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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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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Celestial Star Part 2 – Hybrid Piecing

Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Quilting on the Go by Sharon Burgess is full of gorgeous projects for English Paper Piecing.

The new Inklingo shape collections for Celestial Star (the cover quilt) are the result of requests from quilters.

 

Print on fabric Celestial Star

They wanted to be able to print the shapes on fabric so they could sew by hand or by machine, so I contacted Sharon.

Sharon and I both saw it as a perfect opportunity to make her beautiful designs accessible to quilters who don’t use English Paper Piecing.

Let’s include everyone! The projects are too pretty to limit them to a sub-set of hand piecers.

 

Celestial Star in 3 new Inklingo shape collections

The 3 new Inklingo Celestial Star shape collections are perfect for quilters who who sew by machine or by hand with a running stitch. There are also 8 good ways to use Inklingo for EPP, if that is the method you prefer.

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible, so we love including more quilters—everyone!

 

Celestial Star by machine and by hand

COMBINING HAND AND MACHINE PIECING

I took photos while I was sewing my first Celestial Star “Color Burst” unit, so I can show one way to construct this complex block by combining hand and machine piecing. I call it “hybrid” piecing.

Like most quilters, I won’t live long enough to make all the quilt designs that intrigue me.

I love a portable project and I want to spend my time carefully, so I often combine hand and machine piecing in a hybrid.

I examine the block carefully to decide which seams to sew by hand and which seams to sew by machine.

Often it depends on how much “continuous stitching” I can find—and Celestial Star is a gold mine!

CONTINUOUS STITCHING

Continuous stitching is one of my favorite things about hand piecing. At the end of every seam, before I cut the thread, I look to see if I could continue just by turning a corner.

I have written about continuous stitching many times before, including in Quilted Diamonds (2002), Quilted Diamonds 2 (book and DVD, 2004) and in videos on YouTube, etc.

 

Celestial Star inset seam

“Inset seams” are the ones that are perfect for continuous stitching—the same ones quilters historically avoid by machine, so the seams divide into two separate categories.

(By the way, there is no need to avoid insets when you machine piece with Inklingo.)

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

Continuous stitching is so relaxing and enjoyable that I often plan my route in advance on a diagram of the block.

Hand piecing this way is a “zen” experience. It is totally relaxing with a sense of well-being AND it is an efficient way to work, so I can finish in a reasonable amount of time.

 

Color Burst unit

In the Color Burst unit for Celestial Star, there are seams that don’t work well for continuous stitching (red lines, above).

 

Some seams are easy by machine

CHAIN PIECE FOR A FAST START

The good news is that in this case, the seams that don’t work well for continuous stitching DO work well for chain piecing by machine, so that was my starting point.

 

Machine piece Celestial Star

Wow. Is this fast! I pinned at the END of the seam, so I could stop in the crosshair.

There is a video showing how to sew crosshair to crosshair by machine on the Main Hexagon Page on the website. (The example is Grandmother’s Flower Garden, but it works the same way for any design.)

 

Machine piece Celestial Star

Sometimes I sew edge to edge. In this case, I sewed from edge to crosshair. Sometimes I sew from crosshair to edge. It works either way, so it’s up to you. Why not try it both ways, to see what you prefer?

 

Hybrid Piecing with Inklingo

Zip. Zip. Zip. I chain pieced the seams on 8 pairs of Wings, 8 pairs of turquoise “4-point star” shapes, and 8 pairs of gold  “4-point star” shapes.

I could have continued with more machine piecing but that was enough to give me a fast start.

 

Hybrid piecing by hand and by machine

A few minutes of chain piecing set me up for a couple of hours of continuous stitching by hand in a comfy chair watching TV.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

RELAX WITH RHYTHMIC HAND PIECING

Several different sequences are possible. I started by sewing these 8 three-piece units.

I like to plan my route to maximize the continuous stitching, so I never sew fewer than two seams before breaking the thread.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

Then I added all these units to the Octagon with 8 starts and stops.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

In theory, I could add this entire ring of pentagons without stopping, if the thread was long enough. (Thread should only be 12 -15 inches long.)

This is just one example. You might prefer different routes.

If you are just learning how to hand piece, every detail is covered in the two-hour hand piecing lesson on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD. It is a great book, even if you don’t expect to make the diamond patterns. I have also put free hand piecing videos on YouTube.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

I continue working my way out from the center, row by row.

 

Hand piece Celestial Star

You could go all the way around with one super-long thread! (Not recommended. LOL)

 

Celestial Star with Inklingo

By printing with Inklingo, fussy cutting with freezer paper templates, and combining hand and machine piecing, I was able to sew this Color Burst block in a few hours.

