I'm so excited to be today's stop on the Blog Hop for Accuquilt's newest die cutting machine, the Go! Big. I was honored to be asked to give this machine a try.
· The GO! Big is AccuQuilt’s fastest cutter giving you the ability to cut two 6” wide dies side by side at the same time
· It is safe & easy to use. It maximizes efficiency and alleviates hand and arm strain
· All GO! Dies can be used in the GO! Big, plus there are 5 NEW GO! Big dies that are used exclusively with the GO! Big. The larger die boards allow you to cut a 12 ½” finished block with just one die.
Feel free to laugh at me, but I even filmed a little homemade video with the help of my brother (and a little less help from my daughter) on how this works! I'm in love!!
With the Churn Dash die and cutting just the HSTs from it, I was able to get going on a fun wall hanging.
Andover Fabrics provided us with fabrics for the blog hop from their Downton Abbey collection. But I was a bit stumped by what I wanted to do. And then I got a little package in the mail from Art Gallery Fabrics and their Maker collection. The two together made perfect sense to me. All of the low volume fabrics from Maker helped balance those darker saturated colors from Downton Abbey.
And so...Manners and Manors was created.
I paired the fabrics together in high contrast combinations and laid them out in a random pattern. Then I quilted the whole piece with three different colors and weights of thread for texture. And I LOVE that!
But HSTs alone were not enough for me and in the end, I felt it needed a bit of something extra. So I raw edge appliqued the Dowton Abbey Manor onto the piece. Those towers are only about a sewing machine needle wide...so it was some detailed work!
And then reaching into my stash, I finished it up with the perfect backing and binding to tie everything together.
And the end is one wall hanging perfect for the avid Downton Abbey fan measuring about 2' x 3'.
And guess what?! I'm giving it away!
Yes. One of you will be the lucky winner to own or gift this wall hanging to the Downton Abbey fan in your life. I just feel like it belongs with someone who LOVES the show. Make someone's day or your own by entering to win!
Oh! and I'm also giving away the rest of the Downton Abbey fabric I have which includes ones you see in the quilt and some other colors like a gorgeous Blue.
To enter, simply leave a comment below. I'd love to hear what you think about the new die cutter. But if not, then let me know what you love about Downton Abbey. I made it through the first season myself but never got past the 1st episode of the second season. So share!! About either one or both!
Follow Along on the Whole Blog Hop to see what everyone is making!
Monday Feb. 23rd: Bea Lee - http://www.beaquilter.com/ - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Tuesday Feb. 24th – Haley Pierson Cox – The Zen of Making - http://www.thezenofmaking.com/ - GO! Big Circle – 4”, 6”, 7”, 8”
Wednesday Feb. 25th – Lee Monroe - http://www.maychappell.com/ - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Thursday Feb. 26th – Angela Pingel – Cut To Pieces - http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Friday Feb. 27th – Jodi Nelson – Pleasant Home - http://www.pleasant-home.com/ - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Saturday Feb. 28th – Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River - http://www.conniekresin.com/ - GO! Big Snails Trail – 12” Finished
Sunday March 1st – Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life - http://www.aquiltinglife.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished
Monday March 2nd – Belinda Karls-Nace – Blue Ribbon Designs - http://blueribbondesigns.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Square – 10” (9 ½” Finished)
Tuesday March 3rd - Karen Way – Sew Many Ways - http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/ - GO! Big Double Wedding Ring – 12 ½” Finished
Wednesday March 4th – Elizabeth Evans – Simple Simon and Co. - http://www.simplesimonandco.com/ - GO! Big Churn Dash – 12” Finished