Last month I introduced you to my new Accuquilt cutting tool. As me and my Accuquilt (affiliate link) get better acquainted, I’ve been watching a few of their YouTube videos for ways to use it. Most of the videos scare the quilting daylights out of me because I am such a novice. But blended alongside the
paralyzing fear challenge is this desire to really learn all of the ins and outs of quilting.
So what better place to start an Accuquilt Easy Quilting project than with a set of quilted coasters.
I’m using the die that comes with the Accuquilt Go! I love the size of this square. And, since it is Valentine’s Day, I found this piece of fabric with hearts on it in my stash. I did a little foldy-fold with my fabric and placed it over the square on the die.
I don’t have a picture of this, but there is a cutting mat that I set on top, then I ran the die through the machine. This took all of 30 seconds. As in ~ foldy-fold my fabric, cover with the cutting mat, cut. And this is what I got in just a few seconds. I think I will make a set of Valentine’s Quilted Coasters. They will be perfect for setting a drink on in my sewing room.
As with any quilting project there needs to be a quilt back and quilt batting. I scurried through the brown scraps and found a piece of brown fabric with pink dots. Did my little foldy-fold thing, topped with the cutting mat, and cut. Thirty seconds later I had the backs for my project.
For the batting I only did two layers of batting for my cuts so I had to cut twice. I know, so much work having to cut twice!
I made my quilt sandwiches by layering the two fabrics and the batting. I pinned them together and, using chalk, marked my quilting lines with an ‘X’.
Over to the sewing machine to quilt. Later on I thought how cute it would’ve been to quilt around the hearts. Because this project is more about fast and less about technique, I think the ‘X’ is perfect. Opps ~ no picture of the quilting. I used a 30-weight variegated red-pink-white cotton quilting thread from Signature. I also had to adjust my tension slightly.
Anyway, once I finished my quilting (approximately 10 minutes) it was time to add the binding. Remember this post where I was trying out all of my dies. Well, I still had several strips of bright pink fabric that I had cut using the strip cutter die. So, no need to cut more strips. That’s what I love about the Accuquilt ~ I can have fabric cut from scraps just waiting to be put into service. Aweeee-sommmme!
I folded the strips wrong sides together and pressed them. Then I pinned them to my coasters and stitched. Each one took about 5 minutes to pin, stitch, and press.
And in about an hour I had four cute mug rugs that I will set out and use on Valentine’s Day. All in all, it is so satisfying to be able to sew a fast project and have good results. It’s success like this that makes me want to create more quilting projects.
Accuquilt (affiliate) has a motto: Better Cuts Make Better Quilts. I’d like to add to that: Faster Cuts Make Quilting Fun!
Disclosure: I received the Accuquilt Go! and these dies in exchange for writing several posts throughout the year. All opinions are my own and I am really excited to share future projects. I am also an Accuquilt Affiliate and will receive compensation when you purchase through the affiliate links in this post or in my side bar.