Quick Projects for When Time is Short

Around my house lately, too much time has been spent on getting our income tax returns ready to file and not nearly enough time on fun things like playing with my Silhouette. I definitely plan to remedy that situation within the next few days – just as soon as I hit the “Submit” button on my 1040!

If you’re also short on time but looking for a quick project to do, here are a few suggestions. Most can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour (maybe less). As an added bonus, each one will give you some practice with a different type of media or technique. Continue reading →

Piney Woods Quilt Festival – April 21 & 22, 2017

My first vendor event is coming up and I couldn’t be more excited! The Piney Woods Quilt Festival is scheduled for April 21 & 22, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center. I’ll be there with all my Silhouette machines and goodies demonstrating how to cut fabric on an electronic cutter using Terial Magic as a stabilizer. I’ll also be showcasing many other things created with the help of the Silhouette – not just fabric!

My mom is very active in both of the Panola County quilt clubs and has been involved with the festival since it’s inception in 2004 when it was held at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Continue reading →

What a difference a year makes…

Sometimes what starts out as a rather ordinary event actually becomes life-changing. Never has that been more true for me than this past year. In April 2016, I attended the All Things Silhouette Conference (ATSC) in Peachtree City, Georgia. I almost didn’t get to go because I waited too long to register and when I went online to purchase a ticket, they were sold out. Knowing how disappointed I was, my sweet daughter posted on Facebook looking for someone that might need to sell their ticket and received an almost immediate response. Little did I know how much impact that was going to have on me!

I flew to Atlanta not knowing exactly what to expect but looking forward to a weekend spent with other Silhouette enthusiasts. Continue reading →

Fabric Cutting on the Silhouette

In my opinion, one of the most underutilized features of the Silhouette is the ability to cut fabric. Whether you’re making a quilt, creating an appliqué, or working on a 3-D project, your Cameo/Portrait can not only speed up the process but also provide a degree of accuracy that can’t be achieved when cutting materials by hand.

The first step to fabric cutting on the Silhouette is to stabilize your material. Continue reading →

Silhouette Basics: Loading the Mat

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see someone post in one of the Silhouette Facebook groups asking “Why is my design not cutting correctly?” or “Why is my mat sliding all over the place?” You can practically hear the panic in their voice! Quickly they assume that there is something dreadfully wrong with their machine and they are ready to box it up and send it back. Oftentimes however there is a really simple fix such as learning to correctly load the mat.

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New class: Basics of Digital Cutting

Last Saturday I taught my first community enrichment class at Panola College on the “Basics of Digital Cutting”. Each student learned how to set up an account in the Silhouette Design Store, purchase and download designs, and easily create their own designs from a “dingbat” font.

We practiced using several different features of the Silhouette Studio software and then moved on to cutting, weeding, and applying adhesive vinyl, both as a decal and as a stencil.

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Hello!

Welcome to my little spot on the world wide web! I’m very excited to have a place where you can come find out more about me, the classes I offer, the events I have planned, and tips and tricks for all the wonderful ways you can use your Silhouette machine. While I’m a very experienced Silhouette user, administering a website is new territory for me and I still have a lot to learn. There are bound to be some glitches along the way so your patience is appreciated. Now let’s get this show on the road!

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