January 5, 2016

Urban Neighborhoods Sew Along {Cutting}

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Surprise!  I'm joining another sew along!  The Urban Neighborhoods Sew Along runs the month of January, during which time the pattern is free.

I've chosen Hill Farm by Brenda Riddle for Lecein from my stash and am increasing the size to a twin with an extra row of blocks and a border.  I'm using my Accuquilt Go! to cut as many of the pieces as possible.  The 2.5" strip cutter is my favorite cutter.  I used it to cut the strips and then turned the strips sideways and folded them to cut the squares.  


One pass in the cutter makes 128 squares in a matter of minutes!


There are black perpendicular lines on one or two ends of the strip dies, and I use a ruler after placing every strip to make sure the strips are placed squarely on the die so the pieces end up perfect.  The die below is the 6.5" strip die which I'm using to crosscut the strips into sections.


I figured out that I can use the Value die that comes with the Go! for the final segments.  I was careful to line up the edge of the strip just inside the cutter so only the length of the strip was cut, not the width.  Using this die works to cut this size of piece, but is rather inefficient because only one strip can be cut at a time.  It's much faster to lay the strips out on the cutting mat and cut lots of strips at a time the "old fashioned" way which is what I ended up doing. 


Here's all my pieces for a twin-sized Urban Neighborhood!


I've begun assembling them using chain piecing, being careful about color distribution so there are squares of all colors left for future steps in piecing.



Urban Neighborhoods is my January Goal for the One Monthly Goal challenge!  I plan to finish this quilt in January!

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Linking to:  ♥ Building Blocks TuesdayWOWWIP WednesdayLet's Bee Social

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5 comments :

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Thanks for the reminder. I downloaded the pattern but then didn't print it, so I totally forgot about it.

Heidi said...

Wos, this looks beautiful, can't wait to see it! Thank you so much for linking up with One Monthly Goal.
OK, Accuquilt ENVY going on here! How I would love to ease the burden I put upon my wrists!

Marsha Cooper said...

Oh I love sewalongs....but I sure better not even think about it with all the projects I already have going!

Newbie Jen said...

Whew, that is a lot of chain piecing! You go girl! I am sure you will rock the OMG challenge this month.

And thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday too!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

This is a great advertisement for the Accuquilt cutter. Can't believe you got all those pieces cut so fast! What a treat when starting a new quilt.