Why I Don’t Sell Acrylic Templates

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

WHY I DON’T SELL ACRYLIC TEMPLATES
I still get requests for acrylic templates for POTC.  I don’t recommend them or sell them for any design.

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS ARTICLE
It took me several days to write this because I needed to reconsider some strong language. In the end, I decided to vent. I have been holding this in for years.

The info in this article is useful whether you use Inklingo or not.

Some quilters will resist the message but it will set other quilters free—to dance along a more creative and satisfying path.

I know this article may upset some people but I needed to write it because anything less would not be true to my passion for making quilting more accessible

New subscriber? I don’t normally vent like this. I hope you will stick around to see what I post next time too.

Print on fabric

Of course, I think Inklingo is the best tool available to quilters today but even if you do not use Inklingo, you never, ever, ever need acrylic templates for any design.

I discussed how to use freezer paper with acrylic rulers in Live Video 08 but I don’t think I was blunt enough:
Knowing what I know, it would be disrespectful to sell acrylic templates.

My mission is making quilting more accessible for everyone and there is an inexpensive, more useful alternative that gives you the freedom to make ANY design. You don’t need acrylic or Inklingo!

How to make templates

You probably already have everything you need, above. (No affiliation.)

Since the introduction of rotary cutters in the early 1980s, designers have promoted acrylic templates for absolutely everything. At first glance, it looked like a big upgrade from using cereal box cardboard and it has proven to be an easy way for designers to make a little money. Unfortunately it does not benefit quilters.

Many of the businesses that sell acrylic templates have talented designers who create wonderful designs and write excellent instructions, so it baffles me that they continue to promote acrylic. They can do better.

In fact, acrylic templates have been promoted so heavily that some quilters automatically assume they need them for every quilt. However, acrylic templates are one of the worst tools available to quilters. A few illustrations make it obvious.

Add seam allowances when you cut

I recommend using freezer paper templates in the FINISHED size. Add the seam allowance when you cut the fabric with a rotary cutter OR scissors.

SO MANY ADVANTAGES!
Working in the FINISHED size makes every step easier, including designing. In fact, it allows you to make templates in any shape, any size. It also makes the cutting and sewing easier.

Anything you can draw (or print) on freezer, you can cut apart and put together again.

A drawing of the complete block is all you need. Be creative. Draw it. Trace it. Print it. Your choice. Add or remove lines to suit your own style.

Freezer paper templates are inexpensive, flexible, available on the spot. No need to pay postage and wait for a piece of plastic to be delivered.

You can have ANY shape, any time, anywhere, right now. All you need is freezer paper and one acrylic ruler.

How to use freezer paper templates

ROTARY CUT
Cut single layers OR cut several layers at a time, as demonstrated in Live Video 08.

When you press freezer paper with a hot, dry iron, it sticks temporarily to fabric—no sliding. (If you cannot use an iron for some reason, use temporary Glue Dots, which are also demonstrated in that Live Video.)

Each template can be used over and over and over and over again.

You can write on freezer paper templates, store them in envelopes, and have as many as you want. They can be enormous or tiny.

As if that were not enough, there is another huge advantage of working with the shape in the FINISHED size—it makes it easy to mark the sewing lines (if required), which is much easier and more precise than trying to sew “dot to dot.”

It is the sewing line that is important. 

Adding drilled holes to acrylic templates is what Monkey calls a “gratuitous invention” or a “negative improvement.” Acrylic templates created the problem. Drilling holes does not solve it.

Window template and no seam allowance template

Fussy Cutting is fabulous with freezer paper templates. No more peering through thick plastic that wants to slide.

Have as many templates as fussy flowers to be cut, not just one to move around. I have written detailed instructions for fussy cutting with freezer paper templates several times on the blog, so I won’t repeat it here.

FP template plus acrylic ruler

VARIABLE SEAM ALLOWANCES
With freezer paper templates, YOU decide on the amount of seam allowance you want. The width is entirely up to you, so when you are sewing tiny pieces, you can use less than 0.25 inch and in other cases, you might want something wider than 0.25 inch.

WANT TO USE SCISSORS?
Acrylic templates are intended to be used for rotary cutting, so if you want to cut with scissors, you are instructed to draw around the acrylic to mark the cutting line and use dots to mark the seam endings. Good grief!  This is the exact opposite of what you actually need.

It is better to use a template in the finished size, so you can mark the sewing lines, when required. That is what is important. You can eye-ball the seam allowance when you cut with scissors. I think you will be amazed how quickly you train your eye.

