Encore Presentation of the Fourth LIVE Inklingo Video


ENCORE PRESENTATION
Thank you to everyone who watched Friday Night LIVE. I could not do it without you—or if I did, it wouldn’t be any fun.
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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

I postponed my original plan for the video because another reprint of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC for short) was delivered this week. It is very exciting and gratifying for me that Lucy Boston’s legacy is getting stronger and stronger as the years go by!

I also needed a simple plan this time because the week was so hectic— including the delivery of 100 pizza boxes and unexpectedly living without running water for 24 hours.

I will save my original plan for another live video.

Another printing of Patchwork of the Crosses

I carried the boxes of POTC books into the house in stages. It will take a while to get the rest of them into the basement. So far, these have only made it as far as the landing.

I only carry one box at a time because they are 24 pounds each. I must be doing something wrong because I managed to break almost all of my fingernails. I’ll wear my garden gloves in the future.

I wanted to keep this live video SIMPLE because I am still working on getting a better camera setup too.

SIMPLICITY
The theme is simplicity. I talked about some of the things that inspire me and compared the simple tools of Lucy Boston with the simple tools we use today.
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The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

I first learned about Lucy Boston from Diana Boston’s gorgeous book. It is one of my all-time favorite quilt books even though it does not include patterns.

As soon as I saw it, I knew that Inklingo could make Lucy Boston’s innovative, complex works of art accessible to more quilters—and Inklingo IS all about making quilting more accessible.

When I contacted Diana Boston about doing my book, she was wonderful. Her book was out of print by that time but she brought it back with a new cover when I published mine.

None of this would be possible without Diana Boston.

The Manor at Hemingford Grey

Diana Boston’s book about Lucy Boston includes wonderful stories about the inspiration for her patchworks, her fabric purchases in wartime England, references to the patchworks in her letters, historical background, and her life story.

Diana Boston’s descriptions of the patchworks are insightful and poetic, and Julia Hedgecoe’s photographs are inspirational.

By the way, I should have said “fabric department” instead of “quilt shop” when I was talking about the limited fabric options available to Lucy Boston after World War II. Quilt shops came later.

AS PROMISED—LINKS MENTIONED IN THE LIVE VIDEO

 

POTC Wall Hanging

Lucy Boston's flat baskets

  • SmartLap Portable Desk (on Amazon) instead of the flat, round baskets that Lucy Boston used, or search Amazon for “kids portable desk”
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Maggie Smith sewing Patchwork of the Crosses

 

Inklingo Live Video 04

LIVE —NEW MISTAKES NEXT TIME 
As a “non-techie” person, managing all of the new software and equipment for the live videos has been a challenge.

My main “focus” now is getting a better camera setup, so I can use my good digital cameras as webcams. When that is sorted out, I will be able to sew LIVE by hand and by machine and show it to you close up!
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Patchwork of the Crosses wall hanging

GLOSSOPHOBIA
A fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias. I think everyone has it at least a little bit.

Doing these live videos takes public speaking to a whole new level because of the technical side (not my forte), because I cannot see you, and because it is saved online for anyone to see. It is hard for me to watch when it is over.

When I was traveling to speak at quilt guilds, I knew the audience was friendly and I could get a live response. With these videos, I have no idea who might be watching, so your LIVE comments make a huge difference. Thank you!

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Introduction to Inklingo

Here’s another video that is NOT live and I am not on camera at all. It only takes 8 minutes and tells you how to start printing great shapes on fabric FREE.

I hope you will come back for the next LIVE videos and bring your friends.

If you watch the replay (at the top), please watch with a kind eye and let me know what you would like to see next time, okay? You can leave a comment below or email me at linda@lindafranz.com.

Thank you for watching!

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.

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Encore Presentation of the Third LIVE Inklingo Video

Happy New Year!

2017 has been a great year for Inklingo and I hope 2018 will be even better. More videos. (And more video bloopers.) More shape collections. More sewing time. More QUILTS.

And last but not least, more time with friends.

 


ENCORE PRESENTATION
Thank you to everyone who watched Friday Night LIVE. This would not be any fun without you.

I talked about

  • the NEW Silent Garden shape collections from Millefiori Quilts 3
  • printing on dark fabric
  • a cool tip with freezer paper templates
  • continuous stitching by hand
  • circling the intersection by hand
  • sewing crosshair to crosshair by machine
  • hybrid piecing (combining hand and machine piecing)
  • fabric requirements for different layouts, different straight grain, stripes
  • two tips for fussy cutting

That’s all I could cram into one hour. Pretty good, eh? (Live from Canada)

Inklingo Live Video 03
As usual, I was disappointed with parts of it.

