I don’t know how many of you use an accu-quilt product. I have had one for a long time, before they were really popular. Maybe 15 years or more. One of my girlfriend’s is a teacher and brought one home from the school to work on something. I ran and got some fabric and it cut so well that I ended up buying one. Of course I have the “school” model, not the fancy ones aimed at quilters. When I got it, it was initially for shapes, pumpkins and planes and dogs etc… At some point my late husband Jerry got me a big set of quilt blocks. It cost several hundred dollars. I had never used them until this past weekend.
So I cut out All the pieces for the quilt pictured using my accu-cut. Here is what I found, that there seemed to be a lot of cutting before you die cut and then there was a lot of waste. I had a fairly large half square triangle that was just that a half square triangle on the die, instead of a square cut on the the diagonal.
I understand the concept behind die cutting. Each piece is perfectly cut and exactly the same. It is supposed to make piecing more accurate and easy. I don’t know if it does or doesn’t. I just felt like it took twice as long because I had to cut before die cutting and then the waste. Don’t get me wrong, I love it for cute shapes, I am just not sure about block cutting. I am hoping someone can share their thoughts with me because it just seems weird to me.
Normally, when I am cutting my pieces, I do have an Alto Quilt Cut, which I love, so I feel I am pretty accurate. What am I missing? Thanks for your help.