riley blake + cricut quilts, part 2...

last week i introduced you to our new BFF's: riley blake designs and cricut.

cricut has made it sew (get it?!) easy to cut fabric with this awesome adaptive tool system and now they've joined forces with my friends at riley blake designs to bring you over 30 quilt patterns and fabric quilt kits. how awesome is that?

well, today, i'm going to share more about the fabric prep and cutting process.

trust me, you'll be sewing in no time!

prepping the fabric:

  1. remove the fabric from the packaging, laying it out in the cutting order. the cutting order can be found in the printable instructions in design space.
  2. press the fabric with a hot iron. this keeps everything nice and flat on the fabric mats.
  3. while most of the fabrics in the quilt fabric kit are pre-cut, it might be necessary to trim them down. use the self healing cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter to trim them.

cutting the fabric:

  1. line the fabric up on the fabric mat, making sure the selvedge edge is at the bottom. and if necessary, use the brayer tool to smooth out any lumps and bumps.
  2. cricut recommends not trimming off the access fabric at the bottom of the fabric mat, but i'm a rule breaker and trimmed the fabric to fit exactly.
  3. if you have access to multiple fabric mats, prep as many as possible, this will save you time!
  4. keeping the fabric mats in cutting order, go ahead and start cutting with the cricut maker and the awesome rotary cutter! it might be tiny, but it's mighty!
  5. after each fabric mat is finished, take it out of the cricut maker.
  6. peel away the excess fabric first.
  7. remove each block component using tweezers or spatula.

and there you have it. easy, peasy, huh?!

you'll notice over time that the fabric mats collect thread and teeny tiny bits of fabric. don't worry the cricut maker will cut right through those and as you can see, mine are well used and loved. if the fabric mat stickiness starts to fade, check out this post on how to clean the fabric mats.

the cricut maker gives me perfect, precise cuts every time! it's also a huge time saver and is perfect for those with limited hand mobility.

i can't wait to start sewing, but i think i'll take a nap first, hehe!

cut, sew, repeat...

the tattooed quilter

p.s. stay tuned, because next month, i'll reveal the final quilt! yay!

this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of cricut. the opinions and text are all mine.