Did you know you can use your Cricut Maker to design a quilt?! I had to give it a try myself. I went into this project without any pattern and freelanced everything. The only thing I knew I wanted to use was the Free Spirit HomeMade fat quarter bundles by Tula Pink. The fabric I ordered from Amazon came with 10 different prints within the collection. Instead of using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV), I trialed Cricut’s Infusible Ink to create a design for the backing. According to Cricut, Infusible Ink permanently fuses to the fabric without cracking or peeling after repeated use.
How Was the Cricut Maker Used?
I used the Cricut Maker to cut all of my fabric for the quilt top. In Design Space I added 4 squares each measuring 4.5″, then loaded my fabric mat with each of the fabrics. Each fat quarter yielded 12 squares, which gave me a total of 120 squares. As a tip, I recommend using Masking Tape to secure the edges of the fabric onto the mat to prevent any lifting. I also cut 26 4.5″ squares of white fabric from my scrap pile.
Quilt Top & Backing
I ended up turning all of my fabric squares into half square triangles, with the exception of six of the white squares to create the quilt top. I decided to place these six squares randomly throughout the quilt. For the backing, I chose white cotton fabric as a blank slate to create something simple. In Design Space, I made stars and circles. Before handling the Infusible Ink, make sure your hands are washed and oil-free to prevent the ink from unintentionally transferring. It was a little tricky removing the small stars and circles from the Infusible Ink sheet, so I used scissors to help cut along the perforations.
Since my backing was large, I needed to work in sections. I protected my work surface and fabric by placing cardboard on the work surface and a piece of cardstock paper on top of that. Then, I placed my fabric on top of the cardstock. If you have an EasyPress Mat, I’m sure that would work best, but I used what I had available! I followed the directions on the Cricut website, which stated to apply heat to the fabric prior to adhering the Infusible Ink.
Finally, I arranged the stars and dots ink side down and placed the butcher paper on top. Since I didn’t have an EasyPress and used my SteamFast iron to transfer the Infusible Ink, I played around with the timing to make sure the ink successfully transferred without scorching my fabric. For my iron, 20-25 seconds on Max seemed to be the happy medium. I did not press down on the iron, but just placed the iron over top of the fabric and left it for 20-25 seconds, lifted the iron and let the fabric cool down for a few seconds before removing the Infusible Ink.
Overall, this was a fun project for me to get my sewing motivation back! The quilt is nowhere perfect, but was a great way to try out Infusible Ink. I hope this post encourages you to think outside the box when creating your own quilts!