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How to cut appliqué shapes with a Cameo

August 20th, 2014

My first attempt to cut appliqué shapes with my Silhouette Cameo cutter was a disaster! Since that time I have discovered a formula that is working very successfully, so I'd like to share that formula with you.

In a nutshell:

Fabric + Heat N Bond Lite + Blade at #2 = Success

Let's see it in action.

Cutting appliqué shapes using a mat

Prepare your appliqué fabric by applying Heat N Bond Lite to the back. The key here is to make sure that the bond is really good. 

Why Heat N Bond Lite? It melts into the fabric as you are fusing it to the fabric and you don't need to apply anything else to the fabric you are trying to cut! 

Leave the backing paper on and place the fabric on the mat, backing paper down.

For the project I was working on, I had a bunch of smallish shapes to be cut out of different colors of fabric. I arranged the shapes on the 12" x 12" cutting mat so that they were aligned with the grid - that way I could position my pieces of fabric on the mat to match up with the grid.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

I have found that the best way to make sure the fabric is secure on the mat is to use one of my smaller rotary cutting rulers as a scraper/smoother. If I have a 12" x 12" square of fabric to cut, then I will use a 12" long ruler to help smooth the fabric onto the mat.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

The default blade setting for cutting fabric (thin fabrics) is #3. I have found that this will cut through the fabric and the backing paper - and I don't necessarily want to cut through the backing paper, so I usually set my blade to #2.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

Each time I start a new cutting session, I make sure that the blade is clean. Did you know that you can remove the little white cap on the end of the blade to make cleaning easy? A fair amount of lint usually builds up - and the cuts will be a lot better if the lint is cleaned away.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

This is what a clean blade should look like!

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

Feed the mat into the Cameo. The white grippers are at the outermost positions on both ends of the roller.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

Now you are good to cut!

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

When cutting has completed, remove the mat from the Cameo. Use a spatula tool to lift up each shape. It will lift cleanly off the fusible webbing backing paper (which will be stuck to the mat!). I like to leave the backing paper on and have it stick to the mat rather than removing the backing paper and having the fusible webbing backed fabric stick directly to the mat as when the fabric is stuck to the mat there is always the risk that the fabric will be stretched, especially the edges, when you attempt to remove it from the mat.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

There is usually a thread or two that needs to be clipped with a pair of scissors.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

Who can guess what it is I'm going to be making with these shapes? Make sure you stop by next week to find out!

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

Cutting appliqué shapes without a mat

If you are cutting a full 12" x 12" square of fabric, there is no need to use a mat! Simply apply the fusible webbing to the back of your fabric - and leave the backing paper on. Move the white gripper on the right hand side of the roller in one notch and choose the "Load Media" option on the Cameo.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

When you are not using a mat, you want to make sure you are doing a "kiss" cut - i.e. you don't want to cut through the backing paper! If you have the blade set to #2 when cutting on a mat, set the blade to #1 when cutting without a mat. Make sure you check that the fabric has been cut before unloading it - if it didn't cut all the way through, you can always do a second cut as long as you haven't unloaded the fabric from the Cameo.

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

This is what you should see from the back... the backing paper has been scored, and for the most part it has not been cut all the way through (although there are a couple of areas where it did get cut through).

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

It's really easy now to use the spatula tool to lift the appliqué shapes off the backing paper. 

Cutting appliqué shapes with Silhouette Cameo

The best thing about cutting without a mat is that you don't have to deal with removing the backing paper from the mat! 

Do you remember...

What I showed you last week? 

Inspired by Libby

I thought you might like to see the work in progress :-)

4 each of each block have been stitched and I now need to get them assembled into a finished quilt. I'm excited about this particular project as it has been completely quilted in the hoop. Leave me a comment at the bottom and let me know what you think!

Inspire by Libby

This is what I'm also working on this week. Who can answer this question... What is the significance of the grey spools? Leave your answer in a comment below!

AURIfil Thread with Frond Design Studios fabric

Until next time... Happy Stitching!

Sarah Vedeler Designs


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Are you Cutting with a Cameo yet?

August 13th, 2014

I love my AccuQuilt GO! cutter and all of the dies I have created - it's fast and it's accurate. What more could a quilter want when cutting appliqué shapes?

