I did a little playing around with my scrappy mix little blocks, and ended up slapping on a huge six inch border. I used two fat quarters of a rather unattractive fabric that is actually perfect for this, so I’m happy!
Then I started added some appliqués.
I cut enough to go around all four sides, but haven’t yet decided if that’s the plan or not.
The feathery fronds on the corners are Arabesque AccuQuilt studio dies. The flower in the center I scanned from Kim Dieh’s Homestyle Quilts book, from the Prairie Star Posies pattern, then converted them to .svg files in the Silhouette Studio software, and cut them with the rotary blade on the Cricut Maker.
I know they look a little rough here, but that is simply the debris left behind. Once I lifted them from the mat they were perfect.
Which brings me to one of the reasons I finally chose the Cricut Maker over the Cameo 4 when I knew I had to have a rotary die cutter. In my opinion, the Cricut has it all over the Cameo for this particular feature. The blade is a geared housing, and simply lifts and rotates. It makes no other cuts other than the design it is cutting out.
On the Cameo 4, the rotary blade makes multiple little cuts outside of the design to position the blade for the next angle, destroying any fabric around the design. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I use the excess to cut the smaller appliqué pieces out of, like little circles.
These little wallhanging is being made from the leftover fabrics from one of my lonestar quilts I made last year.
With the appliqué border, it is now a twenty seven inch square, so I might still add another border, pieced perhaps?