Encore Presentation of the Sixth LIVE Inklingo Video

I have edited the video to eliminate the first 15 minutes and uploaded it to Facebook—for a fresh start..W

There was an audio problem for the first 15 minutes in the LIVE video on Friday. This edited version skips that part.

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)
The video is about Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

The demonstrations include:

  • Diana Boston’s book, The Patchworks of Lucy Boston (limited quantities available in the Shop)
  • a tour of Lucy Boston’s POTC quilt, close up
  • demo showing how to get a fast start by chain piecing hexagons from crosshair to crosshair by machine
  • demo of hand piecing, including sewing kit and how to move from one seam to the next continuously
    Patchwork of the Crosses variation
  • demo preparing the fabric sheets for printing
  • demo printing custom size
  • demo rotary cutting several layers at a time
  • demo English Paper Piecing Rescue, if you started with EPP but want to finish faster
  • demo using scraps of freezer paper and scraps of fabric
  • POTC quilts by Mary in Wisconsin, Kathy in Mexico, Fern in Singapore and Carol in Panama
  • my simplified variation of Patchwork of the Crosses
  • mini tour of the shape collection
  • mini tour of the website including the Main Lucy Boston Page (Shop)
  • mini tour of the blog, including the FREE EQ project files

<whew> We covered a lot!
.Mary Quilt Show Poster

I showed Mary’s POTC quilt and gave info about the Quilt Show in Whitewater Wisconsin. but that was lost when I cut the no-audio section.

If you can get to Whitewater by February 25, you can see about 20 of Mary’s amazing quilts, and if you are lucky, you will meet Mary too.

Many of the quilts on display were made with Inklingo. Mary has been using Inklingo since 2006.

The Dreaded Blue Screen
The Dreaded Blue Screen gives me the shivers!

During my rehearsals with the new equipment, I got the blue screen MANY times. Through trial and error, I learned that I had to attach the cameras and open each piece of software in a particular sequence to avoid crashing the computer.

Unwittingly, I did my sound test as soon as the mike was plugged in but I added more equipment afterwards and that seems to have muted the audio. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Live Inklingo Video 06

I can avoid that mistake next time . . . but Monkey says, I’m sure to think of a new boo-boo.

Please tell your friends about the video because they probably did not get an email.

When I posted on Friday to announce the LIVE video, the email notification was only sent to about 10% of the quilters who subscribe to the blog. The website programmer has been working on the problem this weekend. It looks as if there is an expensive solution. <sigh>


Inklingo Live Video 06

I learned a lot doing this latest LIVE video. The new equipment is definitely better and the software is easier for a non-geek to manage. I am looking forward to doing more of these LIVE videos. If you want to know when, it is a good idea to check the Inklingo Facebook Page frequently.

Please remember that you cannot count on Facebook to show you anything from Inklingo anymore, even when you have liked the page. They made big changes in January to try to make me to pay to add my posts to your feed. Since these are FREE videos, I would rather not have to pay.

Introduction to Inklingo

I hope you will share info about Inklingo with your friends. If you do, this short video is a good intro.

I still have to add Live 06 to the  summary of the other LIVE videos on the website. (Click on the Video tab.)

Thank you to everyone who has been watching live while I learn how to do all of this. See you later?

Linda & Monkey


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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Quilting on the Go Flower Garden Mini Quilt

Lilabelle Lane Creations

Sharon (Lilabelle Lane Creations)  takes traditional designs, adds a little Aussie twist, and makes them fresh and lovely again.


Flower Garden Mini Quilt Sharon Burgess

One example is her pretty Flower Garden Mini Quilt.

I love the way she uses stripes in this one!


Flower Garden Quilt instructions

It is one of the 16 designs in her beautiful book, Quilting on the Go.


Print hexagons on fabric

Like many of the other quilts in the book, the shapes are “inklingo-able.”


Hexagons 0.75 inch

This lovely mini quilt uses hexagons in the 60ª Hexagon shape collection 0.75 inch..

Inklingo PDFs are shape “collections,” so there is also a “house half” hexagon to use around the edges, so you don’t have to trim.