TIP  If you don’t trust yourself to cut an accurate 0.25 inch seam allowance (yet) with scissors, you can train your eye with a simple crutch. Cut a strip of masking tape 0.25 inches wide (or other width, as illustrated in Live Video 08) and place it on the fabric around the freezer paper template when you cut, moving it from one side to the next as you go.

When you have the sewing line marked, it doesn’t really matter if the seam allowances are precise. It is the sewing line that is important. 

You might be amazed by how quickly you learn to judge where to cut to get 0.25 inch, even on curves.

Free shapes to print on fabric

Of course, Inklingo has more advantages than even wonderful freezer paper templates—precision corners, matching marks, layouts that use the fabric efficiently with perfect straight grain, detailed instructions, yardage requirements for any number of shapes, downloadable, etc.

Inklingo is fabulous but when you can’t use Inklingo, use freezer paper templates! (No affiliation.)

recycle acrylic

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR GRANDCHILDREN
If you are making heirloom quilts for grandchildren, it makes sense to think about not polluting the world they will inherit.

Now that you can see why acrylic templates are more expensive and less useful than the alternatives, you might want to get them out of your sewing room.

Please don’t just throw acrylic in the garbage because it could end up floating in the oceans for the next 1000 years. (Recycle Acrylic)

Introduction to Inklingo

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible but you do NOT need to use Inklingo to benefit from this information.

I always recommend starting with the Diamond Triangle Square shape collection ($20 value) because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook (pages H5 – H48) and some great shapes to print on fabric.

Wash tub and board

You can still buy wash boards on Amazon. That doesn’t mean that is a good way to do laundry in 2018.

I have been teaching quilting with freezer paper templates since my Quilted Diamonds books (2002, 2004). It is not new but it is a fabulous method that makes quilting more accessible no matter what design you want to make.

Why does anyone still sell acrylic templates?

Acrylic rulers. Yes. 
Acrylic templates. No.

I hope you can get some freezer paper (no affiliation) and get your creative juices flowing!

NOTE
You may think I am too harsh in my assessment of those who promote acrylic for everything. They can do better.

Monkey says, So tell me how you really feel.

I say, I feel better for venting. If you want more info, please see Live Video 08. There is also a  summary of the other LIVE videos on the website. (Click on the Video tab.)

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! 12 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

Encore Presentation of the Eighth Live Inklingo Video

Replay of Live Inklingo Video 08

HOW TO USE FREEZER PAPER TEMPLATES
The eighth LIVE Inklingo video is intended to help all quilters—whether or not they use Inklingo to print on fabric.

Please scroll down to the last image (with the play button) to watch the replay. 

This video is full of great tips for using freezer paper.

You might wonder why I teach a method that doesn’t used Inklingo but it makes total sense because Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible.

Sometimes you cannot print on fabric. On the other hand . . . . .

Anything you can draw or print in freezer paper, you can cut apart and sew together again. 

Dear Jane quilt by Linda Franz 1999

I made My Dear Jane™ quilt by hand with freezer paper templates. This quilt won a first place ribbon at the AQS Show in Paducah in 1999.

The New Hexagon - Katja Marek

In the video, I used The New Hexagon Book by Katja Marek as an example because I frequently hear from quilters who are not getting the results they want with English Paper Piecing and they want to know what Inklingo shape collections they need to make the designs. (Index of Shapes)

Dancing with the Stars Quilt, Millefiori Quilts 2

There is also a demonstration showing how to make Dancing with the Stars in Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein with Inklingo by adapting a printed shape because one of the shapes is not inklingo-able yet.

I also explained how to use freezer paper templates to make any of the quilts in The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston or Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC), and even clothing!

How to use freezer paper templates

HIGHLIGHTS OF DEMONSTRATIONS

  • tips for tracing a design from a book
  • using spacer strips to position the templates on fabric (above)
  • rotary cutting with a ruler marked with the seam allowance
  • adjusting for wider or narrower seam allowances
  • markers to use on dark fabric
  • using freezer paper templates even when you don’t need to mark the sewing lines
  • using freezer paper templates whether you sew by hand OR by machine
  • how to keep the fabric shapes organized while you sew
  • fussy cutting a border print
  • making thicker freezer paper templates
  • using temporary Glue Dots to salvage expensive paper pieces, or when it is not practical to use a hot dry iron to iron FP templates to fabric
  • how to adapt a printed shape when the actual shape is not available

Acrylic or freezer paper?

WHY FREEZER PAPER TEMPLATES ARE BETTER THAN ACRYLIC
The demonstrations show how it is easier to rotary cut and mark sewing lines with freezer paper—not acrylic.

Acrylic templates don’t do what freezer paper templates can do, so they are not the best option.