This quilter wants to be able to cut a new appliqué shape... now! 

Along came the Silhouette Cameo digital cutter. It's not as fast as the GO!, and the cuts aren't quite as clean (they're getting there, though) BUT... if I think of a new shape that I want to cut, I can be cutting it in minutes.

Silhouette Cameo

This week the girls started the new school year at a brand new school. We've been watching the construction of the buildings since about January - and I have to say the new campus is beautiful. Now you might be thinking... what's this got to do with cutting with a Cameo?

At pick-up time, parents line up in their cars and by the time you get to the front of the line, your child is ready and waiting to be escorted to you. They key is to have a sign in the window with your child's name and class number on it. I decided that I was going to create the swankiest sign in the school using my Silhouette Cameo cutter and some of the Silhouette vinyl on a piece of mat board.

This is how I created my sign.

There are two ways to cut vinyl.

One way is to feed the vinyl straight into the machine:

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

If you do it this way, you will need to move the right hand roller one notch to the left.

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

It took me a long time to figure out that the easiest way to do this is to twist the roller on the bar so that the "teeth" are out of the notches and then pull it.

The other way is to put the vinyl on a cutting mat:

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

The piece of vinyl I was cutting was 13" long, so I used my 12" x 24" cutting mat. If you do this, be sure to specify the size of the cutting mat on the "Page Settings" tab.

When you specify you are cutting vinyl in the "Cut Settings" tab, the recommended blade setting is "2". I have found that this setting will cut the vinyl and also the backing paper. Not so bad if you're using a cutting mat, but it can lead to a really big mess if you are feeding the vinyl straight into the machine. "1" works much better for me!

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

When the cutting is finished, you can peel away the unwanted "background".

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

In order to "dig out" the little bits inside the letters, the hook works really well.

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

So the vinyl is cut out and ready. How do you transfer it onto the background of your choice?

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

This is where transfer paper comes in. Peeling off the backing paper all at once always ends in a mess for me, so I peel back a couple of inches to begin with...

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

and position the vinyl where I want it...

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

Then I use my rotary cutting ruler to ensure the transfer paper goes down smoothly as I pull the backing paper away - slowly.

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

Now you can pull the transfer paper away from the vinyl backing paper - and the vinyl will come with it!

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

Now it is time to position the transfer paper onto the real background.

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

I put it down gently and then used my rotary cutting ruler again to smooth it with a little pressure - starting from the center out working out to the sides.

Peeling away the transfer paper now will leave the vinyl stuck to the background!

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

Here's the finished sign, all trimmed and ready for use in pick-up car line.

Silhouette Cameo cutting vinyl

From what I saw in the pick-up line today, I think I achieved my goal of creating the swankiest sign in the school!

Here's a Sneak Peak!

Vinyl isn't the only thing I've been cutting with my Cameo this week. I'm now all cut out and ready to go with a new quilt that I am working on. 

Sarah Vedeler Designs using the Silhouette Cameo

I'm still working on thread color choices. Leave me a comment and let me know which of these thread colors you would choose! I'm also going to be doing some fun stuff with the ribbon :-)


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Introducing "It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square"

August 5th, 2014

"It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square" was created for the brand new BERNINA 880 Sterling Edition sewing and embroidery machine which was released at BERNINA University in July, and will be available at your local BERNINA dealer in November 2014.

 It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Join me on a walk around the square to see everything in a little more detail!

Abundance Avenue

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Radiance Road

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Wisdom Terrace

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Prosperity Place

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler

The Cottages

Happiness House

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Harmony House

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Infinity Cottage

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Serenity Cottage

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Center Block

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

The Flower Border

It's a Sterling Life on Berkeley Square by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Leave me a comment and let me know which of the houses on Berkeley Square you'd like to live in!

Check back soon for some even more closeup photos.

Sarah Vedeler Designs


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Time for a Garden Party...

May 8th, 2014

...and another Summer Challenge!

I'm excited about my newest design collection...

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Garden Party is part of the Every Stitch Counts program offered by Brewer, the distributor that I work with. Creating this collection was a great experience for me as all I had to do was provide the designs - and someone else (the fabulous Lisa Veith) created all of the projects!

