Pretty Scraps

accuquilt, gardening, Granny’s Gone Crazy, scrap quilts

It finally came time to cut some more 2.5 inch squares to mix in with what I had – most of what was left were kind of drab – needed some brighter pieces to blend in.  I have some stacks of 7 inch squares and I took one bundle (42 pieces) and got the AccuQuilt out and got busy.  It was time to practice with the strip cutter I got awhile ago (and by the way thank you to whoever it was that used my links on the side bar and place a large order to accuquilt – I do appreciate the commission from that).

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This strip cutter is long- I place 3 sections of squares over the die cutter in stacks of six pieces each – put the mat over the top – you can see I will have 2 inches left along the sides – those will be cut into more squares for the 2 inch box that I have that needs to be filled up – I pretty much emptied it a couple months back with another scrap quilt.

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Here is a different color but I wanted you to see how it works –  I pulled apart slightly so you can see the clean line

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Pick up each strip and turn it the opposite way – now I line the cutter up with pieces going this direction and then make another run through the machine.

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Again I pulled slightly apart so you can see what the pieces are now – 2.5 inch squares – the pieces that were left over as scrap were cut down into 2 inch squares and 1.5 inch squares depending on if I lined them up just slightly off or if they were cut slightly off – all the scraps were used to make more for the scrap boxes – just a tiny bit of scraps was left – too tiny to use – see the little pile – it was slightly bigger when I got done but not much.

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Two more big blocks done and five more to make – I just kind of ran out of energy yesterday as I was doing a little bit of garden work late in the day after the rain stopped and had run out to do grocery shopping in between rain storms.

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A few more pieces added to Granny’s Gone Crazy while watching tv in the evening – I think I made about 25 pieces and now taking a break from that and stitching to the body.

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Finally some yellow summer squash growing – I was beginning to think it wasn’t going to but drop all the blossoms instead, have a few zucchini started as well – now they will probably do so well I won’t be able to use them all.

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Don’t forget the sale on classes continue to 4th of July.  Craftsy is having a 4th of July sale on Classes – all classes are $20 or underThrough July 4th Tuesday at midnight.

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24 comments… add one
  • Teri Dingler Jul 1, 2017

    Watching that tutorial just may make me break down and order one of those before I make the same quilt! Man sure saves a lot of rotary cutting and pain in my wrists! I have the book to make that same quilt and can’t wait to get started…soon…after finishing a couple of baby quilts! Always a few we are working on! Ha!

    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      I say do not get something because of one quilt but of all the many that you will make. Think over the sizes of dies that you think you would use the most and go from there. If you make Bonnie’s quilt would you be making it the same size as she made hers? I think she used a lot of 1.5 inch strips – I didn’t read her instructions over really well as I was using different sizes and using squares instead of strips.

  • maxine lesline Jul 1, 2017

    Glad to see the demo on the AccuQuilt.. a quilter’s dream… am going to check out the demo again… The plaid patches in one of the Trails blocks is a catchy addition… Roberta Horton used plaids a lot.. wrote a book on using them… I think.

    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      I have had that plaid in the stash box for some time and just had to use it! I have very few of them

  • Doreen Jul 1, 2017

    Although the cutter makes quick work of cutting for specific quilt patterns, my interest is in taking care of all those odd pieces/leftovers that are large enough to cut into stash boxes (as you have done). I have friends that do as you do, cut what is needed for the current project and then immediately cut the remaining fabric into 2″, 1.5″, etc squares, strips, etc and ‘file’ them for future use. I believe some type of purchase is looming…………………………………………

    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      I have two boxes of scraps to take care of still – so after having taking care of two boxes in the past 5 years I have learned to try to keep up with the pieces that are right in front of me!! Any you know I have found that cutting them up into squares is the best way for me to use them – there are just so many scrap quilts that can be made from those squares! I have emptied my 2 inch box several times in the last several years and emptied the 1.5 inch box and now refilling it.

  • Isabella Jul 1, 2017

    I have never seen the AccuQuilt used. Thank you for showing and explaining. What a nifty tool.
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    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      it is pricey but if your hands or vision need a little help or you just want it for cutting it is a great tool to have

  • Isabella Jul 1, 2017

    Everything seems to be a little bit pricey any more. Saving some time, or even being able to let my 6 year old grandson help, would make it worth it. I’m going to take a look to see what they have to offer. If I decide to purchase one, I will be sure to use your link.
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    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      thank you so much Isabella – I think kids would enjoy to help and see the magic of a cut piece appear so quickly

    • Lynne Nicholson UK Jul 1, 2017

      Isabella my 3 year old grandson loves cutting bits using my paper die cutters i haven’t tried him with my accuquilt yet but bought the letters and the car dies so that we can make some appliqués for a quilt however i am thinking of making some beanbags with them as they are a good size.

      • Karen Jul 1, 2017

        I haven’t bought any of the applique dies – I wonder if I would use them enough to make it worth while?

        • Lynne Nicholson UK Jul 1, 2017

          Do you know people with children that you would sew for? Do you have friends that would appreciate you cutting pieces for them to use?
          I’m currently streamlining my crafting stash but with all the things that are going as i no linger get the joy i used to, my accuquilt dies are staying and i look forward to playing with them.

          • Karen Jul 1, 2017

            I have lots of children in the extended family but too many to make quilts for – I see no need to buy applique dies for quilts I will not make or use much of – no I will stick with the squares & strip type for me.

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 1, 2017

    I must be a kid too because I sure do like to see the strips and squares appear like magic on the other side of the machine! I just can’t believe how easy, fast and effortless it is to cut my fabric. The machines and dies might be pricey, but they are worth every penny in my book. You explained the use of the machine so well, Karen. Your squash looks so healthy and all three of your projects are just so colorful and pretty.

    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      thanks Dottie – now if I just had the energy to get the two boxes of scraps out of the closet – press everything and run through the die cutters – I would have more boxes of pre-cut pieces to use – but I think I will wait for another day right now LOL

  • Lynne Nicholson UK Jul 1, 2017

    I adore my accuquilt i made some bean bags for a church event by cutting squares using one of my qubes. It helps me so much now i can only see things clearly-ish (still slightly blurred but best possible) 4 inches in front of my nose obviously no good for rotary cutting with an ordinary cutter though i bought a couple of combination ruler/ cutters by fiskars but rarely cut the same line twice (oops) so would have to give up due to frustration without my accuquilt.

    • Karen Jul 1, 2017

      for me I can not seem to hold rulers steady even with the little things on the bottom to help – my wrist are weak and they always slide even just a tiny bit making no seam exactly right!!

      • Lynne Nicholson UK Jul 1, 2017

        That’s my other frustration with “normal” rulers. The slippage is minimal with the combi as you push down on the blade it seems more “stable” for want of a better word.

  • Bea Jul 1, 2017

    Karen, thanks for the AccuQuilt strip cutter die demo. I have the same Accuquilt machine as you. I have a few dies but I have not used any of them. I bought them because I too have trouble cutting accurate quilt pieces. I puled my AccuQuilt out of the closet this week and I plan to cut some blocks and start using it. Your daily blog is truly an inspiration to me. Thank you.

    • Karen Jul 2, 2017

      yes get that machine out and use it – it took me awhile to get used to it – I still forget what dies I have and have to keep going back to look at it and see – there was a 2.5 inch square die that came with the machine too so now I can cut them two ways

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