We loved the idea of using the new Emoji’s die by Accuquilt and enlisted the boys to get creative. Starting with an ‘Emoji’ yellow and black cotton as well as a small palette of colours (all backed with Steam a Seam2 lite) the boys imagination was unleashed, the Accuquilt Go! is so easy to use, we were able to leave them to be creative, in no time we had lots of fun designs to use.
The boys decided they would like to make draw string kit bags with them as they wanted to show their creations off to their friends. just look at the results!
Steam a Seam2 Lite is perfect for projects like this as once the backing paper is removed you are left with a slightly tack surface allowing you to place and reposition the components and no fear of shifting. After cutting backing fabric to the correct size they positioned their Emoji’s and steamed them into position.
Note. For gum free needles; Make sure that Steam a Seam 2 Lite is seamed for 20 seconds. I found that a child’s 20 seconds is different to my 20 seconds!
To be sure that our designs would not pucker while being stitched to the backing fabric we used a Stitch N Tear Stabiliser, then used zig zag stitch in black or invisible thread around the edges of the appliqué shapes.
Below see our finished kit bags, the boys are very proud !
Products we used for the project:
Accuquilt have produced a number of books to help you get the maximum benefit from your Accuquilt Go!
This range of books and patterns have been developed specifically for the Accuquilt Go! Cutter range, and are all written in a friendly and easy to understand style with plenty of diagrams and pictures.
One of our favourites is the Accuquilt Wearables On The Go! Book.
This fantastic book, written by Vivian Peritts is full of timeless clothing, fashionable scarves, essential handbags and eclectic accessories. With 35 projects to choose from, there’s inspiration for everyone in this Accuquilt Wearables On The Go! Book.
Here’s a glimpse of Carolyn and Lee from Accuquilt showing us some of the fun creations in the Accuquilt Wearables on the GO! Book, although we’re not sure we’d call it a ‘man bag!’.
GO! Dies used in the Accuquilt Wearables On The Go! Book are:
GO! Rag Square-5¼” 55033
GO! Rag Square-8½” 55013
GO! Circle-2″, 3″, 5″ 55012
GO! Heart-2″, 3″, 4″ 55029
GO! Strip Cutter-1½” 55024
GO! Strip Cutter-2½” 55017
Baby, Baby 55037
Funky Flowers 55042
Order an Accuquilt Wearables On The Go! Book from Quilt Direct
The Accuquilt Go! Baby is a smaller, lighter and more portable version of best selling Accuquilt Go!
One of the benefits of the Accuquilt Go! Baby is its portability. It is very light and easy to carry, making it ideal for taking to quilting groups.
It really is as easy as 1-2-3!
The Go! Baby features:
• Two-Tone Foam™ – making it quick and easy to align fabric over shapes so you can save fabric
• 1/4″ Seam Allowance – Always included in geometric shapes
• Dog-eared Corners – No need to manually clip dog-eared corners
• 90% faster than rotary cutters or scissors
• Accurate cuts every time
• Safe, easy-to-use design helps to reduce hand and arm strain
• Cuts up to 6 layers of 100% cotton fabric at a time
• Unlimited design options with wide selection of GO! dies
• Portable and easy to store (only 8.5 lbs.)
• Double roller design provides clean cuts and the rubber feet grip and hold cutter in place while cutting.
• Easy-lift carrying handle makes it easy to take to classes, guild meetings, retreats and quilting bees.
• Comfortable roller handle grip help avoid wrist, back, shoulder and elbow pain caused by using a rotary cutter.
• The design is innovative and easy to clean with a high gloss exterior surface and a neutral, light-colored work surface.
• Cuts up to 6 layers of fabric – depending on thickness of fabric
• Works with most Accuquilt Go! Dies
GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Starter Set Includes:
• GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
• Two Dies – GO! Tumbler & GO! Flower
• GO! Cutting Mat-6″ x 6″
• 12-page Pattern & Idea Book for your GO!
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Get your Accuquilt Go! out and try some of these great Christmas dies (Get one here if you don’t already have one!)
We’ve found a couple of great videos to inspire you.
Start with this lovely idea of making your own gift bags with Accuquilt:
…and then what about a Christmas Snowman for the tree?