This is a rare shot where I was actually looking at the right camera. I was so concerned about making sure I was showing the intended scene/camera—correcting a previous mistake—that I was often looking at a monitor off to my right. It looks odd. Disappointing.

So, next time, I will try to look at the correct camera more often—while still keeping an eye on what scene is playing and NOT glancing at the live feed on Facebook, which is delayed.

All very confusing—but that’s LIVE for you.

 


Another blooper.

Unfortunately, this clip showing printing on dark fabric was cropped very tightly in Friday’s live video—my mistake.

I was able to create this new clip (above) with the un-cropped original video and coordinate it with the audio from the LIVE video. (It’s a miracle. I amazed myself.) I’m still learning. I think I can avoid this mistake next time.
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There is more about printing on fabric on the Main Beginner’s Page and more about printing on DARK fabric in the Top Ten Tutes.

 

hand piecing with a running stitch

The close-up camera focus was disappointing AGAIN. I’ll try something else next time.

I am also getting advice to fix the audio echo. <sigh>

I’ll keep making mistakes but I’ll try to make new ones every time, okay?

Live = You never know what will happen but I still felt sad when I watched the replay this time.

If you had trouble seeing the stitching, there is an olde Inklingo video on YouTube which shows Circling the Intersection.

 

Silent Garden quilt stars

Yesterday, I tried to get over my disappointment by sewing 6 more stars.

I’m limited by the amount of fabric to only 57 stars. I wish I had more. I have 19 of 57 finished, so I’m a third of the way there. It is going to be gorgeous, don’t you think? Thank you, Willyne Hammerstein!

I combined hand and machine piecing (hybrid piecing) yesterday. Each star block goes very fast, especially  when I’m not on camera, trying to talk and manage cameras at the same time.

 

Barb Clark TX fussy star

AS PROMISED—LINKS MENTIONED IN THE LIVE VIDEO
Driveway Barb’s Blog – Barb Clark teaches Inklingo in the Fort Worth area of Texas. She has been using Inklingo for years and shows her amazing fussy cutting (above) on the blog. You can ask her why I call her Driveway Barb.

Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog – This is one of the blogs I have followed for years. Great inspiration! Cathi has made many quilts with Inklingo since 2006. Her latest article shows Silent Garden stars from the front AND from the back. There is always a fabulous cartoon by Mr Q O.

No Waste Fussy Cutting on the All About Inklingo Blog

Fussy Cutting with Templates on the All About Inklingo Blog

Main Millefiori Page (under the Shop tab)

Main Beginner’s Page (link from top right of every page on the website or in the Shop) There is a short, detailed VIDEO INTRO to Inklingo on that page.

Quilted Diamonds 2 book with DVD is perfect for learning all the fine points of hand piecing.

 

New Inklingo Silent Garden Shape Collections
ONLY $20 UNTIL JANUARY 5 MIDNIGHT EASTERN

NEW Silent Garden 2 inch shape collection

NEW Silent Garden 3 cm shape collection (original size)

 

Inklingo Live Video #3

LIVE —NEW MISTAKES NEXT TIME 
I can confidently say that we will have brand new mistakes in Live 04.  <sigh> I am learning as we go along. It’s not boring.  You never know what will happen. I’m trying to see it as a learning experience.

Thank you for visiting here and thank you for watching LIVE, despite my shortcomings.

If you missed it, I hope you will watch the replay (at top) with a kind eye. Don’t forget to order the shapes while they are only $20 too!

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Introduction to Inklingo

This video only takes 8 minutes and tells you how to start FREE.

If have a New Year’s Resolution to learn something new, let me suggest learning how to print on fabric. I guarantee it is easier than learning how to do live video!

I hope you will be back for more LIVE videos and bring your friends in 2018.

Thank you for a great 2017. Happy New Year!

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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Fussy Cut Capriccioso with Inklingo

Capriccioso by Willyne Hammerstein

If you look closely at Willyne Hammerstein’s Capriccioso (Millefiori 3), you will see something you might not have expected.

She did not fussy cut the kites for more than eighty 6-pointed stars—but she did fussy cut the squares!

Isn’t that cool?

 

Fussy cut bees for Capriccioso

I looked through my stash for a print that would have enough motifs for more than 300 squares. I did not have anything similar to the circles in the original quilt but I found this bee fabric.

I printed the shapes for Inklingo Capriccioso Large on ordinary paper, so I could preview it (above).