IMPORTANT LINKS

All of the information in this video is also covered in the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson. I did not do any sewing in Live Video 08 but the QD2 DVD lesson includes everything about using freezer paper templates AND all of my best tips for hand piecing.

Index of Shapes

Dear Jane™ by Brenda Papadakis

The New Hexagon Book by Katja Marek (Kindle edition) for 52 pieced hexagon designs, most suitable for printing with Inklingo, all suitable for hand piecing or machine piecing with freezer paper templates

300 Pieced Hexagons by Inklingo (PDF to download)  Print all of the shapes with Inklingo or use freezer paper templates. Choice of sizes.

Main Hexagon Page (under the Shop tab) includes even more video

Millefiori Quilts 2 – Dancing with the Stars

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

Kathy in Mexico’s Flickr album of Quilted Diamonds blocks (fussy cut) Visit the album to see close-up photos of all of the diamonds.

Freezer Paper (in the Top Ten Tutes on the blog)

Top Ten Tutes (on the All About Inklingo blog)

Main Beginner’s Page (where to get the free shape collection and a free fabric sample)

Inklingo Live Video with Linda Franz

I’M ALREADY PLANNING ANOTHER LIVE VIDEO
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It is also a good idea to check the Inklingo Facebook Page frequently because Facebook does not show you anything from Inklingo unless I pay them, even when you have liked the page. If you don’t visit, you will miss whatever is happening.

Introduction to Inklingo

Please share the Inklingo videos with your friends. This one is only 8 minutes.

There is also  summary of the other LIVE videos on the website. (Click on the Video tab.)


Click this image for the replay of Live Inklingo Video 08.

Please tell your friends and please “like” the video on YouTube.

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

REMINDER – IETSIE PIETSI PIZZICATO 
The special intro price on the new Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato shape collection. Only $20 until midnight on Wednesday.

I am learning about video as we go along. I hope this is a good way for us to get to know each other and for you to get more enjoyment out of quilting—and finish what you start!

Thank you for watching and 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

NEW Pizzicato and NEW Live Video

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

You certainly know how to keep me busy. I’ve been listening.

  1. New Shapes! Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato, which I am calling Pizzicato for short.
  2. New Live Video! Friday Night 7 pm Eastern

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

PIZZICATO
The Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicata shape collection is ready now! It is one of Willyne Hammerstein’s brilliant designs in Millefiori Quilts 3.

As usual, there is a LOW intro price for one week only.

Russ reads every word of every shape collection out loud to help me proofread. He laughed every time he read “Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato.” I have never heard these words before but I can confidently say that he did not pronounce any part of it correctly.

Ietsie Pietsie is a bit like Itsy Bitsy.

Pizzicato is a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of string instrument, like a violin or guitar.

I will probably never pronounce any of this correctly. I learned how to read with phonics before I was old enough to go to kindergarten. I pronounce words with a Canadian accent and the way they are spelled. Here is a pronunciation link for the purists.

Print Hexagons on Fabric

My pronunciation may be suspect but the shapes to print on fabric are absolutely perfect. You will love the results when you start with precise shapes!

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato templates

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato includes new sizes of hexagons, diamonds, triangles, and stars. It is a great addition to your collection of collections!

LIVE VIDEO 08
Your reaction to the live videos energizes me. I’ve been getting ready for another one. I hope you will join the fun.

This time, I will share tips for finding what shapes are available, what to do when you are just missing one or two shapes, and how to make a request. This sounds straightforward but I have a LOT to show you!

The list of requests seems to get longer every day. When I took the shape collection for Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato off the list, I added three more.

The original plan was to announce Pizzicato in the live video but I have prepared so many  good demos that I could be talking all night, so you are hearing about it now.

Inklingo Live Video

HOW TO WATCH LIVE
Go to the Inklingo Facebook Page.

When: Friday, April 6, 7 pm Eastern Time. World Time Buddy tells you what time that is in your time zone.

There is no sound until you hover over the video and click on the speaker icon in the lower right corner. The video should play immediately but if it doesn’t, please refresh the page.

Please tell your friends too because Google (gmail) and Yahoo have changed the email rules to make it harder for blog emails to be delivered.

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

FACEBOOK IS GETTING GREEDIER
Some of you may have noticed that I have not been posting as often on Facebook. When I post something, Facebook often only shows it to 50-150 of the 44,800+ quilters who have liked the page.

That means that even if you have liked the Inklingo Facebook Page you probably are not getting my photos in your timeline. Facebook wants me to pay every time I post something to show it to a few more quilters—never everyone—so it is up to you to visit.

