Thursday, July 1, 2010

Go! Hexagons

I love hexagons and have been using my Accuquilt Go! Cutter to speed up the cutting process.  Normally, cutting the hexagon shapes has been my least favorite part of making hexagon flowers, but now it's quite fun to cut out the little shapes! The Accuquilt Go! hexagon die comes with three different sizes of hexagons.  You can cut all three at once, or  you can cut them individually.


Luckily for me, Lori of Bee in my Bonnet did the math for the middle-sized hexagon on this die and found that fat quarters cut into 3" strips will yield six hexagons in one cut (Lori has great hexagon posts and tutorials here and here). Needless to say, I've been cutting 3" strips from any fat quarter I think I might want to use in my next hexagon project.


I've folded my 3" by 22" strip into thirds and positioned it over the middle sized hexagon.



I cover the die and fabric with the cutting mat and roll it through the Accuquilt Go! Cutter...easy peasy!




Within a couple of minutes I have lots of hexagons (there are six hexagons of each fabric in these little piles)!



Quite a few people have asked about waste with the Go! Cutter...as you can see...there is minimal waste.  (I think there would be quite a bit more wasted fabric if I were hand cutting these).

As Lori mentions on her blog...it's great that six shapes can be cut at once...because it's the perfect amount to make the petals for one flower.



The middle hexagon on the Go! die works perfectly with 1" paper pieces.  I had a few minutes waiting at the eye doctor and quickly got these five hand basted.  I'm going to figure out which size paper pieces work best with the smallest hexagon on the die...it will be fun to work with some tiny ones (I'm pretty sure it will be the 5/8" or the 3/4" paper piece that I'll want to use for the smallest Go! hexie).  I love the large hexagon on the die as well; I think I'm going to cut some large hexagons and use the free table topper pattern included with the die! Have a great day!

23 comments:

Nedra said...

When I made my GFG I hand cut every piece. The Go! cutter would save a lot of time.

Rene' said...

Oh Sherri, until now I've been able to resist the Accu Go! cutter....why did you have to show all great it is with hexagons! ;-)

Chookyblue...... said...

wow that looks fun.........and quick........

Dawn said...

I just tried a cutter yesterday and it was pretty cool. I will put one on my Christmas list for sure!

Simone de Klerk said...

Now this is what I call a good investment!
Fun to see the hexagon bag. I got some of those while I was in the States.

Anne Heidi said...

I haven't used my hexagon shapes yet, but now I think it is on my list... I love my GO cutter, and I really need to explore more of the dies that came with it.....

Jeannette said...

Well alrighty this is messing me up! I think I might need one now :)

KaHolly said...

That Go Cutter sure makes things easier. Wonder what the pioneer women would think of our latest gadget?

Stephanie said...

A very popular "toy" for quilters these days. They're popping up all over. Glad you're having fun.

Carol said...

You are sure having some fun!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

That looks really fun! I love the fabrics you're using for the hexagons, too.

Deb said...

That looks so quick and easy. Maybe one day I'll have to get one of those - I keep hearing more and more about them.

Terriaw said...

How fun to have a cutter for hexagons! I have been wanting to try a hexagon project all year long. I definitely need an on-the-go sewing project!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm so intrigued by the GO and hope to see one in action up close and personal before making my decision for one. It is fantastic to be able to whip up this hexagons so quickly!

call me crazy said...

Wow~ imagine the quilts my DGM could've made if she hadn't had to cut each hex individually! I've never had much interest in making a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, but if they could be cut so quickly and accurately, I might change my mind! LOL Thanks for showing this! I know I can't afford a GO! now, but it is fun to learn. Have a happy weekend!

BeautifulSeams said...

I could not even imagine cutting hexagons with out my AccuQuilt Go! love it!!!!

Alex and Kerri said...

Thank you for all of the information you have posted about the Go! cutter. I'm just getting into quilting and cutting is my least favorite part...maybe I would get more accomplished if I had this machine! Now if only I could convince my husband that I need it... :D
Thanks again!

Trisha said...

I decided the other day to take the plunge on the whole hexagon thing. I can't resist those pictures of those basted hexagons all ready for assembly. They are so cute! So I ordered some hexagon paper pieces and can't wait to get started. Your accuquilt go is sure coming in handy! What fun!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That Go cutter is getting more intriguing all the time. There really seem to be lot of uses. I have to balance the use against storage space. Do you have a spot to just leave yours out Sherri?

Quilthaze said...

I use a glue stick (water soluble) to attach the papers to the fabric - a great time saver! The papers are easy to peel off when you've stitched the hexagons together.

Carrie P. said...

pretty cool!

jaybird said...

small world.. i've actually been playing with my go cutter today too! {and this is one of the dies i used!} i love my cutter!

Barb said...

I can't wait to get my dies.....so excited!

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