Friday, May 13

Gotta get GO!ing!!!

And the winner is..........Deborah in Atlanta! E-mail has been sent to her and package will be on it's way tomorrow!
Edit.....Because Blogger was unavailable for most of the last two days, I am extending the deadline to enter the little giveaway for Jacquelynne's charm pack and fat quarters. You have until noon Sunday to leave your name and e-mail contact. For those of you who signed up on Wednesday, while your comments were not restored when Blogger had problems, I did get them in my e-mail inbox and you are entered in the drawing! So, back to the post that I made on Wednesday...........

No, I am not going to Market. I am right here in my sewing room. Instead, it is time to get GO!ing and share how happy I am with the GO! Baby that I received from AccuQuilt a few weeks ago. I received it shortly before the DayTreat event that I hosted in April. It came in verrrrry handy!!! You'll see why in a minute. Once the DayTreat was over, though, holiday and family life became very busy behind the scenes of my blog and so I must apologize that it has taken me so long to share about this clever little gadget. Actually, it's more than a gadget. It's a super-gadget because it clearly makes cutting multiple shapes very easy to do and very accurate! As you may remember, I made a mug rug for everyone that attended my DayTreat. I made them from 5" charm squares and used my GO! Baby to make it happen!
The GO! Baby was much easier to use than I anticipated. I mean much easier!!! I am always intimidated by machinery. No need to have worried about that with the GO! Baby. You basically just take a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than the area you are going to cut..........
You place it over the foam covered die plate (in photo above) and then place the cutting mat over the top of that (in photo below) ......

Then you just turn the handle...............

and voila!!!! you have perfectly cut 5" charm squares!!!
The little bit of scraps that you see here are all that are left after the squares are cut. You can also see that I am placing the pieces on yellow card stock that eventually became the finished mug rugs.............

Each mug rug begins with the 5" charm and then I cut several more charms into strips from 1" to 2" widths and sewed those together. I cut the sewn strip sets into 5" x 4-1/2" pieces and sewed them to the 5" squares, added borders, then batting and backing, and a bit of quilting and they were done!!
This is the mug rug that got me inspired to stitch one for each guest........
And if you want to know more on how to make a mug rug, just go here. It's my post about my mug rug collection and contains links to my various projects. That post had a giveaway that is now closed but perhaps you'd like to have a little chance for a prize, too. Thanks to Jacquelynne over at TheNobleWife, I have a charm pack and a couple of fat quarters of her "Sewing Room Social" fabric line that I used for the DayTreat mug rugs and one of you could be the lucky winner. And I also have some of the coffee print fabric that the mug is sitting on. You'll get a bit of that, too.  Just leave me your name and e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on Friday the 13th. Who says the number 13 is unlucky?  It could be your lucky Friday!!!  I'll post a winner on Saturday, May 14 at noon. 
I have more projects "in the works" with my GO! Baby and will share soon! Thanks AccuQuilt for the chance to work with this great "Super-Gadget"!!!
Have a great day!!
Sandi

28 comments:

Oh Sew Addicted said...

Looks like great fun, Sandi!!!

Mommarock said...

Once again, we see just how sweet and giving you are Sandi. What a dear woman!

Me and My Stitches said...

Looks like fun - thanks for the chance to win!

krisgray said...

What a great post. I am thinking seriously about putting a GO Baby on wish list.

Anonymous said...

The baby GO must have made your sewing life a little bit easier.
Once again you have a great prize

Sandy K
grandmatomato@yahoo.com

Jacquelynne said...

They look great Sandi! Have fun with your new toy!!!

Missouri Gal said...

How cool is that! I need one of those!

Margie said...

Am wanting to make some mug rugs but have a wedding gift to finish and then I can play (I hope). Thanks for the chance to get some of that coffee fabric plus mug rug material!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love, love, love my GO! I have MS so sometimes cutting my pieces is difficult...the GO! has helped so much. Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely fabric...you are always so generous! Zel

zzzz11849@yahoo.com

Sarah or Semmy said...

I do not know how you manage to do so much. Then to top it all off you always have time to give. Thanks Sandi for just being who you are, a wonderful friend and mentor to us all. Sarah in OK

Anonymous said...

As always, you have such delightful prizes. I am eagerly watching for your reports on your Go Baby as I am considering the purchase of one myself. Personally, I would enjoy a post about which dies you find most useful, either in frequency of use or in time saved over cutting that shape by rotary or scissors.

Owl Lady

Roberta said...

That little gadget is a must have for my MIL. I think she would love it.

Diane Wild said...

I have plans to make lots more mug rugs. The GO Baby is awesome. Thanks Sandi.

Patty Nordahl said...

I have a ? about the GoBaby - can you cut strips with it? How many layers will it cut at one time? OK I lied I really had two ?'s.
I am off to study the Mug Rug tutorial - need to make one for my Mom.

Debbie said...

Nice to see you're having fun with the Go, Sandi!

annemarie said...

Sounds like you are enjoying your new toy - think I need one! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Nobody has posted a comment? I am so shocked! Since I didn't get to win your previous giveaway, maybe I have a chance for this one. A charm pack and a couple of fat quarters of Jacquelynne's "Sewing Room Social" fabric line sound awesome. Don't you just love the way Jacquelynne is spelled?

dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

scottylover said...

okay, gonna try this again. Blogger ate my last post. :) Thanks for the review of the GO! I have been thinking about one for a while but didn't know how hard they are to use.

Love your mug rug! Thanks for the chance to win!
Sandy A
scotty4me39 (at)yahoo (dot) com

Amy said...

wow, I just found your blog through FB.. guess there were not alot of traffic with Blogger being down.

Deanna said...

Fabric is always desirable--thanks for the chance. I see so many people using those cutters. It is nice to read reviews before making that size of commitment.

Sunny said...

Sandi, I really enjoy reading your blog--and seeing all the pretty things you make. I really want to try and make a mug rug-- I think they are so cute. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents.
spshag@yahoo.com

Catskill Quilter said...

So nice to see how this really works! Thanks for the demo!

Needled Mom said...

Those must go up fast using the GO to do your cutting. I imagine that the difficult shapes would be such a thrill to cut on the GO.

I need to do a couple of mug rugs for friends. They are such a great idea.

CreationsForEleanor said...

I keep meaning to make mug rugs and need to jump into my stash! What a nice giveaway!
Christine
creationsforeleanor@gmail.com

Debbie said...

I don't remember, Sandi, if I commented before the blogger problem, so here I am. I'm glad to see you're having so much fun with the GO. Maybe I'll have one someday. Looking forward to seeing what else you make!

Anonymous said...

Isn't Accuquilt great?! I never thought I would fall for it as much as I have. And what a great idea to make mug rugs! Good Job and glad I'm not to late for Jacquelynne's "Sewing Room Social" fabric giveaway. Keep up the good work, Sandi.

Gail
clickpen(at)hotmail(dot)com

JCnNC said...

Really wonderful giveaway and opportunity - count me in please. What a mess blogger has been. Thanks for sticking with us. Judy C

quiltsbycheryl said...

Great review of the Go! I always love to try to win some more fabric....usually don't---but you never will if you don't try. I know that I LOVE this fabric and haven't found it around here so will have to special order it..... have a great week!!

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