The Riley Blake Spinning Wheels Throw Quilt is well on its way, here are my tips for cutting quilt squares with the Cricut Maker.
Cutting out all the pieces of a quilt is often the most laborious part of the quilting process. Using the Cricut Maker, the cutting goes so much faster! It saves hours of bending over a low table, grasping that old rotary cutting blade! This post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own.
Prepare the fabric by pressing all of the pieces in the Dailey Days Throw Quilt Kit. I used my Easy Press, but you can iron them instead. Set aside the yellow floral, pink polka dot and blue daisy prints for the boarder (We will cut those later). Cut the remaining fabrics into 12” pieces WOF (the width of the fabric), as directed by the Cricut pdf directions for this project.
Using a 12 x 24” cutting mat, press the white fabric right side down to the mat. Let any extra fabric hang off the edge of the mat. This is important to get the best utilization from the fabric. Do not cut off the extra fabric! Be sure you have installed the Rotary Cutting Blade in your Cricut for cutting fabric before you begin.
Place the mat into the Cricut and cut. While the machine is cutting, prepare the next mat. It is helpful to use two mats at once. While one mat is being cut, you can prepare the second mat. Remove the pieces as they are cut from the mat and sort them into piles of like fabrics. You will need to scrape off excess threads that stick to the mat in between cuts for the best adhesion. After 5-6 cuts, I clean the mat with a bit of dish soap and water. Rub off the damp threads, then pat the mat dry with a lint free towel. The mat should be as sticky as ever and ready to use again.
It is good to count how many triangles you need of each fabric for your design. I found that the Cricut is so efficient at cutting I had some extra pieces that I won’t need for the quilt. The final counts for this Spinning Wheels pattern are:
144 white triangles
20 dark blue
24 bright green multi color floral
24 bright green floral
15 light blue stripe
15 light blue floral
We will be making 35 blocks total for this quilt.
Here are the supplies needed for this project:
- Riley Blake Daisy Days Throw Size Quilt Kit (affiliate link included for your convenience)
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
- PDF Sewing Directions, printed
- PDF Cutting Directions, printed
- Iron or Easy Press (affiliate link)
- Pressing Mat or Ironing Board
- Cricut Maker with Rotary Fabric Cutting Blade (affiliate link)
- Large Fabric Grip Cutting Mat (pink) in 12″x24″ size
- Quilt Backing (not included in the kit)
- Sewing Machine and Thread
Get your pieces cut then we are ready to sew! I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully learned a few handy tips! Be on the lookout for part 3 of this series where I will cover Quilt Assembly and wrap up this fun project.
If you like this post, try these other ideas:
If you like this post don’t forget to Pin it!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.