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I’ve been working on a fun combination project and I’m excited to share with you! I was recently given a Cricut Maker to play with and review by the folks at Cricut. This machine is the first digital cutting machine to be able to cut unbonded fabric – meaning regular fabric off the bolt, without any fusible stabilizer – because of its unique rotary cutter blade. (You can read more about it and see a fun bunting I made here.)
This technology creates endless possibilities for quilters and as a result, Cricut has teamed up with Riley Blake Designs to offer exclusive quilt patterns + coordinating fabric kits!
Right now there are 6 different fabric kits available – 3 baby size kits with 8 different coordinating prints in each kit, and 3 Throw-size kits with 10 different coordinating fabrics. (Which, by the way, are on a really good sale right now!)
Cricut has 31 different pre-programed quilt designs in the Cricut Design Space that coordinate with the Riley Blake kits. (You will need to create a free account to the Cricut Design Space and log in to see the quilt designs as well as the other hundreds of projects available there.)
13 of the designs are Baby size quilts (including those above) and there are 18 Throw size options.
The coolest part is that the three Baby fabric kits can be used for any of the 13 quilt designs! Same goes for the Throw-size options – all of patterns work with any of the coordinating-size kits! This gives you a big variety of options to choose from.
For example this Happy Day baby quilt kit comes with 8 different fabrics in 1 yard, 2/3 or 1/3 yard increments. There is also a 1/2 of a yard of a repeat fabric to be used for binding. (The backing fabric is not included in the kit – you will have to find that separately.)
Each of the baby kits will have the same number of fabrics in the same yardage increments. This makes it easy to plug the fabrics into any of the pre-designed quilt cut files.
The other nice thing about buying a kit – especially if you’re new to this whole quilting thing – is that the fact that you don’t have to stress about picking fabrics! (I know that part paralyzes some folks.) These kits already have a perfect coordinating selection of colors and prints, with a variety of contrasting print scales (important) to make your quilt look interesting and well planned.
Basically Cricut + Riley Blake make it as simple as possible for you to end up with a great looking quilt!
If you are just getting started in this quilting stuff, Cricut has the other supplies you need to get going including this Rotary Cutting kit which includes a 18″ x 24″ double-sided self-healing cutting mat (not to be confused with the mats that load into the Maker machine itself) that comes with a 12″ x 18″ acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter. (Or you can buy each of the items separately: mat, ruler, and rotary cutter.)
If you’re just getting started, Cricut also sells a Sewing Kit will basic sewing notions in one place.
I’ve printed out my preparation and cutting instructions as well as the Assembly Instructions for this project.
I’ve also been prepping my fabric so that it’s ready to go into the Cricut Maker. This is where the 12″ x 18″ ruler comes in really handy trimming yardage down to the perfect 12″ width to feed into the Maker machine. The rest of the fabrics from the kit are ready to go!
Next week I’ll be demonstrating how the Maker cuts 90% of the fabric pieces for the quilt as well as going over some simple tips for rotary cutting the sashing and binding strips! You can find that post in Part 2 here.
Quilt assembly steps as well as the finished quilt, see Part 3 here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.