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Thread: Did getting an AccuQuilt help you make quilt patterns you never considered before?

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    Did getting an AccuQuilt help you make quilt patterns you never considered before?

    I ordered an Accuquilt last week and have been studying the available dies with great interest. I am interested in the Hunter's Star die as well as the drunkards path ones (there is a gorgeous quilt pattern for the drunkards path --flower path-- that I would love to make and I have the fabric pack that they used in the pattern). I also watched a video on making the wedding ring quilt block. These are all blocks that I had not previously contemplated making because of the difficulty of either cutting or sewing them.

    Did your Accuquilt open you up to new different quilt blocks and were you successful? The drunkards path and wedding ring still looked hard even with accurately consistently cut pieces.

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    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
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    Honestly, no. But that's because I'm the type of person who does not let perceived obstacles stop me from doing what I really want to do. I like challenges.

    As you said, the curved patterns will still have a higher degree of difficulty, simply because they're curved. I started an apple core quilt several years ago and really struggled with the curves. I put it aside for a couple of years and recently brought it back out and discovered - happily - that my skills have improved over the years and I no longer struggle with those curves. Moral of the story - try it, keep practicing, and you will get better.

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    I have a accuquilt and I love it for applique pieces
    Pam H.

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    I had attended a workshop with curved piecing and Marti Michel templates, with limited success. If the patch is not cut accurately to start, it doesn't go together very well. I figured I would just stick to straight piecing. Then I got the Winding Ways Studio die and found the block is as easy to piece together as one with straight pieces. Looking forward to getting the Drunkard's path die next.
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    My accuquilt opened up lots of possibilities for me. I've cut out 2 hunter star quilts. You'll be amazed how fast it goes. I also have the drunkards path and can't wait to use it. I have most of the strip cutter dies, use them the most, and am continually amazed how easy and fast it is. I make my own jelly rolls, charms, etc.

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    I have a GOand feel it has definitely made some of what I considered tricky in cutting and piecing precisely no longer a problem...the ones that I had on my hard to cut/piece but want to try were, Winding ways, hunters star have tackled those thanks to the dies...now I am looking at DWR and Flowering Snowball. But of course along the way, I have purchased many other dies--that was when I could shop around for the best deal, but now that mfgr has limited "sale prices" , I will have to be more prudent with buying more dies.......next one I think will be Flowering Snowball......

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    Senior Member Ccorazone's Avatar
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    I made the wedding ring quilt but would have never attempted it if I did not have tha Accquilt die.

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    I love my Go cutter, but I still would not do a wedding ring with it. It still would be curved piecing. I use Cheryl Phillips Rings that Bind templates for the wedding ring. Very easy and fast.

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    So far, not really. But I don't see using it much for applique or anything curved. I'm just enjoying the basic shapes and am so happy to have my squares, rectangles and strips be accurately cut now! I also love the circle cutter. The circles are originally what made me get the GO as they are so tedious to mark and cut by hand.

    trying to stay grateful

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    Super Member Onebyone's Avatar
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    A die cut machine (I have the Go) is just as important to me as my sewing machine. I could buy every die available and still not be near the cost of a new sewing machine so I don't pay attention to the it's too expensive whine.
    I love my life!

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