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    What are the most used quilting dies that someone new to Accuquilt should start to collect? My husband bought me an Accuquilt, but I haven’t been able to use it yet and finally got it unpacked after our move and thought I’d try to use it.

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    I use the 2.5 strips, 2.5 squares, and 2.5 triangles the most.
    I bought a couple of sets - drunkard's path and hunter's star only because I think it may be easier to make them, especially the drunkard's path.
    I had no clue what to buy at first but maybe start with some basics and then go from there.
    I don't know anything about the cube sets but others will be able to tell you about them.
    Many on this forum have this system so you'll probably get a lot of info
    I hope this helps!

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    Strips dies are the most useful. I recently cut all the pieces for a large Hunter's Star quilt in about 2 hours using the die. It really depends on what types of quilts/blocks you want to make. I also have the 12" Qube but haven't used it yet.

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    Depends if you have the Go, the Go Baby or the Studio. Not all dies fit all machines. I have a Baby and have the basic geometric shapes and a couple of "fancy" dies that I got used at a quilt show.

    Figure out what type of quilts you make and go from there. Accuquilt has a terrific website and there is a chart of all the dies they make, which size mats to use with the dies and which machines they fit.

    You can get some good deals on eBay on dies, but there are some listed that are way, way, way above accquilt's suggested price.

    I love my Go Baby. Hope you enjoy your Go.
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    I wait until I have a quilt pattern I want to use and then buy the die or dies that will work with the pattern. I guess I use the 2 1/2 strip die the most, then the 5" charm square die. I really like the wedge and tumbler die. And the large rag die is a time saver. I have about 100 of the dies but I have been buying them since the GO was first offered for sell. For Christmas, birthday, etc. my family knew to give me dies. I had a list of the dies I wanted and they would pick one or two. I was always surprised at what dies they chose. Last new one, I got the Cleopatra die from my Grandsons. The only one on my list. LOL
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    I bought the 12 inch qube with mine. The dies in there can be used to make a bunch of different blocks. I also bought the 6 inch qube because they are supposed to be compatible but I haven’t tried to use them at the same time yet. I also got the sunbonnet sue die because I love sunbonnet sue.
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    I think it depends what kind of quilts you want to make. I bought my Accuquilt primarily because I wanted to try some quilts that use curved piecing, that I didn't want to have to cut by hand. If that's your goal, then look at apple cores, Drunkards path, Winding Ways, etc. If you like the look of half square triangles, then buy the HST dies. If you use strip sets, then get dies for strips of your favourite widths.

    If you buy dies based on thevquilts you want to make, you can't go wrong . Good luck!

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    Way back when I got my Go Cutter, I wanted it mainly for shapes that are so hard to cut by hand, stars, hearts, circles, birds, flower shapes, etc. I can still cut strips using the Stripology ruler by Creative Grids, squares, etc. So haven't bought any of those.....yet lol. I have bought dies for specific patterns, Feather tree, apple core, orange peel. For me the dies are too expensive to buy "just because", so I buy as I have a need for them. I am pretty sure that Accuquilt has some rules about sales and you hardly ever see the dies on sale anymore. Unless Accuquilt runs the sale on their website.
    So as so many others have said, buy the ones based on the quilts you want to make. The Accuquilt system is really outstanding and has made a difference for a lot of quilters.

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    I've gotten some on Ebay that were cheaper with free ship and brand new.

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    I mainly use the rag quilt die, I would not make one without it. My daughter uses the 61/2 block, she mostly makes block quilts. i have a few that I use for applique as well. I do have some of the strip cutters as well. Plus mine came with a die that had several shapes on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I've gotten some on Ebay that were cheaper with free ship and brand new.
    I agree, I got some really great deals on eBay
    Judy

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    I love the HST and Flying geese. I also have th3 2 1/2 strip one. I use all the time for binding. I am currently slowly selling the ones I do not use on Ebay. I just listed the 2 tumbler ones. The owl sold the other day,

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    I started with the basic's. The one it comes with. (5" 2.5" and 2.5" HST) I have a couple of the shape dies and bigger dies. Not to many though.

