It’s All About the Kids Blog Hop

Do you love children’s quilts as much as I do? Maybe it’s the child in me, but I love the bright colors and the whimsical designs. They remind us of such simpler times. SewCalGal is sponsoring a great blog hop this week–which I will contribute to later in the week–and I think you’ll find some inspiration and fun things to do with children and for children.

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Monday, October 27th

Tuesday, October 28th

Wednesday, October 29th


Thursday, October 30th

Friday, October 31st

Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home

Wendy Sheppard/Ivory Spring


And as a tease for what I’ll be doing later this week–stay tuned for paper (I mean fabric) dolls.

Image of paper dolls 

Mr. Potato Head and more

Today’s post is about using the Brother Scan N Cut and novelty fabric motifs. The entire post can be found at a new blog area that I created that is specifically for projects and tutorials using/creating precut shapes and machine embroidery applique. I have added a link on the menu bar to that new blog area for those of you who are interested in machine embroidery, digitizing applique, and have either a die cutting system or one of the electronic cutters like the Silhouette Cameo or Brother Scan n Cut.

Recently I gave a talk at Electric City Quilters Guild in Anderson, SC. One of the members there showed me a beautiful quilt she made for her granddaughter using a Princess novelty fabric. She cut the motifs out and appliqued them onto the blocks. I think this could very loosely be called broderie perse. While the motifs are not fussy cut like real broderie perse, it is a patterned motif appliqued to a background.

On my way home I stopped at Mary Jo’s and happened to see an adorable Mr. Potato Head fabric on the sale table. This was the perfect opportunity to try to fussy cut the motifs with the Brother Scan N Cut.

More . . .


Great Video for Making a Stencil

This is a great video showing how to make a quilting stencil using the Silhouette Cameo. A stencil like this could be used for hand quilting. It would also be a great way to make a stencil for marking for free motion or freehand longarm quilting.

This video is by Margaret Wilburn at her blog “Crazy4Cutters


Tips for Cutting with the Silhouette Cameo

I have been asked quite a few times about tips for cutting with ecutters (i.e., the Silhouette Cameo or the Sizzix eClips–or Slice, etc.). I found several posts in the blogosphere that I think may be helpful to those of you who own one of these machines or who are considering getting one of them. I know that Brother has a new machine that is coming out soon–not sure when it goes on sale, but of course, we’ll have to try it out.

Questions come up about cutting with ecutters, and the links below should take you to some different points of view and tips. And I’ll be writing more about this in the near future.

Silhouette Cameo review by SewCalGal

An article by me on the Craftsy blog

How to Create a Cut File for the Silhouette Cameo from an applique using a jpg

Project Using Felt Shapes Cut with the Silhouette Cameo

Step by step for cutting fabric with the Silhouette Cameo

Great overview of cutting all kinds of materials and other tips for the Silhouette Cameo

And this link has a chart about cutting software:

These articles will get you started thinking about or working with your Silhouette. And, I will have some more tips for you in the next few days.

To begin, here’s my 2 cents on fusible and whether to leave the paper on or take it off before cutting. I have tried it both ways. On both the Silhouette mat and the eclips mat, I found that with the paper removed, the fusible sticks to the mat in places. It is hard to clean that off the mat without running the mat under soap and water. And if you don’t clean it off, the mat doesn’t work as well for cutting or stickiness. So, I finally have come to the conclusion that I need to leave the fusible paper on until after the shape has been cut.

I don’t use the Silhouette fusible, but use WonderUnder. When WonderUnder is first fused, the paper sticks to the fabric so well it is very hard to remove–but it’s great for cutting with the Silhouette. After a day or more, it is much easier to remove. But that also means that sometimes the fabric will come loose on the paper while cutting on the mat. I need to do some experimentation with other fusibles to see how each of them works. For me, it’s easier to use the same fusible for all the different projects I do, so buying a special fusible isn’t practical.

This is a photo of the way I feed fabric shapes into the ecutter on a 12 x 12 mat:

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