I ordered some new dies last week and one of them was the chisel die. As I’ve said before, I never did triangles until I got my Accuquilt GO. I think the most important thing about having die cut triangles is that the corners are cut so that they fit exactly. That means they go together perfectly and there is no trimming or cutting them to size after they’re sewn. The chisel die is the same situation.
There’s a great quilt by Bonnie Hunter on Quiltville.com called Star Struck. It is done with 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch bricks and 2-1/2 inch squares. The same design on a larger scale can be done with the Accuquilt GO chisel die and a 3-1/2 inch half square triangle die. I tried making one of the blocks this weekend and it goes together like a dream. The key is getting the 1/4 inch seam just right and being consistent. Because these blocks are a little larger at 12 inches square, the quilt will go together faster. Wouldn’t this larger version of Star Struck make a gorgeous baby quilt?
1. A very important thing to remember about the chisel die is that depending on the pattern, you may have to have all the fabric with the right side facing up. To avoid having to check which side is up, I simply used batiks since both sides work with most of them.
2. Another important note is that you have to think about how you’re going to do your cutting so that you can get a system and it is fairly automatic. We do this without thinking with our rotary cutters, but with the die cutting system, it is not ingrained yet, and sometimes we have to learn how to be most efficient. I found on this one that it worked best for me to take my width of fabric strips to the ironing board and fanfold them there with a light press and then take all the strips back to the cutting table.
And here’s another block that is similar to Star Struck, but goes together using two chisels in light and two chisels in dark and a single 9 1/2 inch strip.