REPLAYS ON THE BLOG
Watching live and interacting with comments is great fun but every video is also available to watch later. When I post the replays on the blog, I add links and extra info. There is a list under the Video tab on the website. Video Tab

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?
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Introduction to Inklingo

PRINTING ON FABRIC
If you want a little review or a short introduction to printing on fabric, this 8 minutes is Time Well Spent. There is also another very short video on the Main Beginner’s Page showing how to prepare fabric sheets for printing with an Inkjet.

Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato by Willyne Hammerstein

Here are the links again.

1. Ietsie Pietsie Pizzicato Only $20 for a limited time. I also add a Design Book as a bonus!

2. Facebook Live Video Friday Night

I hope I will see comments from you today and on Friday! Thank you for visiting today.

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 Quilters are Printing and Sewing!

From Canada to California to Mexico to Australia to France to Denmark and everywhere in between, quilters have been printing and sewing Inklingo shapes and making beautiful blocks.

I have permission to share a few.

Patchwork of the Crosses by Monica in California

Monica wrote:
“The 2 on the left were from Carrie’s Pieceful Gathering kits. The others I made up out of the fabric scraps I have… some of which didn’t really look like scraps until I fussy cut and put holes all over them!”

Absolutely beautiful work!

I love what Chantal is doing with the Silent Garden design. (Millefiori Quilts 3)

“I cannot resist to send you my first attempt with Inklingo. I have found a rythm….I am in a club and, although my “colleagues” are very traditional, they were all marvelled. I am sure some of them will do an Inklingo project next year. ”
Chantal in France

Amazing creativity. A first attempt. Très beau.

POTC by Beverley in Australia

Beverley has finished her POTC quilt top! She wrote:

“I’m so pleased to have found your way of piecing. I have almost finished my first inklingo project, a passacaglia quilt. So much more enjoyable than paper piecing!”

Absolutely beautiful work. I have shared more photos of Beverley’s beautiful quilts too.

Patchwork of the Crosses by Jytte in Denmark

Jytte in Denmark has shared dozens of her POTC blocks online, so you can see every detail.

Jytte wrote:
“My fabrics are reproduction fabrics, so they are older looking than the fabrics Lucy used, but they are so beautiful. Hope to finish the quilt some day – I use both machine piecing and hand piecing, just like you have shown in your book. And of course, I use inklingo.”

Jytte has captured the spirit of Lucy Boston with wonderful fabric choices. You are going to want to click on the link to see all of them!

Storm At Sea by Joyce in Ontario

Isn’t this amazing?

Joyce in Ontario has made two quilts so far with Inklingo. She wrote:

“The Storm at Sea was the first. I stumbled upon your site looking for Storm at Sea patterns and bought the 9” shapes. I had also been reading “Color Play 2″ by Joen Wolfrom and tried a colour combination outside my normal comfort zone. I really liked the results so my next two pieced quilts are also using your Inklingo method. I am enjoying the accuracy.”

I will share more photos showing detail of this amazing quilt and her Mariner’s Compass on The Inklingo Facebook Page too. What an inspiration!

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this short video will bring you up to speed.

Starlit Star by Kathy in Mexico

I think Kathy must be planning an on-point star quilt this time. “This collection has so many possibilities..alone and with the other collections.”

SALE EXTENDED ON STARLIT STAR
I have been very busy on a special project, so Monkey is late with his reminder about the sale ending on Starlit Stars.

Starlit Star with fussy cutting

The special low intro price should end tonight at midnight (March 28) but we have extended it one more day. Starlit Star 12 inch

Print Diamonds on Fabric

Then you can print the shapes on fabric and sew! When you do, I hope you will share photos too.

Thank you for visiting today.

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

Encore Presentation of the Seventh LIVE Inklingo Video

Live Inklingo Video with Linda Franz

Thank you to everyone who watched while the video was live! It was a struggle to get started but it all worked out in the end.

Please scroll down to the last image (with the play button) to watch the replay. 

On Friday night the audio and video were not synced and the picture was choppy. We finally gave up after 3 tries—but I kept working on it overnight and all day Saturday.

If you haven’t guessed by now, Persistence is my middle name.

Sewing with Inklnigo Live

I finally found a way to broadcast again but it was exactly 24 hours later than I planned. Thank you to everyone, like Barb, who came back to sew with me.

HOW TO SEW STARS
This is my longest, most demo-rich live video so far. It is jam-packed with great info. There is something for everyone.

I demonstrated simple Inklingo techniques for printing on fabric and sewing stars by machine AND by hand—or with a combination of hand and machine stitching.

