May 2018: AccuQuilt Go!

AccuQuilt Go! Demo

Sonya with AccuQuilt diesOur guest presenter this month was Sonya Overman, store manager of Calla Lily Quilt Shop in Greensboro. Sonya demonstrated the use of the AccuQuilt cutting system that uses dies to cut strips and shapes perfectly. Features include:

  • 3 models – hand cranked, electric, and baby
  • Cutting blades embedded in foam so no sharp edges to cut yourself on
  • A die pick to clean threads out of die grooves and corners
  • Can cut up to 6 layers of cotton quilting fabric at one time, 4 of flannel
  • Cuts straight strips and afterwards, can cut strips on angle, for example for Texas Lone Star pieces.
  • Starter sets (like Ready. Set. Go!),  qubes (sets of dies), and appliqué dies
  • Downloadable embroidery files to stitch over appliqué pieces

Sonya let members know that any sale Accuquilt offers, their store will honor. She brought copies of Eleanor Burns’ book,  Quilt in a Day Go! Qube Mix and Match Blocks and Quilts and gave everyone present a copy.

New members, winners, and updates

We welcomed two new members, Lynn who has returned after being a member in the past and Gail who since retiring has built a studio and purchased a longarm machine and is providing embroidery and quilting services through her company, Stitch Meisters.

Miranda apologized for the delay and presented Lisa R. with her prize for winning the 2017 UFO challenge, a quilt ruler cutter donated by Vernett when she closed her shop. Frances won the nametag drawing, and Sheila said we would postpone a discussion of replacing that drawing with a raffle when Pam could be present to share her ideas.

Enola had to leave early, so Barbara reported for her on boutique sales the past two Saturdays – at Maker Faire and Times News yard sale. Due to low sales, we are considering for next year participating in the Maker Faire with sewing machines and activities for people to make things, but not having boutique items for sale.

Barbara also reported for Debbie who could not be at the meeting:

  • Only a few people have turned in UFO sheets for the 2018 UFO Challenge, and Enola is the one to beat at this point.
  • Only a few people have signed up for the Christmas Challenge, and others are encouraged to participate. This project spans from the June meeting when you get your empty bag to put fabric in through the December meeting when you receive your finished product back from the person who drew your bag.
  • Everyone is hopefully working on a handmade ornament to bring for swapping at the July meeting and also gathering silent auction items you’d like to sell. Read details  about all of the Christmas in July events.
  • Everyone is encouraged to bring block(s) for the June challenge block since these will be donated to the charity committee to create a quilt for an older boy. The pattern is the easy patchwork scrap quilt block – made up totally of half square triangles, and colors should be browns, blues, tans, reds, burgundies, and greens. Since there will not be a drawing to take home the blocks, Debbie will provide a prize for a drawing for all who bring blocks.
  • There were only two scrappy heart blocks on display for the May challenge block, and it was decided to postpone that challenge to a later month.

There were lots of questions about items like the ones above, all of which were included in detail in both the April and May newsletters. Newsletters are only available to members and are full of information about past and upcoming guild activities as well as providing direct links to sign-up sheets and detailed explanations. We can save time at meetings and focus on the fun stuff if everyone reads the newsletter before coming so we don’t have to take meeting time to rehash everything.

Some people said they needed printed instructions for things like the challenge blocks, and Amy volunteered to try to condense online instructions and bring a few printed copies to meetings.

Show and Tell

Lisa R. shared fabric samples she had dyed at a workshop led by Nancy Pickens. Lisa described the various techniques used including folding and stitch resist and using tongue depressors, PVC pipe, and skewers.

Lisa also shared a barnyard panel with pigs on the back she had completed as a charity quilt.


Amy shared a colorful quilt she made from Kaffe Fassett scraps she found in the guild’s fabric stash, and Amy tried her hand at machine quilting. Vernett shared a quilt she made from a Pineapple Fabric Bella kit.

Ann L. showed a handwork pillow she made at a Studio Stitch class that she and Helen D. attended earlier in the week.

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