Monday, August 30, 2010

AccuQuilt GO! { Review and Giveaway } We're Celebrating the GO! ALL WEEK LONG

I was so excited when the folks over at AccuQuilt contacted me about reviewing and giving away their exceptional product. I had no idea they were a fan of my blog, and was surprised they wanted me to promote their cutter. It's your lucky day readers! Today I'm announcing you all have a chance to win a GO! of your very own.



When Carolyn and I spoke a few months ago I told her how happy I was for the opportunity to share their machine with the world (or my little bloggy corner of it anyway). I mentioned I have always wanted to try the GO! but I never had the chance to see it demonstrated in person. I'm always a skeptic when it comes to the latest and greatest out there and rarely ever jump to make a major $$ purchase without trying said product out. When that AccuQuilt box arrived on my doorstep it changed my quilting experience FOREVER. I even created a tutorial for you on how to make a quick table runner using the GO! that I will share with you on the day I announce the winners. You're welcome very much!

I'm hooked!

I was able to get to know this machine enough to make a firm decision. The GO! is a great tool I feel every quilter should have in their studio arsenal. Whether you're looking for something new to spark interest in your hobby again or don't have a lot of time to spend quilting, the GO! is a universal solution great for busy quilters and crafters. I recommend it highly.

Carolyn even allowed me to choose 3 dies to try out with my machine:


Of course, I requested the ever popular 2.5" strip cutter die. I mean, hello!! You can make your own jelly rolls (great if you have an etsy or eBay shop and want to sell some stash fabric) and the strips come in handy for binding a quilt. You can also use the die for sashing, borders, patch blocks etc. Bonus!


The second die I requested was the Go Chisels. Another multi use die, I can create braided borders, rectangles with triangle corners, and zig zags. The best part is the die automatically scores the corners to prevent dog ears you need to cut later (saving you more time).


And finally, I tried out the Funky Flowers die. I label myself as a modern quilter and love the look of raw edge applique. I can use this die to dress up my quilts by adding a few accent pieces and really make it POP! Best of all, I can use my scraps with this die (and I know if you're like me, you keep all scraps to use for future minis and quickie projects).

The majority of problems with my quilting seem to develop around cutting mistakes. The GO! helps me by creating accurate and consistent cuts every time. I can cut up to 6 layers of fabric with each pass and cut an entire quilt 90% faster than using a rotary cutter!

Here are some of my thoughts after spending some time with my new buddy (I'm a sewing geek and proud of it):

I know the #1 complaint everyone has about this machine (and most of the naysayers have never tried one) is that you have a lot of waste. What?? I say, you only have waste if you don't line your fabric up properly. I'll share a neat trick with you later in the week on how to place your fabric on the die to minimize waste.

You've also probably heard, why buy a machine you can only use for certain tasks? Aren't there a limited number of dies available? Um, have you seen AccuQuilt's library of dies? They have released several new dies over the last few months with a whopping 52 dies currently available! They have licensed designs by several top quilters in the industry. They even have over 20 free patterns on their website to use the dies with.

The GO! helps me cut an entire quilt in a short period of time. No more sore back from bending over my cutting table. No more sore elbows from the continuous back and forth movement and downward pressure when using my rotary blade. I'll show you how easy it is to use the machine this week.

I'm a busy dad and most of my quilting happens after my kids go to bed for the night (the reason for the owlie avatar) which really cuts into my quilting time. With the GO! I can spend more time piecing and enjoying the fruits of my quilting labor and less time grumbling because I cut those last pieces a 1/4" too narrow. Yikes! You busy parents all know what I'm talking about here.


Thank you for making my life easier AccuQuilt!

Beginning Tuesday, August 31 I'll post about my experiences with the go cutter and share photos and tips on how to get the most out of your machine. Please join me for a week long celebration of the AccuQuilt GO!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up my rulers, cutting mat, or rotary cutter any time soon. I'm just saying I'll be grabbing for my my AccuQuilt GO! when I know my quilting time is limited and I need a fast gift to brighten someone's day.