Print on scraps of fabric

Print on scraps of fabric or strips.


Print hexagons on fabric

For the flowers, you can print 6, 12, 18 or even 24 hexagons at a time and rotary cut.


Rotary cut hexagons

There is also a layout for scissors but it doesn’t save much fabric, and I prefer to rotary cut several layers at a time.


Rotary cut layers of hexagons

The cutting goes fast, especially when you cut 3 or 4 layers at a time.


Fussy Cut with Inklingo

The printing and cutting goes sooooo fast . . . . you might want to take a little extra time to fussy cut some of the hexagons. (Instructions for fussy cutting with freezer paper templates.)


Sew with a running stitch

When the shapes are printed, stacked and cut, you can settle down with some relaxing “continuous stitching.”


How to sew hexagons by hand

This video includes some of my best tips for sewing with a running stitch, continuous stitching, and pressing.


Hexagon Flower

Sewing with a running stitch is perfect if you are watching the World Series.

A “perfect” baseball game means nothing happens anyway. <wicked grin>  Most of the time it’s just two guys playing catch but you can stop a running stitch and look up if anyone is actually running.

Hexagons + Inklingo = a home run.


How to press Grandmothers Flower Garden

It is so satisfying to see each flower pressed. Even the back is pretty!


Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Many of the lovely projects in Sharon Burgess’ Quilting on the Go can be made quickly and simply with Inklingo Clamshells, hexagons, diamonds, triangles and kites.

It is a great book! I want to make all of the designs!


Celestial Star by Kathy Timmons

Kathy in Mexico is using the new Inklingo Celestial Star shape collection to make the cover quilt on Quilting on the Go. (Kathy is the queen of fussy cutting!) 


Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page explains how to print on fabric (or paper) with your ordinary Inkjet printer. (Please tell your friends.) (book and more info)

And more on my site:

Are you subscribed? There is more coming!

There is so much more going on and I think you are going to like it, so please stay tuned!

Linda & Monkey


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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Inklingo Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch NEW

Clamshell Edge shapes from Inklingo

There is a new shape collection!

NEW Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch

In fact, it’s been available for more than a week but this is the first time I am mentioning it. It did not seem right to announce something new when the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey was unfolding. It is heartbreaking.

You will see why I think this is a good time to announce, if you read to the end, okay?


Print Clamshell on fabric

When you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo, curves are easier than ever before. These are laid out to be rotary cut and use fabric very efficiently.


Clamshell Edge shapes from Inklingo

The shapes are perfect for finishing the edges of a Clamshell quilt—and much more!


Clamshell Quilt variations

Here are just a few examples of the ways you can use these shapes.


Clamshell Quilt variations



Clamshell Quilt variations

These are fun!


Clamshell Quilt variations

With the whole Clamshells, every edge is curved. With half Clamshells, the longest edge is straight and easy by machine, but the effect is curvaceous.


Clamshell Quilt variations

The quarter circle has intriguing possibilities too.


Introduction to Inklingo

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

More helpful links:

Are you subscribed? There is more coming!

I will be announcing MORE EXCITING NEW SHAPES this week too. If you subscribe (top of right sidebar), you will be the first to know.


Please donate to the Red Cross


This new shape collection is on sale for $15 until September 10, 2017. 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 Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

It’s a win-win. We will both get a good feeling for helping the survivors of Hurricane Harvey and you will have some lovely new shapes too.

Now you know why all my examples are RED.

We can hardly wait to see what you do with these shapes!

Linda & Monkey


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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.


Introduction to Inklingo

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


  • 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.


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


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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FREE Templates for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) – Part 2

Make templates for any shape!

In Part 1, we showed you the advantages of freezer paper templates with an acrylic ruler.

It works for ANY SHAPE—triangles, hexagons, anything you can draw or print!

  • Have as many as you want!
  • They’re free! (Spend the money on fabric instead!)
  • If you lose one, you can make another one!
  • No waiting to start a project!

The advantages for FUSSY CUTTING POTC!

I find fussy cutting hexagons for Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) difficult with acrylic templates because they slide around.

