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As a beginner quilter I need all the help I can get. I love the look of a quilt and all the love it represents, but I don’t really know what I’m doing. Let’s learn how to plan a quilt with Cricut’s cutting tools and the Maker and Riley Blake Design’s quilt kits and quilt patterns.
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I’ve used the Cricut Maker* in the past to make clothing and it took me about as long to cut fabric to fit the mat as it did the Cricut Maker to cut it out. It seemed like an extra step I didn’t need (except that it marked for me which I’m often too lazy to do!).
When I started looking into cutting a quilt with the Cricut Maker* I realized how helpful it could be. It can cut all the little shapes for you quickly and accurately. I’m not a perfectionist so I love that the machine cuts the perfect shape and cuts the right amount of pieces, and I hate the process of cutting because I just want to start sewing!
Riley Blake Designs has partnered with Cricut and offers a bunch of digitized quilt patterns in Cricut Design Space to make starting a quilt easy. You don’t have to cut out 100 pieces of fabric (and tire your hand) and you don’t have to keep track of all the many pattern pieces you’ll need. Riley Blake Designs and Cricut get you to the sewing step sooner.
How to Plan a Quilt
I enjoy quilting to an extent because I’m not a perfectionist, and quilting needs precision and a long time. What I’ve learned over the years of sewing clothing is that planning is always important! I’ll walk you through my steps of planning a quilt for beginner quilters or quilters who want the prep work to be easier.
I love inexpensive sewing, but when I comes to learning something new I’m willing to buy a pattern and buy a quilt kit. It makes the process more enjoyable because I have everything I need to get started. I wanted to let you know that this is not the cheapest way to make a quilt.
Decide on a Pattern
The first thing you need to do when planning a quilt is decide on a pattern. Choosing a pattern first is important because it’ll determine how much fabric you need. I decided that I wanted to make a baby quilt and this is my process.
I clicked on Riley Blake Designs in Design Space to begin my search. Then I typed “baby quilt” in the search. Thirteen quilts came up so I looked through and found one I liked. They are all good!
Buy a Kit
Once I knew which quilt pattern I was making I looked through the quilt kits* to find one I liked. I looked through the baby quilt kits first, and didn’t fall in love with any of them. Then I looked through the throw quilt kits next and found one that I loved. I chose the Daisy Days quilt kit* and planned on using the extra fabric for the back of the quilt.
The kit came with all the fabric folded and packaged nicely. It’s always inspiring to me to see the coordinating fabric pieces next to each other. My favorite thing is that you see the exact amount of fabric of each print.
Choose the Fabric design
To be able to decide where you place your fabrics you need to print the quilt instructions and template PDF. You can find this on the bottom of the quilt pattern page. You can download it even before buying the pattern.
The PDF comes with instruction for which fabrics to cut to get the exact look, and a blank template that you can use to color and plan.
choose your fabrics
Since I chose a quilt kit that provided more fabric than I needed, I got to choose which fabric prints that I wanted to use in my quilt. I chose to use two blue prints, two pink prints, and one gray print which will all be surrounded by the solid white fabric. I chose the navy floral fabric for the binding.
Since I chose a quilt kit that provided more fabric I could use the one yard of yellow floral fabric for the back.
I chose crayons that pretty much matched the fabric prints so I could color the quilt template to get the design I wanted.
I decided to go away from the design recommended in the pattern and color a completely different pattern. I know it will be harder to sew in the end, but I love this simple design.
After I decided on my design I counted up how many different colored squares were in the original design vs how many different colored squares were in my design. This will be important when I cut out all the squares.
The best way to prep your fabric to be cut out by the Maker is to cut it to the size of the mat. Cricut has a rotary cutting kit* that has a ruler the size of the large mat which makes it so easy to prep your fabric.
I have two long fabric grip mats*. I wanted to have one mat being cut while I’m preparing the next mat to cut.
You’ll also need some quilt batting. This is some cotton batting I had in my stash. I don’t know what batting to recommend because I honestly don’t know enough about batting.
To be able to cut three layers of fabric on the Cricut Maker you can use Quilt Basting Spray* to stick the layers together and then change the settings on your Maker when cutting.
Come back next week for the process of cutting it all out! I can’t wait to learn more about making a quilt!