Enough of me blabbing, are you ready to throw your name in the pot? One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will walk away with a new AccuQuilt GO! and 3 dies of their choice. But wait, I will also be drawing names to win several other prizes donated by my blog sponsors and readers like you! Over the next week I will introduce you to the other prizes and the people who donated them. Here's what you can do to enter the contest up to 5 times:

1. Leave a comment on this post saying "Hi" and that you'd like to be entered.

2. If you follow my blog leave me a comment letting me know you follow.

3. Visit the AccuQuilt website and leave a comment on this post telling me what dies you would pick out if you won. Remember you will get 3!!

4. Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway and share the link with your friends and leave me a comment telling me you did. Please include @RyanWalshQuilts in your Tweet so I can verify your entry.

5. If you have a blog, share this giveaway with your readers and link to it. Remember to come back here and leave me a comment with the link and you will be entered again!

The contest is open for entries until Sunday, September 5, 2010 @ 11:59 PM Eastern. On Monday, September 6, the Random Number Generator will pick the comment of one GRAND PRIZE winner and several runners up and I will post the results here on the blog.

Please remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. Single comments with more than one way you qualified will only count as 1 entry. To maximize you chances of winning, leave 5 separate comments for each way you qualify.

Good luck!

1,710 comments:

  1. Ryan Would I so love t win one of these :-)
    Received my gorgeous fabric order in the mail thankyou :-) I am already to Go so to speak
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  2. Oh, I thought I would be #1... next... I would love to win this!!

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  3. My favourite Go dies are Double Wedding Ring
    Half Square 3 inch finished triangles
    Go hexagons
    Have a great weekend
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  4. I love the wedding ring die, the small drunkards path and the 3" strip!!

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  5. Oh it sounds great! Please do enter me in the giveaway! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail {dot] com

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  6. I don't have a blog but I would link to you if I did...

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  7. And I'm a follower! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail {dot] com

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  8. HI!! Do you possibly know how much I want this! Too bad Mr' RNG seems to hate me!

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  9. I have been seeing a lot of the accuquilt online lately. sounds like fun! please enter me in the draw.

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  10. Hey Ryan! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. I would love to win a GO! It would be a wonderful birthday present, and since the winners are being announced on my birthday I'm going to keep my fingers crossed!

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  11. I'd love to try the 2.5" strip, the 4.5" hst, and the 7" drunkard's path!

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  12. I'd go for a drunkards path 7", the 2.5" strip cutter and the 6.5 " triangle. Can you picture the quilts I've got planned? ;)

    bellgirlsblog [at] gmail {dot] com

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  13. I've blogged about your giveaway here: http://quarterinchfeet.blogspot.com/2010/08/im-just-guy-who-quilts-giveaway.html

    bellgirlsblog [at] gmail {dot] com

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  14. I'd love to win one of these. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway

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  15. I have been your follower for quite some time now

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  16. I've tweet about this giveaway
    http://twitter.com/patchworklane

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  17. My favourite dies would be
    1.Go! Drunkard Path 7"
    2.GO! Round Flowers
    3.GO! Apple Core

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  18. Hi:) great giveaway (as always:) and nice review!

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  19. I'm your followe from some time:)

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  20. I would like to win hexies! This is my favourite die. The second one is feathers.

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  21. I would like to win hexies! This is my favourite die. The second one is feathers.

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  22. Aren't we lucky to have blog friends like you? Thank you Ryan.

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  23. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  24. My top 3 die picks are:
    2.5" strips
    Hexagons
    5" squares (I cut all of my scraps into 5" squares, wow this would save me time!!)

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  25. The AccuQuilt totally rocks!!! I would love to be entered!

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  26. Dies that I want:
    1-GO! Hexagon-2", 3", 5"
    2-GO! Square-4 3/4"
    3-GO! 2.5" strip cutter die.

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  27. I soooo follow your blog ;) You're the man!

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  28. My FB and you might as well be my friend.

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  29. Wow, it would be so great to win one. It really looks like a wonderful helper!Thanks so much!

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  30. Hello, as a fellow dad quilter, I too tend to quilt late at night when my daughter is asleep! I would love to have this! It is on my Christmas wish list!

