Last week I shared a tutorial on how to create one of a kind snowflakes using EQ8 and I have been seeing some great creations on social media.
If you missed the tutorial, you will definitely want to go back and check it out.
This week I have remained obsessed with these snowflakes and really want to use them in a quilt project. I quickly realized that they were pretty intricate and cutting them out by hand would be super tedious. So I decided it was time to pull out my Silhouette Cameo (it is the one without a number) and see if I could cut them there.
This ended up being a little more involved that I had planned as the first few snowflakes were a disaster -- fabric was shifting and cuts were not clean. However I had some conversations with others on Facebook and kept playing. And after a number of different experiments I finally found the "secret formula" for cutting these out.
I will share all in my current tutorial. How I transfer designs from EQ to the Silhouette Design Studio along with my suggestions for a successful cut.
I want to give a shout out to C J Tinkle. She has created numerous appliques using her Silhouette Cameo 3. She mentioned to me that she had successfully used the following settings -- which were different than what I ended up with -- but a great starting point.. So it really is important to experiment and see what works for your machine.
C J Tinkles Suggestions for Successful Applique with her Silhouette Cameo 3
Fusible: Shades Soft Fuse, paper off, fusible side down on the mat.
Burnish it in place with a roller.
Fabric: Thin (Cotton Print)
Ratchet Blade on 3, Speed 5, Force 33, Passes 2
I also started researching other digital cutting options -- and found that Cricut has a digital cutting machine that uses a rotary cutting blade. It is more expensive than the Silhouette -- but may be worth it if it works as well as the advertisements. Anybody out there currently using the Cricut Maker for cutting fabric appliques? I would be interested in your opinion.
I am currently at a retreat and fused and stitched 3 of the snowflakes for a mini-quilt. Here is the result. Now on to design new borders.
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