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Moncarapacho by Willyne Hammerstein

Moncarapacho!

I saw the name and had lots of questions.

Could it be an exotic chocolate?

A person? A color?

How is it pronounced?

Well, I looked it up. Moncarapacho is the name of a parish in southern Portugal AND it is the name Willyne Hammerstein chose for this awe-inspiring quilt.

I invariably pronounce Passacaglia incorrectly (as I am frequently told), so I decided to look this one up. Oh, the wonder of the Internet!

Listen to Moncarapacho

You can listen to it!  If you scroll down on that page, you can compare the Dutch, British, Australian, German, Japanese and Canadian pronunciations of Moncarapacho.

The variety is encouraging! If anyone tries to correct you, just say you’ve got a Portuguese accent. (That raises another question. Are ANY of these right? Who decides?)

 

Moncarapacho quilt

One more question: How will quilters abbreviate this one? Monkey says “Pacho” works because it sounds like patchwork but I think quilters will make up their own minds. (Acho = think in Portuguese.)

 

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein

Moncarapacho is featured on the cover of Willyne’s newest book, Millefiori Quilts 3, which is available for a special price of $39.95 for a limited time only.

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Diamonds for Moncarapacho

SHAPES

Naturally, the first question Inklingo quilters ask is “Are the shapes available?” The answer is YES. (Index of Shapes, Diamonds)

It looks complex but this design only uses two diamonds and they are the same shapes that Willyne used in Passacaglia with Mr Penrose and Wild is the Wind in Millefiori Quilts 1, and in Ballet with Kaffe Fassett and Be Calm and Count to Ten in Millefiori Quilts 2.

 

Wild is the Wind by Willyne Hammerstein

Here they are in Wild is the Wind. These must be some of Willyne’s favorite shapes—not to be confused with 60º diamonds, which Willyne also uses in some designs.

 

Print templates with Inklingo

The good news is that if you have an Inklingo Passacaglia shape collection OR an Inklingo Ballet shape collection, you have everything you need to print and sew this amazing Moncarapacho design.

Just add the book for instructions and some luscious fabric and enjoy every stitch!.

 

Print templates with Inklingo

SIZE

With 3 cm shapes (original), Moncarapacho is approximately 55.75 x 58 inches.

With 1.5 inch shapes, it is approximately 71 x 74 inches.

The shape collections are fantastic value ($20 or $25) plus I add the Hexagon Quilt Design Book (PDF to download). The design book focuses on 60º hexagons but the sewing and pressing instructions also apply to these shapes.

 

Print templates with Inklingo

NO ACRYLIC, NO PAPERS

As usual, if you have the Inklingo shape collection, you do not need acrylic templates or papers.

Print the shapes on fabric or on paper or freezer paper with a choice of layouts and sew by hand or by machine.

 

Moncarapacho quilt

RELATED INFO

There are a LOT of articles in the archives and videos that apply to Moncarapacho. You might want to pour a coffee, sweeten it with chocolate milk, and review a few of these.

VIDEO There is a video on the Main Millefiori Page (under the Shop tab) showing how to sew Passacaglia with a running stitch. Willyne teaches hand piecing with a running stitch (not English Paper Piecing, as I originally thought) and sewing with a running stitch is even faster and easier if you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo. It speeds up the preparation, and printing the cutting and stitching lines on fabric with your Inkjet ensures accuracy.

FUSSY CUTTING  Passacaglia with Inklingo.
Fussy cutting Patchwork of the Crosses with Inklingo (No acrylic!)

HYBRID PIECING The technique of combining hand and machine piecing for Celestial Star can be used for Moncarapacho too.

VIDEO  The video for sewing 6-pointed stars will help you get perfect intersections on 5-pointed and 10-pointed stars too.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

 

Print templates with Inklingo

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

There is exciting news coming soon about Millefiori Quilts 3, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you don’t miss anything.

 

Moncarapacho quilt

Millefiori Quilts 3 is at low intro prices for a little while but it won’t last forever, okay?

