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

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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.

$10 Coupon! 11 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Quilting on the Go Flower Garden Mini Quilt

Lilabelle Lane Creations

Sharon (Lilabelle Lane Creations)  takes traditional designs, adds a little Aussie twist, and makes them fresh and lovely again.

 

Flower Garden Mini Quilt Sharon Burgess

One example is her pretty Flower Garden Mini Quilt.

I love the way she uses stripes in this one!

 

Flower Garden Quilt instructions

It is one of the 16 designs in her beautiful book, Quilting on the Go.

 

Print hexagons on fabric

Like many of the other quilts in the book, the shapes are “inklingo-able.”

 

Hexagons 0.75 inch

This lovely mini quilt uses hexagons in the 60ª Hexagon shape collection 0.75 inch..

Inklingo PDFs are shape “collections,” so there is also a “house half” hexagon to use around the edges, so you don’t have to trim.

 

Print on scraps of fabric

Print on scraps of fabric or strips.

 

Print hexagons on fabric

For the flowers, you can print 6, 12, 18 or even 24 hexagons at a time and rotary cut.

 

Rotary cut hexagons

There is also a layout for scissors but it doesn’t save much fabric, and I prefer to rotary cut several layers at a time.

 

Rotary cut layers of hexagons

The cutting goes fast, especially when you cut 3 or 4 layers at a time.

 

Fussy Cut with Inklingo

The printing and cutting goes sooooo fast . . . . you might want to take a little extra time to fussy cut some of the hexagons. (Instructions for fussy cutting with freezer paper templates.)

 

Sew with a running stitch

When the shapes are printed, stacked and cut, you can settle down with some relaxing “continuous stitching.”

 

How to sew hexagons by hand

This video includes some of my best tips for sewing with a running stitch, continuous stitching, and pressing.

 

Hexagon Flower

Sewing with a running stitch is perfect if you are watching the World Series.

A “perfect” baseball game means nothing happens anyway. <wicked grin>  Most of the time it’s just two guys playing catch but you can stop a running stitch and look up if anyone is actually running.

Hexagons + Inklingo = a home run.

 

How to press Grandmothers Flower Garden

It is so satisfying to see each flower pressed. Even the back is pretty!

 

Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Many of the lovely projects in Sharon Burgess’ Quilting on the Go can be made quickly and simply with Inklingo Clamshells, hexagons, diamonds, triangles and kites.

It is a great book! I want to make all of the designs!

 

Celestial Star by Kathy Timmons

Kathy in Mexico is using the new Inklingo Celestial Star shape collection to make the cover quilt on Quilting on the Go. (Kathy is the queen of fussy cutting!) 

 

Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page explains how to print on fabric (or paper) with your ordinary Inkjet printer. (Please tell your friends.) (book and more info)

And more on my site:

Are you subscribed? There is more coming!

There is so much more going on and I think you are going to like it, so please stay tuned!

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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Inklingo Ribbon Flower Quilts – Part 3

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Variation

There are many variations you can make with the new Ribbon Flower shapes. This is just one example.

For this 12 inch block, print 7 sheets of fabric.

 

Print shapes on fabric for Ribbon Flower quilt.

Shape B – The preparation goes fast when you can print 12 shapes at a time and rotary cut the fabric.

MONKEY’S CHEAT SHEET

Light Blue
Shape B – Print 12 on 1 sheet 6.75 x 8.5 Landscape

White
Shape C – Print 6 on 1 sheet 4 x 9 Portrait
Shape F – Print 2 on 1 sheet 6.75 x 13 Landscape
Shape G – Print 2 on 1 sheet 7.25 x 13 Landscape

Blue Flowered
Shape C – Print 6 on 1 sheet 4 x 9 Portrait
Shape E – Print 6 on 1 sheet 4 x 12 Landscape

Black & White Texture
Shape D – Print 12 on 1 sheet 7.75 x 12.75 Portrait

The Index of Shapes in the new Inklingo Ribbon Flower shape collection (pages 54 – 95), includes yardage requirements, illustrations, and all the info you need to plan for ANY block!