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Capriccioso

The square in the Inklingo Capriccioso Original shape collection is only 0.75 inch, but the larger size (1.25 inch) works.

 

Preview for fussy cutting

It also made me wonder about fussy cutting the other three shapes in Capriccioso.

 

Fussy cut pentagons

1. TRADITIONAL FUSSY CUTTING

No matter which shape I decided to fussy cut, for the bees I would use freezer paper and traditional “Swiss cheese” fussy cutting.

 

Measure the repeat in the fabric

2. INKLINGO NO WASTE FUSSY CUTTING

If I had a suitable fabric to fussy cut the kites for the stars, Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting would be much faster and use the fabric efficiently.

Just print sets of 6 identical sheets of fabric to get sets of 6 identical kites. (It is similar to Stack n Whack but without the stacking and whacking.)

 

Capriccioso with fussy cut stars

NO ACRYLIC, NO PAPERS!

As usual, when you have Inklingo, there are TWO methods of fussy cutting and you don’t need to spend money on acrylic shapes or papers, so you can buy more fabric for even more fussy cutting!

Capriccioso with Inklingo

So many ideas, so many quilts to make. Life is good.

RELATED INFO

VIDEO There is a video on the Main Millefiori Page (under the Shop tab) showing how to sew Passacaglia with a running stitch. It also applies to Capriccioso.

Just in case you missed it, there is more about Capriccioso here.

 

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.

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There will be more shape collections for the quilts in Millefiori Quilts 3 soon. If you subscribe to the blog, you will be the first to know.

LOW INTRO PRICE
The regular price of $20 is amazing value but the new Capriccioso shape collections are only $15 until midnight on the 23rd. Don’t miss out!

Main Millefiori Page

  • Original size: Approx 35 x 48 inches (center without borders)
  • Large Size: Approx 48 x 80 inches (center without borders)

I hope you are excited about choosing fabrics for your Capriccioso now!

Linda & Monkey

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Fussy Cutting with Inklingo – Part 4

Passacaglia rosette fussy cut with Inklingo

In Part 3, I showed you how to use Inklingo for traditional “Swiss cheese fussy cutting” and I explained Template Rule # 1:

Always use templates without seam allowances.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

In Part 3, the example was Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

This time it is Passacaglia rosettes and I am sharing bonus tips for using freezer paper templates. (Passacaglia is the quilt on the cover of Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.)

This is another very long article. I considered breaking it into several parts but I hope you will find it helpful to have everything in one place.

 

Use templates without seam allowances

If you have been using metal, acrylic, or plastic templates with seam allowances for Passacaglia rosettes (or any design), you will love how much simpler and more accurate it is to work with templates without seam allowances!

This article focuses on fussy cutting shapes for Passacaglia rosettes but the info is helpful any time you need templates, whether you are sewing by hand or by machine.

Freezer paper templates are a wonderful method for fussy cutting in situations where Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting (see Part 2) is not an option.

If you haven’t used freezer paper (FP) before, I think you will be amazed by the advantages!

FP is the best template material and it costs almost nothing compared to the alternatives. There is an article about it (what it is, etc.) under the Top Ten Tutes tab (above).

 

How to make templates

You probably have everything already!

  • freezer paper
  • scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
  • an acrylic ruler (for rotary cutting)
  • a thin ruler and mechanical pencil (for marking seam lines, if required)
  • 1/2 inch strip of paper (useful for spacing templates to allow for two 0.25 inch seam allowances)
  • optional: highlighter marker

You do NOT need acrylic, plastic or metal templates, so this method is inexpensive and better!

 

Window template and template without seam allowances

STEP 1

Make window templates and templates without seam allowances. Both are made with freezer paper.

As I explained in Part 3, I print the shapes on freezer paper with Inklingo to make both of these templates. However, you can trace the shapes from the Millefiori Quilts book. Tracing is free. Printing is precise and fast.

(You don’t need the window template if you aren’t fussy cutting.)

 

Freezer paper templates

There are two choices:

(1) Print the shapes with seam allowances on freezer paper (above). Chop the freezer paper into individual pentagons (above). When you cut out the center, each can be used for a window template and a template without seam allowances, so you get both from the same page.
(2) Print the window template and the template without seam allowances separately on two pieces of freezer paper (below).

CUT THE WINDOW  Rotary cut on the stitching lines to accurately cut the template without seam allowances AND get a window template. It is okay to cut a little beyond the seam ending as long as the window template still holds together. Try to work in good light so the ruler does not cast a shadow. (Cut with scissors, if you prefer.)

