Encore Presentation of the Sixth LIVE Inklingo Video

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

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

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

The demonstrations include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Live Inklingo Video 06

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

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

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


Inklingo Live Video 06

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

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

Introduction to Inklingo

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

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

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

Linda & Monkey


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

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

Inklingo Live Video # 6 on Facebook Tonight

I am going to try to do a LIVE video tonight with the new “studio.”

Better cameras, better software, and lots of good things to show you!

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)
I will be printing and sewing Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

Do you know someone who has made POTC blocks but has not joined them together yet? This is for them too.

Even if you aren’t sewing a POTC, the tips and hints will help with any other design. Please tell your friends.

The SIXTH live video will be FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16 at 7 pm Eastern Time on the Inklingo Facebook Page.

You can find out what time that is in your time zone at World Time Buddy.

When you find the video on the Inklingo Facebook Page there is no sound until you hover over it and click on the speaker (lower right corner).

The video should to play immediately. If it doesn’t,  please try refreshing the page. That should get it going.

The reason I say I will “try” to do a live video tonight is that there will be plumbers in the house this afternoon doing some work, including replacing our water softener. We already know we are the last job of the day. If they are here late, I will do the live video some time Saturday instead. Maybe afternoon. .

I have everything ready and I am excited to be using the new equipment, so I really want to do it tonight. If I can’t, I will let you know on Facebook, so you know when to tune in, okay?

If you miss it LIVE event, you will be able to watch the replay here within a few days.

Introduction to Inklingo

This short video is a good intro to Inklingo, so you might want to watch or re-watch it before LIVE # 6.

Just in case you missed them, there is a summary of the other LIVE videos on the website. Click on the Video tab.

If you leave a LIVE comment, it is fun to know where you are while you watch.. .

In some of the other LIVE videos, groups of friend have watched “together” and left comments back and forth for each other. Everything is more fun with friends, so I hope you will bring a friend too.

See you later!

Linda & Monkey


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

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

Encore Presentation of the Fifth LIVE Inklingo Video

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.)

Encore Live Inklingo Video 05

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

LeMoyne Star by Kathy Timmons

I also had this photo teed up to show you. Kathy’s fussy cutting is fabulous and . . .

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.
  • Choose “follow” on the Inklingo Facebook Page. No guarantee—but you are more likely to see my photos.
  • Subscribe to the blog, so you get an email when I post here. The link is at the top of the right side-bar (or below the content on mobile).

Millefiori Quilts 3 Lucky Stars

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


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

Inklingo on Facebook

Inklingo Live Video # 5 on Facebook Tonight

Inklingo Live Video for LeMoyne Stars

On Thursday and Friday, I sewed MANY LeMoyne Stars in various sizes by machine with the video camera running, to prepare for tonight.

The webcam goes out of focus but when I film in advance, I can use a better camera.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

EVERY star turned out perfectly but I can’t say as much for the videos.

# 1
Unfortunately, when I am sitting down, the camera has a better view than I do. The camera blocked the view of the needle-down and reverse buttons, so there was too much fumbling around. Let’s do that again.

# 2
Standing up. Perfection!—except that I forgot to press the Record button.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

# 3
Sewing a close-up of an 8-inch star. It turned out perfectly but when I watched the replay, I thought the details would show better with smaller pieces.

# 4, # 5, # 6
It became obvious that I was too tired to remember everything.

Thursday night I decided I would do better after a good night’s sleep and I could go live on Saturday instead.

Spare bobbins, spare pieces, spare battery, spare everything, and more stars printed and ready to sew.

It took ALL day.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

All going well until the battery died. No problem! Pop in a new battery. Unfortunately, I forgot to press the Record button when I re-started.

I blame it on my achy back, which does not like standing hunched over a camera to sew.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

# ???
Almost finished! but the memory card filled up.

Note to self: That beeping means it is not recording anymore.

LeMoyne Star by Machine

# whatever
Last Star. I’ll take it.  <sigh>

The FIFTH  live video will be SATURDAY JANUARY 27 at 7 pm Eastern Time on the Inklingo Facebook Page.

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

All you have to do is visit the Inklingo Facebook Page. There is no sound until you hover over the video and click on the speaker in the lower right corner.

If you don’t see the video start to play immediately, please try refreshing the page. That should get it started.

Hybrid POTC - Patchwork of the Crosses

By the way, if you happen to tune in and see me sewing hexagons for POTC, it’s a BONUS.

If you leave a LIVE comment, please let me know where you are.
. .

Introduction to Inklingo

Your homework for tonight is simpler than mine. If you haven’t seen it lately, you might want to review this short video about printing on fabric. It’s a great intro to Inklingo.

I hope you will be watching tonight and leave a comment.

If you miss the LIVE event, you will be able to watch the replay on the blog.

Please bring a friend. Thank you for watching!

Linda & Monkey


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

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

Encore Presentation of the Fourth LIVE Inklingo Video

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.

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.

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.

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.



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”

Maggie Smith sewing Patchwork of the Crosses


Inklingo Live Video 04

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!

Patchwork of the Crosses wall hanging

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!


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


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

Inklingo on Facebook

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


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 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.)


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


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


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 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!


I have more to say about Sharon’s beautiful book, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you won’t miss anything.


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.


Please donate to the Red Cross


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


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

Inklingo on Facebook

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).


Swiss cheese fussy cutting


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!


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

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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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I hope you will also tell your friends about the new Inklingo mystery quilt, The Case of the Diamond Necklace (COTDN). New clue coming soon!

Linda & Monkey


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