I’m really excited to play with the wool felt when it gets here. This morning, I have another design I would love to cut with the Cricut Maker using the rotary blade. This one is a bit more complicated than my first attempt (which I’ve not cut yet, I’m still playing in the software).
I went through a few of the appliqué libraries in EQ8 this morning and picked two to play with. I taught myself this process, which involved printing to .pdf from EQ8, when I made my schoolhouse quilt. All the floral appliqués in it were exported to .pdf from EQ8, converted to .svg files in Silhouette Studio, and then cut on my Silhouette Cameo 3. It did a beautiful job of them.
From the block worktable in EQ8, I printed the block showing the fabrics, and reduced the size to 6 inches, or no larger than 8 inches, so it fits on a standard paper size so EQ doesn’t split it into pages. There’s probably an option to change the paper size in EQ, it didn’t occur to me to check.
This is other appliqué block I selected.
I then opened it in Silhouette Studio, choosing the “Import as Vector” and unchecking the Group box.
Any .pdf that was creating with vector images to begin with will convert as easy as you can blink an eye in Silhouette Studio, no tracing required. Below I dragged some of the shapes around so you could see that they are now separate vector images, scalable to any size and completely editable.
Next I removed the background from the image and then deleted those two pieces.
I saved that as an .svg file, then uploaded it to the Cricut Design Space, where I re-colored it.
Afterwards, I clicked on “Make It” to see if it was sorted properly by color and good to cut. This one feature in Cricut Design Space I much prefer to the Silhouette Studio software. It’s far less confusing in my opinion, but not as customizable.
I realized that the celtic weave was going to be a lot of separate pieces, and so went back to my second appliqué block which is pictured first in this post. This one I re-colored in the Silhouette Studio software instead of Cricut Design Space, which was easier in my opinion. I think 80% at least, of everything is easier to do in Silhouette Studio.
I’ve no doubt there are better ways to approach this, and I still am learning to draw my images manually, but I’m super excited to be able to do this and can’t wait to try it with wool appliqué, and the rotary blade versus the knife blade I used in my schoolhouse quilt, which also worked beautifully. With the rotary blade, using a fusible is optional!