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 ⅝″ or the ¾″ 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!