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Bonus Shape E

Bonus Shape E makes many gorgeous flowers possible.

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Quilt worksheet

You can see this Ribbon Flower “peony” in wonderful shades of pink on the Quilt Obsession blog, designed and sewn by Cathi.

Go ahead! Choose your fabrics and prepare a cheat sheet.

 

Print shapes on fabric for Ribbon Flower quilt

Freezer paper sheets can be used over and over again. The freezer paper sheet for 6 Shape C is used for the blue flowered fabric and the white background fabric.

 

Inklingo Ribbon Flower Variation Rotated

Many of the designs look different when they are turned 90°. This is exactly the same as the first block.

There are more examples on Facebook. If this Facebook slide show doesn’t play for you, try this link.

I hope you are excited to use the worksheets to design your own!

Monkey wants to remind you that the special low intro price for Ribbon Flower lasts only a few days. Visit the Shop.

I can hardly wait to see what YOU do with these shapes!

You can subscribe to get an email (top of right sidebar), if you don’t want to miss Part 4.

These shapes are endlessly fascinating!

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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Print Clamshells on Charms and Pre-Cuts – Step 3

Rotary cut freezer paper

STEP 3 – ROTARY CUT THE FREEZER PAPER

I cut several pieces of freezer paper (FP) 5 x 5.25 so I could print a stack of charms at once.

TIP  You can cut 6 sheets from 2 sheets of 8.5 x 11 FP with one cool tip.

Overlap the two sheets by about 0.25 inch (plastic side to paper side) and press to create one big sheet about 15.75 x 11. Then cut 5 inch rows, stack and sub-cut so each sheet is 5.25 inches long. Label each one.

This technique of overlapping FP to create larger sheets is described in Chapter 1 of The Inklingo Handbook. The info in that chapter is so important and useful that I included it in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection (page H41).

There is also more information about freezer paper in another article on the blog. It is one of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

 

Iron freezer paper to the right side of the fabric

STEP 4 – IRONING TO FP

Center the charm on the FP. Press the FP to the right side of the fabric, so you can print on the wrong side.

Press on both sides with a HOT, dry iron to get a good bond. (Print on fabric, best tips, is also in the Top Ten Tutes.)

I set up the ironing board near the printer and prepare several sheets, so I can  set up a little assembly line. A stack of fabric is printing while I am ironing the next sheets.

 

Freezer Paper 5 x 5.25

5. PRINT!

Put a stack of sheets in the tray of the printer.

 

Print dialog box

The popular Canon printers have a separate, smaller, upper paper tray (“cassette”) for small sheets of fabric. If the upper tray is to be used, it is indicated in the Print Dialog Box, as shown above.

If you are wondering about the trays your printer, the manuals are all online now, so you can google the printer and find it.

 

Print dialog box

Check the preview screen and the settings and then click to print!

That’s it!

Now you know how to print on charms and pre-cuts.

 

Rotary cut curves

Remove the freezer paper and cut on the lines!

Ready to sew!

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

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Clamshell FB video

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too? I try to post something new every day, like this little slide show and several others.

There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters too.

SALE PRICE ONLY $10

The special sale price of $10 is supposed to end at midnight tonight but I was delayed posting this today, so the sale is extended until tomorrow night at midnight, okay?

Next, I intend to share some setting ideas for these curvy shapes!

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

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Fabric Power on QuiltingHub

One of the many things I love about Inklingo is that it uses fabric efficiently and avoids waste.

Inklingo on Quilting Hub
There is a new article on QuiltingHub which explains two features of Inklingo that allow me to see at a glance whether I have enough fabric and how much I need to buy. That is a big advantage for me as a quilter and as a designer.

Fabric Power explains how Combo Layouts and Custom Page Sizes allow you to use your fabric wisely.

 

Two LeMoyne Stars with the Free shapes

For example, you can make two mirror image stars like these—16 diamonds, 8 squares, 8 triangles, by printing TWO sheets of fabric with Combo # 2 in the Free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

Very cool!

