Have you seen the Go! Fabric Cutter? It's making quite a showing around blogland, so I was thrilled to get my hands on it and give it a go.
The way it works is you run dies through the machine, they come in all shapes...almost anything you could hope for, and almost like magic it cuts your fabric for you.
I decided to really give the tumbler die a try. I love tumbler quilts, but am lazy about cutting them out (you can see a great tumbler quilt on the box).
I find that it easily cuts 4 pieces of fabric at once. You stack the fabric over the die (for this particular die, I use pieces of fabric that are about 8 inches square).
Then you place a cutting mat over the fabric (you will have a fabric sandwich).
Roll the "sandwich" (die, fabric, mat) through the machine (my kids LOVE to help with this part).
and just like that, you have the perfect tumbler block, 4 of them actually.
I have heard concern about the fabric wastage, I don't like to waste fabric either, so my solution is to cut the pieces as shown above. All I will throw away is the top tiny piece, the rest will go to my scrap bin. I quilt most often using scraps, so this works perfect for me.
this is what I am working on. A rabbits and race-cars quilt. I'm excited, I am debating on how large to make it. I think it will be a smaller lap size for my 3 year old, maybe for Christmas. I'm sure he won't be thrilled about it, but I don't think I want to give this one away.
I also tried out the hexagon cutter and tried piecing them with a machine, which can be tricky with those 3 seams coming together...but I found it to be much easier than I thought.
There are lots of strings, but those can easily be snipped.
I have really had fun with this machine, look for a giveaway coming soon. You can have one too!