I’m also using THE Dream Machine 2 later this week to machine applique these shapes and make them into a fun baby quilt.
I have on hand an assortment of Northcott ColorWorks Solid fabrics that I think will be fun to make the fusible applique shapes with the ScanNCut2.
The first thing I did to prepare my fabrics was to cut them into 7″ squares and iron HeatNBond lite to the back of each one.
In order to make sure that the fabric adhered well to the cutting mat, I pulled the paper backing off of the HeatNBond on the back of the fabrics. I then used the spatula to smooth out any wrinkles and firmly stick the fabric to the cutting mat of the ScanNCut2. As you can see, I made sure to align two edges of the fabric with the left and top guidelines on the mat.
Next, I press the “Feed” button on the ScanNCut2 to load the mat with the fabric into the machine.
The mat, with the fabric adhered, is now in place.
To tell the machine what you want it to do, select “Cut” in the draw/cut selection screen. You can also load a marker into the machine and your design will be drawn onto paper. To do that, select “draw” on this screen.
Now press the green “Start/stop” button on the ScanNCut2 and then watch in amazement as the machine starts cutting out your shape!!
When cutting is finished, the message “Finished cutting.” appears on the display. Touch the “OK” key to return to the draw/cut selection screen.
Peel off the excess fabric from an area that is easily removable, such as a corner, and then slowly peel while maintaining an even pressure.
Holding the mat with your hand, use the included spatula to carefully peel off the cutout patterns. Isn’t my seal adorable?
If you want to make this baby quilt using traditional fusible applique methods, I’ve used the ScanNCut2 to draw out the shapes. Trace these shapes onto the paper backing of your HeatNBond and then cut along the drawn shapes. Remove the paper backing and then you’ve got the same shapes as me for your quilt. The ScanNCut2 sure speeds up this process! click on the picture below!
Now I’m going to get the ScanNCut2 to cut out the rest of my sea creatures from my prepared solid ColorWorks fabrics. Tomorrow we’ll start using THE Dream Machine 2 to do some embroidery and machine applique.
This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: First steps to applique with the ScanNCut2
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