Silent Garden Quilt with Inklingo

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

  • How I finished the edges of my Silent Garden quilt (Millefiori Quilts 3)
  • A chance to name the new star (I haven’t made a final decision, so it’s not too late to suggest something.)
  • What to do when a shape is not inklingo-able (yet), like the partial diamond on the side edges of my Silent Garden.
  • How to use freezer paper with an acrylic ruler to make a template for ANY shape (I used freezer paper templates for the gold part-diamonds on the edge.)
  • Gorgeous examples of stars made by Inklingo quilters
  • Judy Martin’s fabulous new Singular Stars book

How to print on fabric with Inklingo

SOMETHING FOR NEWBIES
If you are new to Inklingo, I showed what you can do with the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. I have heard from a few long-time Inklingo quilters who say this was a good review for them too.

  • How to prepare fabric and freezer paper to print
  • How to use the Bookmarks panel to navigate in the free shape collection
  • Printing a custom page size with the ANY shape collection
  • Rotary cutting without templates or measuring
  • Hybrid piecing (combining hand and machine piecing in the same block)
  • Circling the intersection by hand for perfect points
  • Sewing sequence for LeMoyne Star (8-pointed star)
  • Pressing technique for LeMoyne Star

I will probably do more printing in every video because it always gets such a great reaction—and that reaction is usually “This is so much simpler than I imagined!”

Un-named Star from Inklingo

SOMETHING FOR EXPERIENCED INKLINGOISTS 
Even if you have been using Inklingo for almost 12 years already, there was something for you:

  • Announcement of a new un-named star shape collection, and how it resulted from requests from quilters
  • Info about Inklingo’s precision numbers and sizes
  • Insight into how I design a shape collection
  • How to use precision corners to give you confidence

Wash tub and board

I also explained how Inklingo is a “disruptive technology.”

Did you know you can still buy washtubs and scrubbing boards on Amazon? That doesn’t mean it is the best way to wash fabric or quilts. I feel the same way about acrylic templates. You can still buy them in 2018. Wow. Who would have believed it.

Star quilt by Kathy Timmons with Inklingo

IMPORTANT LINKS MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO

Kathy in Mexico’s Flickr album of Inklingo 8-pointed stars (fussy cut) The photo above is just a small section of it! Visit the album to see close-up photos of all of the stars.

Main Stars Page (under the Shop tab on the Inklingo website)

Top Ten Tutes (on the All About Inklingo blog)

Main Beginner’s Page (where to get the free shape collection)

Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog  Beautiful and frequent inspiration for many Inklingo quilt designs

Barb’s Just Sayin’ Sew Blog (great article showing how she fussy cuts with Inklingo)

 

Next Inklingo Live Video

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN WE’RE GOING LIVE AGAIN?
Yahoo Groups and subscribers did not get emails this time. The message sent to Yahoo Groups was delayed several days for some unknown reason.

The most reliable way to know what is new is to subscribe to the blog by email. I spent several days last week getting issues fixed there, so emails are being delivered again. Some quilters had not heard from me for a long time but it is fixed now.

It is a good idea to check the Inklingo Facebook Page frequently. IMPORTANT  You cannot count on Facebook to show you anything from Inklingo anymore, even when you have liked the page. Facebook changed the rules in January. They pester me all day long with messages asking me for money to show my photos and videos to the people who have already liked the Inkingo page. I only break down and pay for ads occasionally, so if you don’t visit on your own, you will miss what I share there..

Introduction to Inklingo

Please share the Inklingo videos with your friends. This one, on the Main Beginner’s Page is only 8 minutes and it explains how Inklingo works.

I still have to add Live 07 to the  summary of the other LIVE videos on the website. (Click on the Video tab.)

EDITED VERSIONS OF LIVE 01 and LIVE 02
As I mentioned in Live 07, I am thrilled that I was able to edit Live 01 and Live 02 to remove my rookie mistakes (wrong camera view, overlapping audio). I think I can post those on YouTube. I’m still figuring out how to do that. Persistence.

I am learning with each new video. When I watch the replay, there are always things I think I could do better next time. It is a huge learning experience for me and I hope each video is Time Well Spent for you.


Click this image for the replay of Live Inklingo Video 07.

Please tell your friends about the video because they may not know about it yet.

If you missed it or if you need a review, you can watch Live 07 now, okay? Thank you for watching and 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

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.
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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
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    Patchwork of the Crosses variation
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  • 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!
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.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.
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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.
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Live Inklingo Video 06

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

SUBSCRIBERS ARE NOT GETTING EMAILS
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.
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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

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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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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.

WHEN
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.

TURN ON THE SOUND
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).

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

TONIGHT . . . OR TOMORROW?
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.
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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

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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