A recent discussion on the Accuquilt GO Yahoo group makes me want to clearly state that the information I share on my blog about things I’ve purchased and love ARE NOT recommendations for everyone to go out and purchase the same items.
I love my GO, my Kindle, my iPad, my electric bike but they all fit me and how I do things, you may not find them as wonderful or as useful. So what you read here is all about ME and what works for ME.
The recent discussion on the GO is about getting inaccurate cuts. You may remember some comments I made a while back after Angie commented that she wasn’t happy with the accuracy of her GO and found it didn’t work for her.
I understand that fabric unlike paper has stretch and if you roll it through the machine you may get less than perfect cuts but as I always tell people, Accuquilt has tips for better cutting on their website and grain does make a difference to how accurate your results will be.
So I started piecing a quilt today — I’d cut these bricks mainly from scraps and hadn’t paid a lot of attention to grain line so I’m not surprised that they’re off a little bit BUT I’ve made hundreds of Rail Fence blocks and mine are always off some because I sew with a slightly generous 1/4 inch seam so my blocks always need a little trimming and I’m OK with that. See that edge not lining up?
A little trim and the block is good — slightly undersized but hey, there are no points to worry about here.
And just to show how being careful to cut on the lengthwise grain makes a difference …. both were cut with the GO but the one on the right was cut from a scrap and I didn’t pay attention to grain. (I also didn’t pay attention to how I rotated the ruler when I was showing the difference — these are 3.5 x 6.5 inch blocks not 8.5 inches)
Let’s face it, if I was into perfection, I would be sub-cutting all these strips first and not sewing them and then whacking them off with my scissors.
And yes, even I use a seam ripper occasionally when I rotate a block the wrong way.
Even with the extra time to trim up these blocks, the GO cutter saves me SO much time when I’m cutting scrap quilts. AND when I’m careful about my grain and how I feed the fabric through the cutter my cuts are certainly as accurate as they’d be if I were rotary cutting.
And for those of you who took the time to read this whole long winded post … here’s my Forest Bricks in progress.