Today is my stop on the GO! BIG Blog Hop! I initially saw the GO! BIG at Bernina University and I’ve been wanting one ever since. (Full Discloser: AccuQuilt sent me the cutter, die & mat.) If you thought the GO! was easy, wait until you see this! It’s electric so you don’t even have to crank the handle. You turn it on and push your die in and it sucks it in and shoots it out the other side. (It’s really more of a gentle slide out the other side.) Genius. Simply genius. Here‘s the cutter information so you can check it out! There’s a video of it in action too!
I am using the double wedding ring die for my project! I’ve always wanted to make a circular pillow with the double wedding ring block and since this was perfectly cut, I knew there was little chance of it coming out wonky.
I cut strips and folded them accordion style to cut six at a time. It took me about fifteen minutes to cut the whole pillow. Crazy fast. I’ve made a double wedding ring with templates; fifteen minutes would’ve yielded about six pieces.
Just like with the other cutters, you can put a mat over just the area that you’re cutting. The bed of this cutter is wider so you can fit two of the narrow dies on at the same time!
I wanted the fabrics to be random, but I arranged them a bit just to insure that I had all the right pieces.
Sewing curves is a dream with AccuQuilt because they have notches that you align and everything just fits perfectly the first time.
Piecing all the curved strips took about two hours with half of that being pressing time.
I used a starch alternative to keep the bias edges crisp.
Initially I was planning to free motion the whole thing, but when I finished the piecing, I thought it needed something more old fashioned looking. I just did straight line 1/4″ from the seam with Aurifil 50 wt.
February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24: Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25: It’s me! Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26: Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27: Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28: Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2: Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3: Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4: Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash