Before You Start:
Gather all your supplies and have a quick read through the instructions just to familiarise yourself with the terminology. Press your fabric with a suitable iron temperature to ensure it is smooth and easy to work with. You would be amazed with the difference in size a few creases can make.
All seams are ¼” unless otherwise stated. Press all seams as you go along, generally pressing to “the dark side” and “butting” seams together to give a perfect pattern match.
When using the ScanNCut, make sure the high-tack adhesive fabric support sheet is attached to the standard mat. Place the Fat Quarter fabric (main design) on the mat face side down using the spatula to remove any wrinkles. Carry out a test cut to ensure that the correct pressure and blade setting are selected. Generally on a craft cotton a cut pressure of 3 and a blade setting of 4 is used but each machine will have slight variances, so always carry out a test cut.
Within the pattern folder select the patchwork/quilting folder on page 2. Open up the quilting designs and select the second option, then, select the first design, PA-B001. Alter the dimensions to those of your finished block. This design uses 6” squares, the machine will now add the seam allowance. Press OK, the next screen shows the 3 elements of the design. First select A, the largest square, the position is now shown within the design on the LED screen. Press OK. Increase the number required to 9. Press set. The blocks will now appear on the screen.
Remove the blade and holder from the machine. Place the purple erasable pen in the pen holder and check the draw speed is on 3 and draw pressure is on 0. Insert the mat and scan, check the test cut is not in an area to be cut, if it is, move the square to a free location. Select draw.
For the advanced quilt I replaced the central block with a large contrast 12½” square and appliqued on this. I also appliqued a design on the four contrast squares. To do this complete the patchwork top leaving the large central contrast square and the four smaller contrast squares blank. The four corner blocks were also changed and cut in the design fabric. I used the ScanNCut and chose AR-A011 and AR-K062. For the small square the flower was 2 x 2” and the leaf was also 2” long. I cut 3 of each flower and then 3 leaves for each square. For the central square I scaled up the flowers to 4 x4” and the length of the leaf was also scaled up to 4”. I also added a further 2 leaves. The waste from the centre of the small flowers was used as the centre for the large flower.
Following the manufacture’s instructions fuse the contact sheet / bonding agent onto the wrong side of the fabric. Remove the backing paper from the bonding agent and place the fabric on the mat face side down, using the spatula to remove any wrinkles. Several pieces of fabric can be placed around the mat at the same time. Scan the mat, select the desired designs and cut
- Once cut, position right side up on the front of your patchwork top. When you are happy with the positioning, iron in place, bonding your fabrics onto the top. Position Stitch and Tear stabilizer behind the design area, this will help to keep the work stable while you are stitching. As the name suggests, you can tear this away when you have finished. For free machine embroidery lower the feed dogs and attach the embroidery or darning foot to your machine. When stitching you can use thread which blends with the fabric or make a feature by using vivid colours, shiny rayons or metallic threads which can look very effective and give a further dimension.
- When you have finished your applique remove the embroidery foot, attach the presser foot holder and then your chosen foot. Raise the feed dogs, these will not physically raise until you start sewing again so don’t panic if you don’t see them come up straight away. Now, tear away the Stitch and Tear from the back of the design. Complete the remainder of the quilt as above.
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