Thursday, June 23, 2011

and they're off!

So today they're leaving - my littles that is.  They're off on that trip with the grandparents, and Brandon and I are home... alone.  I've been at work all day today, but when I get home "it" begins.  I hope "it" involves lots of good, hearty progress.  Fingers crossed I don't slack off!  I already ran "fluff" errands with a friend yesterday, so I think I'm ready to get down to business.

But, hey, look what we did before they left!

go! baby cutter

When the UPS man arrived with a big Accuquilt box, I told the kids that mama had been given a fancy cutting machine, and you can bet they wanted to get in on the action. After we've had some fun around here, there will be a little (big) something in it for you as well! 

help x 2

Of course, I read the directions first. Oh, the long-suffering. Oh, the waiting!  Mama, mama, let's start! 

Noted: the directions caution against letting a child use the machine unsupervised.  I can see why you'd be tempted.  It really is that easy.

playing with a new toy 

Aria was able to see where to place our fabric scraps so that nice, full shapes were cut.  And while turning the crank took some muscle (kid muscle),


each of them was able to play along. 

our mess

I called it quits after about 10 minutes of cutting.  I could only forestall the "what am I going to make with all those squares?" anxiety for so long, ya know?  I do have an actual project planned with the Go! baby cutter.  Just waiting on one more ingredient.  When I've used it extensively for that project, I'll be back with a full review!


  1. I bought a Go Baby at Christmas. I hadn't used it too much until I started the Farmer's Wife QAL. It is so handy for the 2 1/2" triangle pieces. I am inspired to finally start my little quilt using my basic shapes die. Have fun while you have some peace and quiet.

  2. If I got one in the mail I would have the small look your kids have got! Have fun with it and can't wait to see what you create!

  3. I'm so jealous! But I think I may be getting one for my birthday next least I hope that is what is in the heavy box that arrived from amazon yesterday. :)

  4. Hmm...I had a very similar package arrive at my house today. ;)

  5. I'm currently cutting out 800 two and a half inch squares so the AccuQuilt sounds like a good idea though it's not going to badly using the rotary and stacking them. I do still want to try one. Thanks for the report! Maybe I can hire your kids to cut for me? :)

  6. We have a Go Baby and love it!
    My hubby is helping cut some of my bazillion scraps into 2-inch squares for a large, scrappy triple Irish chain quilt. I'm not sure it's faster than rotary cutting, but definitely safer.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower

  7. I've been wanting one and every time I read a review I want one even more. How fun that your children got to help!

  8. I have been looking at getting one for a while now, cannot wait for your review!

  9. I don't know which is more exciting - a few days break from mothering, or a free Go! ; ) Congrats on both!

  10. It looks like the kiddos were just as interested as you were in the new toy! I hope you enjoy your kid-free break, although I'm sure you will miss them!

  11. Aren't they so fun?! A friend from my modern quilt guild works for accuquilt (pretty much gets paid in product)... she's written some tips and quilt alongs etc. for them. (you can read her blog here: the biggest tip I remember (from using her machines) is to use a silver sharpie to outline the shapes on the rubber of the dies. :) Can't wait to see what you make with all those squares!


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