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  31. My favourites are the weddingring, the dresden plate and hexagons!Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I visited the Accuquilt site and would love to have these dies:

    Chisel
    2 1/2" strip
    Rose of Sharon

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  33. I have also blogged about this:
    http://www.concerningzarina.com/?blogentryid=4565795

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  34. WOW, just got done posting my Mystery Monday HOW #4, hopped back to dashboard only to see this already. I had just posted a teaser about it. So I guess this one of my entries for the GO! post with your teaser on it is here.

    http://beetreedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/08/mystery-monday-how-4.html

    I will be back later to enter again for following your blog, etc. Will post on my blog just about your GO! giveaway later.

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  35. Hmmmm to choose only 3..
    - GO! Hexagon-2", 3", 5
    - GO! Rag Square-8 1/2"
    - GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2"

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  36. I tweeted and facebooked about it! http://twitter.com/vivayne

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  37. Hey, I blogged about you here: http://vivayne.com/2010/08/30/accuquilt-giveaway/ Nothing fancy (too tired to write something witty) but you're linked! Thanks for putting this little giveaway on!!

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  38. Hi Ryan, I would LOVE to win one of these, hope being in the UK won't be a problem?

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  39. How can I choose just 3 dies that I would like to win? I love them all! Anyway, the winners for me would have to be the 2 1/2" strip, the hexagons and the 1/2 square,
    3" finished triangle.

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  40. Hi, please enter me in the contest.

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  41. hi i'd like to be entered into this awesome giveaway, thank you for hosting.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  42. i love the hexagon, circle, and dresden plates dies.

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  43. i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/22504542528

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  44. Hi! I would love to win a Go!

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  45. The 3 dies I want are Fall Medley, Circles and Drunkard's Path.

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  46. The three dies I would pick are the 5" squares, go chisels, and the tumbler die.

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  47. and 2.5" strip, 4.5 hst, aaaaand it's a tossup between about 5 things for the last one!...#3

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  48. Hey thanks for a great giveaway! I didn't know there were free patterns on the website.

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  49. I have been a follower for a while.

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  50. The three dies I would choose are hexagons, circle, and tumbler.

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  51. I can't pick three, definitely the 2 1/2" strip, then its a toss with the rose of sharon, one of the rags, and the 5" square. does that still count as another entry???

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  52. The dies I would love are the circles, the hexagons, and the 2.5" strips.

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  53. I posted on face book.
    Thanks for such a great give away!!

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  54. Ahh.. I've been hearing all about AccuQuilt all over the net! Count me in!

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  55. My faves would be hexagons, HST (the bigger, the better!) & the 2" strip cutter.

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  56. AND I'm already a follower. :)

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  57. I think my favorites would be the chisel, the tumbler and the 1.5" strip.

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  58. My favourite dies are Double wedding ring, Diamonds and the Hexagons.

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  59. Hi.
    I would like to win the AccuQuilter...

    HegeT
    From Norway

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  60. I'd love to be entered in this giveaway! Would LOVE to win, actually ;o)

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  61. And now I am a follower....

    HegeT
    From Norway

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  62. My 3 most favourite dies:
    #1 DWR - OMG, finally a way to tackle this pattern!

    #2 Winding Ways

    #3 Apple Core...a perfect way to USE my scraps!

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  63. I tweeted about your giveaway (lilgirlquilts)

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  64. This is my three wishes....
    1. Tumbler 6 1/2"
    2. Stripe cutter 2 1/2"
    3. hexagon 2"-3"-5"

    HegeT
    From Norway

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  65. Now it is a link on my blog.
    www.heget.blogspot.com

    HegeT
    from Norway

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  66. Now there is a link om my Facebook....

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=789200161

    I`m holding my fingers crossed....

    HegeT
    from Norway

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  67. Hi! I'd like to be entered.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    forsurveysonly at gmail dot com

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  68. I am a follower and this would be nice for me....

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  69. I'm here to say hi! and, yes, I'd love the chance to win one of these!

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  70. And Yes, of course, I'm a follower!

