I’m frequently asked questions about using the Accuquilt GO in my quilting and I’ve responded in posts before – this one I will pin to the How To page so I can refer people back to it when new questions are asked. If you’re not interested in the GO, you will want to skip this long wordy post!
I bought the original GO pretty soon after it came out and have been using it in my quilting for years — I’ve collected dies over the years, some that I use more than others, and the GO works for the way I quilt. I’ve read reviews from other quilters who don’t like it so I can just tell you that it works for me and gets me to the piecing part of quilting faster.
The two biggest complaints I read about the GO is accuracy and fabric waste.
Because we’re cutting fabric rather than paper there will be some stretch as the die goes through the rollers. Accuquilt does a pretty good job of educating quilters on ways to get the most accurate cut but for me it boils down to ONE THING – send your fabric through on the lengthwise grain – it has less stretch.
The 2nd complaint is about fabric waste and in my experience it does use more fabric than traditional rotary cutting but I’ve got more fabric than I’ll ever use and I typically make scrap quilts so if I need more fabric, I just pull more off the shelf. There are ways to minimize the waste also – again, Accuquilt does a pretty good job with education – both written materials and videos. So check them out.
The next question I frequently get is about what dies someone should buy and really that’s not a question I can answer. I can show people the quilts I’ve made and the dies I’ve used. Click the link to go to my webpage and see examples.
I first bought the dies that cut unusual blocks that weren’t as easily rotary cut – Apple Core (haven’t finished that quilt yet!), Drunkard’s Path (LOVE the 7 inch one, haven’t used the 3.5 inch one yet), the Dresden Plate, the Tumblers – another favorite.
Then I bought Strip dies – I use my 2.5 and 2 inch strips dies the most but I also have the 1.5 inch and the 1.75 inch ones and use those less frequently.
The 3, 4, and 6 inch finished half square triangles have been some of my most frequently used dies.
I always recommend that people think in terms of which dies work together. I have the 3 inch half square triangle, the 2 inch strip die (finishes at 1.5 inches), the 3 inch finished square, the 6 inch finished half square triangle, the chevron die, the half rectangle die …. all of these work together to create blocks and quilts.
Accuquilt has tried to group these together in their QUBE’s but although I bought the 8 inch one for here in FL since most of my dies were in GA, I find myself a little frustrated because they don’t cut as many shapes at a pass as the individual dies. For example, I’m working on a quilt with 16 half square triangles in each block. The QUBE 4 inch half square triangle cuts 2 at a time x the 6 layers – just 12 triangles – I need to cut 16 background and 16 focus triangles for each block. My 4 inch finished half square triangle that’s in GA – cuts 4 at a time x 6 layers which is 24 – the cutting is done twice as fast.
So for my purposes the QUBE’s are not ideal for how I quilt and I won’t buy another one but will buy individual dies that have more shapes per die.
The latest question is whether someone should buy the regular GO or the electric GO. There’s a difference in price so if the regular GO is what you can afford, I say go for it! I used it for years and will still use it in GA to cut quilts. If you can afford the electric GO, that’s the one I would recommend you buy. I recently replaced Mom’s GO with the electric one, she’s never been able to crank the handle as easily as I can on the regular GO and as a result she would cut fewer layers at a time. The electric GO is very easy to use with no cranking needed so that’s another plus in its favor.
So, hopefully this answered some questions for you but I encourage anyone thinking about a GO to explore the Accuquilt website and their many videos.