NEW LeMoyne Star 8 inch for Lucky Stars

I published a new shape collection yesterday and announced it on the Inklingo Facebook page but I was sewing and watching hockey with Russ last night, so I did not finish this for the blog until this morning.
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Inklingo LeMoyne Star

As usual, the special LOW intro price on the new shape collection is good for a few days only.

$25 is fabulous value!
$20 is even better. LeMoyne Star 8 inch
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Millefiori Quilts 3 Lucky Stars

This time, I included two bonus shapes—a pentagon and a square. They are perfect for Lucky Stars, one of the great designs in Millefiori Quilts 3 (third book) by Willyne Hammerstein.
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LeMoyne Star 8 inch for Lucky Stars

The original quilt uses 12 cm stars (about 4.7 inches), so the quilt is bigger when you use 8 inch stars.

Center of the original quilt (no borders) – approx 37 x 51 inches.
Center of quilt with 8 inch blocks – approx 64 x 88 inches.
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Print star templates

You do not need papers or acrylic templates with Inklingo, so it is less expensive AND easier to sew Lucky Stars this way, especially if you get the low intro price.
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Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein book-on-paper

The instructions for Lucky Stars are in Willyne’s beautiful Millefiori 3 book. I think you know by now why this book is my favorite of the three.
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Live Video 05 with Linda Franz

In the 5th LIVE Inklingo Video on Facebook, I shared piecing and pressing instructions for LeMoyne Stars and a one-page guide to print and keep beside the sewing machine.

You can sew these stars by hand, if you prefer, of course, when you have the lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

FREE SHAPES FOR LEMOYNE STAR – SINCE 2008
Tens of thousands of quilters have downloaded the free shape collection and followed the instructions to sew stars.

I always recommend starting with the Diamond Triangle Square shape collection ($20 value) because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook (pages H5 – H48) and some great shapes to print on fabric.

.Inklingo Diamonds for LeMoyne Star

MORE DIAMONDS –  45°
There are MANY other sizes of 45° Diamonds available for Castle Wall, Celestial Star, Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Key West Beauty and Midnight Fireworks. You can see them all in the Index of Shapes, Diamond Page (under the Support & Goodies tab on the website).

The Index of Shapes is divided into categories to help you find other shapes too.
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Introduction to Inklingo

There is a short VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website to help you start printing with the FREE shapes.

FACEBOOK HAS CHANGED!
If you have been following the news, you know that you cannot count on Facebook to show you anything from the pages you have liked anymore. Facebook has made major changes.

If you want to see what I post on Facebook, it is a good idea to

  • choose the option to “follow” the Inklingo page
  • like, comment, and share my photos and videos

These steps make it more likely that Facebook will show you anything on the Inklingo Facebook Page but there is no guarantee, so it is good idea to visit frequently on your own.

I don’t post as frequently on the blog as I post on Facebook, but it is a good idea to subscribe here too.

I am planning another live video on Facebook, so please stay tuned! In the meantime, I think you  love this new, versatile size. LeMoyne Star 8 inch

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 Fifth LIVE Inklingo Video


ENCORE PRESENTATION
Thank you to everyone who watched LIVE on Saturday night. You can watch the replay here and I am sharing the links I promised.

As usual, you can click in the bottom right corner of the video to view larger or full screen. That is great for the close-up sewing sequences. (You can view full screen on Facebook too.)
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Encore Live Inklingo Video 05

WRONG CAMERA
I did it again. I clicked on the wrong button when I changed screens, so you saw this when you should have seen me sewing.

The good news is . . ..

Live Inklingo Video 05

. . . . that you can skip ahead and not miss anything.

When you play the video (the first image above), you can click on the play line (blue line above) to drag it forward to about -22 minutes (red arrow) to skip ahead.  I repeated myself, so you won’t miss anything if you skip ahead.

I’m sorry for making this mistake and sorry it took me a few minutes to see it. Thank you to everyone who tried to alert me on Facebook.

I appreciate your patience while I am learning this complicated software and equipment.  Monkey says, we’re making progress because I did get it right several other times.

Printing on fabric is more my speed. I was not cut out to be a technical whiz—but I try.
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LeMoyne Stars on Chair

Did you notice my desk chair?

For the videos, I sit in a dining room chair, so I can use my usual chair as a bulletin board.

