If you do not have the free Inklingo shape collection for Diamond/Triangles/Square (for LeMoyne Star) yet, you can order it, download, and start printing on fabric in the next few minutes. Shop > Getting Started
If you have never printed on fabric before, you should start now! You need a piece of freezer paper, a scrap of fabric, and an iron. That's all.
When you have printed on fabric once, you will see the advantages.
2. Iron Freezer Paper to Fabric
Cut freezer paper 8.5 x 11, iron it to the right side of the fabric, and trim around the freezer paper so the fabric is the same size. (Use a lighter color than the red in the photo for your first try.)
Use a hot, dry iron (no steam) and press on both sides—the paper side and the fabric side.
As long as there is a firm bond between the fabric and the freezer paper, jams in the printer are rare. Always wash fabric first to remove the sizing. Otherwise, the freezer paper is not likely to stick well enough.
The Bookmarks panel should open automatically in Adobe Reader, but if it does not, please open it so you can find your way around.
One way to open the Bookmarks is View > Show/Hide > Navigation Panels > Bookmarks.
You can find your way around with Bookmarks, without even knowing the page number! How cool is that?
4. Scroll down
In the BOOKMARKS, scroll down to Catalogue of Shapes + THE SHAPES.
Click on the + sign to the left (a triangle on Mac), to open a list of more pages underneath. Click + beside COMBO 2, then + Diamond Triangle Square, then Color 11.
5. Click on the page for Color 11
Click on the page for Inklingo color 11 and look at the shapes. You will see triangles (QST), squares (SQU), and diamonds (DIA) drawn with lines in a grayish/purplish color, and the icon to the left of Inklingo color 11 in the Bookmarks with be gray instead of white to indicate that you are on that page.
The Layout of Shapes is 13 x 19 to give us maximum flexibility, but we normally only print part of the page to get exactly what we need on an ordinary printer (8.5 inches wide).
The description of the shapes is on the page at the main heading "Diamond Triangle Square," and the page after that shows suggested Custom Page Sizes. (These pages are used together.) Below "Custom Sizes" in the Bookmarks, there is a list of 20 pages with the shapes in 20 different colors.
Inklingo color 11 should show well enough on most light or medium fabrics and wash out easily, or at least not show on the front, so we'll use it first. You want to be on that page for the next step.
Explore the free shape collection and take the Guided Tour to become familiar with the way the shapes are organized.
6. Click to print
Click File > Print (or Control P, a useful shortcut).
Make sure Page Scaling is set to "none" in the print dialog box (above), so the shapes print the right size.
Page Scaling "none" might be called "Actual Size" or 100%. The terms vary but the meaning is the same.
The fabric will be printed like the purple fabric.
Notice that if you had printed fabric 6.75 x 9.75 instead of 8.5 x 11, you would have 8 diamonds, 4 triangles, and 4 squares with no waste—and that is perfect for LeMoyne Star.
The lines are very fine and perfect, and the advantages are clear: It is easier to cut on a line without any measuring, and it is easier to sew with a line to follow.
When you see precise diamonds, triangles, and squares coming out of your Inkjet printer, we think you will want to print a sheet of contrasting fabric right away, so you can mix the shapes to sew two mirror image LeMoyne Star blocks for Tilde's Tiny Totes (free pattern).
Test Pages - Be confident that the ink will not show in the finished quilt.
Custom Page Sizes - Use fabric efficiently by entering a custom size in the print dialog box.
Layouts of Shapes - 8.5 inch printer, but 13 x 19 inch pages!
8. Explore the Inklingo Web Site
Many quilters do not take full advantage of the cool navigation tools in Adobe Reader, but the Guided Tour explains Bookmarks and more. There is also a two minute video at Shop > Getting Started.
If you haven't already, review CHAPTER 1 - THE INKLINGO HANDBOOK in the Bookmarks panel of the free shape collection.
DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS The instructions for opening Inklingo are at Support > Download Instructions. You might want to print that page before you start, and then go to Quilter Log In (top right of window) to enter your email address and password.
The email address and password are case sensitive and there must not be any extra spaces or characters. The email address and password are the same whether you are logging into your account on the website or opening the PDFs.
HELP? There are answers to frequently asked questions at Support > FAQ, but please don't wait until you are frustrated if you need to contact me. There is always a simple answer and I am happy to help.
System Requirements Adobe Reader (free download) is required (or Acrobat). Inklingo will not open in other PDF viewers. Mac Users: See the note about Mac Preview in the download instructions.
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