Why Quilters Love Inklingo for Millefiori Quilts
Fern wrote: "This quilt top (sewn completely by hand) was only possible with Inklingo. It was much more pleasurable to sew than EPP, and so much faster. Thank you Linda and monkey!"
Jo-Anne's fabulous Passacaglia was sewn by hand and then beautifully machine quilted. It is a masterpiece. If you are lucky, you can see it at the quilt show at the ARCC Hall in Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia between October 30 and November 1, 2015.
1. Unusual & Beautiful Designs
Every one of Willyne's designs in Millefiori Quilts is exceptional!
2. Simple to Decide How Much Fabric
There are diagrams in every shape collection which show how many shapes you can cut from a yard of fabric.
3. Easy to Cut
No measuring. No templates. Use a rotary cutter or scissors—and there are stitching lines and matching marks printed on every shape!
4. You can sew with a Running Stitch or by Machine
Sew with a running stitch instead of whip-stitching over templates with English Paper Piecing! It is more portable, more fun, more precise, and faster! And the stitches don't show on the front!
If you want to sew any of Willyne's designs by machine, choose the larger sizes.
When you buy Passacaglia shapes, I manually add the Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF download). The design book focuses on 60 degree hexagons but the sewing and pressing instructions apply to the shapes in Passacaglia too. (Details)
Sewing the pentagons and diamonds in Passacaglia is similar to sewing hexagons, so you can follow those instructions for continuous stitching by hand, precision machine piecing, and combining hand and machine piecing (hybrid piecing) for the best of both worlds—speed and portability.
5. Fussy Cut
They are even more possibilities if you fussy cut some of the shapes. There are tutorials for two methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo on the All About Inklingo blog.
- Traditional (freezer paper templates make Swiss cheese of the fabric)
- No Waste Fussy Cutting (print shapes on identical sheetsof fabric, similar to Stack ‘n Whack™)
6. Print scraps and Jelly Rolls
Monkey shows you how to print on Jelly Rolls on the All About Inklingo blog.
7. Sew Insets by Machine
A new video on the blog gives my best tips for sewing hexagons (or any inset seams!) by machine. You can do it!
. . . and another video by hand.
8. A choice of sizes.
The shapes in Willyne's original Passacaglia have 3 cm sides. The shapes with 1.5 inch sides are larger and easier to sew by machine.
This diagram shows the size comparison for one of the rosettes. When you follow the instructions in Willyne's Millefiori Quilts book, you will see that some of the rosettes have a different number of rings.
Cathy's review: "I cannot imagine making this quilt using any other method. Inklingo makes everything about this intricate design go together perfectly, easily, precisely and quickly."
A simple running stitch.
LEARN TO HAND PIECE
The two-hour hand piecing lesson in Quilted Diamonds 2
is like taking a private lesson from me. The beautiful book and DVD are available again.
I am very happy with Inklingo. I have now printed four of Rosette 1. I enjoy your Diamonds method so much. Your instructions and DVD are wonderful. I am looking forward to going back to them with Inklingo. - Barbara in Perth Australia (posted on the blog)
A NOTE ABOUT CONFUSING NAMES!
Passacaglia is a Baroque music form from the 1600s which was destined to cause confusion for quilters in 2015.
1. Some quilters mistakenly think La Passacaglia is called Millefiori because it is on the cover of the Millefiori Quilts book.
2. There is also a Millefiore Quilt Along based on a book by Katja Marek, which uses different shapes.
3. The Patchworks of Lucy Boston also includes a quilt called Passacaglia
4. There is a free Inklingo pattern by Tilde in Denmark called Passacaglia.
IMPORTANT If you are new to Inklingo, I recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.
It includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. With that and the Top Ten Tutes on the blog, you will be an expert in no time!
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