I was thinking that there had to be a way to use my Accuquilt die cutter to make this block faster. And I came up with one! I started by using this die to cut 9 squares that are 4 1/2 inches unfinished.
Here is my layout. Next step is to sew these into a simple nine patch block. It will be 12 1/2 inches unfinished.
Time to get out this die.
My die for cutting 6 1/2 inch squares is laid out like this. With my studio cutter, I can cut up to ten layers of fabric at a time. If I were just cutting squares, I could cut 40 in a single pass! But I digress, see those marks in the corners? I used a silver sharpie to create those lines extending out exactly from the corners.
Then I place my block on top of the die. If I had a block bigger than the die blades, the registration marks I made would help me to get the block centered. Since this block is smaller, I’m centering it by eye. I could mark it and I may do that for future use, but I was in a hurry!
One pass through the die cutter and my block is neatly sliced into four equal pieces.
I could arrange my pieces like this.
Or like this.
And here it is sewn together. Easy peasy!
I’ll be the first to admit that die cutters are not cheap. But for me, it has been so worth it. And they are not one trick ponies. I really enjoy coming up with new ways to use mine.
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