Monday, August 01, 2011

One Die is All You Need!

Have you tried the GO! Baby Fabric Cutter from AccuQuilt yet? It is so much fun! I love this little gadget!
GO! Baby Daisy die (#55327)
The GO! Baby cuts all those fused fabric shapes like dots, petals, and leaves that my hands are tired of cutting with scissors. It is so easy just to crank the fabric through the cutter and pop out perfectly cut shapes. Where have you been all my life GO! Baby?

Below are the beginning steps for making a quilt with just one AccuQuilt GO! Baby die, the Daisy (#55327). This die is ideal.  It has 2 different dot sizes and 2 different petal sizes and a really neat negative shape. (I'm into negative things!)

But I'm going to use those dots and petals and negative shapes differently. No pretty flowers for me! No! I shall surprise you all!

And there's another surprise for you at the end of this post. So stay tuned.

How to Make a Fused Art Quilt with the GO! Baby
The GO! Baby Fabric Cutter is smaller than a bread box, about 13"w x 8"h x 5"d. Cute!
  • Pre-fuse 1/4 yard of Rainbow Rich fabric. This is a raw edged fused quilt with hand-dyed fabrics so the color will go all the way through the fabric. (See Fusing Tips.)
  • After the fabric cools, remove the release paper. Save the release paper for later steps.
  • Cut 4 rectangles measuring the same size as the die using a decorative rotary cutter blade. Why, you ask? Cause it looks good and you'll thank me later.
  • Place the die on the roller with the foam side up.
  • Stack the fabric squares on the die with the glue sides up. This is important: do not stack the fabric with the glue sides together or you will never get them separated. (Ask me how I know!)
  • Put the protective mat on the fabric and crank the die, fabric, and mat through the roller.

Accuquilt GO! Baby die Daisy (#55327) my current favorite!
  • Take a moment to admire the shapes. Oh, look at those pretty shapes!
  • Cut a background square of fused fabric measuring about 9" x 9" using a decorative rotary cutter. (Looks like Pickle Juice Green fabric to me.)
  • Fuse-tack the background square to a large piece of release paper or Teflon sheet.
  • Place 14 of the large petals at an angle across the lower right side of the square. Fuse-tack them into place.
  • Place the negative or cut away section of one of the die cut fabrics at an angle to the petals.
  • Free-cut the negative section to fit around the points of the petals.
  • Trim the top edge of the negative section in a curve to make a hill using a decorative blade.
  • Trim the other sides of the negative section to fit the corner of the background fabric using a decorative blade.
  • Fuse-tack the negative section into place.
That's good for today. We are well on our way to making a little landscape quilt. Tomorrow we'll add trees!

But before then I have surprise for you!

If you leave a comment on this blog today, you will be entered into a contest to win a free AccuQuilt GO! Baby die. We'll be giving away more dies the next few days and a GO! Baby Fabric Cutter as well! So please drop us a note and you may be our lucky winner for today's AccuQuilt GO! Baby die!

183 comments:

Cheryl said...

I have been so tempted by these new gadgets. I can't wait to see what your amazing brain creates with leaves, dots and the negative shapes.

Dori said...

Wow - I've been debating getting the AccuQuilt system, after seeing what you're doing it is becoming much more appealing.

gill said...

I had thought these machines were rather expensive and limiting but perhaps not!
Thanks for the ideas

Karen said...

I love that your thinking outside the box and doing the unexpected with the petal shapes! I have come to greatly admire your inovative design ideas. Looking forward to seeing how this landscape plays out.

Nikki said...

I just love watching, reading, and seeing anything you do with fabric and thread - learn something new all the time! Nikki

yorkie mom said...

I always wondered if you could put the fusing on the fabric before cutting it! Thanks for the answer and a great tutorial! Please count me in for the giveaway. Would LOVE to win one to play with! I'm also following you and looking forward to your creativeness!

eily62 said...

Absolutely awesome - great for those of us who have difficulty cutting for long projects that need precise edges!

