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Adventures in Hexagons by Emily Breclaw

Congratulations to Emily Breclaw on her new book, Adventures in Hexagons!

I was excited to be invited to participate in her blog tour introducing her designs.

You could win

  • a free copy of the book from the publisher, C & T, or
  • a $25 Inklingo Gift Certificate

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. It’s that easy.

C&T will send a hard copy to a US winner, or an electronic copy to an international winner.

I will send a $25 Inklingo Gift Certificate to another winner anywhere in the world. You can use it for anything on inklingo.com.

$25 buys a lot of Inklingo. For example, it is enough to buy a hexagon shape collection AND get the Inklingo Hexagon Quilt Design Book!

The winners will be announced on August 7th.

PLEASE NOTE  Inklingo is mentioned on the cover (Thank you!) and Emily’s book is full of designs that could be made with Inklingo. However, there are no instructions for printing, sewing or pressing with Inklingo or with freezer paper templates. The good news is that Inklingo provides all that.

 

VIDEO

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

 

Print on fabric

Printing the shapes on fabric (or freezer paper) with Inklingo makes it easy to make all of Emily’s star-inspired designs! (It is the same for hexagons, kites, diamonds, triangles and ANY OTHER SHAPES—in any book.)

Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size to make it easy. You can look them up in the Inklingo Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website.

 

Inklingo shape collections

For example, some of Emily’s designs use  3 inch hexagons and related shapes and they are all provided in one “shape collection” with all of the info you need for determining yardage requirements, sewing and pressing.

Some of Emily’s designs use kites and diamonds, which are available on the Main 60 Shape Page in the Shop.

 

VIDEO – HEXAGONS BY MACHINE

More good news! Emily’s beautiful designs use shapes which are large enough to sew comfortably by machine. That makes the quilts appealing to quilters who don’t do hand piecing too.

With the the lines printed on the fabric, it is easy to sew from from crosshair to crosshair by machine or by hand. Your choice.

As usual, you can use Inklingo for English Paper Piecing, if that is the method you prefer.

There are more videos on the website, including the Main Hexagon Page.

 

Independence Day by Emily Breclaw

When you have the shapes printed on fabric, you don’t need templates!

 

Emily Breclaw - Midsummer Night's Dream

There are a few shapes in a couple of the quilts that are not Inklingo-able. We always prefer to print the shapes on fabric, of course, but when you can’t, I think you will love using Inklingo to print freezer paper templates without seam allowances.

Freezer paper templates are perfect for fussy cutting too

 

Adventures in Hexagons by Emily Breclaw

Emily also invited another Inklingo quilter, Cathi at Quilt Obsession, to the blog tour, so you will want to enter the draw there too.

You won’t want to miss any of the stops along the way!

July 24 – C&T Publishing

July 25 – Generation Q Magazine

July 27 – Marti Mitchell

July 28 – Clothworks Fabrics

July 29 – Quilt Obsession (Inklingo)

July 30 – Paper Pieces

August 1 – Mary Huey

August 2 – Linda Franz (You are here)

August 3 – Patty Murphy

August 4 – Cheryl Sleboda

August 5 – Wendy Sheppard

August 6 – Emily Breclaw

 

Print hexagons on fabric

Please subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), to see what we’re working on now.

If you don’t win, you can buy the book from Emily! It is also available on Amazon but it is especially nice to support a first-time author, don’t you think?

Thank you for visiting. Good luck in the draw!

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

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This is another long article full of info that I think is important.

I use several examples to show how using Inklingo shapes and freezer paper shapes can set you free from acrylic templates!

 

Print quilt shapes on fabric

I often include a “bonus shape” to print on fabric in Inklingo shape collections.

Inklingo Ribbon Flower bonus shape

This is the bonus shape in the new Ribbon Flower shape collection. This simple shape increases the possibilities dramatically!

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Ribbon Flower with Bonus Shape

For example, adding this shape allows you to create a whole pieced blade.

 

Ribbon Flower variations

You can really jazz up a Ribbon Flower!

These two blocks are identical except that I added 6 of shape E and used different Inklingo edge shapes.

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Ribbon Flower Variation

Use Bonus Shape E if you want to make this variation of Ribbon Flower.