Freezer paper (plus acrylic edge) gives me more control and makes everything go faster. Once you try it, I don’t think you will bother with acrylic hexagons again!

(NOTE This article describes traditional fussy cutting, which makes Swiss cheese of the fabric. Inklingo is also perfect for No Waste Fussy Cutting when you have the right fabric!)

Once you have turned freezer paper templates into acrylic templates with your rulers, I don’t think you will need acrylic shapes for any design.


Hexagon template for Patchwork of the Crosses

1. Print or draw the shapes on freezer paper or plain paper to make individual window templates (above).

It is an advantage to have several window templates instead of one acrylic hexagon. You will usually need 4 or 8 for POTC and 5 or 10 for Passacaglia and Ballet from Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2.


Print templates for POTC

2. Prepare as many FP templates as you need.
(No seam allowances, see Part 1.)

You can use the shape from the window template or you can print the Inklingo shapes without seam allowances and rotary cut precision shapes.

ANYTHING you can draw on freezer paper can be used this way!


Fussy Cutting identical hexagons

3. Position the window template over the first design, with the fabric draped over your ironing board. Find identical designs in the fabric and mark with additional window templates.

If the window templates are freezer paper, press with a hot, dry iron to hold in position. (Use a small piece of tape to hold the paper templates in position temporarily, if necessary.)

When you see several of them positioned on the fabric, you will get a good idea of the number of repeats available and what will be left for additional sets of identical shapes.

Depending on the design you want to fussy cut, it may not always be possible to have straight grain on two sides. As usual, handle bias gently and never use steam to press.


Fussy Cutting identical hexagons

With this fabric, I could see the designs just as clearly from the wrong side, so I placed the fabric on the ironing board wrong side up.

You won’t always be able to do this but it is nice if you can if you are planning to use a mechanical pencil to mark the sewing lines.

I find the window more helpful than covering the design with acrylic because I can see exactly where the points and corners fall on each flower in the design.


Fussy Cutting POTC hexagons

4. Drop the FP templates into the opening in the windows template and touch with a hot, dry iron to hold in position. Then you can remove the window templates. They can be used over and over again.


Rotary cut hexagons

5. Slide a cutting mat under the fabric on the ironing board and cut.
Add the seam allowance, as described in Part 1.

Hooray! You have the results you would get with an acrylic template but you did not have to pay for acrylic or wait for an acrylic template to arrive in the mail!


Rotary cut hexagons

This has many advantages over acrylic templates:

  • You have as many templates as you need, not just one hexagon.
  • The templates don’t slip the way acrylic does, so you can be sure every hexagon is perfect.
  • You choose how wide or narrow to make the seam allowances.
  • Optional: Add the sewing lines if you wish. (Part 1)


Print hexagons on fabric

Of course, it is easier and more precise when you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and rotary cut several layers at a time.

My first choice is always to print the shapes on fabric. It is faster, easier and more accurate than using any kind of template and you can sew by hand or by machine.

If you can find a fabric suitable for No Waste Fussy Cutting, you won’t need templates, but when you do need templates, I recommend freezer paper with an acrylic ruler instead of acrylic templates.

There is also a video for POTC on the Main Lucy Boston Page on the website. (You are on the blog now.)


Introduction to Inklingo

Just in case you would like to skip templates entirely and print the shapes on fabric instead, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

Inklingo quilters spend more time sewing and less time getting ready to sew—and get better results!
Why templates?


Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)


If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see Part 3 of this article.


Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)


Quilting doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think! You’ll get better value when you spend on fabric or a wonderful class experience!

I don’t think you will want to bother with acrylic templates once you have used freezer paper.

I would love to see photos of what you are making with Inklingo. You can browse the albums on the Inklingo Facebook page to see what other Inklingo quilters are sharing too.


FREE Cleopatra's Fan Design Book


If you haven’t ordered and downloaded the Cleopatra’s Fan Design Book (138 pages, PDF), you can still get it while it’s free!

When you can’t use Inklingo, use freezer paper!

Welcome to Inklingo! See you soon for Part 3.