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

The collection includes 4 large flowers, 2 medium flowers and 3 small flowers and various other fun shapes that you can "plant" in various pots and vases. If you own a bigger hoop or two, there are various combinations to stitch out a ready made flower in a pot, stems and all!

The projects featured on the cover are made with the beautiful Stof Quilter's Shadow fabric. The pattern for the flower pots wall hanging is available from your local Every Stitch Counts participating Bernina dealer (if you own, manage, work or teach at one please send me an email with the details of your store - name, address, phone etc - and I will post this info on my website so that people can find you!). The tote bag and journal cover can be found in the "A Day at the Beach" pattern from Kenzie Mac and Co LLC. Two new projects will be coming soon too.

Silhouette CameoGot a Silhouette Cameo cutter?

The Garden Party CD contains .SVG files for use in the Silhouette Studio software.

Purchase your copy of Garden Party here or ask for it at your local Bernina dealer. 

 

 

Garden Party Challenge

As we are moving right on into summer, create your own project using the designs from Garden Party and email a photo of your creation to SVD.Challenge@gmail.com by June 1, 2014. You could win the design collection of your choice (Express Yourself, Peace Love and Joy Collection, Heather Feather Border Collection, A New Leaf).

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

 

Some ideas... tote bag, journal cover (OK, so these are already shown on the CD cover, but there are a gazillion different possible variations!), apron, wall hanging (small, medium, large, the sky is the limit!), baby quilt, bed quilt, pillow cover (what about pillows for your patio furniture?).

You can stitch all of the designs out without an appliqué fabric if desired - just don't stitch the appliqué placement line.

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

I'm loving the apron that Lisa created!

Garden Party by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Remember to Purchase your copy of Garden Party here or ask for it at your local Bernina dealer. 


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Perfect Pool Tote and the Summer Challenge

May 5th, 2014

Summer has definitely arrived in Scottsdale, AZ where temperatures are up in the 90s already. This past weekend the girls and I spent some wonderful time together cooling off in the pool!

Which brings me to the Festival Tote which can also be a Perfect Pool Tote - and the challenge I have for you!

Festival Tote

In the image above, the Festival Tote is being modeled by Scottsdale Mayor Herb Drinkwater. The two original versions of the tote are made using wonderful Island Batik fabrics. It's not often that I have the time to make "one for me too", but in the case of the Festival Tote I really wanted one that I could actually use!

Here's the new Festival Tote bag I created using fabrics from the Stof Quilter's Shadow collection, and of course AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 weight thread.

The Front:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

A zippered pocket extends across the width of the tote. I decided to use a solid piece of fabric rather than piecing the checkerboard that is featured in the original.

The Back:

 Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

The back has 3 open top pockets to stash the things that you want to have quilt access to. If you look closely, you can see the studs on the bottom that (theoretically) help to keep the bottom of the tote clean.

The Inside:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

On one side there are three open top pockets, one of which features pen holders. I don't know about you, but I'm always digging around in the bottom of my purses to find a pen so I decided to provide a place to put them to make it easy to get to them when I need to write something down. The pocket is big enough to hold a small notebook.

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

On the other side is a zippered pocket - somewhere you can store loose change and all of the other things that tend to collect at the bottom of your bags. 

Zippered Top:

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

I used an open ended zipper to close the top of the tote. For this version, I added a little shaping to the corners of the zipper bands. Above you can see the closed end of the zipper... and below you can see the open end of the zipper.

Festival Tote by Sarah Vedeler Designs

Wrapping the ends of the zipper tape around the ends of the zipper bands eliminated the need to figure out how to hide the raw cut ends of the zipper tape - and looks really good too!

The Summer Challenge

The Festival Tote makes an ideal summer tote for fun at the pool or on the beach. Make your own Festival Tote using fabrics of your choice and send a photo or two of it (showing the front and the back) to SVD.Challenge@gmail.com before Sunday June 1, 2014. Enter "Festival Tote Challenge" in the subject line.

The winner will receive a digital download of their choice (pick from the following: Express YourselfA New LeafHeather Feather Border CollectionPeace Love and Joy Collection). 

If you don't already have a copy of the Festival Tote pattern, you can purchase it here  or ask for it at your local BERNINA dealer.

I'm excited to see what you all come up with!

Happy Stitching!

Sarah Vedeler Designs



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