Gene Black said...

Laura, you are always open to new and creative ways of using things. I love this idea. I need to win a die so I can try it.

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

Wow, this looks like FUN!!!! I can see this GO is definitely something I will GO get!!

FabricandFlowers said...

I've resisted the Go products. You are tempting me!

Michele said...

Using the cutout fabric as a unit is something that hadn't occurred to me...

NSQuilter said...

The cutter looks like a great tool to allow creativity without the routine of cutting endless shapes. I had never thought of using the negative shape within the quilt. Cool!

Pkaplan said...

Thank you for sharing the toy, it is amazing....
Patti

Lynne said...

The price has put me off so far but now I see how it works and what a time saver it would be, it's got to be worth it. No more hours spent cutting when I could be embroidering.

lyric said...

Leave it to Laura to use a cookie cutter tool in a wonderful new way!

Sherry C said...

This looks like so much fun!! Can't wait for more.

Clare said...

I've never done appliqué as I can't cut in a straight line, even with a ruler and cutter! My quilting horizons would be extended by miles with a Go and the various dies.

Kathleen said...

I keep looking at the ads for the GO! stuff and have been thinking about it a LOT.....hmmmmm....winning a die might be the magic that makes me jump in and get one!

EileenKNY said...

I have the Go! cutter and a few dies but I'm always ready for more. How very cool to use the Daisy outside the box! Can't wait for tomorrow's installment.

jean said...

love your quilts, your fabrics, and now, this little tool.
thanks for offering it--would be lots of fun to win and use!

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with. I am sure it will be cool.
The GO sounds interesting.

ParisMaddy said...

In one word: Fabulous. Love the color filled piece
and am happy you've found a new play toy. It looks like it sure simplifies a tedious process. xo

Donna in Macomb said...

I've been coveting an AccuQuilt for a few months now, but not sure if I would really use it. This gives me more reasons to get one. The more ideas I get to put the shapes to use, the more I want one. Thanks

:Diane said...

You make it look easy!

John Stamos said...

I'm so surprised to see your interest in this technology. However, you Laura, have been surprising me for years. I'll follow your new design with interest ... I know it will be fun.
One question. I've used Olfa brand decorative blades with very poor results. Which blades do you recommend?
Thanks for keeping it light. Catherine

carol said...

Love the idea of using the negative space.....

ConundrumChum said...

I would love to win.

J said...

What a fun project to wake up to this morning! I will be following you all week and love learning something new. Laura, you always inspire me with your colors and techniques, making me feel that I can be creative, too.

Connie said...

Love what you are doing with your Go! Baby, your landscape looks so interesting. I really want one of these!

carrie said...

I've wondered how to use the "leftover" fabric. Great idea!

M A Escolar said...

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judy12 said...

This looks like fun...think Ill try it....

TheaM said...

loving the use of the 'negative' space - can't wait for tomorrow! Love seeing what you do with this techno tool. I've been curious for a long time as to whether this would be a good investment.

Kristine said...

Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Gayle from MI said...

I have seen the Cri-Cut but have not been thrilled about having to use the heavier fusible. So this might be just the ticket!

Carolyn in Kerrville, TX said...

Great start, Laura. There is nothing negative about this blog! This little version of the GO looks very handy. Carolyn in Kerrville, TX

MJKasz said...

I love the Accuquilt cutters. I want to use the Daisy leaf to make fish with my own fancy tails. Looking forward to my class in Houston with you.

Jane said...

The machine sounds intriguing!
Jane

Jen said...

I just got the tumbler die and can't wait to get more. I love those little things.

Janelle said...

This looks like so much fun and easy to do. I would love to win.

Darlene said...

I too have resisted buying a GO, but the more I see what quilters/artists are creating using them, the harder it is getting to resist! Can't wait to see what you do tomorrow!

Terry said...

Wow! What a fabulous way to use this product!

Darla said...

very cool!!

Susan said...

I do love how you think and work outside of the lines! I can't wait to see how this quilt finishes! (Thanks for the chance to win!)