A friend asked me whether I really like Millefiori Quilts 3 the best. Yes! Really! I love the first two books but 3 is my favorite!

Are you practicing your pronunciation?

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Sharon Burgess Dilly Bag

Quilting on the Go is jam-packed with projects for Inklingo quilters. I hardly know where to start—so I’ll start with the very first one.

It is a Strawberry & Cream Clam Shell Dilly Bag.

I had to look it up. Apparently a “dilly bag” was used by Australian Aborigines to carry food. That makes it absolutely perfect for anyone who needs to carry chocolate and a sewing kit wherever they go, don’t you think?

 

Print clamshell shapes on fabric

The pattern uses 2 inch Clamshells, which you might even have already from Inklingo. There are several sizes available on the Main Clamshell Page, which is perfect if you need a larger bag. When you print the shapes on fabric, it goes fast.

You might want to give a dilly bag full of chocolate to everyone this Christmas. It is a fabulous, creative way to use up your scraps.

 

Clamshell templates

As usual, the Clamshell shape collections include the shapes without seam allowances too, just in case you want templates. (No acrylic required or desired!)

Most of Sharon’s very pretty projects can be made with Inklingo hexagons, diamonds, triangles, etc., so I have more to say about this beautiful book!

 

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein

However, there is Breaking News! Your book is on its way!

Russ mailed all of the pre-orders for Millefiori Quilts 3, Priority, from Niagara Falls NY on Friday, September 15.

Most of you will have Millefiori 3 in your hot little hands on Monday or Tuesday!

Lucky me. I have had a few hours to browse through this beautiful book and I have formed an opinion.

For me, Millefiori Quilts 3 is the BEST book of patterns from Willyne so far! Yes, even better than Millefiori 1 and Millefiori 2—and that is a high bar. Quiltmania has outdone itself.

The quilts are all stunning. Even if you don’t have the first two books, I think you will want this one. Another nice thing is that it is all in English (or all in French) this time, so all 168 pages of gorgeousness are devoted to patterns.

Willyne has come up with so many intriguing designs in this one that it is hard for me to predict which one might become the overall favorite, the way Passacaglia and Ballet have become.

When you get your book, please let me know which ones are your favorites, so I can get busy with new shape collections. I will listen to you.

 

Moncarapacho by Willyne Hammerstein

Even more good news . . .

The cover quilt is called Moncarapacho, named for a city in the south of Portugal. Moncarapacho uses the same two diamonds as Ballet and Passacaglia. They are obviously favorite shapes for Willyne.

If you have the Ballet or Passacaglia shape collections from Inklingo (Main Millefiori Page), you have everything you need to make the cover quilt in a choice of sizes! (I will update the website with this info asap.)

 

Capriccioso byWillyne Hammerstein

Willyne’s names for the quilts are as intriguing as ever—Capriccioso, Tarantella, Moncarapacho—but what will quilters call them? “La Passacaglia with Mr Penrose” became La Pas, Millefioiri Passacaglia, Passacaglia Quilt and just The Passa.

 

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

There are 18 stunning quilts in Millefiori 3. As usual, if you have the Inklingo shape collection, you do not need acrylic templates or papers.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I have much more to say about Quilting on the Go AND Millefiori Quilts 3 but I wanted to be sure to blog today to remind you about making a donation (below). Please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you don’t miss anything.

You might also be interested in the recent articles about Fussy Cutting and Hybrid Piecing too.

Please donate to the Red Cross

PLEASE DONATE

Have you made a donation to help the hurricane survivors?

My offer was extended until tonight at midnight. If you have donated at least $15 to the Red Cross (or similar charity) for the survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma since September 3, and let me know at linda@lindafranz.com, I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection. It is a good deal. You can’t beat FREE.

Millefiori Quilts 3 and Quilting on the Go are still at low intro prices for a little while but they can’t last forever, okay?

Thanks to Sharon (Australia) and Willyne (The Netherlands), this Canadian had to look up “dilly bag” and “Moncarapacho” and that makes it even more fun.

I want to hear what YOU think of the designs in these two books too!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess is full of gorgeous projects for English Paper Piecing.

The new Inklingo shape collections for Celestial Star (the cover quilt) are the result of requests from quilters.

 

Print on fabric Celestial Star

They wanted to be able to print the shapes on fabric so they could sew by hand or by machine, so I contacted Sharon.

Sharon and I both saw it as a perfect opportunity to make her beautiful designs accessible to quilters who don’t use English Paper Piecing.

Let’s include everyone! The projects are too pretty to limit them to a sub-set of hand piecers.

 

Celestial Star in 3 new Inklingo shape collections

The 3 new Inklingo Celestial Star shape collections are perfect for quilters who who sew by machine or by hand with a running stitch. There are also 8 good ways to use Inklingo for EPP, if that is the method you prefer.

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible, so we love including more quilters—everyone!

 

Celestial Star by machine and by hand

COMBINING HAND AND MACHINE PIECING

I took photos while I was sewing my first Celestial Star “Color Burst” unit, so I can show one way to construct this complex block by combining hand and machine piecing. I call it “hybrid” piecing.

Like most quilters, I won’t live long enough to make all the quilt designs that intrigue me.

I love a portable project and I want to spend my time carefully, so I often combine hand and machine piecing in a hybrid.

I examine the block carefully to decide which seams to sew by hand and which seams to sew by machine.

Often it depends on how much “continuous stitching” I can find—and Celestial Star is a gold mine!

CONTINUOUS STITCHING

Continuous stitching is one of my favorite things about hand piecing. At the end of every seam, before I cut the thread, I look to see if I could continue just by turning a corner.

I have written about continuous stitching many times before, including in Quilted Diamonds (2002), Quilted Diamonds 2 (book and DVD, 2004) and in videos on YouTube, etc.

 

Celestial Star inset seam

“Inset seams” are the ones that are perfect for continuous stitching—the same ones quilters historically avoid by machine, so the seams divide into two separate categories.

(By the way, there is no need to avoid insets when you machine piece with Inklingo.)

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

Continuous stitching is so relaxing and enjoyable that I often plan my route in advance on a diagram of the block.

Hand piecing this way is a “zen” experience. It is totally relaxing with a sense of well-being AND it is an efficient way to work, so I can finish in a reasonable amount of time.

 

Color Burst unit

In the Color Burst unit for Celestial Star, there are seams that don’t work well for continuous stitching (red lines, above).

 

Some seams are easy by machine

CHAIN PIECE FOR A FAST START

The good news is that in this case, the seams that don’t work well for continuous stitching DO work well for chain piecing by machine, so that was my starting point.

 

Machine piece Celestial Star

Wow. Is this fast! I pinned at the END of the seam, so I could stop in the crosshair.

There is a video showing how to sew crosshair to crosshair by machine on the Main Hexagon Page on the website. (The example is Grandmother’s Flower Garden, but it works the same way for any design.)

 

Machine piece Celestial Star

Sometimes I sew edge to edge. In this case, I sewed from edge to crosshair. Sometimes I sew from crosshair to edge. It works either way, so it’s up to you. Why not try it both ways, to see what you prefer?

 

Hybrid Piecing with Inklingo

Zip. Zip. Zip. I chain pieced the seams on 8 pairs of Wings, 8 pairs of turquoise “4-point star” shapes, and 8 pairs of gold  “4-point star” shapes.

I could have continued with more machine piecing but that was enough to give me a fast start.

 

Hybrid piecing by hand and by machine

A few minutes of chain piecing set me up for a couple of hours of continuous stitching by hand in a comfy chair watching TV.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

RELAX WITH RHYTHMIC HAND PIECING

Several different sequences are possible. I started by sewing these 8 three-piece units.

