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TTMT #43- April 20, 2021 – Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

This week I have Bounced from one project to the next. More Cy Star alternate design blocks made. Doing another quilt along starting May 8th with patriotic quilt that will last for 4 weeks. Plus I designed another quilt, that took a complete color turn on me when I was designing in EQ8. That is part of the fun of creating. I have been cutting a lot of fabric with my new hand power tool. What is the best way to store fabric that you cut ahead just because or for a specific pattern/project? I am using plastic bags, but am trying to figure out a better system. What is your go to Accu Quilt Die or must have die? I have found the lint brush is very helpful in picking up little pieces of thread left on the dies. A couple other things I have been busy with this week include planting fruit trees and cat sitting for a friend.

Kitty that I was watching for a friend.

13 thoughts on “TTMT #43- April 20, 2021 – Bounce, Bounce, Bounce

  1. What a cute little cat.

    Your blocks are looking fabulous.

    My current favorite storage for projects is scrapbook boxes. I have ones similar to these

    IRIS USA PJC-300 Portable Project Case, Thick, Clear, 6 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H2NWHXU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_G2S4MJPCVV1CP3XBGXP7

    I tape a label to the outside that is easy to change when I’m done. They come in many sizes. The ones I have are 14 x 13 x 3. I have each quilt in one. If it’s a particular large quilt, I tend to use one for cut fabric and one for finished blocks. It works well for me on projects that may take while. If something is fast I wonder clip the stacks together and leave it on my sewing table.

    I don’t have an Accuquilt yet, but my first most have dies when I get one will be strips. The 2.5 and the one with multiple widths. I’m sure the actual owners of the cutters will jump in and share their favorites.

    Happy Sewing

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    1. Thank you for the tips, I will have to check out the storage boxes. My AQ came with the 8″ Qube with 8 dies and the 2 1/2″ strip die.

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  2. Whew, that’s a bunch of work! You are clicking right along.

    Your feathering on the mini looks great, and yep I still especially like those swirly feathers.

    I’m sorry I can’t help with your cutting organization. I do have an Accuquilt Go, but I hardly ever use it. But good luck finding the right thing that works for you.

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  3. SO I echo Jennifer R on the IRIS scrapbook clear project cases. They actually sell a roll around cart for those that comes with the project cases in it, as well, and you can buy them individually. I like to store blocks in them when I am working on a quilt, they are great for that, but I also store my 2.5 inch strips in them. Then I have smaller ones (6″ I think) for the smaller pieces, like charm squares and triangles tumblers. I have been just using painters tape on the outside to mark them, since it’s removable so if I empty a bin I can relabel it for something else and reuse it.

    My AQ came with the 8″ cube and the 2.5″ strip die. Out of the cube I use the 4.5″ square and 2.5″ squares the most, usually for the Linus quiltalongs, since I tend to paper piece most other patterns. I use the 2.5″ strip die a LOT for binding of course and borders. Then I have a multi-strip die that cuts 1″, 1.5″, and 2″ strips. I use the 1.5″ strip on that die a lot. ANd I use the 5″ charm square die a lot, it has two squares on it so you can cut up to 12 charm squares at a time. I use that for Linus a lot. I use the 6.5″ square and the 8.5″ square frequently to make kits from donated fabric for Project Linus.

    I have several other dies that have never been out of the pkg (5″ rag quilt die for instance, not sure why I bought that). I have made one tumbler quilt, which was fun. I have a ton of equilateral triangles cut, but haven’t pieced any of them. And I just bought a 4.5″ and 6.5″ strip dies because I use those sizes a lot for borders. Once I get caught up on my UFOs I plan to start chopping up more of my scraps and making myself some linus “kits” of tumblers, squares, and triangles to take on future retreats.

    I love my cutter, I find cutting scraps with it relaxing. SOmetimes I don’t feel like I have the brain energy to work on a project, but I can cut fabric! then it feels like I’m still getting something done.

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    1. Thank you for all the tips and help. I think I will be using it a lot. Mine came with the same items yours did. There is a group from my guild that shares some dies. I need to get on the list.

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  4. Your blocks are beautiful! I love the feathering. Amazing job!!
    The main things I use the Acuquilt for is for 2.5 and 1.5 strips. I hardly use my other dies, but I should. I like the document holders for most of my projects. They come in many different sizes and don’t take up much space. I usually just clip a note to the zipper tassel.

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  5. I’ve got an Accuquilt die cutter as well.. the only extra I bought (beyond what came with it) was a 5 inch strip cutter. I think what you’ll need depends on what you’re likely to make most use of. I noticed you said above that there’s a group that shares dies, which I think is a great idea! You might only ever want to make one… children’s dinosaur quilt, or whatever, so there’s not much sense in spending $40+ on the cutter if you don’t have to.

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