Sew Divertimento said...

How fun! I love flowers and would definitely buy every flower die if I had an Accuquilt cutter! Thanks for the giveaway!

susan said...

I've always turned my nose up at these wondering just what one would do with a daisy and a die-cut. Then you come up with this! All of a sudden I'm looking again! I feel like I've given myself whiplash! Thanks for sharing!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a creative way to use the Daisy die for other things!

DixieH said...

looks like Acuquilt is the new must have gadget

Michigoose said...

I have been skeptical of these cutters and flabbergasted at the cost of the dies. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Cory said...

I love how you are using these die cuts. Thank you for the instructions and the chance to win a die. Take care and God bless, Cory

Amy said...

This looks like so much fun! I would love to win one to add to my tool set and press on!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Fun in the Sun. Well, okay, make that a shady lane. Looking forward to seeing the results!

Robin Gold said...

Laura, I'm eager to see what you come up with! I'd love to win one of these cutters so I could try, too! Thank you for the opportunity!

Pam said...

Dear Laura - I had so much fun at your class last week, and I swear that even though I ironed my fabric to the ironing board AND got the sticky side on my iron as well, I will never do it again! So hope you will pick me as your winner one day this week. Thanks! Love, Pam & Bob the Turtle Purse.

Sarah W said...

These are looking really appealing. I would love to try a Go cutter.

Karen said...

Too much fun, thanks!

Lisa said...

Wahoo! So glad you are showing us more ways to use these fun diecut pieces!

Susan said...

OMG, I never thought of using the reverse cut outs. Thanks! I have both Go machines and they work great cutting out wool for crazy quilt applique. Joanne Fabrics offers Accuquilt products, but sign up for the Accuquilt emails at there web site for savings & stuff http://www.accuquilt.com/.
I love the "Little Bird Dies".

Carol said...

How cute! And with arthritis in my thumb joint, what an aid. I'd love to try it.

Anne said...

Thanks for helping me to think outside the box for use of these dies and shapes! I will be(and have been)following closely !

Jennifer said...

The AccuQuilt Go has been on my list of "wants" for about 6 months now. How exciting!

Denny1600 said...

Laura: This looks like so much fun!! And I'd kinda talked myself out of getting one of these. Now . . . Oh, bad Laura! Tee hee. I'd love to win! And then play . . .

Merrie Jo said...

Once again a great tutorial and a great giveaway. I would love to win the Go! Baby and I promise to share it with my guild!

Lady Parasol said...

Laura,

I really enjoyed the house building class on Saturday in Bellevue. I have now pulled out all my batiks and hand-dyed fabrics and my sewing room is in turmoil but alive with color!

Brel

Sandi said...

I so want this.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Sandi

Elizabeth said...

As you introduced me to the wonderful world of CORRECT fusing, I am so excited to see and hear about this cute little machine. i love to fussy cut but this machine would rock for exact multiples!!!! thanks for the tutorial!!

MN Minder said...

I am noticing you receive 5 times the comments when you are giving items away. are we all so greedy?

JustCallMeElle said...

Gotta Getta Go (Baby, that is). :-)

Your ideas are always so cool, and of course the fabric is luscious!

- Ellen
(mdellenh2o
at
juno
dot
com)

Sewconsult said...

Love how you turn a negative into a positive! (LOL!)
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Josie McRazie said...

I love the look of the cut piece on the background! What a toy to try out!! Oh, I want one!!

Dianne said...

See, I just knew you would have awesome ways to use this machine that the rest of us hadn't thought of! I already have a go baby but am very happy to have the opportunity to win a die. Looking forward to seeing your quilt evolve!

Sandi said...

Laura,

When I looked at your first photo of the negative space fabrics I thought I could see a wonky eyed owl as a project. Now that you have the project in the works I'm seeing a school of fish maybe.

Looking forward to seeing what it really is soon.

Thanks,
Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

liniecat said...