Free shape collection - Combo 2

Combo 2 from the Free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection on one fabric.

Fabric and freezer paper are cut 6.75 x 9.75 for a Custom Page Size.

 

Free shape collection - Combo 2

Combo 2 on a contrasting fabric.

Print, cut, and sew!

There are detailed instructions for sewing and pressing LeMoyne Stars like these in the free shape collection and there is a handy one-page guide on the blog for sewing stars by machine.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

It is ironic that quilters who haven’t tried Inklingo (yet) sometimes assume that printing on fabric wastes fabric, when in fact, it is often uses less fabric than traditional methods and tools. “No Waste Fussy Cutting” is a good example. That is another article on QuiltingHub.

 

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You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I share there, but if you do, I hope you will like, comment on, and share my photos.

 

Inklingo Colonial Garden

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Thank you for visiting here and on QuiltingHub!

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Fussy Cutting Fabric Requirements – Part 1

Fussy Cutting with Inklingo

If you have been following the blog, you know that there are two methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

  1. Traditional Templates (Making “Swiss cheese” of the fabric.)
  2. No Waste Fussy Cutting (Printing identical sheets of fabric.)

HOW MUCH FABRIC SHOULD YOU BUY?

If you are willing to do some plain arithmetic, you can buy exactly what you need and not be surprised with too much or not enough.

Some surprises are fun. Some aren’t.

This article is long, so I am breaking it into two or three parts. I hope all the detail will be especially helpful to quilt shop employees and teachers.

 

Inklingo On-Point Star Quilt

Sample Inklingo Quilt (84 x 84 inches)

My example uses the free Inklingo Diamond Triangle Square shape collection for the stars and Inklingo On-Point Triangles for 4.5 inch Squares.

How much fabric do we need to fussy cut all of the gold stars to get kaleidoscope stars?

 

Window Template and Freezer Paper Template

1. FUSSY CUTTING WITH TRADITIONAL TEMPLATES
With Inklingo you can print window templates and FP templates without seam allowances, so there is no need to buy acrylic templates. (Probably better for the planet.)

This method works well when you don’t have enough fabric to print identical sheets. There are examples on the blog:

However, this is not a good alternative if you want 144 sets of 8 identical diamonds.

Unfortunately, the 3 traditional approaches for determining fabric requirements with the Swiss cheese method seem to be:

  1. Buy it all and check other quilt shops and online for more.
  2. Buy as much as you can afford.
  3. Let the amount of fabric you have determine the size of the quilt.

Easy, eh? If you plan to make Swiss cheese of the fabric, you just need to buy as much as you can.

Ten or twelve yards might not be enough—and you won’t know until you try.

The only alternative is to unfold the fabric at the shop and count sets of 8 identical shapes. That might work if you only need a fat quarter or a half yard of a particular fabric but even then it can be tricky because cutting one flower might make the surrounding designs useless because it doesn’t leave enough seam allowance. Count, but buy extra if you can!

For this method, no arithmetic is required. . . as long as you don’t mind surprises.

 

Fussy Cutting Arithmetic

2. INKLINGO NO WASTE FUSSY CUTTING
With simple arithmetic (sometimes lots of arithmetic, but all simple multiplying and dividing) you can determine exactly what you need for No Waste Fussy Cutting. If you are uncomfortable with multiplying by 12 and dividing by 36 in your head, use a calculator.

Before you leave home.

Monkey’s Cheat Sheet is perfect for staying organized.

  1. How many identical diamonds for each star?  8
  2. How many stars?  144
    You can see how simple it was to determine the number of stars when I prepared Monkey’s Cheat Sheet for a blue variation of this quilt. (12 rows of 12 stars. Easy peasy.)
    (Example of Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.)
  3. Print to take with you:
    1. Extra copy of Monkey’s Cheat Sheet
    2. Window Template, so you can preview fabric. (I carry mine in a plastic sheet protector.)
    3. Suggested Custom Page Sizes
    For Diamond Layout A, print page 47 of the shape collection (Catalogue of Shapes).