 

Ribbon Flower quilt

You can make dozens of variations of Ribbon Flower with the shapes in the collection but what if you need something a little different, like this?

Two Inklingo shapes in the same fabric create a new effect. I would prefer to eliminate that seam in the gold fabric and have one piece instead of two.

 

Inklingo with freezer paper templates

I print the Inklingo layout WITHOUT seam allowances on freezer paper to prepare a template. Easy peasy.

Iron the template to the wrong side of the fabric and draw the sewing lines, crosshairs and matching marks manually, Then I can use that fabric shape with the other shapes I have printed.

BONUS TIP  When shapes are not symmetrical, it is important to remember the effect of mirror image. (We’ll save that for another day. This article is long enough already!)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 book and DVD

Whenever a shape is not available, I use freezer paper templates!

This is the same freezer paper technique I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books.

It is also the method I have explained in detail for traditional Fussy Cutting with Inklingo.

 

Ribbon Flower quilt

For this Ribbon Flower variation, I want two shapes instead of one.

 

Inklingo with freezer paper templates

It’s simple with freezer paper.

 

Ribbon Flower Bow

This is another example showing how you can combine several shapes into one to create a new background shape for a partial ribbon flower.

 

Inklingo with freezer paper templates

This allows you to piece the entire block instead of appliqué (see Part 6) whenever you need a different shape to finish the edges.

There are 4 different edge shapes for many different variations in Ribbon Flower but you can also create your own edge shape with freezer paper!

It is always faster and more precise to print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo but when that is not an option, freezer paper is a wonderful alternative.

When you combine freezer paper templates with Inklingo, anything can happen!

Freezer paper templates give you more flexibility and better results than acrylic every time!

 

There are many more examples of Ribbon Flower variations on the Inklingo Facebook page, so I hope you are following there. If this short slide show doesn’t play for you, click here to see it on Facebook.

ICYMI (in case you missed it):

Please subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), if you don’t want to miss anything.

Ribbon Flower is in the Shop.

 

If the slide show doesn’t play, click here to see my summer sewing room on Facebook.

It is supposed to be a rainy weekend, so I will make hay while the sun shines today. A little sewing on the front porch is next on the agenda.

Thank you for visiting. See you again soon!

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

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Applique Variation

Many quilters prefer piecing Ribbon Flower because it ensures perfect positioning and smooth curves.

However, you can appliqué too!

Appliqué allows you to create other variations with partial flowers, like this one.

 

Print Ribbon Flower shapes on fabric.

You can piece Ribbon Flower blocks because the new Inklingo shape collection includes 4 shapes for the background for a variety of 12 inch blocks.

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower quilt

Appliqué allows you to position the flower asymmetrically for more designs!

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Applique Ribbon Flower

After the Ribbon Flower design is pieced, working from the back, mark the turn-under by basting along the stitching line by hand or by machine (above).

If you baste by hand, take care to start or end a stitch in each crosshair.

After basting, trim the seam allowance to a turn-under of 3/16 or less.

Layer the flower on the background and pin in position, so you can needleturn the edge. Remove the basting stitches when you turn under short sections.

This method is similar to back-basting because we baste along the stitching line from the back, but it is different because we only stitch through one layer.

There is a detailed chapter on appliqué in The Inklingo Handbook, including back-basting—my favorite method!

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower variation

Needleturn appliqué with Inklingo is more fun than ever because the preparation is easier and faster and the results are more precise.

Free Appliqué Intro
Order, download and start printing and sewing with the free Inklingo appliqué shape collection for Circle of Hearts in the next few minutes. There is also a free PDF on that page for Appliqué Printing Instructions.

ICYMI (in case you missed it):

Please subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), if you don’t want to miss Part 7. There is even more to say about the new Ribbon Flower shapes!

Ribbon Flower is in the Shop.

It is a gorgeous summer day here in Canada. 77 F (25 C) with a blue sky and puffy white clouds. I’ll be weedin’, waterin’, and . . . appliquêin’ on the porch.

Thank you for visiting with me. See you soon!

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

Ribbon Flower Variation

No matter what variation of Ribbon Flower you choose, 12 pieces come together in the middle.

 

Shape for Ribbon Flower quilt

When the shapes are printed on fabric . . .

 

Chain piece Ribbon Flower Quilt

. . . . some of the seams can be chain pieced by machine.