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  71. I would love to win a Go cutter so please enter me.

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  72. I am a follower of your blog :)

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  73. I would like the tumbler die and the 2 1/2inch strip cutter and the hexagons :) I am into hexies at the moment. :)I would also love to be the first Australian to win one of these :)

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  74. I'd definitely want the circles, hexagon and apple core - all those fiddling things I don't want to actually trace and cut!

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  75. I am not entering the contest, I already have a go cutter. I did post for you, I think everyone should have a chance to win one, I am sure from what you said about the product that you feel the same way. I can't wait to see the table runner, along with all the other fun stuff you have planned.

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  76. Hi Ryan! all the way from Australia I would LOVE to win an accuQuilt go!!!

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  77. I would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity. I'm looking forward to your week of tips and tricks!

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  78. the dies I would choose are:
    Winding Ways;
    Hexagons; and
    the 2.5 inch strip cutter

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  79. This is awesome... a chance to win a fabulous GO! Please count me in!!

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  80. I am a follower and enjoy your posts. Thanks for the chance to win a fantastic GO!

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  81. My favorite GO! dies are:
    2 1/2" strip, circles, and drunkards path. Thank you so much for the chance to win!!

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  82. Count me in ~ I've been drooling over these machines!

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  83. I've been an unofficial follower for a while, but as of now, I am an official follower!

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  84. Wow! Hard to choose just three, but I'm thinking the tumbler, the circle and the flower would be a great start!

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  85. Oh my goodness, so hard to choose!
    I think I would do the 2 inch strip, double wedding ring and Dresden plate! Then I would be having to control my spending on the rest!

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  86. great review! id love to be entered. thanks.

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  87. i think hexagons, drunkards path and chisel would be three die cuts id like to work with.

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  88. wow Ryan I am sure the GO! is a great tool for quily
    ting. Thanks for entering me.

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  89. I'd love to win a GO! What a generous giveaway!

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  90. I'm a long time follower - though I don't comment much.

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  91. 3 dies - 2.5" Strip cutter (how versatile), Funky Flowers and Dresden Plate.

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  92. Already a follower -love your blog!

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  93. Great review of the GO!!! Many things I first felt about the Zizzix for my scrapbooking -and I LOVE it!

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  94. Hexagons, Circles and the Tumbler!!!

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  95. Ryan, I have a GO! and it is awesome. I have less waste than with rotary cutting. Plus if your kiddos are big enough they can help by turning the crank to send the die thru thus making it a family affair!

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  96. What a great giveaway! Please enter my name.
    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

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  97. Ryan thanks for another chance of winning one of these great machines I'd choose the 2 1/2" strip, fall medley & 5"square so I really hope to get the chance!

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  98. I just posted on my sidebar about your giveaway!

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  99. Hi Ryan would love to be entered in your giveaway love your blog!

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  100. hi ryan, i would LOVE to be entered in your awesome giveaway!! thanks

    stacey
    luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

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  101. Okay Ryan I've done all 5 things just posted on FB so know I can only hope & pray have a great day!

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  102. i posted a post about it on facebook here
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000406936988&ref=name

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  103. It's hard to pick just 3, but I think I'd go with Drunkard's Path, Tumblers, and Hexagons. Thanks for the giveaway, Ryan!

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  104. i linked about it at the top of my blog

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  105. oops, the 3 dies i want are go winding ways, the hexagons, and the apple core, thanks

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  106. I would love to win this. I've seen it but didn't feel I could justify the cost. Thanks for the opportunity!!

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  107. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

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  108. So I have no clue whats going on over with those guys over @ AccuQuilt... I like it. Thanks Ryan.

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  109. Hi, I'm want to enter the giveaway.

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  110. And I would choose the tumbler, hexagons, and circles.

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  111. Thanks for blogging, I follow & share with my husband.

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  112. What dies would I order??? Hmm, definitely the hexs, and then maybe the funky flowers and 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 inch strip cutter or the square cutter... It would be a toss up. Now if there were a pansy cutter that would be a no brainer. That way I could replicate my grandma's quilts!

