11.18.2011

AccuQuilt-A-Palooza! Tutorial and Giveaway, Baby.

Make this quilt...

...with this handy, dandy little dynamo!


 Why do I love thee, Accuquilt GO! Baby? Yeah, here's why I love thee...

I can dig through this hot mess of a collection of scraps {I'm a scrap hoarder, BTW. I keep even the tiniest sliver of beloved fabrics. Sorted into warm and cool tones.}...



Run them through the Accuquilt GO! Baby.....















 
...And I get these little beauties. Couldn't you just eat these like potato chips? Nom, nom, nom.

I'm a huge fan of scrappy quilts. While the Accuquilt Value Die {pictured above} may not be the first choice of experienced quilters, it's the right choice for this gal who loves turning scraps into useful  squares and triangles for projects. It's an efficient way to cut up to 6 layers of fabric at a time, which - hello? - massive time saver.

I got the Value Die, the drunkard's path die and the hexie die. I'll be using the hexie die a lot this week, as I'm planning 2 big projects with the hexies, using the machine to cut shapes for both English paper-piecing and regular Y-seam piecing.

My overall impression of the AccuQuilt GO! Baby:

Portable and compact - easily transportable.
Great selection of dies {Hop over to AccuQuilt.com to peek at the selection}
Very easy to use.
Great tool for cutting blocks with curved pieces, like drunkard's path.
Great tool for cutting complicated pieces, like the hexagon and applique shapes.
Great customer support and service from AccuQuilt.com.
Great community of fanatical Accuquilt users, with tons of free patterns and tutorials.


Thank you to the folks at Accuquilt for sending me and one of my followers one of these GO! Baby machines!!



And for the Modern Scrappy Baby Quilt...





Fabric requirements
90 cool-toned 2.5" squares
90 warm-toned 2.5" squares
{total of half yard of fabric}

90 neutral background 4.5" squares {I used RK Kona Ash}
{total of 1.25 yards of fabric}

~~I used the Value Die to cut out these shapes~~

1.5 yards of quilt backing (I used a sunny yellow}
135" or 4.25 yards of binding {I used RK Tufted Tweets}

This pattern is a reverse of the Road To Tennessee block.  For the R2T, the background fabric is used for the small corner triangles and the print is used as the base. It's one of my favorite blocks due to the ease of construction and versatility of block arrangement. Huge eye-candy payoff without a lot of fuss.



Separate the 2.5" squares into two stacks: warm and cool colors.


Mark the center diagonals with a pencil, chalk pencil or disappearing pen.

Place 2 squares {1 warm, 1 cool} on the background fabric, right sides together, with the corners matching. Make sure the diagonal is facing the correct way {i.e. not pointing into the corner but parallel to it} Pin in place. I pinned all of my squares at once to make it more efficient when I chain-pieced them.

Sew along the diagonal line. I chain pieced one side of these blocks and then did the other side all at once. I clipped the threads after I was done with all of the chain piecing.



Both sides attached.


Trim both sides 1/4" away from the seam. Fold open and press. I'm a press-my-seams-open kind of gal, but press them to the side if you prefer. Repeat with all 90 blocks.

This is my preliminary design up on my design wall. {10 across, 9 down}You can make another row {for a total of 100 blocks} and center the "bullseye" if you'd rather. I like that the design is off-center, but you can lay this quilt out however it pleases you.

Before you sew these blocks together, make sure the diagonal lines of color match up. When the line changes direction, the color will change. {In this layout, I made a mistake with the color sequence in the  top left and middle sections, but I fixed it in the final piecing. Refer to the finished quilt pic.}

This shows how I pieced the blocks together. I did them in sections, mostly because I find it a little easier to match seams when working with smaller chunks of blocks.

This is a close-up look at how crispy those seams are. I'm far from a seam-matching perfectionist, but you can see how nicely these little babies line up. Mmmm.

My friend Lynn Marie, who is a fairly new quilter, quilted this for me. She was so excited that I had enough confidence in her ability to do it. She did simple straight-line quilting through the center of each background piece to emphasize the diagonal movement of the blocks. She used a gray thread to blend with the background fabric.

This quilt measures 32 x 35. It can be made larger just by adding more rows of blocks. And you can vary the design by either centering the bullseye or doing it off-center like I did in this one. Quick and easy to put together and super-economical if you use your scraps to make it. This is a gender neutral quilt, but how sweet would this be in soft florals and ginghams for a baby girl or made with modern, Japanese prints for a boy?! Or what a great bed-size project made with solid fabrics for a manly-man quilt! {Insert happy sigh}




Who wants an AccuQuilt GO! Baby?
You'll receive the machine plus 3 dies of your choice - shipped right to you from the AccuQuilt peeps! All of this swag is worth up to $200!