 

Celestial Star by machine

I don’t think you can tell which seams were sewn by hand and which were sewn by machine.

Every intersection is perfect and it presses beautifully with the seam allowances twirled around most of the intersections.

I could have spent this much time just basting or gluing but there are too many more of Sharon’s designs I want to make to spend my time that way!

HYBRID PIECING – SUMMARY

Hybrid piecing works for other designs in Sharon’s book, Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses, and the designs in the Millefiori books by Willyne Hammerstein too.

1. Look for opportunities for “continuous stitching” by hand.

2. Identify the other seams that you can chain piece by machine.

3. Chain piece by machine, sometimes edge to edge, sometimes crosshair to crosshair, sometimes crosshair to edge, sometimes edge to crosshair.

4. Sew by hand to finish, sewing continuously whenever possible.

I absolutely love Sharon Burgess’ designs and I’m ready for my next Color Burst.

 

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.

I hope that Sharon’s beautiful book will sell even more copies because Celestial Star is inklingo-able! I would love to see what YOU make!

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SPECIAL INTRO PRICE

As usual, the new Clamshell Edges and Celestial Star shape collections and book are on sale at a super-low price. The introductory price on Celestial Star ends tonight at midnight Eastern time.

 

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PLEASE DONATE

Have you made a donation to help the hurricane survivors?

I have extended the offer until the 17th. If you donate at least $15 to the American Red Cross between September 3 and September 17 and email me (linda @ lindafranz.com), I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

Have you chosen fabric for Celestial Star yet?

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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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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)

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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.)

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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?

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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

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

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FREE Templates for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) – Part 1

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

Only one template is required for POTC blocks. It is a 90° Hexagon. All 6 sides are 1 inch. (Three other sizes are available from Inklingo.)

Since I wrote the book, several quilters have asked if I sell an acrylic template for the hexagon.

 

template for hexagons

I don’t sell acrylic templates!

However, this article explains how to make an acrylic template for ANY shape!

These templates are free because you already have everything you need in your sewing room!

Even if you need to buy freezer paper or a ruler, these are cheap acrylic templates!

*For the POTC hexagon, I prefer to use a 1 x 12 inch ruler, but you can use any other acrylic ruler. (A very big one will  be awkward.)

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Trace the hexagon on freezer paper

Trace the template onto FP (or print with Inklingo, or draw it) and cut it out.

I normally use a rotary cutter but scissors make it portable.

 

Freezer paper templates

Position the FP template on the fabric, plastic coated side down. You can make sure it stays in position by pressing it with a hot, dry iron.

The freezer paper will bond temporarily, peel off, and be ready to use over and over and over again!

(If you don’t want to use an iron, use a small dab of glue-stick on the plastic coated side to hold it in position temporarily. Once there is glue on the plastic coated side, don’t use that template with a hot iron again.)

So far this is just a freezer paper template but . . .

Rotary cut with acrylic template

. . . it it just needs the ruler to give you the acrylic edges!

Align the acrylic ruler so when you rotary cut you are adding seam allowance all the way around.

From here on, all of the tips you know for using an ordinary acrylic template are the same—except that you have more to hold onto and the templates don’t slip!

More accurate! You aren’t sacrificing any benefits and you save money.

That’s it! Isn’t this cool?

FP + acrylic ruler = acrylic template

  • Any shape!
  • Have as many as you want!
  • They’re free! (Spend the money on fabric instead!)
  • If you lose it, just make another one!
  • No waiting to start a project!
  • Never out of stock!

 

Rotary cut with acrylic template

TIP Position masking tape on the underside of the ruler to make it easy add the same seam allowance every time.

I add 0.25 inch for hand piecing (above) but you can make the seam allowance as wide or as narrow as you like. It is your choice, not the choice of whoever cut the acrylic.

I find cutting the fabric easier and more precise than with an acrylic hexagon, which can slip out of position.

 

Cut several layers at a time

You can cut several layers at a time this way, just the way you can with an ordinary acrylic template. Move the freezer paper to another 4 or 5 layers of fabric and repeat.

There are tips for using templates in another article in the Top Ten Tutes on the blog too. You will be amazed by how fast it goes!
For example:

  • use pre-cut strips
  • use a strip of paper to space the templates

PREFER SEWING LINES?

This method of making your own templates works the same way as an ordinary acrylic template that you pay for—so you don’t have sewing lines.

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Hexagons with sewing lines

Quilters who print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo know how wonderful it is to have the sewing lines, crosshairs and matching marks printed on every hexagon. It makes it faster and easier to get precise results whether you sew by hand or by machine.

