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 Second LIVE Inklingo Video

Live Video sewing hexagons

Thank you to everyone who watched Saturday Night LIVE, Inklingo style.

It was all about hexagons.

This hexagon flower was sewn partly by hand—LIVE—and partly by machine. I also showed how to press it.
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You can click above to see the “encore presentation” and you can scroll down to see a short clip showing how to press hexagons.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT ANNOYING AUDIO – MARCH 2018
For about 5 minutes near the end of the live broadcast, there was overlapping audio (very annoying) but I edited it, so now it is easier to listen to. It is also a few minutes shorter and available on YouTube.

 

New video equipment

PEBCAK 
All of the equipment worked!

More RAM, new video card, 8 more USB 3.0 ports, new tripod, fresh rotary cutting blade.

There was PEBCAK—Problems Exist Between Chair And Keyboard. (That’s me.)

Live Video # 2 was a good learning experience. I am disappointed with parts of it but I know that if I waited until everything was perfect, I would never do live video at all.

 

Inklingo Live Video # 2

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK
I look happy because the new RAM helped, so the audio did not break up . . .

PLUS . . .  I learned how to play a pre-recorded movie within a live stream. That’s progress!

However, I did not MUTE the movie-in-movie in enough places, so the audio played over me for about 5 minutes near the end. (Some of you thought it was an ad.)

I will try very hard not to make that mistake again.

 

Inklingo Live Video

A VICTORY FOR MONKEY
Thanks to Google and Photoshop, I finally found a way to clean up the Inklingo logo in the top left corner. It drove Monkey crazy. It will look like this (above) in Live # 3.

Out of kindness, none of you mentioned how messy “inklingo” looked in the first two live videos. Thank you.

By the way, figuring out how to clean up a transparent layer in a png wasn’t easy. I was googling all the wrong things. The answer was much harder to find than new camera supports.

Yes. MORE equipment is on its way.

 

how to sew hexagons

DID YOU SEE THAT?
When I watched the video afterwards, I could see the camera going in and out of focus on the extreme close-ups of stitching and pressing. That drives me crazy. I am sorry if it drove you crazy too.

The good news is that I think I know how to fix it.

I was very limited in where I could place the tripods and lights for the sewing and pressing sequences this time. However . . . I was able to order better supports online—at 4:30 am—Sunday morning. What an amazing world.

Goose Neck Camera Support

It gave me the giggles to realize that I could google a string of words like C-clamp camera support in the middle of the night and find something I didn’t even know existed—with a goose-neck <gasp>—on Amazon for only $16.

Free delivery by Tuesday. This takes shopping in my jammies to a whole new level.

I ordered two different ones for good measure and I’m considering ordering two more. Monkey says, Thank you for shopping at Inklingo.com, so I can keep funneling the money to Amazon.

 

How to sew hexagons

HYBRID PIECING
This part of the flower was sewn by machine. When we combine hand and machine piecing, we call it a hybrid.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 
When two audio streams are beating each other up and driving you crazy, I want to know about it.

I need a first responder who can get a message to me immediately—a sort of 911 call.

I am happy to say I have a kind volunteer and a message system set up for Live # 3. (Thank you, Donna.) When I make a booboo—and I’m sure I will—I will know sooner, so I can fix it sooner.

By the way, unless I wear a headset, I am not aware of audio problems  because I have to have my own speakers turned off while I’m streaming live. Also, there is a delay between what I am saying and what you are seeing on Facebook Live. By the time you write a comment, even if I see it quickly, the problem has existed for too long already.

 

Rotary Cut Hexagons

ROTARY CUTTING
The camera stayed in focus for rotary cutting—and I know why!

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HOW TO PRESS HEXAGON FLOWERS
I received some nice comments and emails about the pressing sequence for hexagons, despite the focus issue, so here are a few pressing moments (above), just in case you can’t watch the whole thing again.

 

How to press a hexagon flower

This is one of the diagrams in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF to download), which is free when you buy any Inklingo hexagons.

SUGGESTIONS
Thank you for your suggestions for future videos. They are all good ones and I’m taking them to heart.

Fussy Cutting is the most popular request. I’m  glad I did not do fussy cutting this time because I want the video to be perfect for that.

 

Quilt Obsession Ribbon Dance Quilt

AS PROMISED—LINKS
Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog – Correction! I mistakenly called her Ribbon Dance quilt Ribbon Flower. When you visit Quilt Obsession, you will see dozens of Inklingo quilts that Cathi has made since 2006.

Linda Swanekamp’s Blog – Visit to see her first Inklingo stars—by machine! Made with the Free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection

 

Inklingo Live Video 02

Main Hexagon Page  — good info and 4 more videos showing how to hand piece hexagons, how to machine piece hexagons, and 300 Pieced Hexagon designs.

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. A great place to start.

Gift Certificates – I forgot to mention this. These are a popular gift for quilters. Any amount. Good for anything on the site, including postage. They never expire.

 

Inklingo Live Video

LIVE! —YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN 
I think I can confidently say that we will have brand new mistakes next time.  I am learning as we go along.

I hope it was Time Well Spent, despite the PEBCAK, and that you will want to watch Inklingo Live Video # 3 with friends.