Using the negatives too, what a neat idea! Please pop my name in the hat too

sophie said...

The Daisy die looks like a great one--your images alone have sparked a few design ideas. Is it really greedy to want to win ;-)

Debbie said...

Love what you are doing with a simple shape, Laura. Can't wait to see the next few days! If I win a die, I will have to win the cutter, too!:):)

Deb Roberts said...

AccuQuilt cutters are so fun and cut cutting time by 90% I love your freeform ideas, just one die? Can't wait to see what happens the rest of the week.

Thanks!

Dotti said...

This is the first time I have heard about the GO BABY. I would love to have one!

Marcia W. said...

Wow! This is the most interesting use that I've seen so far for the Go! Baby -- very ingenious.

Ruth said...

Having bought a lot of gadgets that I never used I have been "anti gadget" but the Go Baby looks more like a useful tool than a gadget. I would love to win one.

Pat said...

What a great give away. I have been seeing the cutting machine everywhere. I would sure like to win one.

Pat said...

What a great give away. I have been seeing the cutting machine everywhere. I would sure like to win one.

Cherie in St Louis said...

How fun! You get to play and give something away :)

Kat Norman said...

Several friends have the cutters and absolutely love them. I would love to own one too! Just haven't made the jump yet. Love the dyed fabrics and the cool things that can be made from them. Love to fuse...no hand applique for me!

Anne Brennan said...

I love my Go Baby! And I love how you're using the dies in different ways. Thanks for the inspiration!

Charae said...

Love the daisy die! Also l-o-v-e the idea of working with Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter! Thanks for all of the instruction.

jan said...

Please enter me, I have been wanting a go baby forever.

Ann said...

How awesome! Thanks for showing how great that little Baby is and how 1 die can be so inspiring.

Diane J. Evans said...

You've piqued my interest, Laura -- this looks like the next toy that I might need to add to my arsenal. What fun! Do enter me in the give-away -- I'm sending positive (not negative) thoughts into the universe that I'll be a winner!

Diane

Geri said...

I'm very new to the world of art quilting. Whereas others are off to discover the possibilities of the new die cutter, I'm off first to find a definition of "fuse tack"!

BFromM said...

What fun!

Joanne said...

The daisy die looks neat, I can't wait to see what you do with this!

WoolenSails said...

I have the regular go, but it takes baby dies too, lol.
I wish I had gotten the smaller one, but I wanted to be able to use the big dies too. It really does make it so much easier for cutting lots of shapes.

Debbie

Estie said...

That AccuQuilt GO! system looks like fun...would love to win!

rvquilter said...

you make it look so easy and simple!
Love your fabrics/colors
Would love to win to use for my applique pieces,
Kyle

peggy bass said...

i love fusing and accuquilt go baby..peg in ks.

sanann said...

I would love to win the accuquilt go baby, and some pretty threads would be nice too. Shoot...it doesn't hurt to beg does it? :) Sandi

Joy said...

This looks like the best new toy a person could covet. Please let me be creative.

Sequana said...

I'd love to win this die. Thx for the chance.
You always have THE most colorful projects!

c said...

i have the baby and one die, the hearts, I love it fo rmaking we care hearts for others who have trouble and pain in their lives. I would be so honored to be able to win a die like you describe,but the economy on a small ssi check I just cant. But I would like to thank you for this offer. carol c
aka creativeartist1@aol.com

María Cristina said...

Qué maravillosa herramienta más aún es su creatividad!
Mañana estaré esperando para ver los árboles del paisaje,

Char said...

I love the designs being created all over blog land with the Go! Baby

Linda Smith said...

I have been tempted to get one of these and you are making it look a lot more versatile than I thought it was. Thanks for the great give away offer.

Bridget said...

I am amazed at how well this die cutter works with fused fabrics. Count me in!

Muddling Through said...

Oh, yippee yay! I came over here from Wanda's Exuberant Color, and I'm so glad I did. What a neat post. I've never made an art quilt, but you've piqued my interest. And I would love a chance to win a Go! Baby.

Carol said...

I am seriously thinking I need this system. Can't wait to see what else you do!!

karen said...

Oooohhh! Cool toy! I love the use of the positive/negative space in your project pics. Hey, I think I need the Go!

Anya said...

How wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

Carolyn said...

Everyday I'm seeing what the Go Baby can do. I am saving up for one. I love this gadget

Becky said...

I'm so tempted by all the Accuquilt tools / ideas. One might be helpful to arthritic hands. . . .

MJinMichigan said...

I've been so tempted to buy one of these. It would be great to win your drawing.

Joyce said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway

maryc said...

I love this series already. Thanks for some great inspiration.

Pennieannie said...

I would love to win one. Thanks for the chance. Penny

rebecca said...

Great tutorial!! Show me more!

Steph :) said...

WOW! I am in love with that fabric! It is so beautiful and rich! I can't wait to see what you do with your die cut pieces.

I would love a Go! Baby!

Beth said...

Oh what fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna F said...

Creative and inspirational! Thank you for sharing. I just know a GO! Baby would be a fun addition to our craft room.

Lola said...

Laura...
You have a great blog! I look forward to checking it out more thoroughly tomorrow. My friend posted your link on her blog and I found my way here. Creating w/dies is so much fun...what WILL you create? :) Sue

Jean said...

Love your little art quilt start, and thanks for the chance to win.

Gari said...

I would love to win a GO die. And I really like the art quilt you are making.

Diane said...

Using the negative space that way opens up all kinds of exciting possibilities! Fun!

Marian said...

I love that you tell us what NOT to do as well (like putting the glue sides together) It's like you're reading my mind, lol. I would love to play with one of those Accuquilt cutters - what fun to be had!

MooseStash Quilting said...

Now that is pretty cool. I really need to take my GO out of the box and give it a try. Where do hours in a day go?

stephmabry said...

I hadn't thought about negative space before - definitely something to ponder! Thanks for the chance to win!

stephmabry-at_yahoo(dot)com

LynCC said...

oooooh, boy! Would I love a Go Baby die. :)

Karen said...

I would love to try out the Go!Baby- especially to try out some of your fantastic ideas! Thankyou for the opportunity to enter.
Karen

Maria said...

This is intriguing!!! I'd love to try it.

Deb said...

I would love to try a one block quilt with go baby

Sewgirl said...

You make it look so easy! I am excited to see how this progresses. I marvel at how you get so much done, and still have time to blog! And teach, and travel! Maybe if I had a go-baby! I could be a super quilter like you too!!

Lynne Gibbons said...

I don't win much of anything primarily because I don't enter. But I really want one of these go baby's. I am so bad at cutting and it really limits my quilt designs.

Bev said...

What a fun and interesting way to use the dies! I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

stitchinpenny said...

I would love to win a GO Baby. I also love your design using the GO baby, it will inspire me.

Lynn said...

Thank you for a chance to win. Looks like fun. guess I need to win the machine to use the die thought right?

Sue Arnold said...

Wonderful Laura. I think in terms of strips and squares. What fun to see what you're doing!

Marilyn said...

this Go Woman would like to have a Go Baby......just not one in diapers ....

Needled Mom said...

I can hardly wait to see where it GOs from here. Looks great so far.

Dresden Quilter said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

Diane said...

That is pretty darn cool. One of those would be fun to have!

Catskill Quilter said...

This is going to be great fun! I will be back tomorrow to see the trees...

Fabraholic said...

This one would be a true gift from heaven! I have an infection in my right arm since April and cannot cut anything.

Grammasheri said...

I love the fun quilt you're designing. Wish my brain worked like yours!

Linda said...

what a great tool---love your quilts---it would be great to turn out perfect shapes...

pcflamingo said...

What fun! I'd love a chance to play around with a gizmo like that.

roberta said...

what an idea, putting the fused fabric in!!!!! Of course, only you could do it!!!
Would love to get one
Roberta

Peggy said...

