I went through my AccuQuilt Die Collection recently and below is a run-through of all of the dies I own and what I use them for.
Shh!….also below is another brand of fabric cutting dies that I use with my AccuQuilt Go! Cutter.
Not sure what an AccuQuilt Go! Cutter is? Check out my AccuQuilt GO! Review here first!
My Top 3 Favorite Dies
I have 30 fabric cutting dies in my collection.
Here are my top 3 favorite dies based on how often I use them and how much hassle they save me:
Scroll down to see all of my dies and what I use them for or head to the bottom of this post to see my video run-through of all my dies.
A word on Seam Allowances
It is worth noting when you are purchasing AccuQuilt Dies that they cut for the 1/4″ quilter’s seam allowance.
So you will see two sizes on the packaging usually – one for the cut size and one for the finished size which takes account of that quarter-inch seam.
Unless I use the word ‘finished’ in my description of the size of a die I am giving you the cut size not the finished size.
A note on my Cutters
You need to check which specific dies will fit with which cutter before you purchase as not all dies work with all cutters.
The Crazy Petals Die is one of my most used dies even though I haven’t used it (yet) for it’s intended purpose which is to make applique flowers.
I was drawn to the AccuQuilt system not just because I hate cutting with a rotary cutter but because I was interested in experimenting with different shapes – especially geometric shapes like triangles.
There is no way I would have the patience to cut accurate shapes without my accuquilt cutter!
I have experimented with the equilateral triangle die but I haven’t yet found a project for the Isosceles Triangle Die although give the size of it I feel like a quilt made with this die would come together pretty quickly.
I use my Circles Die a lot. It has 2″, 3″ and 5″ Circles. I use the 2″ & 3″ circles for my Weight Loss Quilt and there are loads of other ways you could use this die for applique including:
- Soft toy tummies and eyes
- Sports balls
- Ice cream
I’m sure you can think of plenty of other designs you could make using different sized circles but these are the ones I thought of when I was deciding about buying this.
I have the 4 1/2″ Orange Peel Die. I’ve only used it for a couple of quilt blocks so far but I bought it because I really liked making the Orange Peel Block in my Learner’s Quilt so I know I want to make some sort of Orange Peel Quilt in the future and this die will make it much easier!
I have the 4″ finished Clamshell Die.
Accuquilt do a bigger one I believe but I have the 4″ one.
I have experimented with it but I haven’t perfected it yet so it isn’t foolproof, but if you already know how to sew clamshells but you just don’t want to cut them then this is great because it has the registration points already cut into your fabric to make it easier for you.
I bought the Hexagon Die to cut hexies for English Paper Piecing primarily but you can use it to make a machine-sewn quilt as well.
Half Square & Quarter Square Triangle Dies
These next two I can’t speak to with any authority as I haven’t even opened them!
They came free with one of my cutters and I have so many quilts on my bucket list I just haven’t got to these yet!
I heard they are great because you can make HSTs and flying geese without having to square up or trim tips.
8″ Mix and Match Cube & Companion Set
For many people, the AccuQuilt Cubes are their go-to fabric cutting dies, but for me, the cubes are some of my least used dies.
I have every intention of using these as I know you can make no end of traditional quilt blocks with them but for my more modern style, I just haven’t been drawn to these in the way I have to some of the other dies.
8” Mix and Match Companion Set (Different to the one I have though – I couldn’t find the one I have on the site)
AccuQuilt sells a number of starter sets that include their different cutters with a collection of dies.
I bought my GO! Cutter on ebay secondhand and the 8″ Cube and a number of other dies were included with it which is how I ended up with them!
There are various companion sets for each size of cube and there are many sizes of cubes for different size blocks!
Another die that I got bundled with my cutter purchase was the value die which has a 4 1/2″ square as well as a 2″ square and an HST cut all on the same board.
I haven’t used this one much but I know plenty of people who use it all the time.
The 2” Uppercase Alphabet Die is another one of my most used dies. I use it for putting kid’s names on things mostly. I tend to use raw edge applique with fusible web and I have put names on backpacks, quilts and reading pillows (see photo below).
I have a number of Strip Cutter Dies for cutting fabric strips and I love them.
The one I use most often is the 2.5″ Strip Die which I use for cutting my binding strips.
Here are all the strip cutter dies I own:
- 2.5” Strip Die – Used for binding strips and sashing
- 2” Strip Die – For thinner binding strips and sashing
- 1 1/2” Strip Die – For sashing and strip quilts
- 6” Strip Die – For borders
- 4 1/2” Strip Die – For borders
Accuquilt Alternative – Blue Wren Fabric Cutting Dies
I found out about Blue Wren Cutting Dies, which are sold by an Australian company called A1 Craft and Quilting, in a Facebook Group.
The long and short of it is they can (unofficially) be used with the AccuQuilt GO! Cutter.
I took a chance on buying a few of these based on the comments from other quilters in the Facebook group.
Even with shipping to the UK, the price was a bit cheaper than some of the AccuQuilt dies and they had a few options I hadn’t seen on the AccuQuilt website.
I felt like these seemed thicker going through my cutter so I was nervous about using the 6 layers of fabric that you normally do with an accuquilt die – however, the owner of the company that sells these dies told me they can be used with 6 layers of fabric and that they were designed to be used with AccuQuilt – I can’t swear to that myself but she reassured me it was safe!
I also haven’t tried these dies with different types of fabric like denim or anything thick.
NOTE: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK! These are not officially compatible so I can’t promise you won’t run into problems using these!
Each Blue Wren die comes with a cover and a cutting mat – the accuquilt ones you often have to buy the cutting mat separately.
Blue Wren Cutting Dies – https://a1craftandquilting.com.au/collections/bluewren-cutting-dies-1
The ones I have from Blue Wren are:
Charming Rings – 6858
Charm Square size – Multi x 2 – 6315 – I bought this one as it is a 5″ square die so it makes charm pack squares essentially. I think there is an equivalent AccuQuilt die but I think it was more expensive or maybe it only made one square at a time….don’t quote me!
Drunkards Path 8″ quarter block, 16″ full block 6814
My AccuQuilt Die Collection – Video Version
Dies I don’t have
There are quite a number of ‘block on board’ dies from AccuQuilt like the Hunter Star or the Feather Star for example where you basically cut an entire block in one go which can be great for 2 or 3 color quilts as you would just mix the pieces around from cut to cut.
There are also loads of other dies for anything from burp cloths to Christmas-themed applique, etc.
Frankly, I’m not sure I have time to use all the dies I already own but I am occasionally tempted to grow it when new dies come out!
I hope you have enjoyed my run-through of my fabric-cutting die collection. I’d love to hear what your favorite dies are and what you use them for. Leave me a comment and let me know!
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