creative way I've seen so far. I really like how you use both the positive and negative spaces. thanks for the chance to win.

liniecat said...

What fun!
Would the sections work in a Dresden formation? Not that different to your flowers of course really. With the mix of fabric colours as youve used here, which is such a clever way of using up oddments too!...youd have a rich serendipity of pattern in amongst the dresden circle surely?

MJKasz said...

I am starting to see all the incredible possibilities for the GO cutter! Can't wait to use one! Maybe today will be my lucky day!!

Sewconsult said...

Wow, how you brain doth work!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Muddling Through said...

I think Accuquilt should put you on staff. You have opened a whole world of possibilities for more uses for their dies than just the "plain jane"!

jan said...

Please,oh please, I want to play along. Draw my name, please.

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Looks like fun, put my name in the hat. Your projects are always neat.

Gayle from MI said...

I would use these shapes to make an abstract piece using several different color ways.

Gari said...

I see fish in those little shapes, at least some of them.

Madalene Murphy said...

Couldn't pass up the remote possibility of winning that fabric cutter! I could see using these to make a forest of little pine trees with the convex and concave bottoms making a pattern against the sky. But I would probably add these to make some kind of abstract design with other shapes.

rvquilter said...

I see trees...lots of trees like the Happy Painter painted around the lakes in Canada!
oh so many ideas.............
as I am just now venturing into
art quilts..the uses would be endless.

Michigoose said...

Ohh....water...(think as in Bruce Cockburn) for a project I've had tumbling around in my fuzzy little brain.

Anne said...

Fabulous scales(from some metallic sort of fabric or other media) for a dragon's chest...or colorful beaks, and wing feathers(layered and off-set) for a whole flock of wonderful,colorful birds.

Diane said...

I love this one - it would be fun for a tree, the flowers are adorable, confetti is another option. Thanks for offering such great inspiration!!

Trish said...

I am not sure WHAT I would make from these shapes but I'd sure like the chance to find out! In any case, it' been fun!

MooseStash Quilting said...

What a great way to use up your fusible scraps. Fuse them together and cut them into shapes. I have fusy scraps left. Now I've gotta play!

FabricandFlowers said...

I see the shapes in my garden. I would love to cut shapes with lots of colors, many different greens for sure, and recreate a scene in my garden. Never realized the Go could be so creative.

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

I see bird feathers maybe even a peacock. Lots of possibilities.
With a Go cutter the ideas are endless