However, if the shapes are not available from Inklingo (yet), or if the particular fabric is too dark on the wrong side to print, or if you are fussy cutting (Part 2, coming soon), you can mark the sewing lines manually.

  • Press the FP on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Cut one layer at a time.
  • Use a thin, flexible ruler (not an acrylic ruler) and a mechanical pencil to mark the sewing lines.
  • Extend the lines beyond the corners, so you have crosshairs to mark the seam endings.

(I never had much luck peering at tiny dots marked through holes in an acrylic template!)

Draw the sewing lines manually

I have been using and teaching this method for fifteen years.

Marking seam lines manually is also easier than basting fabric to a template for English Paper Piecing. I do not recommend EPP for any design, including POTC. The results don’t justify the extra work.

.Print POTC 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.

Then you can sew by hand or by machine.

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How to Sew Passacaglia by Hand

This video shows how to sew Passacaglia from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein but the same technique applies to POTC.

You don’t need to buy acrylic for Passacaglia either. Make your own acrylic templates!

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

 

Make templates for any shape!

Monkey says, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that this method works for any shape like these equilateral triangles.

Anything you can draw on freezer paper can be an “acrylic” template when you use FP and an ordinary acrylic ruler—even ones with curved sides!

Using templates without seam allowances allows you to draw the complete sewing line. No more dot-to-dot!

Whether you use Inklingo or not, you don’t need to find and buy and store acrylic templates anymore. No more waiting to start a project when you use freezer paper!

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible. Acrylic templates never need to cost you anything.

 

Quilted Diamonds books and DVD

QUILTED DIAMONDS

My Quilted Diamonds books teach everything you need to know about hand piecing with freezer paper templates. I wrote those books and produced the two-hour lesson on DVD in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Quilted Diamonds 2 was re-printed last year and is still available.

QD books are about hand piecing but freezer paper templates are better than acrylic when you are sewing by machine too.

If it had not been for the popularity of Quilted Diamonds, I probably never would have invented Inklingo.

Once you have turned freezer paper templates into acrylic templates, I don’t think you will want to buy acrylic shapes for any design.

That’s great for everyone (except the big companies that manufacture acrylic sheets) because it leaves you more money to spend in shops on patterns, classes and fabric!

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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.

 

Patchwork of the Crosses

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In Part 2 of this article, I will show you why I prefer free templates for fussy cutting too!

Inklingo IS the quilting tool we’ve always wanted but when you can’t use Inklingo, use freezer paper!

Welcome to Inklingo!

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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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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?

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Hand Piece Miss Elizabeth’s Star

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One of my favorite star designs is named for Miss Elizabeth Bennet, probably the best loved of all of Jane Austen’s heroines.

This 5-pointed star has some brilliant advantages for hand piecers.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

It is diamond # 1 in Quilted Diamonds 2.

I chose it to be one of the diamonds demonstrated in the two-hour QD2 DVD lesson.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

This diamond has inset seams, and the entire diamond can be stitched continuously by turning a corner at the end of every seam!

(Hand piecers LOVE inset seams. Machine piecers, not so much.)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

“Continuous stitching” is one of the delights of hand piecing with a running stitch.

Sewing with a running stitching is reassuringly repetitive and the method is the same for straight seams, curves, insets, and pieces of any shape and size.

(By the way, there is a video showing how to hand piece inset seams on the Main Hexagon Page on the website, so you can start now even if you don’t have QD2 yet.)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

The method in Quilted Diamonds 2 uses freezer paper templates in the FINISHED size.

It is much better than using acrylic or plastic templates that include the seam allowance!

With freezer paper templates, you can draw the seam lines with crosshairs at the seam endings and matching marks along the seam.

It removes all the stress of sewing “dot to dot” or English Paper Piecing.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

Quilted Diamonds 2 is the book that inspired me to invent Inklingo!

I prefer to print the shapes on fabric when I can, but when the shapes are not “inklingoable” yet, freezer paper templates are the next best thing!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

Jane Austen referred to Miss Elizabeth Bennet as “the most delightful creature ever to appear in print.” The slightly off-kilter lines represent Elizabeth’s independent spirit and her willingness to think for herself.

 

Five-pointed star in Passacaglia

This 5-pointed star is similar to the one in Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia quilt.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

Passacaglia is the quilt on the cover of Millefiori Quilts, published by Quiltmania.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

I show pressing suggestions for every diamond in the QD2 book and demonstrate this pressing technique in the DVD lesson, so if you haven’t watched the DVD for a while, this is a good time for a review.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD was reprinted this year, so you can learn to pleasures of hand piecing whenever you are ready.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet

This is one of the images I posted on Facebook last week. Hand Piecing with a running stitch is the same for curves!

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