Pinwheel Tutorial made with my GO! Baby by AccuQuilt

If you know me and have read my blog in the past, you'll know that I'm a fan of half square triangle blocks (HST's). I make them regularly and incorporate HST's in alot of my quilts and projects. I've always hated the trimming though... but not anymore.

I've been lucky enough to use the GO! Baby from AccuQuilt and have discovered what everyone has been raving about it. I can make my HSTs so quickly and accurately with no trimming required. Seriously! 
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Here's a quick tutorial on making a classic pinwheel block with the GO! Baby by AccuQuilt and the 4" HST die.

Firstly start with your 2 alternating fabrics. Cut them to approximately 5.5" x 11"



Place your fabric onto the die with the sponge side up making sure it's covering the template.


Place the cutting mat over the top and roll it through the GO! Baby.


And you end up with these perfect little HST's. It's that easy. Really!


I used 6 pieces each of the red and white fabrics and ended up with this little bundle of lovely triangles in about 45 seconds.


Put a white and a red triangle together, sew down the long side. Press to one side and there you have a perfect little HST block. Finished in about 2 minutes - and that included waiting for the iron to warm up.

Now put 4 of them together and arrange them in this pinwheel design.


Sew the 2 top ones together and then the 2 bottom ones together. Press to alternate sides.


And then finally, sew the top and bottom together. You will end up with a perfect pinwheel block.


I chain pieced all of my triangles together at the beginning and ended up with enough to make 6 pinwheels... which turned into this table topper. A perfect start to my Christmas sewing.




28 comments

Melody said...

Just wonderful, how I want one of these. Very cute little quilt too, you just can't beat red and white.

Vivien Tan said...

This is awesome! I'm always having problems sewing HSTs and would really consider getting this machine. How much did you pay for this and where did you get it?

Michell said...

Cool...love it

BubzRugz said...

clever little machine that.... I love your fabric choice... looks lovely.
Hugz

Quiltjane said...

I have my eye on the Go! also. I picked up a Slice Fabrique in the interim to make applique shapes. I would prefer the Go! for blocks.

Maria Teresa said...

Great machine, I've been thinking if I should buy one of those Baby Cutters. Can you give me a help. Do you think it's a real good purchase?
Teresa

Sunnybec said...

I so want a GO.....

Actually Amy said...

I have been waiting for you to post this! LOVE IT.

As I told you on Twitter I have been dying for one of these. But haven't seen on in action yet. I am going to show hubby your post so he might understand that little bit more :-P

RobynLouise said...

The Go certainly takes the fiddly bits out of hst's! Nice table topper and it doesn't have to be exclusively for Christmas either.

Jacqui Honeywood said...

That's just gorgeous, I wish I was crafty but I spend too much time writing to sew lol!!! Nice work on the Christmas table topper!

Shannon said...

So simple and fast. I am hoping I can get a Go! baby this fall. The topper is so pretty!!

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Thank you so much for this post. I have just purchased a Baby Go and am so excited for its arrival only problem is that I have to wait for my birthday (7 weeks and counting!) Oh well on the up side I can start buying cutting plates and be ready to "GO" when I get her :)

Hands Sew Full said...

Great tutorial! I have a GO! but am still figuring out how to use it well!

Anonymous said...

how good is that,unreal

Shirlwin said...

That looks so easy! Love the red and white; very Christmassy:) Help! Christmas is drawing closer every day.

Carolyn said...

How I would loved this machine. I have very bad Arthritis in my hands and is hard to cut. But I love to quilt. What a great invention.

Angelina @ April Violet said...

Any idea on how much time this crafty tool saved? Just curious ;-)

Norma's Place said...

Love your tutorial. I sell the Accuquilt cutters and loove it when someone sings its praises. It makes cutting so precise and quick, it puts the fun back huh?

Jeanne Gwin said...

Tutorial was very good. Now I think I would have to have more dies, hee hee. I blogged your giveaway.

Thearica said...

Love the tutorial! I love how the GO! produces perfect cuts! Makes for perfect piecing!

Wendys Hat said...

I love pinwheels and recently shared one of mine! Your project is great using the two tones of fabric. That machine! WOW!

bev said...

Luv your example and ideas. Luv the red/wh and think of valentines day and candle and 2 wine glasses and a box of chocolate.

Anonymous said...

I just got a Go! and I already love it! I need more practice in getting up to speed with it, but it will not take much practice.

For anyone looking to purchase one, shop, shop, shop around. Prices vary a great deal.Same goes for the dies. Amazon is a good place to shop for those. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

i find a pattern i want to make and i never have the exact die that i need so i end up cutting it myself. you almost have to have all die sizes to make it worth your while. this is very expensive. it is great to make strips, however!

SUE said...

THIS IS A VERY NICE SITE BUT I AM ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR TEMPLATES AS I HAVE NO MONEY TO INVEST IN ANY MACHINES.....WISH I DID HAVE ONE WOULD MAKE CUTTING PATTERNS OUT SO MUCH EASIER :)

Sandra said...

Cut out two 6" squares of complementary fabrics. Place right sides together and sew all around the four sides, then cut the square into triangles. Open and press and you now have four two color squares to form your pinwheel.

Boomer said...

Amazing concept ! Thanks

Boomer said...

Amazing concept ! Thanks