6 {yeah, 6!}chances to win:

1. Leave a comment telling me which dies you would pick if you won.
2. Leave a second comment if you follow this blog.
3. Leave a third comment if you follow me on Twitter.
4. Leave a fourth comment if you tweet about this giveaway.
5. Leave a fifth comment if you sign up for AccuQuilt emails to receive 22 free patterns!
6. Leave a sixth comment if you "Like" AccuQuilt on Facebook.


Winner will be chosen Tuesday, Nov. 22 at noon!

Oh, and make sure you pop over to Moda Bakeshop today and check out Uncle Sam's Quilt made with American Banner Rose!



~Comments are now closed~

255 comments:

  1. Yes I follow our blog!! Love the quilts page!

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  2. I'd like basic shapes and dies to start. Strips like 2- 2 1/2"
    Like I cut on my own now, squares in any size, triangles and even a hexagon!! Thanks

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  3. Ys I liked on the accuquilt site!

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  4. If I win I'd definitely sign up for accuquilt newsletter. I think I'll go sign up anyway!

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  5. I would choose the 5 inch die. Charms are my favorite!!

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  6. I love your blog! I have it on my Google reader.

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  7. I signed up for AccuQuilt emails. I love free patterns!

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  8. I "Liked" Accuquilt on my Facebook page. Loved the download of patterns!

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  9. I'd pick the value pack, diamonds, and strips. Imagine, strips that aren't wavy! VermontPines@aol.com

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  10. I already like Accuquilt on facebook. VermontPines@aol.com

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  11. I would like the 5 inch square or the 2 1/2 inch strip die. Just discovered your blog from the Moda bake shop blog.

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  12. I am already get the AccuQuilt emails:)

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  13. I get Accuquilt emails. Pick me pick me random number!!! VermontPines@aol.com

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  14. I do indeed follow your blog! :)

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  15. And I think I'd pick hexie dies.... have always wanted to try hexie quilting, but the sheer amount of labor involved in cutting all of them scares me away.

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  16. And I also follow you on twitter! :D

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  17. I would choose the holiday accessories, the drunkards path and wedding ring dies.

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  18. I follow your blog

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  19. I like AccuQuilt on FB

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  20. I signed up for AccuQuilts newsletters/emails.

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  21. I guess I'm a NEW follower! Found you by goinjg to Moda Bake Shop. I'd love to win the 'baby'!

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  22. I love the little square dies that you demonstrate - definitely want those!

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  23. To start, I’d love the value set, hexagons and tumbler dies, because I need some major scrap control help—I too save *everything* (although to be fair, the unusable scraps make great stuffing for little stuffed things).

    BTW, that is a great use of one of those rubbermaid organizers. I have my scraps in something else and store some fabrics in the one I have, but I think I need to switch, after seeing your photo!

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  24. I follow your blog and have for some time!

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  25. I am already on AccuQuilt’s email list…

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  26. And I like them on Facebook, too!

    Maybe if I don’t win, Santa will bring me one…

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  27. I would pick the hexagon die, the 2 1/2" strip die, and the sleigh & snowflakes die. Cute quilt!

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  28. I would pick the 2'1/2 inch squares and strips. Also the Tumbler block die.

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  29. I would pick the Rose of Sharon, Funky Flowers, and Drunkard's Path dies. This is a wonderful giveaway! My fingers are crossed!

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  30. I already receive the Accuquilt emails!

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  31. I've already signed up for Accuquilt's email
    thanks

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  32. I'd love to have the Rick Rack, Sparkld Diamonds, and the GO Birds.
    thanks for doing this giveaway!
    I like your tutorial for a very attractive quilt.

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  33. I'd love the drunkards path, strips, & square value dies!

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  34. I already get the accuquilt emails!

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  35. I like AccuQuilt on facebook as well!

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  36. A square, 2 1/2" strip, and a tumblr. But I'd check with my more experienced quilty friends first to see what they'd recommend.

    Congrats on the Moda feature.

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  37. Oh course I follow this blog.

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  38. Hi Andie, Any fabric makes me happy :)

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  39. Hi Andie,
    I am following your blog

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  40. I spread the word about the contest :)

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  41. I did sign up on ACCU QUILT and received free patterns :)

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  42. Gosh your quilt is beautiful. I do so love scrap quilts.

    If I were lucky enough to win a GO! Baby, I'd like to get the rick rack die, Diamonds and birds.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  43. I like AccuQuilt on Facebook

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  44. I'm looking forward to following you Andie.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  45. I signed up for the free patterns.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  46. I'm following you on Twitter.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  47. Love your quilt!!!! I'd pick hex's, squares, triangles. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. I'm a new follower. Look forward to reading your blog.

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  49. It is hard to choose just one-= there are so many that I just love!! But I would probably choose the Go! Rose of Sharon Die-- I love flowers and that one is really pretty!! :-) thanks for this incredibly generous giveaway!!!!! :-)

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  50. I do follow your wonderful blog! :-)

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  51. I am twitter-pated!;-) I do follow you! :-)

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  52. I just signed up for the 22 free patterns-- thanks for calling that to my attention. I hadn't even noticed that offer! :-)

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  53. I just "liked" Accuquilt on Facebook-- heading back there after this to check out their page! :-)

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  54. I just tweeted about this incredible giveaway-- I *think*, anyway! I'm a new tweeter-- just a few days now, and I'm still figuring out how it works! :-) Thanks!

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  55. I would probably pick some basic dies, although I have always wanted to try hexagons!

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  56. I follow your blog through my RSS feed in Google reader!

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  57. I follow you on Twitter! I am ladykatie32

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  58. OOooh so hard to choose! I think I would pick the 5 inch square, 2 inch square and birds :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. I follow your blog! Love it! :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I follow you on twitter! :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. I'm signed up for the Accuquilt newsletter :D

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. I tweeted about this giveaway! :D
    https://twitter.com/#!/HHandmaiden

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  63. I would pick the rick rack die, rose of sharon, and the alphabet dies.

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  64. I loved your tutorial, thanks, it was very encouraging to see the neat way you used your Baby Go! Great little quilt produced there! I joined up as a follower (I typed that as "flower" by mistake!)

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  65. I'd like that value die and circle and probably the hexy too! Thanks again!

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  66. All signed up at Accuquilt to recieve their emails, thanks!

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  67. I tweeted too!https://twitter.com/#!/natioradison/status/137589364711632896

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  68. Hmmm... I'd probably go with a square die, the tumbler, and the apple core.

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  69. Of course I follow you - it's giveaway madness 'round these parts lately!

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  70. I like Drunkard Path, Holiday Medley and Circles

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  71. I already receive Accuquilt emails

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  72. I think the tumbler and double wedding ring dies would be amazing!

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  73. Signed up for AccuQuilt emails

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  74. I would pick the small rag die, the birds die and the round flower. Thanks for the chance.

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  75. Love this quilt and love the accuquilt. If I had one I would cut millions of Squares for HST
    and.... applique pieces and ... where do you stop so many choices

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  76. I would like the Go!Birds, Sunbonnet Sue, and Fall Medley!

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  77. Following you on twitter!
    goonyburd

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  78. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/goonyburd/status/137641062440251392

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  79. Already signed up for Accuquilt emails!

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  80. That is a gorgeous quilt! I don't know what die I would want. Which one is the most versatile?

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  81. I'd love to try the 2" multiple squares, the rectangle and the drunkard's path dies. Thanks for the chance!

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  82. I love your blog and I am a follower

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  83. I have liked accuquilt on facebook

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  84. I would choose the hexie and square and circle dies for the accuquilt

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  85. I have signed up for accuquilt emails

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  86. I'd love this! I'd want the value die, the Drunkard's path, and the 5" square dies.

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  87. Plus I got the Accuquilt patterns!

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  88. Great quilt!! It looks fantastic! And the quilting is spectacular! :)

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  89. I think any of the dies would be fun to play with but I like the squares ! Also the 2 and half strip would be cool. I hate to cut.

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  90. Hi... I will follow your blog I love your moda quilt

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  91. Hi.... Will start to follow you on twitter

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  92. I like this quilt...I am putting it on my list to do. I've enjoyed your blog and have become a follower.

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  93. I would get the drunkards path and the apple core die if I am lucky enough to win!

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  94. I'd choose Rick Rack, critters, and half square 4" finished triangle dies. Thanks for the chance!

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  95. I'm on the Accuquilt email list.

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  96. I like acquiquilt on Facebook !!!!

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  97. I love your scrappy quilt!! I would love to win a Go!Baby!! I would choose dies for strips, squares, and the Baby designs dies! I hope I win!! Kim

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  98. I would pick the chisel die, Christmas dies and bird dies, thanks Accuquilt for the chance to win

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  99. I teach high school and use my twitter account to send out my homework reminders. While I would tweet about your giveaway, I don't think my high school kids would have any idea what a Go! cutter is, but I will post it on my blog, I hope this is ok and counts for an entry in the contest. If not, that's ok too :) My blog is http://northhillsquilter.blogspot.com

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  100. Your quilt is simply beautiful, Andie! I really, really like it. Thanks for the chance to win. I'd pick the dies Apple Core, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, and Drunkard's Path, if I had an Accuquilt Go. Can you tell I don't like to cut curves with scissors or lucite templates?