REPAIR TIP  If you cut too far (or if a freezer paper template rips), you can repair it with another layer of FP. Iron the plastic side of the damaged template to the paper side of an FP patch. (Trim to size, if necessary.) Freezer paper templates never wear out.

CUTTING TIP  We use the same method for cutting paper as we use for cutting fabric. Plant the blade on the line first and then nudge the ruler into position. It improves accuracy and is safer. (See the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection, page H28-H29 for more rotary cutting tips.)

You can cut with scissors if you prefer but if the lighting is good, rotary cutting is fast and accurate.

TIP  Make enough. In this case, I have 10 window templates and 10 templates without seam allowances because I will be fussy cutting 10 pentagons. You can work with fewer but you don’t have to.

 

FP templates without seam allowances

If you prefer, you can print two sheets of freezer paper, one with seam allowances (first photo) and one without seam allowances (this photo).

There are two reasons you might want to print the two templates separately.

  • You might find it easier to rotary the shapes without seam allowances than to carefully carve out the window template.
  • When you cut the layout without seam allowances, the matching marks are included along the seams.

CUTTING TIP  This layout of pentagons (no seam allowances) can be rotary cut but it might not be obvious at first glance. Sometimes you have to examine a layout for a moment to understand where to start. For this layout, rotary cut horizontal rows first to make it easier to rotary cut the shapes apart. As usual, plant the blade on the line first and then nudge the ruler into position.

SPEED TIP  You can print one sheet of freezer paper (no seam allowances), layer it with 3 or 4 unprinted sheets and rotary cut several layers at a time. It is helpful to strategically staple the sheets together, so nothing shifts while you are cutting.

Layouts of shapes without seam allowances are always included in Inklingo shape collections for the special times when you need templates.

 

Use a hi-liter to mark the edges

SAVE-YOUR-EYES TIP  Use a highlighter to make it easier to see the edges of the freezer paper against white background fabric. Just run the highlighter around the edges of each shape. Work on a piece of scrap paper, so you can get all the way to the edge of the template.

That is Step 1. It is all about preparing the two templates. They never wear out and they are easy to store in an envelope between uses.

Template Rule # 1 – Always use templates without seam allowances.

 

Window template on the wrong side of the fabric

STEP 2 – FIND A DESIGN YOU WANT TO FUSSY CUT

The design might be an individual flower or other motif. The window template makes it easy to see what will show when the shape is sewn because it does not include the seam allowances. (One of many reasons to use templates without seam allowances!)

Check to see if the design shows clearly on the wrong side of the fabric (above). This is the case with many fabrics.

If possible, I always work on the wrong side of the fabric when I expect to mark sewing lines (below) because it saves an extra step .

 

Window template for pentagon

STEP 3 – PRESS THE WINDOW TEMPLATES IN POSITION

On the ironing surface, press the window templates in position over identical designs until you have enough. Use a hot, dry iron. (No steam.)

It is better when you can position templates on straight grain but you can usually ignore it to get the design you want. Pentagons are always going to have some bias edges anyway.

 

10 Window Templates for Passacaglia

In this example, I need 10 pentagons, so I have 10 window templates pressed on the wrong side of the fabric.

This is going to make Swiss cheese of a lot of fabric. This is one of the reasons Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting is always my first choice!

 

Add template to window

STEP 4 – PRESS THE TEMPLATE INSIDE THE WINDOW

Still on the ironing surface, place the FP shape WITHOUT seam allowances into the window opening and press it into position.

Each identical design is now marked with two pieces of FP, the window and the center (above).

 

Peel off the window template

STEP 5 – PEEL OFF THE WINDOW TEMPLATE

Still at the ironing surface, peel off the window template leaving the template without seam allowances in position. Check the points/corners to make sure they are all identical. Re-press if necessary.

This template won’t move while I cut! Perfect!

You can use the window template over and over and over again, so put it in a safe place.

 

Add the seam allowance when you cut

STEP 6 – ADD THE SEAM ALLOWANCE WHEN YOU CUT

Slide a cutting mat underneath and cut around the FP, adding the seam allowances.

The highlighted edges are great when the fabric is a light color.

RULER TIP  Use masking tape on the under-side of the ruler to mark the seam allowance. Position the edge of the masking tape (full width) along the appropriate line and rotary cut to trim the excess. (This is easier than fiddling with pre-cut, narrow strips of masking tape.)

SCISSORS TIP  You can cut with scissors, if it is easier. With a small amount of practice, you might be surprised how easy it is to “eye-ball” an accurate seam allowance. If you are going to mark the sewing line, matches, and crosshairs (below), the seam allowances don’t have to be perfectly uniform. Otherwise, you can rough-cut a generous seam allowance and trim with a rotary cutter.

