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Unlikely Tools

One of the things that I have learned firsthand over the last 23 years is that having the right tools in my arsenal makes my quilting life more fun. A few weeks back, my husband came home with a new Cricut Maker for us (No affiliation). He is very creative and artistic and thought we might enjoy having one for all our little projects. He was right!

One of the things that I love is the fact that it cuts fabric with a rotary blade. I recently used it to make appliques for a quilt I was asked to design and make. It made the work so much easier, and I had so much fun.

I found some great background fabrics to create a water feeling and then remembered that I had a 10" pack of Tula Pink's Zuma collection that I could use for some raw edge applique. I used Cricut Design Space to find and prep my images and the waves of fun began. One thing you need to know is that you should apply an iron-on adhesive to the back of the fabric that you will be cutting with the Cricut before you cut and follow the directions. Below are a few pictures of my process. I will show you the completed quilt once the owner is able to gift it. I don't want to give away any surprises yet. But! I think you will like it!

It always amazes me and makes me happy when I attempt to do something out of my comfort zone, and it turns out to be a new avenue for my creativity. If you love to quilt and applique and you have a Cricut, you might ask yourself how you can make the Cricut work for other hobbies. If you want more information about my process or products, leave me a comment!

Happy Stitches


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