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AccuQuilt GoMe! by Sara Gallegos

November 8, 2018

This post was originally published on Sew Positively Sara on November 7th

 

Do you AccuQuilt? That is the tag line I see on so many AccuQuilt ads and I totally get it now! I’m kind of a new AccuQuilt convert…. Recently, I have been appreciating the speed and accuracy of cutting on this wonderful machine and I am really getting the hang of figuring out which die I can use to cut out my quilts. 

Aside from cutting out pieces for quilts, I love all of the different shapes and animal dies! AccuQuilt recently launched a new cutting machine called the GoMe! And it is perfect for inspiring younger sewers. It comes packaged with a few dies, including an adorable owl with a kit to put it together. 

I took home the GoMe! And let my 7 & 9 year old daughters go crazy with it. We cut out the felt owl kit, experimented with cutting the puppy die out of Shannon Cuddle fabric and then got creative with the shapes. Gracie discovered that an upside down owl becomes a fun monster! I love how easy and safe cutting is with this system. I talked with my girls about not running their fingers over the dies and how to layer fabrics with the mat. After our quick safety lesson, I let their imaginations run wild!

Working on smaller stuffies is a new technique for my girls. I let them play with stitches and create their own construction techniques. I try not to inhibit their creative expression when it comes to sewing. While sometimes the stitches look a little “messy” we learn from each project we sew. When they ask me how to fix things, I work with them on improving their techniques. For us, this approach keeps stress level low and the fun meter high in our sewing studio. So much of my sewing time is dedicated to work, it’s nice to have simple, creative projects like this that I can share with my kids.

Do you have any budding crafters or sewers in your life?  With the Holiday season fast approaching, I think this could be an awesome gift. My kids are getting to the point where they are growing out of toys and stuffed animals, but are too young for the tech gifts on the market. I think it’s going to be an AccuQuilt Christmas at my house! New dies to play with, assorted fabrics for the animals and monsters, trims and buttons for eyes, even extra mats would make great stocking stuffers!

If you already have an AccuQuilt, I’d love to see how you’ve been creative with the fun dies. If you haven’t purchased one yet, be sure to stop by and check it out at Decorative Stitch in Shelby Township, Michigan or right here.

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Why Accuquilt?

July 19, 2018

I have only been “Quilting” & “Sewing” for about 10 months now and I have to say I am officially addicted! I have made two quilts to completion and a really cute tote bag. I have 5 projects “In Waiting” and a very large fabric stash that continues to grow. However, my newfound quilting reality almost wasn’t. I took a terrific “Learn to Quilt” class right here at Decorative Stitch where I learned the basic foundations of quilting. I also leaned how to properly measure and cut my fabrics, measure twice, cut once. As I started to assemble my blocks I quickly became aware that many of them were different sizes and there was no amount of creative sewing that was going to mask my measuring and cutting mistakes. I, like any other crazy perfectionist that struggles having to try, try again did what one should always do when faced with a struggle; I quit. 

Yep, you read that correctly, I placed that gorgeous fabric in a paper bag and slide it right into a drawer and walked away. I felt defeated and ruined, I added this attempt at creating and failing to a long list of crafty failures. A little side note about me, I suffer from ADD and mild dyslexia. A perfect formula for struggling in the real world. As an adult I have structured my life around my little shortcomings and that includes the long list of things I just don’t do because my brain doesn’t work like others and it can be very embarrassing to share this fact. But this time, sharing is just what I did. I talked about it, and just like that, a door was opened to me.  I was introduced to the Accuquilt Cutting System ( insert angels singing here ). 

Accuquilt cuts with fine precision any shape in several sizes therefore I don’t have to spend hours and hours attempting to cut my fabric into the shape and size I need while risking inverting numbers in my head and not realizing it until I am trying to piece blocks together.  I really wanted an enjoyable hobby that had zero limits in creativity and I found that in Quilting; and using Accuquilt made it possible! 

I now jump into projects with what I can only guess is the same awesome confidence that someone without my disabilities does. I am making and designing quilts (i.e the quilt featured with this blog post). It’s amazing when you can just get an idea, cut out some shapes, arrange them on a design wall and fall in love with it.  Then cut and piece away knowing that every piece will be fitting perfectly and every block will be the correct size, as long as I nail that quarter inch seam… 

But thats a different story! 

To learn more about Accuquilt and how it can make your quilting experience more enjoyable come join us in August for an Accuquilt Event! 

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*Blog Post written by Brandi Briggs

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