 

Passacaglia with a running stitch

SEAM ALLOWANCE TIP  If you will be sewing with a running stitch (recommended), 0.25 inch is perfect for most shapes. If you will be using English Paper Piecing, you might want to use a wider seam allowance. When you use templates without seam allowances, the width of the seam allowances is your choice.

 

Use a mechanical pencil and a thin ruler

STEP 7 – MARK THE SEWING LINES (IF REQUIRED)

Still on the cutting mat, mark the stitching lines, crosshairs and matching marks to imitate the results you get when you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo (below)–fine, accurate lines.

Use a thin, flexible ruler, so you can extend the lines beyond the edge of the FP to create crosshairs. A thin ruler doesn’t cast a shadow. An ordinary mechanical pencil is fine in most cases but there are other colors available.

In this example for pentagons for Passacaglia rosettes, I want sewing lines but sometimes the lines are not necessary. If you are machine piecing a design that doesn’t have inset seams, you do not have to mark any lines on the fabric..

If the fabric design does not show clearly on the wrong side:
If you need to mark the sewing lines the way I do for Passacaglia pentagons and you have to work on the front to choose the designs, it takes a little more time because you have to move the template from the front of the fabric to the back and iron it into position again. It is an extra step but the results can be stunning with the right fabric.

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet

In this example, the yellow diamonds are not fussy cut, so I just print those on fabric with Inklingo, rotary cut rows, stack the rows and cut several layers at a time. Ready.

 

Sew with a running stitch

The stitching lines are a huge advantage over acrylic, where the best you can do is mark dots through holes and then sew “Dot to Dot.”

This is the template method I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books (pre-Inklingo). Those books are an excellent introduction to hand piecing and the template technique applies to machine piecing too.

 

Passacaglia rosette (Millefiori Quilts)

TEMPLATES FOR FUSSY CUTTING

I think now you can see why I use FP templates WITHOUT seam allowances for fussy cutting—NOT shapes with seam allowances.

  • They can be ironed securely into position for greater accuracy.
  • I can have as many as I want.
  • I can have any shape, any size—anything I can draw on freezer paper!
  • I can choose a wider or narrower seam allowance.
  • They make it easy to mark the sewing lines, if I need them.

 

Passacaglia rosette fussy cut with Inklingo

Someone might try to tell you “You can’t fussy cut with Inklingo.” That is wrong!

There are TWO great methods:

  1. Traditional Swiss Cheese Fussy Cutting (above and Part 3 for POTC)
  2. Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting (print identical sheets of fabric, similar to Stack n Whack™, etc. Part 2)

Once you know how to use freezer paper, you will never need to buy acrylic/plastic/metal shapes again—whether you use Inklingo or not.

Freezer paper is inexpensive and does more than any other template material.

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how Inklingo works with your ordinary Inkjet printer.

SUMMARY
USE FREEZER PAPER TEMPLATES WITHOUT SEAM ALLOWANCES:

  • whether or not you are fussy cutting
  • whether you are using scissors or a rotary cutter
  • whether you are sewing by hand or by machine
  • whether or not you will mark sewing lines, crosshairs, matches, etc.
  • whether the shapes are curved or straight
  • with any shape, including new ones you dream up on your own
  • even if you are using English Paper Piecing

 

Inklingo Headquarters

Spring is my favorite time of year.

I have been sharing photos almost every day on the Inklingo Facebook page.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Please subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more.

This is an extremely long article but I think it is worth it. Freezer paper is one of the most important quilting tools available to quilters, and now you know even more about it!

Just in case you are wondering, I do not have any affiliation with freezer paper companies and I don’t sell it myself. It is a fabulous product. I love using it and I recommend all the time.

I hope you will also tell your friends about the new Inklingo mystery quilt, The Case of the Diamond Necklace (COTDN). There are seven clues so far.

Thank you for leaving comments and encouraging me to write more very long articles like this one.

Happy May!

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.

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Fussy Cutting with Inklingo – Part 3

How to make Quilt templates

This time, let’s look at the second method of fussy cutting with Inklingo—templates!

Template Rule # 1 

Use templates without seam allowances.

It’s a beautiful rule. It applies all the time:

  • whether or not you are fussy cutting
  • whether you are using scissors or a rotary cutter
  • whether you are sewing by hand or by machine
  • whether or not you will mark a sewing line, crosshairs, matches, etc.
  • whether the shapes are curved or straight
  • with any shape, including new ones you dream up on your own
  • even if you are using English Paper Piecing

My first choice is always to print on fabric with Inklingo but there are situations when templates make sense.

