A Quilter’s Discovery in Utah: Easier Appliqué with the Cricut Maker

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Recently, I got to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah to teach two classes at the Mountain Make-a-Thon event hosted by Cricut.

Cricut is a relatively new product to me but I’m sure excited about the possibilities it presents to us as quiltmakers. I’ve been using the Cricut Maker™ for about six months so I still have things to learn but I’m liking what I can do. Cricut makes machines that cut fabric, paper, vinyl, card stock, balsa wood, leather and more.

I had fun teaching – I always do.

Cricut Mountain-Make-a-Thon at Salt Lake City, Utah

Cricut Mountain-Make-a-Thon at Salt Lake City, Utah

Here’s our project (Mermaid I). It was designed by Erin Russek, associate editor for Quiltmaker. And here’s a variation with button flowers in her hair (Mermaid II). And I’m thinking of all the fun things I can do to embellish Mermaid III.

Cricut Mermaid I

Mermaid I

Cricut Mermaid II

Mermaid II

I loved that the Cricut Maker cut all those little pieces nicely – especially her fingers and the points in her tail and fins.

And here are a couple members of the Cricut staff who were my assistants in the classroom. They were wonderful.

Meet the Amazing Cricut Staff

Meet the Amazing Staff

Cricut Staff Assisting a Student

Staff Assisting a Student

And here are some of photos of our class time. Quite a few of the students were new or beginning quilters and with the Maker the cutting was so quick and easy and they got to move on to the appliqué part of the project in no time.

After my classes were over, I got to “play” and take some classes from other teachers. One was a class on photography with cell phones. I got so much good information and a handful of fun photos of myself (click on each image to see more about it).

It was a great couple of days and I’m excited about the possibilities of creating with the Cricut Maker. In fact, I took one of the Makers home from the office to use over the weekend. I have more time to play when I’m at home.

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To learn more about how you can use Cricut Maker for your quilts, visit Cricut.com/Quiltmaker.

Happy quilting,
Lori

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