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  113. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  114. I would choose the Hexagon die.

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  115. My three dies would be:
    Double Wedding Ring
    Hexagons
    3" finished triangles

    Thanks again!

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  116. I do many things with 5 inch squares as my base, definitely need one of those.

    Could also use the Hexagon die. It would sure speed up the cutting of 2700 pieces for 3/4 inch hexies.

    And the bountiful baskets, very versatile.

    Thank you so much for the offering.

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  117. Hi, Ryan! So glad you're having a giveaway- I hope this is the one I win!!

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  118. My favorite AccuQuilt dies (at least today!) are the hexie die, the tumbler die, and the 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" die. That does change day to day!

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  119. I have shared your post with my facebook friends.

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  120. My favs are triangle, square and hexagons.

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  121. hi! who wouldn't love to win?! thanks for the fab giveaway!

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  122. i follow your blog through bloglines!!

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  123. And I have blogged about your lovely blog: http://titanpink.blogspot.com/2010/08/more-accut-go-giveaway.html

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  124. I would pick the blazing star die, 2 1/2" strips, and the go! holiday medley! how fun!!

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  125. I've FaceBooked about your giveaway....

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  126. i tweeted (i'm rooftoprapture) about the giveaway!!

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  127. And I've blogged about it here: http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2010/08/make-list-monday-10.html

    Pick me pick me!! ;-)

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  128. "Hi" I would love to be entered into your contest for the accuQuilt GO! I wouild like the 2 & 1/2 strip, the sun bonnet sue, and the Circle-2", 3", 5". I follow you through google, and will share your link on facebook!

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  129. "Hi" I would love to be entered into your contest to win the AccuQuilt Go.

    I follow your blog using google.

    I would love to have the 2 & 1/2" strip cutter die, the sun bonnet sue, and the Circle-2", 3", 5".

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  130. Wow, AMAZING giveaway! Cutting is my absolute least favorite part of quilting - and I always have waste cutting by hand because I've messed something up! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  131. I'm a follower - your blog is one of my favorites in my Google Reader!

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  132. I like the hexagon die, the 2.5" strip, and the drunkards path die

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  133. Hi Ryan! I would love to be entered into the drawing. What a great giveaway!

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  134. My first choice in dies would definitely be the 2-1/2" strip die because it would be so useful! I'd probably pick the 5" square. But I also love the Critters die - so cute!!

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  135. I have just become a follower!

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  136. Hey, or Hi as you requested. Thanks for the giveaway! (and all the great stuff you share with us too.)

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  137. And I have followed you on Reader for a while now and love your projects.

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  138. My favorite die is the Hexagon for sure! I dream of owning one of these wonderful machines... just a hint!!!

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  139. And I posted about your giveawayhere

    http://harriethomemakerstrikesagain.blogspot.com/2010/08/fabulous-giveaway-for-you-quilters.html

    (Were we supposed to give you a link?)

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  140. It seems it's AccuQuilt month in blogland, and I'd love to win one after reading about them. Kathie L in Allentown

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  141. I have been one of your followers for a while. Kathie L in ALlentown

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  142. The dies that most appeal to me are Apple Core, Winding Ways and Drunkards Path

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  143. Dies I would love,
    1. Any strip cutter, but the 1 1/4 or 2 1/4 are my most used sizes, so either of those.
    2. Quarter Square 4" finished triangle.
    3.Diamonds 4" x 4"

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  144. I'd pick the 2.5-inch strips, half-square triangle, and circles.

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  145. Would love to have an AccuQuilt Go!

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  146. Sign me up for this one-heck yea!

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  147. Hard to pick just three dies, huh? Maybe 3 1/2" Go!Square, the Go! hexagons, and definitely the 2.5" strips.

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  148. On my honor I follow you Ryan!

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  149. Ya know, I think the double wedding ring would be really nice to have because every girl wants one of those quilts!

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  150. I would like the 2.5" die, the double wedding ring set and 5" squares! So many choices!

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  151. Hi Ryan, I would really be thrilled to win the GO. I have entered so many giveaways I lost count

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