 

Ribbon Flower Quilt Block

However, I like to assemble the 12 Ribbon Flower blades by hand to get the best results.

TIP # 1  Hand piecing allows you to have control over the center intersection where 12 seams come together.

 

TIP # 2  This video shows how I “circle the intersection” by hand, passing the needle through each pair of seam allowances in the crosshairs, before backstitching and sewing the next section of the seam.

The example in the video is a 6-pointed star but the same technique works for the 12 curvy blades of Ribbon Flower.

TIP # 3  Avoid thick fabric for shapes A and B. The center is going to be bulky enough!

TIP # 4  When you join the blades, sew on the line near the center of the block instead of sewing just beside the line, the way we usually do.

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Trimming the seam allowances

TIP # 5  Trim 1/8 inch from one of the seam allowances in each pair of seam allowances to reduce the bulk at the center, as described in the instructions.

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How to Press Ribbon Flower Quilt Blocks

TIP # 6  Press all the seams around the center intersection, as described in the instructions in the shape collection.

 

Ribbon Flower Quilt Block

Intersections don’t have to be absolutely perfect to be fabulous.

 

LeMoyne Star with free Inklingo shapes

These tips apply any time 4, 6, 8, 12 or more seams converge in one intersection. It is something I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002, 2004).

If you browse through the Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book, you will see that there are many other Inklingo designs where many seams come together like this, including Key West Beauty, Castle Wall, Stars of all kinds, Orange Peel, Storm At Sea, Cleopatra’s Fan and many others.

The good news is that you can practice this technique with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

Main Beginner’s Page – Order, download and start printing and sewing in the next few minutes.

Just in case you missed it:

Please subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), if you don’t want to miss Part 6.

Ribbon Flower is in the Shop.

Summer is here and I will be outside, either gardening (aka weedin’ & waterin’) or sewing. I hope it is a good week for fresh air at your house too.

Thank you for visiting.

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

Inklingo Ribbon Flower in EQ7

LET’S PLAY WITH COLOR!

There is a new, free EQ project file for Ribbon Flower, thanks to pines & curley! They gave me the project file to share with you!

Download the free Inklingo Ribbon Flower Project File (.pj7)

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower in EQ7

Ribbon Flower is a tricky design to draw.

The shapes in the project file are not exactly the same as the ones in the Inklingo Ribbon Flower shape collection but it is close enough, so you can play with the many colors and fabric in EQ to design your quilt and count the shapes.

If you don’t have Electric Quilt software (EQ7), you can color the worksheets in the Inklingo Ribbon Flower shape collection instead.

Electric Quilt is faster and easier than coloring a worksheet by hand, and you can print your design.

THANK YOU, pines & curley!

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower shapes to print on fabric

However, there are discrepancies, so you will just use this PJ7 for planning your colors and layout.

You will need to print the shapes (with or without seam allowances) from the Inklingo shape collection PDF.

Electric Quilt can calculate the number of shapes and the quilt size for you, but the diagrams in the Inklingo Shape Collection will give you a more accurate yardage estimate.

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower in EQ7

Design your quilt and then prepare a worksheet and a summary on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet (or similar) and you are ready to print and sew!

NOTE
You do NOT have to have EQ to use Inklingo!
Electric Quilt is a nice optional tool.
You have to have Electric Quilt software (EQ7) to open the project file.

MORE ELECTRIC QUILT PROJECT FILES

Your creativity + EQ + Inklingo = better quilts + more fun.

If you have Electric Quilt software, you might want the other EQ project files under the EQ tab (above).

Ribbon Flower is the newest one.
Download the free Inklingo Ribbon Flower Project File (.pj7)

I planned to write something else for Part 4 but pines & curley surprised me last night and I could not wait to share this project file with you. I am saving my other article to be Part 5.

I hope you are excited to design with Ribbon Flower shapes in EQ too!

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower

I’ve been sewing my Ribbon Flowers outside this summer.

The special low intro price for Ribbon Flower was supposed to end tonight but Monkey is extending it until tomorrow night, July 7, 2017 at midnight, okay? That’s it!  Visit the Shop.

You can subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), if you don’t want to miss Part 5.

Thank you, pines & curley! You have made a lot of quilters happy!

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

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