Machine Quilting Cricut Designs

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Quilting

machine quilting cricut template

For a while now I’ve been wanting to try machine quilting a Cricut design onto one of my quilts. I used this border wave design from Life is a Beach on my Marine quilt (by Dan Stiles), and I love how it turned out!

I originally quilted straight horizontal lines, but I did them 3″ apart and it’s just not enough quilting. I’ve already bound it, but I went ahead and quilted a little more on top anyway. I’m doing this Cricut wave design all around the border and then a loopy design on the rest of the quilt.

machine quilting minky cricut template

I used a minky-like fabric as the backing with not batting in between, and that has complicated the quilting a bit…my bobbin thread keeps breaking and it puckers on top and it’s been very frustrating. Any tips? I’ve tried both cotton and polyester thread and adjusted the tension but I’m still having problem and I don’t know what to do…

machine quilting

You can see how it puckers on the right hand side of the wave design – it was ok at first, I don’t know what happened!

This is a good experiment though, and next time I try quilting I’ll be using all cotton which I think will be lots easier.

But just think of all the possibilities of using Cricut designs as machine quilting patterns…I’m thinking I might throw some little birds or fish or whales into the loops somewhere. And on my Riley Blake pirate quilt I’m going to do a pirate ships and maybe even some other piratey things. Can’t wait! As long as I can figure out the tension thing that is…

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie Christensen August 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

It looks great! Give a wash and dry and those puckers will blend right in.

2 Michelle August 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Wow, that is cool. I wouldn’t worry too much about the tension or puckers, that fabric is super hard to work with, quilting cottons would be much easier, and anyway I can’t really see any problems! That’s what quilting is supposed to do anyway, give it texture. Looks great to me.

3 Kathy August 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Love the waves! I think it looks great as well. I don’t have any experience quilting with that fabric; only general sewing.

4 Melissa August 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

Are you using a Magic Bobbin Washer? They worked wonders for me!

5 Kelsey August 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

I’ve never heard of a bobbin washer…I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

6 Allison C September 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Impressive!

7 Patricia September 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

So did you just trace your design and then go for it? I love it! I think it is very brave of you to just give it a go even though you weren’t sure how it would turn out. I wish I could be so brave!

8 Sieglinde October 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I love this quilt and your design turnes out just beautiful! I’m wondering what fabric you used for the backing? It looks so snugly!

9 Nichole February 13, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Thank you so much for posting this technique. I’m doing an “Under the Sea” quilt and had this idea but wasn’t sure if it would work.

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