This article focuses on fussy cutting but the info is helpful any time you need templates. I do not recommend EPP for any design but the tips below will help you with that too.

 

Use templates without seam allowances

Use templates without seam allowances!

If you have been using metal, acrylic, or plastic templates with seam allowances for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (or any design), you will love how much simpler and more accurate it is to work with templates without seam allowances!

I love anything that is simpler and faster with precise results!
(Especially when it costs less—almost nothing!)

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

In the POTC book, I recommend freezer paper (FP) templates whenever you are not printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

Once you learn how to use freezer paper to make templates, you will never need to buy acrylic/plastic/metal shapes againwhether you use Inklingo or not.

If freezer paper (FP) is new to you, there is an article about it (what it is, etc.) under the Top Ten Tutes tab (above).

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Swiss cheese fussy cutting

TRADITIONAL TEMPLATE METHOD – SWISS CHEESE

The fabric above has holes all over it!

“Swiss cheese fussy cutting” can require a lot more fabric and it takes longer than printing identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo but it works beautifully in the right circumstances.

My first choice is Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting (see Part 2) but Inklingo is the very best method for traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting with templates too.

 

Fussy Cut POTC with Inklingo

For example, templates are ideal for fussy cutting when:

  • you only need a few shapes from a particular fabric
  • you need ten or more identical shapes from several fabrics
    (e.g. Millefiori Quilts Passacaglia rosettes)
  • you don’t have enough fabric for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting
  • you don’t have a suitable fabric for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

 

Yes to freezer paper!

FREEZER PAPER TEMPLATES
WITHOUT SEAM ALLOWANCES
ARE
 ALWAYS BETTER THAN ANY SHAPE
WITH SEAM ALLOWANCES

I have never liked using acrylic or plastic templates. They slide . . .  but the main problem is that they include the seam allowances.

If templates with seam allowances were ever a good idea (doubtful), it stopped being smart when quilters started using freezer paper more than twenty years ago.

 

FP template plus acrylic ruler

THE “AH HA MOMENT”
Freezer paper templates without seam allowances can be matched with any of your acrylic rulers, so you can rotary cut more accurately!

People who make templates don’t tell you this, of course. They don’t want you to know our little secret.

Buying acrylic shapes makes no sense if you have freezer paper and an acrylic ruler.

The photo shows how I add seam allowances around a hexagon template when I cut (one seam allowance left to trim), but it is the same for diamonds, hexagons, triangles, kites, Cleopatra’s Fan, Double Wedding Ring—ANY shape for ANY design.

FP + an acrylic ruler can be used for ANY shape!

 

Sew along a line

Which one would you rather sew? Dot to dot or along a line?

This is my main problem with templates with seam allowances—they add extra work and make it more difficult to sew.

The sewing line is more important than the cutting line, so it makes no sense to use templates with seam allowances. They are not designed to let you mark sewing lines on the fabric.

Sewing “Dot to Dot” is a heart-breaker. (No wonder hand piecing gets a bad rap!)

 

How to make templates

MAKE TEMPLATES WITH FREEZER PAPER

You probably have everything you need to make templates without seam allowances, so you won’t need to buy anything. (If you feel like shopping, buy fabric. You can never have too much fabric!)

  • freezer paper
  • scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
  • an acrylic ruler (for rotary cutting) (mark the desired seam allowance with masking tape underneath)
  • a thin ruler and mechanical pencil (for marking seam lines, if required)
  • 1/2 inch strip of paper (useful for spacing templates to allow for two 0.25 inch seam allowances)

Even in countries where freezer paper is not available in grocery stores (the way it is in North America), freezer paper costs less than other templates.

That’s it! Do you have everything?

 

Window template and no seam allowance template

For Swiss cheese fussy cutting, I use a window template AND a template without seam allowances.

FP templates are great when I am fussy cutting because they make it easier to ensure that I am cutting identical shapes but I love them even when I am not fussy cutting.

In this example, I printed POTC hexagons on FP with Inklingo. You could just draw or trace the shape from the book to make these two FP shapes.

 

Window templates for fussy cutting

STEP 1 – PRINT WINDOW TEMPLATES! 

First, I print the Inklingo shapes WITH seam allowances on FP and cut it into separate windows, as many as I need.

I cut on the stitching lines with a rotary cutter (or scissors), so I get a window template AND a template without seam allowances—two for one. (I’ll share my best cutting tips in a future article.)