Linda & Monkey


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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Rotary Cutting Cleo Curves! VIDEO

Rotary cutting curves with Inklingo

One of the wonderful things about Cleopatra’s Fan with Inklingo is that you can use a rotary cutter OR scissors—something you can’t do with acrylic templates.

Just follow the lines! Haven’t we always preferred to have a line to cut along?

Even better, once the shapes are cut out, you can sew by hand or by machine.

This is a great time to be a quilter!


Rotary cutting Cleopatra's Fan

There are illustrations on page 83 of the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book showing why the method we use for rotary cutting with Inklingo is SAFER than traditional rotary cutting with templates or rulers.

Since the design book is free (for a limited time only), you can order and download and have all of my best tips.

It makes sense that rotary cutting straight lines would be easy and safe.

However, you might be surprised how easy it is to rotary cut curves without a template! I was!

How to rotary cut curves - VIDEO

This short video shows how to rotary cut curves, including my best tip—focus your eye about a half inch ahead of the blade. (In order to do that, you must position the fabric so you can see the line easily. Makes sense.)

You can use your ordinary 45mm rotary cutting blade for all of the curves, no matter which of the 3 sizes you choose.

With acrylic templates, it is sometimes necessary to use a smaller blade because a normal one won’t fit the shape of the acrylic edge. No need to buy a special cutter and blades. (Those tiny blades wear out fast.)


Cleopatra's Fan Quilt

Worksheet 12 (of 24), 3 fabrics, 12 Cleos!

In addition to the illustrated sewing instructions (hand and machine), cutting tips and pressing diagrams, there are TWO DOZEN worksheets in the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book and ideas for choosing fabric.

The design book is free for a limited time ($20 value).

Go ahead, order and tell your friends, so they don’t miss it!


Templates for Cleopatra's Fan quilt

This optional Combo layout allows you to print and cut 6 shapes. Rotary cut the rows apart first and then rotary cut the rest.

You will have stitching lines, matching marks and precision corners on every shape to make the sewing faster and more precise.

If you are new to Inklingo, please have a look at the Main Beginner’s Page too.


If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next news about Cleopatra’s Fan. There is more to come!

Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

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This article is just a quick overview. There is much more on the website.


The Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book ($20 value) is free for a limited time.

The special intro sale price of $25 on each of the 3 shape collections (4.5 inch, 6 inch, 9 inch) is supposed to end tonight at midnight but I have extended it until Friday the 13th at midnight—out of the goodness of Monkey’s heart.

Main Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Page

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey


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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Rotary Cutting with Inklingo on QuiltingHub

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“Layer to Cut” is so simple it is easy to underestimate its advantages, so there is a new tutorial on QuiltingHub today.

No templates, no measuring, no weird rulers!

This seems to be a good time to review the advantages of rotary cutting with Inklingo here too.


Safe rotary cutting with Inklingo

Place the blade of the cutter on the line first and then slide the ruler into position.

Inklingo is faster and safer than cutting without a line when you use this routine:

  1. Plant the blade firmly on the cutting line near the closest edge of the fabric.
  2. Slide the ruler against the blade.
  3. Nudge the ruler into alignment with the other end of the cutting line (red arrow, above).
  4. Roll the cutter back to the starting edge and then forward to the end of the line.


This routine is different from traditional rotary cutting where we measure and position the ruler before we plant the blade of the cutter.

The Inklingo way is safer because the blade is positioned first and therefore is not as likely to chip the edge of the ruler or jump over the edge and cause an injury.



Once you have removed the freezer paper and cut a layer of fabric into rows, you can stack the rows to cut several layers at a time as shown in the video.

Try cutting one or two layers at a time, and then try three or more.

I filmed this short video 5 years ago wearing a TINY camera on my forehead. It was a good idea in theory but it broke right away. In those days the POTC hexagons were called Inklingo Lite # 4.

This information is also in the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook, which is included in the free Diamond Triangles Square shape collection on pages H5 – H48.


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Inklingo NEW Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda

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The days go by so quickly. Let’s make today a happy start to December with at least a few minutes to sew.

Linda & Monkey

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook