Tattered Garden



May all your ups and downs be with a needle and thread!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Accuquilt and the 4 x4 Diamond Die


 I decided in order to justify the purchase of my Accuquilt GO I would make a quilt from each of the dies I have purchased using the pattern that came with the die.   I have already made an Applecore quilt so for my second quilt I chose the 4x4 diamond die. I bought this die thinking I would use it to make one of Kaffe Fassett quilts from his book Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts but that's another story.


I went through my stash (because thats another part of this challenge to use only my stash fabric) and found all of the yellows and oranges I could.  I stacked them and cut 4 1/2 by 11 inch pieces.


I placed  them on the Accuquilt die and cut diamonds. I can't believe how fast the cutting goes using the GO.
I cut the leftover corners into 2" squares to use later.


This quilt has 2" strips between all of the diamonds so I got out my 2" strip die.  Just look how quickly I cut the strips and they are perfectly straight.


The first step is to sew a strip to the end of each diamond.


Then you sew the diamonds into rows. When I laid them all out on my design wall I found I needed 94 diamonds the pattern called for 88 must have been a misprint. 


Another problem I ran into was when I sewed the strips between the rows to assemble the quilt.  I started sewing the long strip to the bottom of the row but it works better if you sew it to the top of the row.


When pinning the rows together you need to match the strips on the bottom of the diamonds to get the correct design.



I think this is a pretty cute quilt even made from scraps and leftovers. It just needs some pretty borders to finish it off.                                                                                                


Borders Added and Quilted.

6 comments:

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Wow that was fast! I just might need to add that to the gift list!

GerryART said...

You are industrious, Nancy. A quilt from every die? Yikes, I'm going to be watching all the way.

Daughters and I love our GO!

Just purchased the 3.5" Tumbler after winning 60 little pink tumbler blocks from a blog giveaway.
Needed some alternate blocks.
So we cut, cut, cut ! !

I'm watching your progress.

Hugs,
Gerry

judith lockhart said...

Wow, Nancy, you keep advertising like that and I'm going to need a GO cutter!! That's amazing how quick it is and the quilt looks GREAT! Very pretty and all from stash - cool!

Kris said...

Nancy - What a GREAT quilt!! And your new Go cutter makes it so quick!!! Oh, my, just what I need, another something to add to my quilting obsession!! LOL!!! Kris

Michelle said...

Good for you, actually using all of your dies! I'm trying to do the same thing -- waiting to save up for each die should be easier if I have to use every single one before I can get another.

Mary said...

Very pretty! I've got the diamond die but haven't used it yet although I use my GO all the time.