Thank you for visiting here and thank you for watching LIVE!

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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Inklingo Live Video # 2 on Facebook Tomorrow

Our SECOND live video: TOMORROW, SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 at 7 pm Eastern Time on the Inklingo Facebook Page.

 

Print hexagons with your Inkjet

If you are interested in printing and sewing hexagons, or if you want to connect with Inklingo quilters, or if you just need a smile, please tune in.

What time is the live video where you are? You can find out at World Time Buddy.

It’s LIVE, so you can leave comments and if you send me photos of your hexagons, I can share them LIVE too!

TURN ON THE SOUND
All you have to do is visit the Inklingo Facebook Page. The video is muted by default, so you will need to hover over the video and click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner to hear it.

We love it when you leave comments live.

 

PREVIEW VIDEO
Tonight I recorded printing hexagons on fabric with my Inkjet printer, so I’ll be ready with at least 3 sheets of 12 hexies. I hope you can tune in to see what I do with these.

Russ muted the hockey game for 5 minutes, so in this video all you hear is the clip of the scissors along the edge of the freezer paper and then the chug of the printer.

“And the crowd goes WILD.”
(The Toronto Maple Leafs scored while I was printing. Must be good luck.)

 

Introduction to Inklingo

LIVE is different from my other videos on YouTube.  If you don’t know anything about Inklingo yet, this scripted 8-minute video will get you up to speed quickly.

MISSED THE FIRST ONE?
The first live video was recorded, so you can still watch it.
Encore Presentation”

Please come and bring a friend—and some hexies—or chocolate.

Will you send me photos of your hexagon quilts to share? linda@lindafranz.com

It’s short notice, so please tell you friends. See you tomorrow!

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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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

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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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Emily’s Adventures in Hexagons Giveaway!

Adventures in Hexagons by Emily Breclaw

Congratulations to Emily Breclaw on her new book, Adventures in Hexagons!

I was excited to be invited to participate in her blog tour introducing her designs.

You could win

  • a free copy of the book from the publisher, C & T, or
  • a $25 Inklingo Gift Certificate

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. It’s that easy.

C&T will send a hard copy to a US winner, or an electronic copy to an international winner.

I will send a $25 Inklingo Gift Certificate to another winner anywhere in the world. You can use it for anything on inklingo.com.

$25 buys a lot of Inklingo. For example, it is enough to buy a hexagon shape collection AND get the Inklingo Hexagon Quilt Design Book!

The winners will be announced on August 7th.

PLEASE NOTE  Inklingo is mentioned on the cover (Thank you!) and Emily’s book is full of designs that could be made with Inklingo. However, there are no instructions for printing, sewing or pressing with Inklingo or with freezer paper templates. The good news is that Inklingo provides all that.

 

VIDEO

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

 

Print on fabric

Printing the shapes on fabric (or freezer paper) with Inklingo makes it easy to make all of Emily’s star-inspired designs! (It is the same for hexagons, kites, diamonds, triangles and ANY OTHER SHAPES—in any book.)

Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size to make it easy. You can look them up in the Inklingo Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website.

 

Inklingo shape collections

For example, some of Emily’s designs use  3 inch hexagons and related shapes and they are all provided in one “shape collection” with all of the info you need for determining yardage requirements, sewing and pressing.

Some of Emily’s designs use kites and diamonds, which are available on the Main 60 Shape Page in the Shop.

 

VIDEO – HEXAGONS BY MACHINE

More good news! Emily’s beautiful designs use shapes which are large enough to sew comfortably by machine. That makes the quilts appealing to quilters who don’t do hand piecing too.

With the the lines printed on the fabric, it is easy to sew from from crosshair to crosshair by machine or by hand. Your choice.

As usual, you can use Inklingo for English Paper Piecing, if that is the method you prefer.

There are more videos on the website, including the Main Hexagon Page.

 

Independence Day by Emily Breclaw

When you have the shapes printed on fabric, you don’t need templates!

 

Emily Breclaw - Midsummer Night's Dream

There are a few shapes in a couple of the quilts that are not Inklingo-able. We always prefer to print the shapes on fabric, of course, but when you can’t, I think you will love using Inklingo to print freezer paper templates without seam allowances.

Freezer paper templates are perfect for fussy cutting too

 

Adventures in Hexagons by Emily Breclaw

Emily also invited another Inklingo quilter, Cathi at Quilt Obsession, to the blog tour, so you will want to enter the draw there too.

You won’t want to miss any of the stops along the way!

July 24 – C&T Publishing

July 25 – Generation Q Magazine

July 27 – Marti Mitchell

July 28 – Clothworks Fabrics

July 29 – Quilt Obsession (Inklingo)

July 30 – Paper Pieces

August 1 – Mary Huey

August 2 – Linda Franz (You are here)

August 3 – Patty Murphy

August 4 – Cheryl Sleboda

August 5 – Wendy Sheppard

August 6 – Emily Breclaw

 

Print hexagons on fabric

Please subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), to see what we’re working on now.

If you don’t win, you can buy the book from Emily! It is also available on Amazon but it is especially nice to support a first-time author, don’t you think?

Thank you for visiting. Good luck in the draw!

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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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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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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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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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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