I like to plan my route to maximize the continuous stitching, so I never sew fewer than two seams before breaking the thread.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

Then I added all these units to the Octagon with 8 starts and stops.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

In theory, I could add this entire ring of pentagons without stopping, if the thread was long enough. (Thread should only be 12 -15 inches long.)

This is just one example. You might prefer different routes.

If you are just learning how to hand piece, every detail is covered in the two-hour hand piecing lesson on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD. It is a great book, even if you don’t expect to make the diamond patterns. I have also put free hand piecing videos on YouTube.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

I continue working my way out from the center, row by row.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

You could go all the way around with one super-long thread! (Not recommended. LOL)

 

Celestial Star with Inklingo

By printing with Inklingo, fussy cutting with freezer paper templates, and combining hand and machine piecing, I was able to sew this Color Burst block in a few hours.

 

Celestial Star by machine

I don’t think you can tell which seams were sewn by hand and which were sewn by machine.

Every intersection is perfect and it presses beautifully with the seam allowances twirled around most of the intersections.

I could have spent this much time just basting or gluing but there are too many more of Sharon’s designs I want to make to spend my time that way!

HYBRID PIECING – SUMMARY

Hybrid piecing works for other designs in Sharon’s book, Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses, and the designs in the Millefiori books by Willyne Hammerstein too.

1. Look for opportunities for “continuous stitching” by hand.

2. Identify the other seams that you can chain piece by machine.

3. Chain piece by machine, sometimes edge to edge, sometimes crosshair to crosshair, sometimes crosshair to edge, sometimes edge to crosshair.

4. Sew by hand to finish, sewing continuously whenever possible.

I absolutely love Sharon Burgess’ designs and I’m ready for my next Color Burst.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

I hope that Sharon’s beautiful book will sell even more copies because Celestial Star is inklingo-able! I would love to see what YOU make!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I have more to say about Sharon’s beautiful book, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you won’t miss anything.

SPECIAL INTRO PRICE

As usual, the new Clamshell Edges and Celestial Star shape collections and book are on sale at a super-low price. The introductory price on Celestial Star ends tonight at midnight Eastern time.

 

Please donate to the Red Cross

PLEASE DONATE

Have you made a donation to help the hurricane survivors?

I have extended the offer until the 17th. If you donate at least $15 to the American Red Cross between September 3 and September 17 and email me (linda @ lindafranz.com), I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

Have you chosen fabric for Celestial Star yet?

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Celestial Star with Inklingo

Sharon Burgess’ Celestial Star design is fabulous for fussy cutting!

 

Celestial Star with Inklingo

Last night I wanted to get a Celestial Star “Color Burst” unit ready to sew this weekend because I know I will be watching hurricane coverage.

I need something to do with my hands. You too?

 

Celestial Star Cheat Sheet

So, I prepared a cheat sheet . . .

 

Freezer paper

. . . and cut the freezer paper . . .

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

. . . and printed 56 of the shapes on 5 sheets of fabric.

(Actually, I printed 6 because I changed my mind about one fabric.)

 

Fussy Cutting with Inklingo

FUSSY CUT WITH TEMPLATES

I also fussy cut the Octagon and 8 Jewels using the freezer paper template method I teach for POTC and Passacaglia.

I write about fussy cutting a lot because there are TWO methods with Inklingo.

I often prefer to use “No Waste Fussy Cutting” but this time I printed the shapes without seam allowances on freezer paper with Inklingo to make templates.

 

Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Even if you don’t use Inklingo, you don’t need to buy templates because you can trace the shapes from the Quilting on the Go book to make freezer paper templates—which have every advantage over acrylic.

(If you are sewing with EPP, you can increase the size of the seam allowance with this method too!)

Freezer paper is better than acrylic in every way. (Details)

 

Celestial Star from the back

I blew my own plan because I finished sewing and pressing the Color Burst before bedtime. Ooops.

Even taking dozens of photos along the way, it only took a few hours to sew all 65 shapes.

I need a few more to sew during the hurricane this weekend.

 

Rotary Cut with Inklingo

Time to print some more.

