I'm beginning to think I wasted my money on my Black Cat Cougar. It's just too much machine for my abilities. It works beautifully so no panics there. It's just me. I can't even get a blade to sit right in the machine. I had bought it primarly for quilting. I had grand plans for cutting fabric and for applique. It was going to make my quilting world perfect. It was going to eat the Go! Cutter alive with it's capabilities. It was one of those "manic" purchases where you are convinced you NEED this item.
The machine is based on scalable vector graphics (whatever that means) so any hand drawing has to be converted. EQ products must work on the same graphics as the cutter knows exactly what to do with them. Maybe I should just put it away and use it for my EQ quilt designs.
So I have to import a drawing, change it over to SVG and then figure out layers and deleting stuff that I don't need. I'm not good enough to truly know how to edit and by the time I'm done, I could have had everything traced and ready to go.
For some reason, the blade holder and blade that came with the Cricut work perfectly on that machine but I can't get the settings right with the Cougar holder. It either scores the paper but still leaves marks on the mat or cuts so deeply it scores the mat. It's not like I can go to the store and buy a new mat either.
Then it hit me, instead of trying to cut out templates, have the machine DRAW them on fusible webbing. DUH. It does come with an ink pen that fits in the holder and I got everything ready to go. I hit cut and it draws out 3 designs and then starts eating the right side as apparently I don't know the dimensions of the mat! Make the Cut only has the mat for the Cricut on it and I haven't quite figured out where the true cutting area for the Cougar is on the software. I don't think the Cricut has a pen holder.
On to better news. My hand dyed fabrics came today!
I found Chris's blog Dye Candy and had to check out the Etsy store. These will be perfect for my Fiesta quilt. They are fat 16ths but they will blend in with my other fabrics perfectly.
I think I will put the Black Cat Cutter away and work on a color scheme for my quilt. I'll try to work out drawing on my fusible webbing later. If I can get it to draw on my fusible webbing right, it will make this quilt easier. I would just have to cut around the shape. At least I know how to work with fabric so I feel better.