New Toy Tuesday: Silhouette Cameo

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I did it. I finally broke down and bought a Silhouette Cameo. (Like 3 months ago. It’s been a busy summer.)

Silhouette Cameo |

You may remember that I already have a Pazzles, and you may be wondering why I need 2 electronic die cutters. I don’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Pazzles is a fantastic machine–and I’m not just saying that because I need to sell it now. There’s a reason I chose it over the Silhouette Portrait 3 years ago. My primary reason for switching is Mac support.

Silhouette Design Studio |

My ancient IBM laptop that I used just for the Pazzles really couldn’t handle the strain anymore, and I hated having to switch back and forth. So, when my favorite local quilting shop, of all places, was running a deal on the Cameo, I snapped it up.

Silhouette in Box |

Yes, I took a picture of the box sitting in my trunk. It was a total impulse-buy, but so worth it. And, oh, in the process of purchasing it I ended up getting recruited to teach for the store. This is my life. I spend so much time (and money) in craft stores they end up putting me to work.

Allie's Silhouette |

My first project, appropriately enough, was to create a silhouette of Allie. It’s a great first project for familiarizing yourself with the Design Studio. I just imported a picture and traced it in the software. The whole process took a little over an hour, and that’s with me being pretty insane about the smoothness of every curve. Once the cut line was drawn, the actual cutting took all of 30 seconds, and it cut perfectly on the first try.

Very soon, I’ll show you the completed project (a throw pillow!) and provide a more detailed tutorial.


2 Comments on “New Toy Tuesday: Silhouette Cameo”

  1. SewCalGal

    Glad to see another quilter using modern quilting tools, especially the Silhouette. And I love the project you are creating with it. Inspirational!

    BTW – You may want to check out the page where I list blogging quilters that use Modern Quilting tools as we all try to periodically share tips, tutorials and participate in blog hops for inspiring other quilters to embrace such tools for their quilting:


  2. Pingback: Silhouette Pillow Tutorial: Tracing a Photo on the Silhouette Cameo

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