Art Imitating Life

20180328_192535.jpgI had an idea about a year or so ago. I thought at some point down the road I could buy a digital laser cutting machine to make custom applique quilts. I looked into several and knew which one I wanted, but filed it under “some day”. I was on the company’s refurbished email list (their refurbs are from customers who have upgraded to a larger machine). Lo and behold, the exact machine I wanted showed up on the list last week. The short story is while this looks really small, it’s really a 90 pound machine! And it’s now sitting in my office. I have some ideas which I’ll get into in a later post, but the short story is it can be used to cut or engrave anything from fabric to acrylic for rulers and all sorts of things in between. In the meantime, one of my classes requires setting up a website and presenting a company’s products so the academic world is merging with the quilting world right in front of me. Stay tuned!

20180401_145304764339537.jpgSpeaking of laser cut quilts, I finished the quilting on The Watcher this afternoon.  I used 2 layers of batting – Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Tuscany silk on the top. This quilt has more loft than a Texan woman’s hair!

I bought several Swarovski 6mm crystals to sew on it. They have ones which can be glued on but I’ve been told it requires a special machine and since I don’t plan to put crystals on a lot of things it seemed easier just to sew them. But trying to manage around quilted lines without sewing to the back, and hiding the knot, and catching 2 teensy tiny holes was more of a challenge than I expected. So far he has just 1 crystal, at the bottom of one of the teeth. Maybe someday I’ll add more!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Texas Quilting says:

    Looking back, you were absolutely right. I did end up outlining the tooth with more crystals and now he’s hanging on the wall. I’m a little surprised no one in the house has commented that we have a new face in the house!

  2. Joanne S says:

    This has got to be one of the coolest pieces I’ve ever seen! I like the crystal touch – makes me think of a rascally character.

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thanks! I ended up investing in one of those things which heats up to use with the heat base crystals. Wow was that so much easier and faster. So now he has the whole tooth outlined in crystal!

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  3. Ooh! How fun. I can’t wait to see what you do with the Epilog laser. I’ve used one of the larger ones at our local library maker space. It work wonderful. How big of a piece can it handle?

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      The one I bought is 12″x24″. At face value, that doesn’t sound huge but for laser cutting applique pieces it will be more than large enough since I’ve never made an applique quilt with pieces that large.

  4. slfinnell says:

    One crystal is just the glint it needs 🙂

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