Just like Inklingo, the simplest option is often the best.

AS PROMISED—LINKS MENTIONED IN THE LIVE VIDEO .
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One Page Guide for 8-pointed stars

The demo in the video is summarized in an article from 2014, where everything is illustrated and you can download the one-page guide for 8-pointed stars.
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Inklingo On-Point Quilt with LeMoyne Stars

I had a great quilt layout for stars to show you but I ran out of time. The free pattern uses the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and has been on the blog since 2011.
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How to press LeMoyne Stars

I also wanted to finish talking about the advantages of the pressing technique in the video. For now, I’ll just mention that when you press the seam allowances clockwise around the center in all of the stars, the seam allowances will nest perfectly when you join the star blocks together. 

We press the same way when we hand piece, so I will talk more about the advantages of this pressing technique in another LIVE video.
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Cathi's itty bitty LeMoyne Stars

I shared this LeMoyne Star quilt (3 inch blocks!) from Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog. If you visit there and search for LeMoyne, you will find many more star designs. I recommend subscribing to Cathi’s blog too.
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LeMoyne Star by Kathy Timmons

I also had this photo teed up to show you. Kathy’s fussy cutting is fabulous and . . .
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LeMoyne Star by Kathy in Mexico

. . . you can see the fussy cutting in dozens of stars, close up on Flicker.
Aren’t you glad you visited today! There are many other Inklingo projects in Kathy’s amazing Flickr albums.
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Midnight Fireworks Quilt

Midnight Fireworks from Millefiori Quilts (first book) is another Inklingo shape collection that uses 8-pointed stars. You can use the technique in the video for those stars too.
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Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

I sewed several hexagons by machine in the video but I ran out of time to show you how I use them for Patchwork of the Crosses. My hybrid POTC has some seams by machine and some seams by hand.
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Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

You saw me join the white hexagons by machine, sewing crosshair to crosshair. That leaves me with some relaxing, portable “continuous stitching” for 16 short seams. Hybrid piecing gives me the best of both worlds. 

I also mentioned a few more links.

Live Video 05 with Linda Franz

LIVE —NEW MISTAKES NEXT TIME 
By now, you know that I am technically challenged. Printing on fabric is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer. Managing live video must be one of the hardest but I’m not giving up yet.
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Introduction to Inklingo

Here’s another video that is NOT live, so there are no built-in mistakes. 8 minutes to get you started printing free shapes on fabric.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FACEBOOK
It is up to YOU to make sure Facebook shows you what you want to see.

On January 11th, Facebook made some big changes. They only show the videos and images I show on the Inklingo Facebook page to fewer than 1% of the 44,780 quilters who have liked the page UNLESS I PAY THEM.

“Pay to play” is how Facebook makes billions. This means that your Facebook feed is going to give priority to businesses that pay for ads.

I am keeping the videos free, so I cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars to notify you when the next one is coming.

There are a few things you can do that don’t cost anything:

  • Visit the Inklingo Facebook Page regularly. The more you like and comment and SHARE, the more likely Facebook is to decide to show you my photos and videos next time.
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Millefiori Quilts 3 Lucky Stars

COMING SOON
Exciting news in the video—a new shape collection for LeMoyne Star 8 inch is coming in the next few days. It also includes bonus shapes, so you can make Lucky Stars, one of the beautiful designs in Millefiori Quilts 3.

I hope you will tell your friends about the LIVE videos and come back again next time.

It is odd to talk to a camera without being able to see you, so your comments on Facebook and here are a lifeline. Thank you!

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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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

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

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

 

Moncarapacho quilt

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

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

Are you practicing your pronunciation?

Linda & Monkey

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

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TWO New Books – Sharon Burgess & Willyne Hammerstein

Sharon Burgess Dilly Bag

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

It is a Strawberry & Cream Clam Shell Dilly Bag.

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

 

Print clamshell shapes on fabric

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

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

 

Clamshell templates

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

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

 

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Moncarapacho by Willyne Hammerstein

Even more good news . . .

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

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

 

Capriccioso byWillyne Hammerstein

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

 

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

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

 

Introduction to Inklingo

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

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

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

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

Please donate to the Red Cross

PLEASE DONATE

Have you made a donation to help the hurricane survivors?