Have a look through our Accuquilt Playlist on youtube for other inspirational ideas for the Accuquilt Go!
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Not got an Accuquilt Go yet? Wonder why you might need one? Here’s a fab little video from Accuquilt giving you some useful advice on how to get started with your new Accuquilt Go! – maybe that should be “How to Get GOing with Accuquilt Go!
Take the slog out of fabric cutting, and get some fabulous inspiration from the wonderful range of dies available.
Quilt Direct stock a full range of Accuquilt cutters, dies and accessories
Winter’s not over yet, so we’re getting the Accuquilt Go! out for some quick and easy projects. One of our favourites is this great little candle mat from Jo’s Country Junction.
Using the Dresden Plate pattern she decided to try a candle mat before braving an entire quilt.
Jo’s instructions say
This was a fun project and went together SUPER fast. If you want to make one with the rounded blades, you will need 20 blades, 10 of each color. Make sure you use a SCANT quarter inch seam when sewing the blades together. A four inch circle is used to cover the hole.If you want to make one with straight edges, you will need 21 blades. The rounded one finishes at about 12 inches and the straight at about 14.5 inches. With the straight edged blades you will need to use your 5 inch circle die. Here’s a quick video you can want if you want to see details on making the Dresden candle mat with both the rounded and straight edges.
Watch a video with step-by-step instructions, and remember if you do finish one, we’d love to see it!
Quilt Direct stocks a full range of Accuquilt Go Cutters, Dies and accessories
Seeing something being done is often so much more useful that just reading about it – especially if you’re a quilter.
There are so many fantastic quilting videos out there – instructions, handy hints, patterns, advice on machines – just about everything you could ever want to know. The tricky bit is finding them!
Quilt Direct have decided to catalogue all the videos we find into helpful groupings that will, hopefully, make things easier for you to find the quilting help you need.
We’ve added a Bernina Sewing Machine playlist to our youtube page.
A list of useful videos ranging from simply how to clean your Bernina, comprehensive guides on using the variety of sewing machine feet and other great features in Bernina machines, and even a few to help you when things go wrong.
At the recent Festival of Quilts, Sylvie Plested from the Miniature Quilt Guild displayed two gorgeous sets of table runners, placemats and coasters that she’d made as wedding presents.
She has very kindly allowed us to share her photographs with you.
Sylvie used the Accuquilt GO! Queen of Hearts die to create the Wonky Hearts set and the Accuquilt GO! Cupcake Die for the other.
Both of these are part of the Accuquilt Traditional and Fun Die Collection
Table Set using Accuquilt GO! Cupcake Die
Table Set using Accuquilt GO! Queen of Hearts Die
The Festival of Quilts – Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting show – is back for 2015
Over 300 exhibitors, international artist showcasing their work and the competition featuring over 1,000 competition quilts.
Quilt Direct will be there at Stand C39 – come and see us and our fabulous range of Accuquilt Go, Bernina Sewing Machines and Mettler threads.
Accuquilt Go! Cutter!
This revolutionary hand-operated roller system uses AccuQuilt GO! dies to cut perfect pieces every time. Cut up to 6 layers of cotton in one turn of the handle.
Bernina Sewing Machines
The ultimate in domestic sewing machines; Bernina are a family owned Swiss company that was founded over 100 years ago, known around the globe for their reliability, ease of use and outstanding quality we are proud to be a leading Bernina Agent.
Our quilts are made with the best cotton fabrics we can find, so we really should use the best cotton thread available. Quilters all over the world know and love Mettler thread, and its fabulous range of colours.
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Anyone who uses Accuquilt GO! Dies will find this nifty Accurack very useful to keep Accuquilt Dies stored safely and prevent unwanted scratches & warps.
Order anything – cutters and dies – from the Accuquilt range and we’ll include this FREE Accurack with all orders over £130.
With Accuquilt Go you could cut a whole quilt in minutes – perfect pieces and no aches and pains. Watch this video to see how easy it is and then order your Accuquilt cutter or dies
Order from the Accuquilt range and if your order is £130 or more we’ll automatically add your free Accurack to your parcel when we post it.
This offer is valid until 30 June 2015 and only on items ordered from the Accuquilt range