AccuQuilt Go! Baby Review

by Kelsey Norwood

in Quilting,Reviews

I received the AccuQuilt Go! Baby for review about a month ago and I am so in love with it. Just watch the video…you’ll see why!

tumbler die accuquiltAlong with the machine, AccuQuilt sent me theĀ  3 1/2″ tumbler die and the 2″, 3″, and 5″ hexagon die. I broke my Go! Baby in with a little tumbler quilt and this machine is brilliant!

I was able to cut the hundreds of tumbler shapes in about 2 hours, and the only reason it took this long is because I had to prepare the strips of fabric to go through the machine and take time to line up all the edges just right.

I did 6 or 7 layers of fabric at a time, and it took me probably 10% of the time it would have taken to do it all by hand. I’m a busy woman, and the Go! Baby allowed me to make a somewhat complicated quilt very quickly.

accuquilt go baby review

The process is so easy and SAFE! Here’s how you cut fabric with the Go! Baby:

  • Cut strips of fabric just wider than the die – several at a time, up to 7 or 8
  • Line fabric strips up evenly and lay on the die so that the lengthwise grain of the fabric runs straight down the center of the die shape
  • Place the cutting mat on top
  • Send it on through!

accuquilt go baby tumbler die review

Because the tumblers are positioned on the die at an angle I drew a little chalk line down the side so I could make sure my fabric was straight and completely covered the die. The black you see on the die is a foamy surface and the chalk is still visible even after tons of use.

michael miller sandi henserson ginger blossom quilt blues greens browns

Here she is! I used Michael Miller’s Ginger Blossom line, and instead of spending 20+ hours cutting out tumbler shapes that would not have been exactly uniform in size, I got it all done in 2 hours with perfect corners and completely straight edges.

The Pros of the Go! Baby for me are:

  • speed
  • accuracy
  • ease of use
  • safety

The Cons:

  • price

The machines and dies are pricey, but how much is your time worth? When I think about it that way, it’s totally fair, especially if one does quite a bit of quilting. (And you can get the Go! Baby on Amazon for less than $100, so it’s really not too bad.)

The best Pro for me is the accuracy – a quilt is only as beautiful as its pieces are uniform, and nothing can beat AccuQuilt on accuracy.

My next AccuQuilt project will be a hexagon quilt. I’m a little nervous for the sewing, but cutting is going to be a breeze!

Thanks to AccuQuilt for sponsoring today’s review!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer Duke April 25, 2011 at 7:02 am

That quilt is so cute! I’m jealous of your mad skills. That machine looks very handy too.

2 Michelle April 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Lucky girl! I want one of those so bad!

Oh, and please take note of my new email address… Just slightly different, but an important change. I got spammed big time and the idiots erased my whole account. I apologize if you’ve gotten spam from me, and please delete my old address so it (hopefully) won’t happen again. Thanks!

3 Kim Brinkerhoff April 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I love the quilt you’ve pieced. It’s beautiful!!!!

4 Kelsey April 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Shoot! That stinks, but I didn’t get any spam from you. I’ll be sure to update your address :)

5 Natalie Christensen May 2, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Great quilt! I love that Ginger blossom line of fabric.

6 Sue D May 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Fabulous quilt–love the colors. Thanks for the review–I like how all your pieces would be exactly the same. Do you know if these dies work in papercrafting die machines?

7 Julierose July 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

My 2″ die cutter is really dulled; I cannot even cut 2 layers without having to snip a whole side with scissors–do you have any things I could do about this? Thanks Julierose

8 Kelsey July 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I’ve heard that cutting a piece of wax paper clean things up. It’s worth a try!

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