 

Iron FP window templates in position.

STEP 2 – FIND A DESIGN YOU WANT TO FUSSY CUT

Check to see if the design shows clearly on the wrong side of the fabric. This is the case with many fabrics and it is helpful because we prefer to iron FP templates on the WRONG side of the fabric, so we can mark the seam lines. Working on the wrong side saves an extra step when we want to mark lines on the fabric.

 

Iron FP window template

STEP 3 – PRESS THE WINDOW TEMPLATES IN POSITION

On the ironing surface, press the window templates in position over identical designs with a hot, dry iron. Repeat until you have found enough identical designs. (It is usually okay to ignore straight grain to get the right design.)

In this example, I need 4 POTC hexagons, so I have 4 window templates. That’s another advantage over acrylic shapes. I can have as many as I want on the fabric at the same time!

I have some cool template tips to share in a future article, like marking “FP” on the paper side, so you don’t mistakenly touch the plastic side of the template with a hot iron.

 

Drop FP template in opening

STEP 4 – PRESS THE TEMPLATE INSIDE THE WINDOW

Still on the ironing surface, place the FP shape WITHOUT seam allowances into the window opening and press it into position.

Each identical design is now marked with two pieces of FP, the window and the center.

 

Inklingo fussy cutting

STEP 5 – PEEL OFF THE WINDOW TEMPLATE

Still at the ironing surface, peel off the window template leaving the template without seam allowances in position. Check the points/corners to make sure they are all identical. Re-press if necessary.

This template won’t move while I cut! Love it!

 

Rotary cut around template

STEP 6 – ADD THE SEAM ALLOWANCE WHEN YOU CUT

Slide a cutting mat underneath and cut around the FP, adding the seam allowances.

I have a few cool tips to share in a future article for rotary cutting and scissors cutting, so please stay tuned!

 

Mark sewing lines.

STEP 7 – MARK THE SEWING LINES (IF REQUIRED)

Still on the cutting mat, use a mechanical pencil and a thin, flexible ruler to mark the stitching lines, crosshairs and matching marks to imitate the results you get when you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo (below)–fine, accurate lines.

This is the method I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books (pre-Inklingo). Those books are an excellent introduction to hand piecing but the template technique applies to machine piecing too.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

In this example for hexagons for Patchwork of the Crosses, I want sewing lines but sometimes the lines are not necessary.

For example, if you are machine piecing and there are no inset seams, you do not have to mark any lines on the fabric.

If the design does not show clearly on the wrong side of the fabric:
If you need to mark the sewing lines the way I do for POTC and you have to work on the front to choose the designs, it takes a little more time.

After cutting the shapes, remove the template from the front of the fabric and go back to the ironing surface to press it on the wrong side of the fabric (centered), so you can mark the sewing lines. It is an extra step but totally worth it for the right fabric!

 

Sew POTC with a running stitch

Marking the seam lines is a huge advantage over acrylic, where the best you can do is mark dots through holes and then sew “Dot to Dot.” I’m an experienced piecer but D to D is doomed to disappoint!

 

plastic and punch

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP

Quilt shops like selling stuff—templates, sheets of plastic, punches, special markers, etc. but when you learn about freezer paper, you won’t need those things.

Spend money on fabric and skip the stuff you don’t need—especially anything that adds extra work.

You will be a better customer if you finish your quilt faster and buy fabric for the next one sooner.

 

Passacaglia rosette fussy cut with Inklingo

Imagine how well this works for designs like Passacaglia, where you sometimes need TEN identical shapes for fussy cutting. You can have enough FP templates for each one, not just one or two acrylic shapes to slide around.

I cut several Passacaglia photos from this looooong article but I have more to show you about fussy cutting the shapes for it in another article.

 

The best quilt templates!

TEMPLATES FOR FUSSY CUTTING

I think now you can see why I use FP templates WITHOUT seam allowances for fussy cutting—NOT shapes with seam allowances.

  • They can be ironed securely into position for greater accuracy.
  • I can have as many as I want.
  • I can have any shape, any size.
  • I can choose a wider or narrower seam allowance.
  • They make it easy to mark the sewing lines, if I need them.

 

Fussy cut POTC with Inklingo

Please don’t listen when anyone tries to tell you “You can’t fussy cut with Inklingo.”

I hear it all the time but it is NOT true. There are TWO great methods:

  1. Traditional Swiss Cheese Fussy Cutting (above)
  2. Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting (print identical sheets of fabric, similar to Stack n Whack™, etc.)

Once you know how to use freezer paper, you will never need to buy acrylic/plastic/metal shapes again—whether you use Inklingo or not.

