Accuquilt Go!-Island Batik Challenge



This month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge.

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AccuQuilt generously supplied the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors with a GO! Qube. Thank you AccuQuilt.  NO April Fools.

Challenge requirements

  • 40″ to 48″ square baby quilt using AccuQuilt GO! dies
  • Any fabrics except “surprise” fabrics (the fabrics I cannot yet share). I’ll be using Island Batik Stash Builders. They contain twenty  5″ x 44″  strips of various fabrics, rolled and tied. Roughly 2 3/4 yards per package. I’m also using Island Batik Marble Storm, sku BE24-D2. For background fabric, IB white.

I’ll also be using


My designs are mostly paper pieced so I don’t have an original design on hand.  AccuQuilt has many  free patterns on their website and in this particular  bundle they have included a GO! Pattern Book by Eleanor Burns.  If you’d like to see more detailed information click here.

The design possibilities are endless. While I could have followed one of their patterns precisely I decided to change it up a bit. You can click here to view the free patterns on their website.., 

The pattern I drew inspiration from was in the Quilt in a Day GO! Qube pattern book.  The pattern is called Boats and Frayed Four Patch Wallhanging. I chose to make a chain block instead of a solid sashing.



Half square triangles

Recently I mentioned to the other Ambassadors that I am a home body, my family and friends tell me I don’t get out enough. They say I have lived in the woods too long. So when I opened the box I was just a tad overwhelmed by this gift.  I felt like Granny Clampett who had just moved from the backwoods of Arkansas to the modern  Beverly Hills.

In my March Island Batik post I shared that half square triangles intimidate me, they are so finicky. So I take the one thing that intimidates me (hst) and pair it with the AccuQuilt GO.  Not only was I amazed but I heard my hubby bragging to a friend. And I quote, “I’ve seen her standing there cutting triangle for hours. With the cutter she had perfectly cut triangles in no time at all”.  Yes, he insisted I bring it out to show off my new favorite tool.


The waste was minimal and best of all I had no misfit blocks. This is how much waste  there was for the entire quilt, plus a few larger pieces that were added to my batik scrap bag. Not bad huh? I am so happy with the GO! I promise you, had I cut through 6 layers of fabric with my rotary cutter my pieces would not have been perfect and the pile much larger.









72 half square triangles and no issues, no wonky blocks. I LOVE THE GO!


Press your fabric
Stack your die, fabric, and cutting mat. Line it up with the roller.
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Turn the lever to roll your sandwich through.
Remove all 3 layers from the cutter


24 squares and the pile of scraps. Not bad. The triangles were just as easy.


Half square triangles waiting to be sewn
Strip piecing
They are perfect, why did I ever let them scare me?

The 3  blue fabrics  in the hst’s come from the Stash Builder rolls. The  (2.5″ ) squares are Island Batik Marble Storm, sku BE24-D2.


2.5″ strip die

The 2.5″ strip die also makes for quick cutting of binding.

Check back next week for the finish.

See what others are working on:

See what my fellow IB Ambassadors are up to.




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Thank you, Island Batik , AccuQuilt , Aurifil ,Hobbs Batting















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