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Debi in OK

Debi in OK
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Date: 2/14/11 2:52 PM

My dh presented me with an accuquilt cutter. I was ordering a strip die and was wondering if there are certain dies that you use over and over which are therefore pretty essential. So, can you tell me what your favorite dies are (or your dream diecuts) TIA

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Date: 2/14/11 2:57 PM


Deb.. was wondering where you plan on buying your diecuts from.. I have seen some on sewitsforsale.. and some on Shoppers Rule.. I am sure there are maybe even better places..
I would not invest a lot in dies until you use a couple. I have heard others who have used the accuquilt system went back to cutting them by hand..
As far as which ones to buy.. well I would buy the ones you like the most.. you know which ones you would like to cut the most often of.. If for instance you never do circles..then you would not want a circle one even though I use it all the time..
Hope that helps.. I am all for anything doing my labor..

Debi in OK

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Date: 2/14/11 4:54 PM

thanks pigling (I always enjoy and appreciate your posts/responses) I really hadn't gotten farther than amazon for looking at diecuts, but will definitely check out your suggestions. I'm aware that accuquilt is not a perfect solution, but by profession I am an artist, and I have issues with my hands since I use them so much. Consequently, accuquilt or a similar system is pretty essential for me 'cause a rotary cutter is brutal.
I was asking about the "favorite" diecuts because I'm not a real experienced quilter, and I was betting that certain squares or triangles show up in a majority of designs....maybe not. So I was just wondering if there's anyone who for instance would absolutely have to have a 4" triangle because it comes up so much... or who tried the arabesque and loved the outcome.
So if anyone has a suggestion.... I'm open.

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Date: 2/14/11 5:12 PM


Deb. since these dies are expensive.. may I suggest that you buy them as you find a need for them.. as you go along.. That will spread the OUCH out a bit..
I can only advise. that if you do log cabin quilts you would need a different die cut then if you did say a flowered design.. and that is why I advise you to buy as you go along.. Then at least you won't waste any funds on ones you may not ever use..
And this should bump up this thread so others who use this system can chime in.. as I know we have a lot of quilters here..

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Date: 2/15/11 7:58 AM

I have the Studio Accuquilt cutter and love it. The dies are expensive, but if you collect them as you need them, it isn't so painful. As suggested, just start buying what you need. If you are doing a lot with strips, the strip cutters are fantastic and save you tons of time. Be sure to buy the dies that go with your cutter as the Studio cannot use the "Go" dies.
I've purchased some of the applique dies as I love the shapes. The Arabesque shapes can be used in many ways. Also, subscribe to the newsletter that Accuquilt offers as they send discounted offers your way, including free shipping. I try to order on the free shipping offers as the dies are heavy.
I have not had any problems with my cutter and have absolutely no regrets. It has been a wise investment for my workroom.

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Date: 2/17/11 0:58 AM

the prices have come down alot on the cutter, but I was thinking that if I did get one I would only get the shapes i hate cutting or which are fiddlly like the applique shapes, or where precision is super important.

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Date: 2/17/11 6:31 AM

I have the GO cutter and I love the tumbler die. I'm not an experienced quilter and I've made two table runners from this die so far and they went together perfectly. Good luck!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66572808/pink-tumbler-table-runner

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Debi in OK

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Date: 2/17/11 10:33 AM

Thanks everyone, it is actually the Go cutter that my husband gifted me with. I actually broke down and bought the 12" block mix and match set. I have a quilting book I love and it is all patterns for different 12" blocks, so I think the dies will save my hands alot of work. 8 dies and 2 cutting mats for $179 was expensive but a fairly good deal. Can't wait to start cutting. :)

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Date: 2/27/11 6:20 AM

Debi - That's exactly what I was going to recommend - getting the 12" block set. Also, a strip die for binding either 2 1/2" or 2 1/4", whichever you prefer.

I just got my AccuQuilt Go about 6 months ago and am collecting the dies that I expect to use most, or the ones that will save me from cutting a zillion odd shapes. I have the small tumbler die on my shopping list. Also, I just splurged on the double wedding ring die. It's a two-die set and will be a huge time saver when I start this quilt for my niece.

There was a discussion on the AccuQuilt Community board about favorite dies that you may find helpful. Most popular dies discussion. It's not a very active board but I've found it helpful.

You could also check out the Quilt Possible blog. Ebony has both the Studio and the Go and recently did a series of videos for the Go that are excellent. NAYY

I have arthritis in both hands and the Go is indispensible for me. Enjoy!

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Date: 3/8/11 6:22 PM

I was looking at this too but I'm just starting out and not sure what I'll be doing. My friend told me that Paper Dreams, a scrapbooking store online, will custom order what ever you need and discounts them 20%. The quilting dies are not on their website, you have to order via email or phone. I haven't started looking or comparing prices so I don't know if that is good or not.

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