The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 8

The Case of the Diamond Necklace COTDN mystery quilt

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

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

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

 

Introduction to Inklingo

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

 

Print diamonds on fabric

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt COTDN

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

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

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

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

Linda & Monkey

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

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The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 7

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

This time, YOU are the designer!

 

Pieced Hexagons from Diamonds

VIDEO

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

 

Introduction to Inklingo

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

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

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace mystery quilt

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

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

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

Stay tuned Clue # 8, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 6

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

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

 

Print triangles on fabric with your Inkjet

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

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

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Introduction to Inklingo

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

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

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

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

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

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 5

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

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

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Introduction to Inklingo

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

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

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

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

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

Please stay tuned for a new article about fussy cutting with Inklingo too.

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

The Case of the Diamond Necklace – Clue # 4

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Diamond Heist

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

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

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

 

Print diamonds on fabric

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

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

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

 

Two movies

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

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Introduction to Inklingo

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

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

 

Cathi is ready for Clue # 4. Are you?

HAND OR MACHINE

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

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

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

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

Please tell your friends about the Case of the Diamond Necklace. The next clues are fun too.

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

The Case of the Diamonds Necklace – Clue # 3

NEVER BUY ACRYLIC SHAPES AGAIN ? 

This is a long article but if you read it, I don’t think you will ever buy acrylic templates and shapes again. Ever!

This info makes quilting more fun, more creative, and sets you free from expensive acrylic.

Almost anything you can draw, you can turn into templates that are better than acrylic!

Spend your money on precious gems (or fabric) instead.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 3 (10 pages, PDF to download)

This is not the clue I originally planned.

 

Print quilt shapes on fabric with Inklingo

TWO OPTIONS

I re-wrote the whole clue when I decided to give you a second option.

Now you can

(1) print all of the shapes on fabric with Inklingo

OR

(2) print most of the shapes and prepare the rest with freezer paper templates.

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FREEZER PAPER

My friend Mary taught me how to use freezer paper templates almost 20 years ago and I still prefer FP to any other template material, including acrylic shapes.

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Freezer Paper Templates

Freezer paper (FP) templates are the BEST templates in the history of quiliting AND the least expensive!

Businesses that sell acrylic shapes or plastic sheets don’t want you to know how fantastic freezer paper is!

 

It is worth learning about freezer paper for hand piecing AND machine piecing—any shape, any size, straight lines or curves..

 

Freezer paper templates with acrylic edge

THE ULTIMATE IN FLEXIBILITY

ANY freezer paper shape can have an acrylic edge.

An ordinary acrylic ruler with a piece of masking tape marking the seam allowance turns any FP shape into a better “acrylic template!”

 

I have always included layouts of shapes without seam allowances in Inklingo shape collections, so you can print on freezer paper if you need templates.

If you are making templates, it is silly to include the seam allowances!

Anything you can draw, trace, or print on freezer paper works better than an expensive acrylic template because FP does not slide around before you finish cutting.

The plastic coating on freezer paper sticks to the fabric when pressed with a hot, dry iron, and it stays in position until you peel it off to use it again.

Draw, trace or print any block or shape on FP and cut the shapes apart.

Quilted Diamonds 2 page 55

Adding acrylic edges to FP templates is a huge concept but it is not new! 

I have been teaching how to use FP templates since my Quilted Diamonds books in 2002 and 2004.

In those books, I taught drawing the sewing lines on the wrong side of the fabric for hand piecing because the shapes are very small. However, the same method works for machine piecing and you don’t usually need to add the sewing lines!

Turn every edge of the FP into an acrylic edge that you can rotary cut—with the rulers you already have.

 

Inklingo shapes with and without seam allowances

INKLINGO OR FREEZER PAPER?

Printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo is always my first choice, of course!

When a shape is not available from Inklingo, FP templates are the perfect choice!

Inklingo has  more advantages, of course, but FP templates work very well–BETTER than acrylic or plastic templates—whether you are using scissors or a rotary cutter.

I feel so strongly about the benefits of using FP templates that I re-wrote Clue # 3 this week to add a shape in the Case of the Diamond Necklace mystery quilt—one that you cannot print with Inklingo.

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Freezer paper has every advantage and is very inexpensive.

You can

  • draw on it
  • trace through it
  • print on it
  • cut it accurately with a rotary cutter or scissors, even several layers at a time!
  • write on it
  • make as many templates as you want without additional expense
  • re-use them
  • replace them
  • store them easily

Freezer paper is perfect for window templates too.

Acrylic templates only work with a rotary cutter. With FP templates, you can choose to use scissors if you need it to be portable. Acrylic does not have even one advantage over freezer paper for quilters. Acrylic templates cannot do what FP templates do.

(By the way, in case you are wondering, I do not sell freezer paper. No affiliation. FP is a just an amazing product.)

There is more about FP in the Top Ten Tutes on the blog.

That’s all you need to know before you download and start Clue # 3.

COTDN Clue # 3 (10 pages, PDF to download)

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website is a good intro to printing on fabric with Inklingo.

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

 

COTDN stars by Delores J

Delores made these fabulous stars for her COTDN mystery quilt with Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

I love seeing what everyone is doing with the COTDN mystery quilt clues!

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Barb Clark's COTDN Stars

Driveway Barb has been fussy cutting with Inklingo for years. (Just Sayin’ Sew blog.)

There are more beautiful stars for COTDN on Facebook too.

HAND OR MACHINE

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

This is the 3rd Inklingo mystery quilt. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

I would love to see and share photos of your Clue # 3. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the mystery. There is more to come!

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt – Clue # 2

New Clue!

COTDN Clue # 2 (8 pages, PDF to download)

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

I’m wearing my diamond necklace ($7.50 US and worth every penny) with a sweatshirt instead of a strapless white gown while I print and sew.

You can feel just like Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief while you make a pretty quilt.

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Print diamonds on fabric

If you are new to Inklingo, Clue # 2 will help you print your first 3 sheets of fabric and start sewing stars by hand or by machine.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

This clue includes valuable gems of information in videos of  “circling the intersection” and “continuous stitching.”

 

Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection

You will need the shapes in the Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection.

The versatility of these shapes makes them perfect for a mysterious mystery quilt.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

The new COTDN mystery quilt is very pretty with or without fussy cutting.

Even if you won’t be fussy cutting this time, we think the new notes about fussy cutting with Inklingo are a very good reason to subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar)..

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website includes essential clues.

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

HAND OR MACHINE

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

This is the 3rd Inklingo mystery quilt. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, so you can see what to expect.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

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

I would love to see and share photos of your first stars. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the mystery. The fun is for everyone!

Linda & Monkey

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

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook