If you’ve been following along with the Cricut Maker Block of the Week, you know that you need a Cricut Maker to cut the fabric for the quilt. One of the top questions that I get about the quilt is – can it be made using the Cricut Explore series of machines? Unfortunately… no. Only the Cricut Maker cuts non-bonded fabric. All of that changed when Cricut offered to send me some of their new Patterned Iron-On! I couldn’t wait to use it to show you how you can make a “cheater” version of this quilt. Even better… it is a no-sew project to put together the quilt top!
I’ve put together a step-by-step video to show you how easy it is to “quilt” without sewing a single stitch! Check out the video below!
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12″x24″ Cricut Cutting Mat (blue or green)
Cricut EasyPress Mat
Device with Design Space
Water Soluble Pen
Fabric (cut at least 20″x20″)
Cricut Patterned Iron-On
2 Rolls of colored Iron-On (12″x19″) or 1 roll of SportFlex (11.8″x24″)
Your Cricut Machine (Maker or Explore series)
You’ll need the Cricut Design Space file I created with all 9 quilt blocks. Cut every color with a different pattern or color of Iron-On, except the purple. You don’t need to cut the purple at all, as you see in the video.
Remember, when you cut any Iron-On material, always cut it with the “pretty” side facing down, and click the toggle in Design Space that tells your Cricut Machine to reverse the design.
As you weed the layers, match them up. This will help you keep track of the pieces, and make sure that you get each weeded properly.
Make sure to peel off the transfer sheet before adding the next layer. Don’t remove a transfer sheet until you need to – you want to keep them on to protect the Iron-On while you’re still using heat! Without the transfer sheet, the Iron-on can melt under the heat of the EasyPress.
When you’re all done, you’ll be amazed at how much it looks like a real quilt – yet you didn’t sew a single stitch!
You can use your faux quilt to make a pillow cover, you can quilt it to make a quilt, you can use it as the side of a large tote bag… there are so many ways you can use this faux quilting technique!
If you want to make the shirt I wear in this video, go check out the details for the Shoo Fly Quilt Block Tee!
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Comments & Reviews
Janet Tarpley says
Would you please explain which machine is specific to cutting fabric used for quilt tops? I’m interested in purchasing a machine that would do most everything, but most importantly fabric. Also, do you have to use specific material for the machine to cut or can you purchase fabric at the local quilt shop and use it just as easily?
Thank you for taking the time to reply to my questions…
The Cricut Maker is the only machine currently on the market that will cut non-bonded fabric. Most of the other machines will cut fabric, but you have to have something on the back, like an interfacing or Heat-n-bond to keep the fibers in place while it cuts. The Cricut Maker uses a rotary blade, which slices through the fabric without the need for a bonding agent on the back.
The Cricut Maker has been tested on dozens and dozens of different fabrics. From high-quality quilting cottons to inexpensive fabrics, to fleece and silk and rayon and felt and flannel… the list goes on and on and on. So you can purchase any fabric and the machine will cut it beautifully! Just pick the right setting on the machine when you tell it to cut – for quilting cottons that should just be the “cotton” setting.