I was given the opportunity to choose three dies that I wanted to use with the Go! I thought long and hard on this because I did not want any that I could easily cut out with my rotary cutter, but in the end I ended up choosing ones that I really wanted to make a quilt out of and haven't.
I choose Quarter Square-4" Finished Triangles, Diamonds 4 x 4 and Drunkard's Path 3 1/2" Yes, I could very easy cut out the QST, but I got this die because I wanted to make the quilt that Alex did using this cutter and did you see it has dog-eared corner so you can match it up perfectly each time. The other two I got because they are not so easy to cut.
I suggest you go to the AccuQuilt site and check out all the great videos they have on how to use the Go! system.
The first thing you MUST do is mark your dies so you can see the cutting lines. If you don't do this then you will waste fabric. You will find a couple of videos on marking your dies in the video library.
I have not really made any quilts from the Go! yet, but just took some old fabric that I asked myself why I ever bought it and played around seeing what this system is all about.
You really need to plan your cuts. If not then you will be wasting fabric. I would cut my fabric just a little wider than the fished size. Say 1/2" or so. The back of the die cutters tells you to cover only the shape that you want to cut and not the entire board. I used strips and fan folded them till I had six layers or ran out of fabric. I did find the machine a little hard to crank, but remember you are cutting multiple layers at a time and this is a lot of fabric. I would not recommend any more layers than six layers as they will not go through the machine because of the thickness. Start out with fewer layer and build up. Check out how to use your Go! cutter page for more information. There are even cutting tips for you to download.
I would recommend that you not prewash your fabrics as this will remove the sizing from the fabric and your cuts may be off. If you must prewash your fabrics (red fabrics especially) then you should use a spray sizing before you make any cuts.
Read the instructions on the back of each die. AccueQuilt has given you some great tips on how to get the most from each die. There is even a free project using the die in the package.
Go! Storage rack to hold your dies. It will keep your quilt room clutter free and you will be able to find your dies when you need them.
Go! thinks of everything. They now have Go! reference charts. See how to use your GO! dies with any quilt pattern and get the most efficient use of fabric. These are a must if you are thinking of owning or own a Go!
Does the Go! save you time in the cutting process of quilting? Yes, by all means it does. Cutting multiple layers at a time is a life saver and you know that your cuts are going to be perfect each and every time.
Does Accuquilt stand behind their product? Yes they do and it comes with support like none other. They want you to get the most out of their system, but you must do your homework and read/watch all the great tips. Once that is done you will be well on your way to putting your rotary cutter down for good. O.k. maybe not for good. The rotary cutter is the staple of the quilting room after all.
Thank you AuccuQuilt for bringing this great product into my life. If you don't own a Go! of your own then by all means you need to treat yourself and buy one. After all you do deserve it.
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Until next time,