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Thread: Accuquilt dies

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    Smile Accuquilt dies

    I have just purchased the Accuquit and was wondering what extra dies would be best to purchase. I have added the 2 1/2 inch die and mat but not sure what other dies would be considered as essential. I am relatively new to quilting and patchwork. So far I have worked mostly with Jelly rolls (hence the 2 1/2 inch die) but would like to venture out into something slightly more complicated. I was thinking maybe triangles, rag quilt, maybe a bit of appliqu, or just some plain squares - what size would you suggest and also Dresden plate.
    I realise that it will depend on what I want to do, but I really just want to see some suggestions as to what are the favourite dies.
    The machine hasn't been delivered yet, can't wait for it to arrive. It will be so nice to have shapes cut to a consistent size and no more curves in the binding and sashing strips.

    Thank you for any suggestions.
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    My silly advice (do not own one, but have used the studio at lqs) would be to go for those triangles! I love that their edges are cut to make it so easy to piece. Also since you call yourself a beginner, how about that take5 set, it's easy- peasy!

    I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions!!1 Have fun when it arrives!

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    I love the 5inch square and the tumbler dies. I think I have all the strip ones too and have used them all!

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    I try to avoid cutting and then having to sew triangles if at all possible. Sewing the bias can give you troubles. You say you are new to quilting so in case you're not aware of this there are lots of how to's on the net for creating blocks made of two or three or four triangles without ever having to cut or sew them. They are done by putting squares or rectangles face to face and stitching then cutting - you'd have to see the videos for the directions. So, having said all of that, maybe you'd want to invest in dies that cut squares, not triangles? I don't own one of these but have tried to imagine what I'd select if I did Someone recently brought hers to a retreat and really appreciated the efficiency with which she got multiples cut for her project and she had realized how to cut her fabric for the machinne so as to really minimize waste.
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    I have this cutter and find that I use the 6 1/2 and 5 dies a lot. I sew baby quilts and donate to the hospital so I tend to use a simple pattern and squares will do it. Very pleased with the results of the cutting. My 10 year old granddaughter has mastered use of the cutter and makes lots of squares for me.

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    I think the answer depends on what kinds of quilts you like. I don't have an Accuquilt die cutter, but would love to have a 1.5" strip cutter to make log cabin strips and cross-cut to make 1.5" squares for nine patches or Irish chains.
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    I buy dies when I find one on a good sale, I don't care which one it is. I may use it a lot or just once. I use the large tumbler die more then most. It's great for scraps pieces sewn together. I like the dies that are only sold on Accuquilt site. They are the try me dies. I visit the site everyday for the daily special. I keep a stash of cutting mats on hand.
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    For Accuquilt cutting, I really appreciate the oddly shaped dies (tumbler, hexagon, circle) and the triangle dies. For the triangles, all corners are cut off for you so it makes matching them really easy, plus you can cut a lot of triangle pieces at a time.

    I'm actually not that keen on the strip dies because I usually want to use strips in scrappy ways. The strip dies work well if you need a lot of strips in the same fabric. I usually prefer using the June Taylor Shape Cut mat for cutting strips.

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    Hopefully you'll find this as amusing as I did . . . when I read the title of this thread, my immediate thought was, Oh, that's too bad. Obviously, I do not have an Accuquilt and it's probably a good thing! Sorry I'm so lame, but I was going to offer condolences to Jennja . . . LOL
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    I thought the same, Rubesgirl. lol

    Anyway, Jennja, to answer your question, I'd stick to strip quilting until you find techniques you love to do. I love applique but I do needle turn/back basting so I require a seam allowance---a die wouldn't work for me. I also like hexagons but the accuquilt die is for different sizes than I use, plus I like to fussy cut complicating things further.

    As a newer quilter, I would suggest looking for just basic sizes and shapes that you can use in a variety of patterns. If you'd like to learn some new techniques, do some free block of the months, follow some tutorials or choose a few off free pattern sites like quilter's casche. Once you find blocks you enjoy piecing, you can look for the best fit in more dies.
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    Thank you everyone for your helpful replies.
    I may need your condolences for when I do start cutting and "complicated" quilting. I had to laugh when I realised what I had put in the title. I do have a tendency for foot in mouth disease. LOL
    So once again the board has done a great job with advice, thank you everyone.
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    I agree..I use the 5 inch, 6 1/2 inch, tumbler (large and small), circles and strip dies all of the time.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy2201 View Post
    I love the 5inch square and the tumbler dies. I think I have all the strip ones too and have used them all!

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    I use the value die more than anything(came when I bought the baby go) It has 3 different shapes that can be combined together

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    Smile Someone else been to Amazon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennja View Post
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    The machine hasn't been delivered yet, can't wait for it to arrive. It will be so nice to have shapes cut to a consistent size and no more curves in the binding and sashing strips.

    Thank you for any suggestions.
    Jenna, sounds like someone else took the plunge also. Did you order from Amazon and the three suggested items at the bottom?

    I got all three pieces for less than the suggested retail of the machine itself...

    I just couldn't help myself - I've been lusting for one for ages and finally broke down after an evening guild meeting the other night. The presenter (who I've chatted with in the past) told me how much she loved her Accuquilt and her Millenium APQS longarm.

    Since I don't have the cash OR the space for the Millenium (Yet!) I'll settle for the Accuquilt.

    I'm piggybacking on your post because I want to see the suggestions also...

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    The Accuquilt site has patterns and books using their dies. Most patterns will only use one maybe two dies unless you use their patterns which can use four or five dies. Someone gave me a new die for Christmas, it is a finished 3" triangle. I don't have a cutter and tried selling it on EBay but no takers. I wonder if I could take it back somewhere that sells them like Joann's.

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    The first one that I bought besides the variety that came with my cutter is the raq die and I love it and it gets lots of uses. I recently bought the tumbler and I also have the strips that you can cut into squares as well. I like to do applique so I also have a few of them as well.
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    I bought my Go cutter last year and have been adding dies to my collection. The tumbler die is a good one. I had to buy Sarah Vedler dies to do the BOM on the Quilt Show. I bought stars, circles, and square dies first, then added ones that came on sale as they are quite expensive.

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    I am partial to the 5 inch square and the strip dies. I am a beginner in quilting but realized right away that my cutting skills are poor even with the rotary cutter. I found the Go on sale and took the plunge.

    I also have the rag square cutter but have not used it yet. I just go for the dies that will help me make the quilts I am interested in making.

    Have fun.

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    I bought the Take Five for my Accuquilt Studio and I really like that pattern. It has a large square, a rectangle and 3 smaller squares. You can use it as is to make a Take Five quilt or you can just cut individual pieces from it. My next purchase will be the tumbler blocks.

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    I like the 2 1/2 strip die. It's wonderful for cutting the binding.

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    Suggested size for rag die?

    OK, I don't even have my machine yet and I'm already thinking about adding dies.

    I'm pretty sure my next acquisition will be one of the rag dies, but I'm torn as to the size.

    I'm leaning toward the smaller one - 5 inches or so - instead of the larger 8 inch one.

    I was able to see the 8 inch today at Joann's (but would never buy there at full price - I'm cheap and will order online)

    What size is most popular? I'm probably going to use it for fleece and flannel baby quilts which leads me to believe the smaller size might be more appropriate...

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    my favorites and most used are:

    2x2 for scrap busting
    2.5 x 2.5 scraps and jelly rolls
    brick
    Large tumbler
    Small tumbler
    ALL rags - sqs, rectangle, shapes
    9 in hex


    but im like Bella- i have all of them whether i use them not (hubby gets them for me as gifts)... they are not that expensive and if you check the daily deals its a plus.. also check amazon...

    Make sure you have lots of mats on hand...
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    What size did you end up buying? I bought the 8 inch and the larger ones. the 8 inch one is perfect. My frind bought the smaller one and its just to small for my liking.
    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeonly quilter View Post
    OK, I don't even have my machine yet and I'm already thinking about adding dies.

    I'm pretty sure my next acquisition will be one of the rag dies, but I'm torn as to the size.

    I'm leaning toward the smaller one - 5 inches or so - instead of the larger 8 inch one.

    I was able to see the 8 inch today at Joann's (but would never buy there at full price - I'm cheap and will order online)

    What size is most popular? I'm probably going to use it for fleece and flannel baby quilts which leads me to believe the smaller size might be more appropriate...

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    A lot of the strip dies sizes for the Go are being retired. Buy those now. I have the 8" rag die, it really makes a smaller size block after it's sewn, mine end up about 6 1/2". One thing I learned. I don't have to clean out the threads on the rag die after each use. I let them stay until they pile up, much easier to remove. No difference in the cutting at all.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 08-25-2013 at 10:56 AM.
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    I use mostly the squares. I love to do rag quilts so my next one will be for that. Sitting and clipping takes so much time when I could be sewing another quilt. The die snips for you. I love my Accquilt!

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