I have been saving my negative pieces and now I know I can actually put them to good use! I have only used a Big Shot and would love to try the GO!Baby.

Me aka Supermom said...

Great toy!
margaret
msolomo1@maine.rr.com

Marsha said...

Of course you don't have to create too cute flowers, way to GO!
Marsha in Va Beach
vamoody1@verizon.net

Jeanie said...

Wonderful give a way! Thank you sooooo much!

Stormy Days said...

I like the idea of using the negative space. So far this looks very interesting. Thanks.

Frog Quilter said...

count me in....

♥Duff said...

awesome giveaway! i just popped over from wanda at exuberant color, and I'm excited to see you're local. However, you won't have a teaching opportunity here for another year--oh the irony! I'm following now so please let me know if you're doing any local shows--I'd love to see you work in person!
♥Duff (Sycamore)

Becky's Bees said...

Wow...the GO machine makes cutting out shapes look so easy. It definitely makes the cutting/sewing/quilting process much more efficient!

Pattie Crum said...

Love the idea of using the negative fabric.

Karen said...

Awesome! I would love to have AccuQuilt Go just haven't been able to get one. Love the possibilities.

Wendy said...

Thanks for the opportunity.
Wendy

Linda E in AZ said...

Great tutorial, and it looks like such fun. The negative space is an interesting concept.
thanks!

Dolores said...

this looks great! Would love to win. Love the possibilities .

Robin K. said...

Wow, this looks like a lot of fun--sure hope I win.

KateKwiltz said...

Am I too late? I hope not! This thing looks like fun!

Birgit-Patch said...

I love your fabrics and your ideas.
Thanks for your tutorial.
To have the chance to win the AccuQuilt Go makes me very happy.

Ima Baglady said...

I love the idea of a Go cutter, but I'm too cheap? poor? Frugal - yes, that's it! to actually buy one before trying it. I would love to win one! Love your idea with the negative shapes :)

Sally said...

Please count me in for the giveaway. I would LOVE to win one to play with!

Diane N said...

I'd love a chance to win!

I quilt for fun said...

Absolutely love the pix and the options this provides. What a great giveaway. I'm all in! Thanks.

jan at

iquiltforfun.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

I would love to win a die.....thanks for the drawing......put my name in please.....

Pam said...

Wow I would love to win this new toy! thanks for the giveaway and your ideas of usage of the negative fabric.

Michelle said...

I never realized you could use that die for anything but flowers -- neat!

Mary said...

i have been hearing people talk about these, And with my arthritic elbows, I just might have to get one. LOve the quilt in progress too

Karen said...

You make it look like fun. I have used an Ellison machine before and that worked well too. I would like to try one someday.
Karen

kjjell@gmail.com

Doreen K. said...

Oh, I sure would love to win this tool. Sure would make things go real fast.

Kim said...

I soooo want this cutter!!!!

Fan4may said...

I really need to get one of those machines. Fan4may at aol dot com

Denniele said...

what a great giveaway! Thanks!

Trish said...

I was just researching these cutters, wondering how I might use one. So, thanks for showing some 'alternative' uses for the daisy petals! I can't wait to see the end result.

Sue said...

Too tempting not to comment! But what a versatile tool and what a clever use of it!

Michele said...

what a versatile die. I want one!

colorquilter said...

I love the Go cutters and what you create with them is so cool.

Nancy said...

I am so excited to see what you do next on your little daisy quilt.

Hannah said...

What fun! Would love to win.

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tattiekite said...

How to make this fabulous gadget look even better value. Have been considering buying one - think I shall have to now.

Patrice Purfield said...

As a left-handed quilter, I see that the accuquilt products would certainly help my cutting issues and free up time and energy to invest in the creative fun of quilting. I, also, was amazed at what you can do with just one die shape! Thanks for the opportunity to get a chance to win anything! And thanks for sharing your creative property!

michelle said...

love your pictures and the ideas you show with the cutter. would love to win!!!!