Let’s GO! BIG

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!

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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.

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Andover Fabrics sent these pretties! I loved the soft blues so I added a grey solid to the mix for a vintage vibe. They’re from their Downton Abby Downstairs Collection.

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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.

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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!

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I wanted the fabrics to be random, but I arranged them a bit just to insure that I had all the right pieces.

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Sewing curves is a dream with AccuQuilt because they have notches that you align and everything just fits perfectly the first time.

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Piecing all the curved strips took about two hours with half of that being pressing time.

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I used a starch alternative to keep the bias edges crisp.

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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.

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It’s an awesome little machine! I can’t wait to cut more things on it. I think a double wedding ring quilt is in my future! Be sure to check out the rest of the Blog Hop!! You’ll get to see the other four dies that utilize the wider bed on the GO! BIG.

February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24Haley 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 28Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash

xo LC

9 thoughts on “Let’s GO! BIG

  1. Great looking pillow. I’ve always loved the look of the Double Wedding Ring Block/Quilts but have read so many scary stories from so many how hard they are. I guess reading that type of thing as a beginning quilter makes that stick in your head for awhile. Now I look at this and don’t see why it gave so many people such fits. It really doesn’t look that hard to me. And how awesome to have that new Go cutter cut it all for you too.

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