    I find I love the tiny dies the best. 1.5" triangles and squares.

    I find I can cut the bigger sizes accurate just fine.

    The smaller cuts don't always have that consistency. So, the tiny shape dies are my favorite.

    I actually have two cutters. Accquilt and Sizzix Big Shot. I always use the tiny dies on either of them the most. And, both preform more or less the exact same. So, both are good brands. (One was a gift, one I already owned.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301 View Post
    I love the HST and Flying geese. I also have th3 2 1/2 strip one. I use all the time for binding. I am currently slowly selling the ones I do not use on Ebay. I just listed the 2 tumbler ones. The owl sold the other day,
    I think I just bid on your dies! Small world.
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    Onebyone has the best idea - buy them as you need them, depending on the quilt you are making. I started with some curved ones too. The Apple Core and the Double Wedding Ring were so totally easy to cut. I like making quilts with 2.5 squares so I go the dies that cuts 9 at once. And the double 5 inch die because I like to make patchwork quilts. I also bought the 1.5 in. and 2.5 in. strip dies.
    Now I am super into the machine embroidery and love using the dies that go with the embroider . Luckily they have a wish list section so I just put items I want in there and when they have sales and/or free shipping I pick something out.

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    I just attended a program at our LQS called there’s a die for that. The presenter said the Hunter Star and 2 1/2 strip cutter are the most popular. He also said if he had it to do over, the first die he would buy is the 6” cube and then the companion sets for it. That shop matches any ACQ online offer. I would rather give the LQS my business whenever I can.
    I must warn you.... collecting dies is habit forming.

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    If you do a lot of Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilts, the two shape "Rabbit Ears" die is most useful. Bonnie has a favorite ruler that you flip and cut, but I am so shaky that I use my GO almost exclusively. I'm practicing on Smith Mountain Morning, for my upcoming class in November. This die has both the star points and the center. I layer the fabrics in so that I get the right color on the correct part. Here's what I've made so far.Name:  20190330_125203_resized.jpg
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    Just the center of the star points. The center of the block is just 4 half square triangles sewed.....just so.

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    I have the Go and I use it mainly to cut strips. I do buy die for special quilts like Hunters Star, etc. I think mine has paid for itself making straight strips 2 1/2”, 1 1/2”.
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    I have a die cutter and I have several dies now but I use my 2.5" strip die the most, I've probably cut 100 miles of strips with it at least lol

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    When I purchased the Go Big, I received the 8" Cube set. I add other Dies as I need them. I have the used the strip dies the most. I got the applecore die and made a quilt from it (so very easy to put together). I am getting ready to make a hexie quilt with the smaller die. Just seems best for me to get the dies as I'm ready to use them.

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    In the sizes you use most use: strips, squares, rectangles, triangles.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    the two shape "Rabbit Ears" die is most useful.
    I never heard of a die being called "Rabbit Ears". Which one is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I never heard of a die being called "Rabbit Ears". Which one is that?
    I think she means this one.

    https://www.accuquilt.com/go-triangl...ed-square.html

    There is also a smaller one available.

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    There is 2”, 3” and 4” of the triangle in a square. I have all 3. I rarely use my strip dies. I use the HST and QST and flying geese the most. I also love my Hunters Star. I have made 3 gfg with the hexi die. I use the small hexi for papers and the middle hexi for fabric. You know what quilts you like to make, those are the dies to get.

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    I have lots of favorite dies I own and lots of favorites I want but have to say thst right this moment it’s the Log Cabin did. I purchased it at AQS Lancaster lazt week for thst block but the lady at the booth showed us several ways to use it thst have nothing to do with the log cabin block. Having a bummer of a memory I don’t remember all of them but I do remember thst she put a sticky number or maybe a Sharpie number in each piece so yiu remember where to use it when sewing. Also she said thst the individual pieces can be used as block pieces - they are all the same width and all you need to know is the length - make a note of each die pie and yiu end up with ready-to-use pieces for many different blocks. Hope I’m telling this so y’all can follow me.

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