Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Scrappy Gray

I decided to start something new!

A few months back, I was going to make a quilt using green/brown staggered 16 patch block.  Well, the design changed and the idea was scrapped.

A few of you requested that I didn't give up on the idea...
So I am ready to give it another chance.

My gray color bin was stuffed to the gills, so I pulled out my AccuQuilt 2.5" multiple square die and started stacking on the scraps.

In no time at all, I had just under 500 squares ready for assembly.  I think I will need closer to 600 squares for the quilt but I will start here to see what shades I need for the last few blocks.

Sorry my squares are so shaggy - I didn't take the time to clean them up a bit for the photo.

I also really need to break out another plastic you can see, I use this die A LOT!  Cuts would be a lot more crisper with a less worn plastic.

For those of you who already use this cutter, I have added lines on my dies with a white gel pen along the sides showing me the locations of the blades.  This really helps as you stack up fabric.

Now that I have lots of squares cut, I can start sewing them into the 16 patches.  I will be laying out the squares next to my sewing machine - making sure I have lights and darks, solids and prints.

Time to start sewing!

For those of you who are curious about my fabric cutter, I have the AccuQuilt Studio 2.  I love that it cuts up to 10 layers at a time.  Since I bought it, the pain in my hands has lessened greatly.  I find I mostly use the standard dies and rarely find the need for anything fancy.

It sure makes cutting up scraps quick and easy!

I was happy to see when I went out to the AccuQuilt website that they are currently running a sale on the very machine I have. If you use the code STUDIOBOGO, you can buy a Studio die and get a second one of equal or lesser value free.

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Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the plastic for my long strip die looked like that when I finally tossed it the other day with cuts all the way through - yes it was time for a new one!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Go go go !!!

em's scrapbag said...

I love my go. Thanks for the time on drawing the lines. So helpful when cutting scraps.

Louise said...

I would never think to put green, brown and gray together. Looking forward to seeing how this looks!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Aren't we always starting something new?? LOL I am a recent Accuquilt Go owner and looking forward to learning to use it.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That really does look like a handy tool! I've spent my budget on the new sewing machine this year, though. (Not that I'm complaining!:) When I saw Libby in TN's Twist of Lime blocks this morning - scrappy gray with lime corner triangles here and there, I thought of your new gray project. Are you adding in some accent colors?

Vicki in MN said...

I am so anxious to use the Accuquilt machine that we Island Batik Ambassadors received this year!! Scraps beware, here I come, LOL

The Joyful Quilter said...

I'm amazed by the variety of gray scraps you have!! Looking forward to seeing how these play out in a quilt.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Your green and brown blocks remind of the quilt I just posted about as the colors are the same. I have never been much of a brown color person but after using them with the green I may be looking for more ways to incorporate brown here and there. I'm also intrigued by your die cutter. It's not in my budget right now but perhaps in the future.

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