I am departing from my normal Electric Quilt post this week. My tutorial will focus on using Cricut Design Space to prepare and cut out my applique block that was created in Electric Quilt 8.
I am now ready to bring the SVG files into Cricut Design Space where I will cut all of my fabrics. I also decided to draw the embroidery lines on my fabric using a washout marker before doing the cut. Adding the embroidery lines made the process much more complex. But the video will show you how to work through issues when what is showing in Cricut Design Space isn't exactly what you thought you sent it.
I then will share actually cutting the pieces on my Cricut Maker.
Before purchasing the Cricut Maker, I was google searching "how small can I cut fabric patches with the Cricut Maker". All the videos I could find on cutting fabric were doing mega large pieces. However, as a quilter, I wanted to be able to do really small pieces. I definitely put Cricut Maker to the test on figuring out how small was "acceptable".
Watch the entire process (with some speed up sections) with my Cricut Maker in this video.
Here is my finished 6" fish motif block. I am heading off to a very small retreat this weekend, where I plan to get a lot of critter applique stitching complete.
And if you were wondering -- I am able to cut pieces as small as 1/4 inch with the Cricut Maker. I could even cut smaller pieces, but when I went to remove them from the mat, they disintegrated as they are only a few threads wide.
5/16/2020 09:11:09 am
Kari- I like the idea of drawing the stitching lines! A couple of tips for you...just as you moved the fin for better fabric use, you can move your cuts to other areas of the mat so as not to wear out the corners...then you just place your fabric in that spot. I would cut an oversized piece to be sure not to cut off of the fabric. Also, if you slightly bend the mat back when removing your pieces, it's easier and you won't curl your fabric (or paper).
5/17/2020 07:31:24 pm
Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.
5/16/2020 07:32:12 pm
5/17/2020 07:34:28 pm
Thank you. I did try this and realized it works best if there aren't too many pieces that have to be moved around.
5/17/2020 03:17:12 pm
Kari, this makes me want a Cricut Maker. What adhesive are you fusing to the back of your fabric. It is very sticky!
5/17/2020 07:40:16 pm
There are two different fusibles that I have been using -- SoftFuse and Barely There. They are both a very light fusible. With the rotary cutting blade, you really don't need much.
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