Monkey says, “You’re welcome.”

By the way, I do not have any affiliation with freezer paper companies and I don’t sell it myself. It is just a fabulous product. I love using it and I recommend to everyone.

Freezer paper is less expensive and does more than any other template material.

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how printing on fabric with Inklingo works with your ordinary Inkjet printer.

MORE FREEZER PAPER TIPS

This article got soooo long that I cut out several good tips for using freezer paper. I will share them in other articles. If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar) you won’t miss anything.

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I hope you will also tell your friends about the new Inklingo mystery quilt, The Case of the Diamond Necklace (COTDN). New clue coming soon!

Linda & Monkey

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Dresden Plates in Key West – Part 1

Key West Beauty Dresden Plate

This Dresden Plate has folded blades and is made with the Large Triangle in the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection.

It measures 6 inches across, so it is small and sweet. Maybe I should call it a “Dessert Plate.”

Monkey says we just need small plates and large glasses for Margaritas in Key West.

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Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Fold the triangle in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew the 0.25 inch seam long the top edge.

Dresden Plate Folded Blade

The Inklingo Dresden Plate Applique shape collection includes a larger blade (not a triangle) and the instructions for a folded blade are in the Inklingo Dresden Plate Design Book on page 32.

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Finger press the seam open and turn right side out, so the seam is aligned with the center of the blade. Press.

The blade can be used just like any other Dresden Plate blade, except that the top may be left un-stitched for a three-dimensional effect!

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Assembling the plate is just like sewing Key West Beauty by machine (or by hand) in the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville!

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Isn’t that cool?

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Of course, I could not resist a little virtual fussy cutting.

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

This is especially cool for all of the machine piecers who have been drooling over the spectacular effects in Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses but who prefer bigger pieces and sewing by machine.

With the Key West Beauty isosceles triangle I can have all the fun of fussy cutting but with bigger fabric designs than POTC and sewing by machine!

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Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Part 2 of Dresden Plates in Key West will show some of  my best “Dresden Plate” design ideas using the Key West shapes, so you might want to subscribe.

Hint: 8 isosceles triangles form an octagon and there are larger and smaller isosceles triangles in the Inklingo Index of Shapes.

 

Key West Beauty Templates

You can print 8 Large Triangles from the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection on a scrap only 7.25 x 9.25 (landscape), as shown in the Catalogue of shapes.

Print 8 identical sheets of fabric for fussy cut Dresden Plates! This is similar to Stack n Whack™ but without the stacking. (Of course, you can use traditional Swiss Cheese fussy cutting with Inklingo templates too.)

Love the lines. Quilt more!

 

Key West Beauty Dresden Plate

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #3
  • Dresden Plates in Key West – Part 2

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Already in the COTSIM case file:

 

COTSIM Clue # 2 on Quilt Obsession

Cathi has shared photos of her fabrics and the finished blocks from COTSIM Clue #2 on Quilt Obsession. I would love to see your blocks too. If you don’t have a blog (or even if you do) please share photos of your fabrics and blocks on Facebook and in the Inklingo Yahoo Group. Thank you!

I will be posting more of my fussy cut Dresden Plates on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/inklingo  You don’t have to have a FB account to see them, but if you do, please like, comment and share my photos! It helps.

We’re taking the mystery out of Inklingo in Margaritaville.

Linda & Monkey

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COTSIM Mystery Quilt Clue #2

Inklingo Mystery Quilt

Monkey thinks it is mysterious that none of the blocks in Clue #2 are Key West Beauty!

The Key West Beauty shapes are cleverly disguised in this clue. (In other words, these shapes are very versatile. See the free Key West Beauty Electric Quilt project file for examples.)

 

Inklingo Mystery Quilt

This clue describes how to sew your first block and print more fabric with the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection. You can chain sew by machine or hand sew while you watch TV—or a little of both.

Download Clue #2 (PDF, pages 18-27)

 

Inklingo Mystery Quilt

We also reveal a secret. You’ll see why printing FIVE identical diamonds for 8-pointed stars can be a good idea for those who are fussy cutting (optional for the diamonds).

 

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Download Clue #2 (PDF, pages 18-27)

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

SALE ENDING

The special intro price of $20 for the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection was extended but it ends tonight at midnight.
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Print on fabric with Inklingo

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #3

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the case file:

Some quilters have been sharing photos of their fabrics and the triangle/diamond units on Facebook and in the Inklingo Yahoo Group. Thank you!

We’re taking the mystery out of Inklingo in Margaritaville.

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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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