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Fabric Cutting Dies--which ones do you find invaluable?

Old 06-21-2018, 06:07 AM
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I found a steal of a deal on an Accuquilt Studio cutter. It came with a 12 1/2" sq die and the 10" block bundle. At about the same time, Accuquilt was having a sale on their studio dies, and I purchased the Take 5 and the 10 1/2" square.

I can already tell this will get expensive, so what dies do you find you use the most? I can see Squares and HST, but I've got my eye on the Chisel and the Fractured Tumbler. I'm not sure that cutting strips would be much faster with the accuquilt---I saw a demonstration of PM Quilting rulers, where he cut 10 layers of fabric(of course he had a titanium blade, but it was 45mm). Which dies do you find you go back to time and time again.

Why I'm so excited about my purchase is that I can use both GO dies as well as Sizzix dies with an adapter. I'm hoping for a sale soon on either site!
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:02 AM
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I use my 2 1/2 strip cutter the most. Also have a 3 and 5 inch stripe that I use a lot. I have 3" and 2 1/2 " squares that I use a lot. I am looking at stars and hearts next for applique. I have an 8", 10", 5", 6", and 3" square that get used often.
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i use the tumbler and the orange peel the most
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Old 06-21-2018, 08:28 AM
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I'm not the one to ask. I buy a die I need to cut the quilt pattern I am working on at the time. I would say all the strip sizes and hst sizes are the main ones to have.
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I love the 5 inch block and the 2.5 inch block. Also the 2.5 inch strip. I seem to use them the most.
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Old 06-21-2018, 08:32 AM
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With the bundle, the 5 1/2"(5" fin), the 4"(3 1/2")fin), and the 3" (2 1/2" fin) square were included, along with 5" quarter square triangle, 2 1/2" fin HST, 3 3/16 x 4 1/4" parallelogram, 5" finish HST, and 3" x 5 1/2" rectangle. I feel I have a good start.

I use 2 1/2" strips/squares a lot, but have read of people not liking to cut their strips with the die. Those of you who do, convince me why it's better than ruler/rotary cutter.
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Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
I love the 5 inch block and the 2.5 inch block. Also the 2.5 inch strip. I seem to use them the most.
I have a lot of small odd shape scraps that I think I would benefit with the 2 1/2" block.
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Are there dies that you purchased and found that you didn't/don't use them as much as you thought you would?
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:18 AM
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I have a sizzix machine (much better value here in the UK). I use my 2 1/2 strip cutter and my 5” square to cut charm squares the most.
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I like the strip dies. I also like the triangles. I can't imagine curved patterns without the use of a die. I'm not that good with rotary cutting them and they fit together so well if they are die cut. I have made several using the Winding Ways BOB. I have also made several quilts with the chisel set (chisel & matching triangle). Having said that, everyone is different. Are you attracted to specific patterns or do you find yourself cutting the same shape over & over those are the dies you should get first.
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