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

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

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

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

Linda & Monkey

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

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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
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 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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Passacaglia with a Running Stitch

I am delighted to be able to show you Passacaglia and Ballet quilts sewn by three quilters who are loving Inklingo!

 

Passacaglia by Mazie in Singapore

Mazie chose wonderful colors for her rosettes! This is one of the most elegant interpretations of Passacaglia I have seen so far!

Mazie in Singapore wrote:

“I don’t think I will try making the quilt without Inklingo. I don’t like using EPP, I am still trying to finish one project using EPP and I have been doing it for years!”

I hear the same thing all the time and it gives me a great feeling to know that Inklingo makes designs like Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia and Ballet possible for more quilters. You don’t have to like EPP and you can finish these designs in a reasonable amount of time.

Anything that makes quilting more accessible is a good thing!

 

How to Sew Passacaglia by Hand

Click on the image to play.

 

Passacaglia by Charlsey in Texas

Charlsey in Texas is sewing Passacaglia with a Western color palette—proof that this design looks beautiful with many different fabrics.

I have featured some of Charlsey’s amazing quilts on the blog before.  In the past ten years, she has made several exquisite quilts with Inklingo, including her Feathered Star and Fanny Tod’s Sunflowers.

You can express your creativity with the fabrics that speak to you.

 

How to press Passacaglia rosettes

It even looks pretty from the back! It is a big advantage to be able to press the seam allowances to the side, around each intersection.

 

Ballet rosette by Beth in FL

Beth in Florida hand pieced this Ballet rosette (from Millefiori Quilts 2) with a running stitch and machine quilted it.

“I just love Inklingo, and have been telling all my friends about it!” – Beth in Florida

Beth took apart a car windshield sunscreen to get the wire she used in the binding. Very creative!

 

Passacaglia templates

Have you fallen in love with Willyne’s gorgeous designs too?

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.

Some quilters are using a slightly larger size to sew Passacaglia and Ballet by machine.

On the other hand, there are 8 Good Ways to use Inklingo if you prefer English Paper Piecing.

It was an accident that Inklingo works for EPP too because it is not a method I use. I love hand piecing with a running stitch!

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Introduction to Inklingo

The video Introduction to Inklingo explains the three key ideas that make Inklingo work.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

If you would like to learn more about Passacaglia and Ballet  with Inklingo—and see the video—please go to the Main Millefiori Page on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

I am very grateful to Mazie, Charlsey, and Beth for allowing me to feature their photos online.

Do you have photos to inspire us too?

Linda & Monkey

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Sew 8-pointed Stars! Part 2

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.

In Part 1, I collected some Fun Facts about 8-pointed stars for Midnight Fireworks.

In Part 2, I’m sharing my best tips for sewing stars BY HAND. Many quilters want to learn how to sew 8-pointed stars by hand because they love a portable project and absolute precision!

Machine piecers sometimes avoid inset seams (not with Inklingo!) but inset seams are an opportunity for “continuous stitching,” so hand piecers love them.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see how I piece stars by hand.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see close-up detail of the technique for “circling the intersection.”

HOW MANY STAR POINTS?

The example in the video shows 6-pointed stars, but the technique is the same for 8-pointed stars.

Some of the other designs in Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2 use 5-pointed stars, 6-pointed stars and even 10-pointed stars! Willyne teaches hand piecing with a running stitch too, not English Paper Piecing, as I originally thought.

These two videos and the basic instructions for sewing AND pressing a LeMoyne Star in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection (pages 40-44) will get you started with your stars, but there is more too!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

MORE VIDEO?

Quilted Diamonds 2 is back in print and it includes a comprehensive 2-hour hand piecing lesson on DVD. It is like taking a workshop with me, and even better if you are a visual learner because you can watch it over and over again.

(Note: Millefiori Quilts and Quilted Diamonds 2 fit in the flat rate envelope, so you save on postage if you order both at the same time.)

There is also video for Passacaglia on the Main Millefiori Page on the website.

Next time? Part 3 is for 8-pointed stars BY MACHINE!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!

Part 3 about 8-pointed stars will be ready soon.

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Print on fabric with your Inkjet

INTRO SALE PRICE

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks shape collection is only $20—but only until tomorrow night, July 15 at midnight.

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