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  101. You KNOW I adore you! I'm a follower and a subscriber!

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  102. I don't Twitter or Facebook, and I already get the Accuquilt newsletter. Thanks for my three chances to win.

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  103. Yes, I follow your blog! It is on my daily list! Love to look at all your creations.

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  104. I have been wanting the Accuquilt cutter so if I were to win I would love any triangles and Drunkerds path!!!

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  105. I would like any die that is animal-themed. I already get the newsletter, and I like on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity for a chance to win. dfookay@yahoo.com

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  106. I have signed up for Accuquilt's emails.

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  107. I would choose the apple core, parallelogram and holiday medley dies.

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  108. If I won I'd pick the Holiday Medley, the Fall Medley and the GO Critters

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  109. Hi Andi! Ooo! It sure would be fun to win this. I think I'd have to chose the following dies: GO! Hexagon-2", 3", 5" and the GO! Apple Core-61⁄4" for the ease of getting cut pieces. It'd be much easier then using a template! And then maybe the GO! square-2" so I could turn a lot of my irregularly shaped scraps into useable shapes to make quick quilts with.

    BTW here's a great chart they provided so you can see exactly which dies are compatible with which cutters.

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  110. I've followed along since nearly the beginning! Yay!

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  111. If I won... I would choose the Drunkard's Path, 2.5" strip cutter, and Birds! Thanks!

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  112. I am already signed up for newsletters from Accuquilt.

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  113. I am following you on twitter.

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  114. I hope Santa brings me a GO! system for Christmas...I would choose the basic dies, 2.5" squares and strips, 5" charms, HST etc.

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  115. I follow your blog! Especially since we share the name Andi(e) :-)

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  116. I am on AccuQuilt's email list, I love the guest bloggers who describe their projects.

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  117. I would want the value die the drunkards path and probably some sort of 1/2 sq triangle. Love the quilt!

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  118. I already have my free patterns and get the news letter

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  119. I follow your blog!I just can't get over how impressive your quilt is.

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  120. I have liked Accuquilt on FB many times on FB I am flipflopmama44(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  121. I would love to have two circle dies and one triangle die! I've always wanted to make an applique circle quilt and this would make it so easy!

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  122. I just subscribed to your blog on google reader!

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  123. I think I would pick some of the new designer dies...I like the oak tree, new rose of sharon...probably the signature die too. Your quilt is so cute.

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  124. I already signed up Accuquilt's free patterns and newsletter.

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  125. I am a fan of Accuquilt on Facebook.

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  126. I would choose the Value Die, the Strip Cutter 2.5 inch die, and the 6.5 inch Tumbler Die.

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  127. I'm following your blog now. I've been sewing kids clothes and have just gotten into quilting so I'm excited to read your posts! Also, I loved the American Flag quilt on Moda Bakeshop!

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  128. I signed up for AccuQuilt emails and got free patterns :)

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  129. I've already signed up with Accuquilt and gotten the free patterns.

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  130. Would love to win...thanks for the opportunity. If I won, the dies I'd want are the 3 1/2" tumbler, the 2 1/2" strip cutter and the
    3" half square triangle

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  131. Great giveaway!

    I would love the Drunkard's Path-3.5", Dresden plates, and 3.5" tumblers.

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  132. I follow your blog! (How I found out about this great giveaway!

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  133. I signed up for AccuQuilt emails (and actually received 26 free patterns!)

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  134. Eek! I would love one of these! My half square triangles need A LOT of help to match up and this would be awesome! I would love these three: 1. Go! Strip Cutter 2.5 inch 2. Go! Square 5 inch and 3. Go! Half Square Triangle 4 inch. Yay! How fun!

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  135. I am a new follower! Yay! I love your quilts, and I can't wait to look around your blog some more!

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  136. I already get the Accuquilt emails, oh boy are they fun to get in my inbox!

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  137. I liked Accuquilt on Facebook! Thanks for the chance to win one of these, it would be so exciting if I did!

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  138. I follow you on Twitter as KShahann.

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  139. If I won I would pick the Rickrack die, the square rag die, and the Rose of Sharon dies. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  140. I tweeted about your giveaway today as KShahann.

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  141. I already receive the Accuquilt e-mails. Thanks for the giveaway. Great warm/cool tute!

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