Someone doing the "My Tweets" used her Cricut to cut out the applique shapes for the first block. She had used 3rd party software to do this as technically you have to use the cartridges. I almost went out and bought one from Wally World a couple of hours ago but they just had the small size and after talking to my mom, she said to get the Expression.
Ahem..To major companies, IF you would be smart enough to give us the software enabling us creative people to make full usage of your product, 3rd party people wouldn't make so much money off of you. Even my 3rd party embroidery software does more than my expensive software that I was dumb enough to purchase. When I checked out Cricut's software it didn't seem to be of much worth either.
Now I get needing cartridges, but we creative people have to use our creativity. We don't like being limited. The ability to take any applique pattern and make perfect freezer paper or possibly Mylar templates from the Cricut machine would rock the quilting world. I despise tracing and I can't cut out shapes to save my life. Even if you made open cartridges for our creativity, you'd have one up on all the cutting machines out there.
So..if you have a Cricut machine, is it worth investing in? The Go! Cutter was a huge waste of my money so I'm leary. Paying a fortune for dies is ridiculous and most of what they have I can do in a matter of minutes with a rotary cutter. The Cricut dies are to be made for scrapbooking, which is why mom loves hers, but I can see the possibilites with applique work.