Sunday, June 12, 2011

52 Weeks of Accuquilt Week 1 Spring Time Flowers Quilt

I just watched Julie/Julia last night and got an idea. No, I'm a lousy cook, so no receipes here. But I love my Accuquilt Studio Cutter. I have tons of dies and always have ideas for new designs. Why not share them on my blog! My goal is to be the Accuquilt lady with all the ideas. So I have set myself up with a concrete goal for my blog. Every week I will post a new design using the Accuquilt Studio cutter. That's 52 weeks of Accuquilt design ideas.  If the New portable GO cutter has the die, I will let everyone know. Hopefully I will catch the eye of Accuquilt and they will beg and plead for me to come work for them designing quilts. But for now...for those who don't know what an Accuquilt studio cutter is, let me introduce you!
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This is the GrandMark Studio Accuquilt. I purchased it close to 8 years ago in Portland and the International Quilt Show. It was my one big purchase and I have never regretted it. I have to confess, I don't use it as much as I would like but I constantly have ideas running through my head. So 52 weeks of designs should help. Some designs I will actually have the pattern directions available, others just a basic die cut pattern. I confess that because of the different levels of quilters that may be reading, I may post the most amazingly simple design for a given week. You may want to shake me and cry that it is tooo easy. But sometimes the simpliest pattern is the most fun. So hang in there. Enjoy the process and I look forward to your comments and ideas!
Here is design 1 for week 1.
This was a quilt I taught in my shop. The pattern for the base of the quilt is simple.
I started with a 7 inch square and the surrounding borders are 2 1/2" wide. Some have a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" block added into the corners. I purposely allowed the flowers to flow off the center block.
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Here is a close up of the block.
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Please forgive the picture quality. My camera was stolen from my shop a while back and I'm using my son's back up.
This pattern is using "Round Flower Set" blocks 1 and 2.
This is what a die looks like.... from the back so you can see the design.
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And this is what it looks like from the front...
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The sheet metal inbedded in the wood comes through the front through a rubber like material. When you roll it through the Accuquilt cutter the sheet metal cuts through up to 8 layers of your fabric. Yes, I said 8. I have even pushed it to 9 on occations.
Imagine, wanting to make these flowers and using a paper template, drawing with a pencil around each one and cutting each one out with scissors. Well, NO MORE. Welcome to the new age of Quilting Cutters. Remember when the Rotery cutter came out! Well now we have the Accuquilt Studio and GO Cutters. No you don't want to toss your rotery cutter just yet. Still lots of use for that. But some may have stayed away from such wonderful patterns like drunkards path or grandmothers flower garden because of the hours of tracing and cutting. This stops all that.
So, welcome to the first segment of 52 weeks of Accuquilt. I hope you join me and learn how wonderful this machine is.
And don't forget to let me know what you think!

2 comments:

  1. OMGosh, Bunny. That machine is just too cool. I've always wanted to quilt, but I could never handle the tedium of all the cutting. Now, I wish I could start a quilt. I'm starting at the beginning of your projects, so I can see each and every one.

    Kathryn
    FG 3282

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  2. Kathryn, thanks for visiting my blog! I love the Accuquilt cutter. It is amazing all the creative things I can find to do with it.

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