Tuesday, August 3, 2010

So Here is What I Was Thinking...

Hello Everyone,

Remember my last post on the AccuQuilt Go! I was working with the Chisel Shape. Here is what I have started, a braid! I am enjoying the process and the easy piecing of this braid. But there is a little trick when using your Go!


Look how nicely they all match up. The die cutting makes this a breeze, but when die cutting these shapes to make a braid you must do it two ways. I will explain...


You will notice, in the photo above, I have stacked my fabric right sides down on the die. In my last post they were facing right sides up. By doing this, you will create a right and a left chisel. If you do NOT do this, (place half of your fabrics up and half down), you will not be able to make a braid. You can also achieve this effect by folding the fabric in half either right or wrong sides together.


Above you will see the right and the left chisels. This is wonderful in working on the braid. Very quick and easy!


Here is the die board and mat. If you are still intrigued by what I am making, be sure to stay tuned for more progress on this project and an AccuQuilt Go! giveaway coming up too!!

Until Next Time...


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31 comments:

Stephanie said...

Very cool. No trimming edges. I loved braided borders and did one on the 4th quilt I ever made. Lots of trimming.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

the braid looks great! you get a fast start with the go cutter! can you tell who the early birds are around here?? me and stephanie!

Peach Rainbow said...

It looks beautiful, thanks for the tutorial.

Gene Black said...

I was confused for a moment because when I looked at your braid it is made of all the same chisel. But then I looked at the two pieces to the side and saw that the next row is made with the OTHER chisel shape.

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I cut my braids like that with a rotary cutter -- it would be sooo much faster with a magic GO Cutter!

Garilyn said...

So neat! And the time it saves...wow!

Merete said...

What a wonderful border that would make! And so easy and probably fast with an AccuQuilt Cutter, I think I want this for my birthday comming up :o)Not that I think I will get one.... Have a wonderful day!

Nancy said...

wow...i hadn't even thought of that problem...which you solved...fabric up then fabric down...cool...
I really need one of those GO-Cutters....

karenfae said...

I have made braided borders and love them. I do not make quilts really fast though so can not really spend the money on a cutter. If they ever come down in price maybe.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Nedra said...

You make it look very simple, Jackie. Looking forward to seeing what you will do with all the chisel shapes.

Needled Mom said...

That is the perfect way to cut out all of those pieces so perfectly.

Pat said...

LOVE that braid....will have to do that with my GO and chisel die...am thinking maybe a fall runner would be nice!

Cathi said...

How I love the look of the chisel braid! It looks like fun stitching!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It does look like a braid! Fantastic.

Stormy Days said...

That's great, no trimming the edges. I'm going to have to go look at that chisel die and check out the measurements. Thank you.

Beautiful Seams said...

I love what you have created, I was thinking about purchaseing the chisel die now I know I will.. you did a fantastic job!! Thanks for sharing!

paula, the quilter said...

Such a good idea. I've been wishing I had a Go! and this reinforces that desire.

Michelle said...

OMG! Thanks for the tip. I have the chisel die still wrapped in plastic. I am going to try this tonight! You should do a video and submit to Accuquilt! They are collecting great tips.

Terriaw said...

what a cool idea, to make a braid using fabric! Definitely helps to have an Accu Cutter. Lucky girl!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Terri beat me to it - that is the coolest thing yet I've see from a GO!
Would I ever like to try that!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

What a fun and easy way to make a braid. I've heard they can be a bit tricky but with the Go! braids look easy. Love the fabrics too :)

Tracey said...

I dont have the chisel die - but wish I had .. it looks like it make light work of the braid edges. I have a braid quilt on the go and have to trim all the strips up next.

Carol from Panama said...

Jackie - that is going to be a pretty quilt - not one you see often - can't wait to see how you're going to put it together.

Thimbleanna said...

Very clever Jackie! You're going to wear that Go! out!!!

WoolenSails said...

I would have never thought of that, great tip.
Now if I can get a cutter, I am all set, lol.
It is on my wish list and I saw an antique braid that I wanted to do, and the cutter would make it alot easier.

Debbie

Vickie E said...

I want that die for sure...can't wait to see your finished quilt.

Rumi said...

Braids are lovely and the GO makes it so easy! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this braid.

Thelma said...

I love that braid, it would make a perfect scrappy border! Can you make that piece in different sizes?

Thanks for the tip!

RETRO-fabulous said...

Jackie,

I'm with Vickie...another one to add to my ever growing wish list of GO! dies. LOL

AWESOME braid, love your color choices...you're making it look so easy, I'm already thinking of what upcoming quilts would look the best with a braided border added!!!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Oh my, a giveaway!? I could so stand to win one of those! :D

I've never made a braid...seems kind-of fun!

Pat said...

HEY...Jackie...I cut out chisels...some lefts and some rights...so no problem there, BUT..I cannot get them assembled right. Are you going to show a few pictures of how you position them to sew them together? I sure hope so!!! LOL

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