Moncarapacho Quilt with Inklingo

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

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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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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 8

The Case of the Diamond Necklace COTDN mystery quilt

This is it! I hope you like the Case of the Diamond Necklace as much as I do!

The suspense is over. This is the final scene. Of course, just like any good mystery, there is one final plot twist in Clue # 8.

COTDN Clue # 8 (10 pages, PDF to download)

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to the site, please watch the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website. It will help you get started printing on fabric.

 

Print diamonds on fabric

I hope you have been telling your friends about how you print on fabric for the COTDN mystery quilt. It is for beginners AND for experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt COTDN

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page. Beautiful photos and videos were posted again this week.

We have covered some dazzling info in the mystery clues! You should have become more familiar with the resources on the website and the two methods of fussy cutting that we use with Inklingo.

You should be confident that you can sew ANY pieced hexagon with a running stitch, no matter what the shapes and no matter whether the shapes are available from Inklingo.

By the way, the clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, and they are great for beginners too.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

I can hardly wait to see and share your mystery quilts too! Thank you for being part of the adventure.

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

 

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Spring is my favorite time of year.

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

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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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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 7

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 7 (11 pages, PDF to download)

This time, YOU are the designer!

 

Pieced Hexagons from Diamonds

VIDEO

Choose a Pieced Hexagon for the center of your COTDN wall hanging!

 

Introduction to Inklingo

There is a video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website to help you start printing on fabric.

I hope you have been telling your friends about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is for beginners AND for experienced Inklingo quilters.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace mystery quilt

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page. More beautiful photos and videos were posted this week.

Clue # 7 teaches some very important concepts, so when you finish your COTDN wall hanging you will be confident that you can make any of your own designs too!

I think everyone will do something different this time and I can hardly wait to see yours!

Stay tuned Clue # 8, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 6

UPDATE – I am sorry about the messy appearance of the announcement that went to subscribers this time. I think I know what happened and I can fix it next time.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 6 (6 pages, PDF to download)

This time, you just need to print two sheets of fabric to set yourself up to make six of these heart-shaped gems with some elaborate “continuous stitching.” I think you will love the way these go together!

 

Print triangles on fabric with your Inkjet

Print the shapes on fabric, cut rows (single layer), and then stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

You can re-use the freezer paper over and over and over again.

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Introduction to Inklingo

Just in case you would like a refresher, there is a video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

Please tell your friends about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page. Some beautiful photos and videos were posted this week.

I also shared a new article about fussy cutting yesterday. I hope we will all be “continuously stitching” this week!

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 5

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 5 (4 pages, PDF to download)

This time, the is a little more printing and some lovely “continuous stitching” to make these half hexagons.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

Print the shapes on fabric, cut rows (single layer), and then stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

You can re-use the freezer paper for more diamonds too.

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Introduction to Inklingo

You might want to review the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website if you are new to Inklingo.

Please tell your friends about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

It has been another busy week on Facebook. I hope you have seen the photos and videos posted on the Inklingo Facebook page.

Please stay tuned for a new article about fussy cutting with Inklingo 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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 4

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Diamond Heist

Inklingo makes this clue so easy, it almost feels like a classic diamond heist—well planned, quickly executed, clever and fun.

COTDN Clue # 4 (5 pages, PDF to download)

In fact, this clue is just like A Fish Called Wanda but with a slightly simpler plot, fewer fish, and a G rating.

 

Print diamonds on fabric

Print the shapes on fabric, cut rows (single layer), and then stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

The sewing goes fast (hand or machine), so you will have time to watch . . .

 

Two movies

. . . A Fish Called Wanda and the Quilted Diamonds 2 hand piecing lesson!

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Introduction to Inklingo

When you finish A Fish Called Wanda, you might want to review the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website too.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

Cathi is ready for Clue # 4. Are you?

HAND OR MACHINE

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

I would love to see and share photos of your Clue # 4. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the Case of the Diamond Necklace. The next clues are fun 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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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