It’s clear that I have amassed quite a collection of dies. Some get used more than others. I’m always asked which dies are the most useful. Today I’ll attempt to answer that. Please note that while I’ll be sharing my Accuquilt studio dies, there are dies in these sizes and shapes available for all Accuquilt die cutters.
At the top of my list of favorite dies, you will find HSTs. I have many sizes, but these are the ones I find I use the most.
The dies nip off the dog ears making these so easy to line up. They are so accurate, that I NEVER have to trim.
Next up on my list would be these strip dies. Click here to see how I can use this for strip piecing 9 patches. They are so versatile. Since I cut my bindings 2.5 inches wide, that die is likely the most used.
These dies are multiples, meaning you can cut more than one stack of strips in each pass. This die cuts five at a time. At ten layers thick, assuming your yardage was folded as it comes off the bolt, you can cut 25 strips in a single pass!
I love my square dies. I have many, but use these the most. If I’m cutting scraps, I cut them into these sizes.
These QSTs are awesome. Again, I never trim these. They are used in flying geese, hour glass blocks, Ohio Stars etc.
This is what they look like. See those blunted corners for lining things up? Genius. This die is also a multiple.
If you’ve hung around any length of time, you know I love my rectangles.
Most of my dies are older (studio dies last pretty much forever). These days , they make the dies with two toned foam. A really nice upgrade, in my opinion.
Accuquilt has handouts like this available on their site to download. They show which dies you can use to make different blocks. The sky is really the limit. You can also purchase die bundles that include all the most commonly used dies for a certain size block, for example 12, 10, 8, 6 etc.
When choosing dies, you really have to think about what sizes you would use most. Feel free to leave questions in the comments. I can do a follow up post to answer those.
Have a great day!
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