Go! Cutter Fabric Prep

Hi friends – I hope you’ve had a nice weekend! We had fun celebrating Father’s Day with Joe, and being a family – the best!

I was cutting a quilt top over the weekend and thought I would share my process in using the Go! Cutter.  This is not how Accuquilt suggests it be done, but it works for me, and might for you too!

I’ve slowly collected dies for my cutter, and recently purchased the 2″ finished half square triangles. This die cuts 12 triangles per layer of fabric, and I am able to fold five layers per width of fabric. That’s 60 triangles in one pass of the cutter! Getting ready to cut a ton of triangles, I measure the area of the die and cut a cardboard template about 1/2″ to 3/4″ larger than the die area.

This one measures 7 1/2″ x 8″, and my fabric strips were cut at 7″ wide.

I fold my fabric around the cardboard loosely. Remove the cardboard, and quickly press a crease in the folds to reduce movement, and place it on the die.

After a quick run, I have 60 triangles, and minimal waste. Later I won’t have to trim the half square triangle units either!

If I’m cutting more than one set, I’ll prep everything first then quickly cut all the pieces in a few minutes.

I hope this is helpful for some of you! I keep my cardboard with my die for future use, so I don’t have to think about it again. In fact, thinking about it now, I should write the details on my cardboard for cut width and number of triangles.

Happy Quilting –


Fabrics shown: Happy Drawing for Cloud9 Fabrics, Kingdom for Windham Fabrics, and Tuxedo for Riley Blake.

By |2017-02-06T09:18:22-07:00June 18th, 2012|accuquilt|18 Comments


  1. Lisa Gillies June 18, 2012 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Oooo, great tip re the folding & ironing, hadn’t thought of that to ease movement… Thank you.

  2. Jan June 18, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I have to say I’m a tad jealous. Can you prepare fabric so that you have already matched up the pairs and right sides together? I know that won’t work for mix and match but sems like you could grab and go if they were already to pick up and sew. Love your blog. Thanks.


  3. Yup, this is EXACTLY how I do it. I have all my cardboard templates labelled and on a ring hanging beside the dies!! Makes it easy when I need to use one of the dies…no measuring…just get the cardboard die and whack away!! And little scraps!

  4. Mary Malone June 18, 2012 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Great idea! I’m going to get on this one!

  5. Beth June 18, 2012 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah Craig June 18, 2012 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Queenie Believe June 18, 2012 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Awesome tips!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  8. Anne June 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Great idea and I like the idea of having cardboard labeled and ready. I haven’t used the Accucut system yet but it’s awfully tempting. Maybe one of these days. What is that gray loopy fabric? I love it.

  9. Heidi June 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    SO great! I don’t have the Accuquilt, but the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, but the concept is very much the same! I was guesstimating the last time I cut my drunkard’s!

  10. Sandra Davidson June 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the idea because I just bought an accuquilter but haven’t got around to using it. I think I am a little nervous. That is a great idea and I will give it a try.

  11. gailllc June 18, 2012 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    @Jan — yes you can layer your fabric this way!

    I’ve not used the Go! for myself personally, but have demonstrated it quite a few times. This is one of the plusses our demo materials told us to talk about. I loved using the machine, and if I were a quilt-block type of quilter, I would get one for sure.

    I love the idea of the cardboard templates! Layering up the fabric for minimum waste was frustrating sometimes. Great job!


  12. Snoodles June 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Wonderful idea! I’m going to try this with my Go! I love the chisels and the HSTs, so I will give this a go! LOL Pun intended. Heehee!

  13. Kate Brown June 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Fantastic idea, will have to try this. thanks for sharing it . :)

  14. PJH February 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I have the Go Baby but wish I had bought a bigger one but it works great. and is good for mt quilting. I am going to cut this way! Looks like it will save a lot of time!


  15. Gay October 22, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    That is such a great idea. I’ll be making me some cardboard templates this weekend for sure.

  16. ArtisteBobbie January 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    i think you are using chipboard rather than cardboard. I appreciate the tip.

  17. B. J. May 17, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I just purchased an Accuquilt GO! and this is a great idea! I love half square triangle quilts and getting “pairs” ready to see with one swipe thru the cutter is fabulous! Thanks so much!!

  18. R February 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Hi I want a big go cutter but they don’t have a plain 10 inch square die I quilt big pieces I wish they would make big square then I would buy one. I like what you did. And for sharing, thank you

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