The Riley Blake Quilt is well on its way. In part 2 of this series, I will teach you how to easily cut your quilting fabric using the Cricut Maker!
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Riley Blake Quilt
Cutting the many intricate pieces of a quilt is often the most laborious part process. By using the Cricut Maker, this miserable task goes so much faster! It saves hours of bending over a low table grasping that old rotary cutting blade!
Although his post is sponsored by Cricut and Riley Blake Designs, the opinions are my own. I was compensated in some way for writing this post.
Be sure to check out Part 1 of the Riley Blake Quilt tutorial here.
Cutting the Fabric
Prepare the fabric by pressing all of the pieces in the Dailey Days throw quilt kit. I used my EasyPress but you can also use a traditional iron instead. Set aside the yellow floral, pink polka dot and blue daisy prints for the border (we will cut those later). Cut the remaining fabrics into 12” pieces WOF (width of the fabric), as directed by the Cricut PDF directions for this project (you can find those in part 1).
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 as it will allow you 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 cutting 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 cutting 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.
- Riley Blake Daisy Days throw quilt kit
- rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- PDF Sewing Directions, printed
- PDF Cutting Directions, printed
- EasyPress (A traditional iron would also work.)
- pressing mat
- Cricut Maker (with rotary cutting blade)
- large fabric grip cutting mat (12″x 24″)
- quilt backing (not included in the kit)
- sewing machine and thread
Once you follow these easy steps to cut the Riley Blake quilt pieces, we are ready to sew! Be on the lookout for part 3 of this series where I will cover quilt assembly and reveal the final project!
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