Make a Unique Quilt Block with ScanNCut

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, crafting expert and educator, is a paid consultant of Brother ScanNCut USA.

One of the quilt guilds that I belong to is gathering 100 Ruby Red Blocks.  The basic idea is to create a small quilt or quilt block — made up of red and white fabrics only — which will be attached to a canvas.  Each of these blocks will be sold at the show to benefit the guild.  I decided to spend an afternoon putting mine together.

I started by creating an owl file by importing a free clip art design (just do a web search for “free owl clip art” to find your own owl!) into ScanNCutCanvas.  I edited the file and pulled apart the various pieces of the owl so that I had a series of shapes to cut.

The process is similar in this video:

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As you can see, my pieces didn’t all fit on the mat, so I ended up cutting the pieces in several passes.  This was a fine choice because I needed to use a bunch of different fabrics to make my owl.

I first cut some commercial fabrics:

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The ScanNCut did a great job cutting out all those little pieces for the owl.  However, after looking at it, I decided that I had cheated.  There were blacks and golds and nothing was really white except for the background.  The problem was, I just didn’t have enough red fabrics….what to do?

I could have gone shopping, but you know how it is when you’re in the middle of a project.  Who wants to leave the house?!

So, I painted some plain white fabric with red and white paints and cut out my owl parts once again:

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Much better!

I even painted some white-on-white fabric pieces and pieced four patterns together to create my background:

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Then, I did a bit of raw edge applique and added some borders of commercial fabric, according to the guild instructions for the blocks.

You can see the stitching a bit more easily in this photo:

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I think it turned out super cute!  The painted fabric makes this project totally “me.”  And the ScanNCut made the whole thing quick and easy.


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