Years ago when I first started to learn how to design quilts in Electric Quilt (version 3!) I started by replicating quilt patterns I had. I learned how to use the tools as I needed them, and I’m still learning! This method makes me think about what I want to do, and what tools I might need to use to make it happen. Executing those steps helps cement the solution in my brain.
Now I’m wanting to use both my Silhouette Cameo (3) and my new Cricut Maker more, for both fabric and paper crafts. Now that I have a rotary blade machine, I have more options than simply bonded fabric (fusible adhered to the fabric) for appliqués.
With the rotary blade in the Cricut Maker, I can cut wool. For my first project, I found this darling pattern that I am mimicking to teach myself some of the drawing tools in the Silhouette Studio software, (business edition) which I use for both machines. I bought a bunch of 9″ x 12″ wool fabric pieces from her shop this morning.
Here’s my progress so far this morning. I’m still tweaking, but I’ve had fun playing with the shapes, warping a column for the stem, and warping the leaves as well.
I don’t enjoy hand work very much, so my plan is to do machine appliqué on this small project and see how it looks. I will use 12wt thread.
I’m feeling the luck of the Irish so far as the snow is still steadily coming down, quite heavy in fact, and the temperature has only reached eight degrees. At the rate it’s falling, my guess is that we will have ten inches of snow by noon. So far, the power has held.
I am quite worried about it going out, as I will lose cell phone reception at that point since ours only works via wifi at the house, and I’ll have no way to contact my mom. I was unable to convince her to come stay with me, and I don’t believe I can get out to retrieve her now. I could walk it, but she can’t. We’d be frost bitten at her pace by the time we made it back to my house anyway.
My friend Connie baked me the best freaking cherry and apple pecan cobbler I’ve ever eaten in my life, and her husband Darwin brought it over to me yesterday, despite the weather!
I got quite a chuckle out of the card. 🙂
I’d like to do some sewing today, but I’m a tad worried about power dips with the load on the systems, so will probably skip it.