Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's Here!!!

I got my custom FQ die today from Accuquilt!  I am so pumped!

Yes, I've tested it out.  I would have taken a video, but it's just little ol' me (if you don't count my Dad visiting for the winter who is totally techno challenged) and, of course, I need my hands free to crank.  Teehee.  So pictures will just have to suffice...

Here's the die (after my marking the cutting blade lines with my black sharpie).

And here's the die with three FQs folded lengthwise on the die.

And here's the die going through in one pass.  I must admit that it was a little tough to crank when I came to the end of the pass, but I think it's because I need to break the sucker in.  I'll let you know more about that later if it doesn't improve.

And here are the results! 

3 FQ's in one pass = six 2-1/2" strips, six 2" strips, six 1-1/2" strips, six 1" strips, six 1/2" strips (for mini string blocks using scant seams), 30 2-1/2" squares, 24 2" squares, 24 1-1/2" squares.  VERY LITTLE WASTE!

If the FQ I am cutting is short on a side, I put that side on the strip end, so my strips are a bit shorter (which is fine), and I lose that last full 2-1/2" square, but can use them as scraps or recut them into 1-1/2" or 2" squares.

In a FQ frenzy,


treadlemusic said...

That is AWESOME!!!!!! Can't wait to see what comes off that gem!!! No need for video....did just fine with the photos!!!!

Bear Creek Quilting Company said...

Love it!! You said "custom" FQ die. Is that not available for purchase?

scraphappy said...

What fun! You will have all those fat quarters cut down to size in to time flat. Then the sewing will begin.

jan said...

Suzy.....I've been watching your blog every day to see how you liked your cutter and I know now I have to have one just like it. I am not very techno savy, could you tell me what you had to send in to get this made? I would appreciate any help you could give me. TY, TY, TY!!!!!!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

WOW how fancy is that. I usually cut my FQ's almost like that too. I have the GO! as well.

HelenMarie said...

WOW! I'd love to have that die!
yes please share info on gettng the die made!

ytsmom said...

This is so cool! My Go! was hard to crank until I took it to guild sew day for some of the ladies to cut circles. Now, it turns very well and I can cut 6 layers with ease.

Our Guilds said...

So are they doing it just for the Go or also for the Studio? Great idea.