Using Inklingo is the fastest, most precise way to prepare the shapes and even faster to sew.

 

Celestial Star dimensions

 

THREE CELESTIAL STAR SHAPE COLLECTIONS

INTRO PRICE ONLY $25

By the way, many quilters have asked me about the three sizes in the Celestial Star shape collections, so I added info to the website:

As usual, Inklingo octagons (and other shapes) are named with the length of the sides (finished):

100% Octagon 1.66 inch each side (4 inches across)
75% Octagon 1.24 inch each side (3 inches across)
125% Octagon 2.07 inch each side (5 inches across)

The shapes in the collections are accurate to 4 decimal points but I rounded them to 2 decimal points in the written instructions.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

 

Celestial Star by machine

I sewed some seams by hand and some seams by machine! 

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I’m going to show how to chain piece some seams by machine and continuous stitching by hand and I have more to say about Sharon’s beautiful book, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you won’t miss anything.

SPECIAL INTRO PRICE

As usual, the new Clamshell Edges and Celestial Star shape collections and book are on sale at a super-low price for a few more days only.

 

Please donate to the Red Cross

PLEASE DONATE TO THE RED CROSS

Have you made a donation to the Red Cross? The need is huge and getting bigger all the time.

I have extended the offer for another week. If you donate at least $15 to the American Red Cross between September 3 and September 17 and let me know (linda @ lindafranz.com), I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

Russ and I spent up to six months every year in Naples Florida for many years. We are very worried about everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma, especially on the west coast. I’ll be glued to the TV again today, nervously printing and sewing.

Be safe, wherever you are.

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Stack of fabric printed with Inklingo

I love combining my favorite things.

Like coffee & chocolate milk. (Actually chocolate with anything.)

Fabric and freezer paper.

And books & fabric.

So . . . I print a piece of fabric to include with every book order.

 

Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess

Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess

This is the newest addition to the Shop and there is a choice of THREE Celestial Star shape collections for the cover quilt.

(LOW intro price! No wonder I need to print more fabric!)

 

Patchwork of the Crosses

Patchwork of the Crosses

It is hard to believe I’ve been promoting fussy cutting with Inklingo since 2009. More than 8 years already!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD lesson

Quilted Diamonds 2 with 2 hour DVD lesson

This is the book I recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to hand piece with a running stitch because it includes a 2-hour lesson on DVD (and fabric).

 

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

One of my favorite quilt books of all time, even though it does not include patterns.

 

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein

LOW intro price on pre-orders!

The first shipment is due next week (weather permitting) and I’ll be including fabric with this book too.

 

Fabric printed with Inklingo

It doesn’t take long to print a whole stack.

Another favorite thing is . . . thinking about each quilter who receives the book with the fabric.

I hope she follows the instructions to print a second sheet . . .

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

. . . with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection . .

 

Rotary cut on the lines

. . . rotary cut . . .

 

Sew with a running stitch

. . . and sew by hand or by machine . . .

 

Inklingo FREE LeMoyne Stars

. . . to make two pretty LeMoyne Stars.

 

Portable hand piecing

That’s what I was thinking about when I sewed these yesterday.

I sewed one by hand “al fresco” and the other by hand “al desko,” keeping an eye on email.

I can sew perfect 8-pointed stars by machine when the weather is bad.

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

Are you subscribed? There is more coming!

I have more to say about Celestial Star, fussy cutting, and Sharon’s beautiful book, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar). That way, you won’t miss anything.

SPECIAL INTRO PRICE

As usual, the new Clamshell Edges and Celestial Star shape collections and book are on sale at a super-low price for a few days only.

 

Please donate to the Red Cross

DONATING TO THE RED CROSS

Please remember that if you donate at least $15 to the American Red Cross between September 3 and September 10 and let me know (linda @ lindafranz.com), I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

Let’s all send good thoughts to everyone in Irma’s path and everyone who is impacted by Harvey—and remember to count our blessings for all of our favorite people and things.

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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