New Accuquilt Dies and Packing for Travel (bonus doggie pix)

A few weeks ago I bought some new Accuquilt Go! dies and didn’t get a chance to try them out until last night. We put on the latest episode of True Blood and I pulled out all my stuff. I love my rolling cart that all my Accuquilt Go! stuff sits in now! I found it at a yard sale for $15 and thought it was the perfect thing. I have a large bin of scraps behind the doors.

The large pile of strips are 2.5″ and the small stack are just the 1.5″ ones that I cut (I didn’t do that many of that size). It was so fast and easy! I must have run back and forth to my fabric closet at least twice to pull out more quarter and half-yard pieces of fabric to run through the cutter. As a bonus I got some strings on the end to make more fabric bowls with! You’d get those anyway when you squared up your yardage.

Accuquilt Go! 2.5″ Strip Cutter – $52.99 @

Accuquilt Go! 1.5″ Strip Cutter – $52.96 @

I use a fair amount of 2.5″ strips of fabric with my scrap quilting so I knew the 2.5″ strip cutter would be handy. You can make your own jelly rolls too! It’s much faster rolling it through the machine than cutting it with a rotary cutter. I also picked up the 1.5″ strip cutting die because I do use a lot of Bonnie Hunter’s patterns and she likes that size strip. It’s my hope to one day tackle the Perkiomen Dreams quilt that is made with 10,000 different squares of 1″ size scrap fabric. The quilt is gorgeous and I know it’s lots of hard work but beautiful when finished.  (Pattern for this quilt is found here in Scraps and Shirttails 1)

Perkiomen Daydreams by Bonnie Hunter, pattern in Scraps and Shirttails 1

So early tomorrow morning I leave for Tallahassee to visit my parents. I’m packing up my sewing machine, laptop, mic, Basil, and I’m limiting myself to one project on my trip. I decided to take Orca Bay Part 6 with me so I can work on Ohio Star blocks. I looked through my Flickr feed and couldn’t find the latest photos of the blocks I had completed so maybe I never took any! When I get back I hope to at least have the dark blocks finished.

NOT MY BLOCKS – just an example of the Ohio Star blocks – I’ll be using pink centers for all of mine. 30 light and 30 dark

I got a new lens for my camera so I took some test photos! Some of the images are blown out due to the cloudyness and the lighting that time of day. I still think I got some cute ones.










And lastly – this one was taken with my iPhone last night after Byron crawled up into my lap to cuddle.



  1. My favorite is the cuddle cutie also 🙂

  2. OMG! Those puppy photos are amazing!!!! I need to fly you out here to shoot my pups!

    On the Orca Bay front, I have all of the parts of the pattern but I never even started it. I think it is a beautiful quilt and would like to do it but I am sure it will have to wait until after I finish my year-long class with Heather Thomas. We have a homework project each month that is a finished piece so that plus my other little stuff keeps me more busy than I have time for.

    Loved hearing your thoughts on getting to a healthy weight. It’s a topic near and dear to many of us. A couple other useful tools for getting fit and healthy are FitBit which is a super duper pedometer/tracking tool sold by 24 Hour Fitness and SparkPeople which is a free on line community that also offers smart phone apps to help in ones fitness journey. I can’t recommend them enough.

    Have a fantastic time with your Mum and Daddy. I LOVED your Mum’s last interview. It was perhaps your best podcast ever. I am definitely looking forward to hearing her next interview. Mums and Daughters are the BEST!!!

  3. Katie , the puppy pix are adorable! Have fun on your trip!

  4. LOVE the 2 1/2″ strip die, I use mine constantly. Love your puppy pics! Have a great vacation!

  5. Mariana Nortje says:

    Love your dogs!

  6. I LOVE those bonus pictures! Specially the one when you caught Byron licking his mouth and his tongue is still sticking out 🙂 That’s such a hard moment to catch. Did you edit the pictures? The colors are beautiful! Have a wonderful trip visiting your parents!

  7. came to see the easystreet fabric and clicked on this one too. Love the corgis, we only have one, her name is flossy