Shift and Cut Method for AccuQuilt dies

One of the instructions for the Trapezoid and Kite shapes for the AccuQuilt Companion Qube dies is to use the Shift and Cut Method. AccuQuilt has some videos for this, but I actually did this and made some still photos which I will post here.

Notice that I use Painter’s tape on my die. to mark about 1/8-1/4″ from the blade. This shows me exactly where to place the cut fabric when I shift for the next shape. I also use the Painter’s tape on other dies for the same purpose. I could mark it with a Sharpie, but Painter’s tape gives me the flexibility for times when I need different markings. Then I can move the tape whereas Sharpie marks are permanent. 

Author: Marjorie Busby

My blog is about helping other quilters learn to use great tools in their quilting through what I can teach and through finding other bloggers who have good information. In addition, I am a mother and grandmother. Other hobbies include any other stitchery which makes me happy at the moment. I worked in clinical research for most of my career. I am now retired and enjoying every minute.

3 thoughts on “Shift and Cut Method for AccuQuilt dies”

  1. I really like the blue tape idea. That will help these mature eyes of mine. A couple more things I think I would use is to write on the blue tape.
    1. Write what size strip of material to cut for the die, that way I do not have to measure the die each time I use it in the future.
    2. Mark which way the material grain should be placed on the die. I know it is on the side but I need it on the top.
    3. Write on the tape if this is a fan fold die or one way die.
    These are just a few I thought about when I saw your idea about blue tape.

    Happy cutting and sewing

    1. Hi Yvie, those are excellent tips. I often write the precut strip measurement on the tape or the back of the die and the number of cuts per width of fabric. Your ideas for marking the grain and folding are also great.

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