 

Suggested Custom Page Sizes for Diamonds

I need a lot of diamonds. The Suggested Custom Page Sizes on page 47 (above) show me that I would like to print 25 diamonds at a time, 7.75 x 11.5, if possible.

This tells me that a pretty fabric with a 12 inch repeat would be a luck find.

Let’s shop!

 

Inklingo Window Template

At the Quilt Shop

1. Preview fabrics with your window template to see whether the scale is suitable.

The great big flowers in this fabric make wonderful kaleidoscopes when cut into small diamonds. I might not have been able to see it without my window template.

There are suggestions for choosing fabric for fussy cutting in a video on the Main Lucy Boston Page.

In a nutshell, look for “busy” fabrics without big empty spaces or a lot of background. Choosing fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting is similar to Stack n Whack™, One Block Wonder, and other Kaleidoscope methods.

 

Measure the repeat.

2. Measure the repeat in the design.
Common repeats are 12, 18, and 24 inches. Measure parallel to the selvage from one motif to the next identical motif.

This fabric is one of my favorites. It has a 12 inch repeat, which is common. Even after the fabric shrinks, I will have enough for a sheet of 25 diamonds (7.75 x 11.5) in each repeat, as illustrated below. PERFECT.

After washing, a 12 inch repeat is often only about 11 5/8 (11.625). There will be very little waste.

Now that I have chosen a fabric with a 12 inch repeat, how much should I buy?

 

Print 8 identical sheets of diamonds

To get 8 identical sheets, I will need to buy 8 repeats of 12 inches each, measured along the selvage. Arithmetic: 12 x 8 = 96 inches and 96 divided by 36 = 2.66 yards.

The diamonds in the positions marked * will all be identical, so those 8 diamonds will make a fabulous kaleidoscope star.

 

Print identical sheets of fabric.

Since each sheet of FP/fabric will be 7.75 inches wide, I can fit 5 across the width of the fabric because the fabric is 40-42 inches wide without selvages. Arithmetic: 7.75 x 5 = 38.75.

 

Staggered start

I prefer a staggered start (above). If you don’t stagger, you might end up with too little variation in the sets of diamonds because of the repeat across the width of the fabric. Round up from 2.66 to at least 2.75 or 3 yards. Let’s say 3 yards.

You may want to allow for 9 repeats, as described in Part 2 of this tutorial.

1000 FUSSY CUT DIAMONDS – 3 YARDS

So far, we have allowed for 8 sheets x 5 sheets across. Arithmetic: 8 x 5 = 40 sheets of 25 diamonds each and 40 x 25 = 1000.

However, Monkey’s Cheat Sheet tells us we need 1152 diamonds. Arithmetic: 8 x 144 stars = 1152, so we need 152 more diamonds for 19 more stars.

152 diamonds requires 8 identical sheets of 19 diamonds. There is no way to print only 19 diamonds at a time, so I will print 20 at a time on sheets 6.25 x 11.5. This is not one of the suggested Custom Page Sizes on page 47, but it is one row narrower than printing 25 at a time.

FOUR GOOD OPTIONS FOR THE OTHER 19 STARS

Option # 1
Double the yardage (3 x 2 = 6 yards) and print one row of sheets along the selvage of the next 3 yards too. In this case you will have lots of fabric (approx 32 x 108) to use on the back or for binding or for stash.

This is probably what I would do if I really love the fabric.

Option # 2
Make the other 19 stars without fussy cutting (no kaleidoscope effect), and just buy enough for 8 more sheets of 20 diamonds.

8 more sheets requires 24 inches (diagram above). Arithmetic: 24 divided by 36 = 0.66 yards, round up to 0.75 yards.

Total yardage for diamonds is therefore 3.75 yards. Arithmetic: 3 + 0.75 = 3.75.

This is a good solution if you cannot do Option # 1, either because of the expense or because there is only 3.75 yards left on the bolt.

 

Modified Inklingo Star Quilt

Option # 3
Modify the quilt layout so 20 of the stars would be from a different fabric (red stars, above). You might even like the modified design better!

Option # 4
Examine the repeat ACROSS the fabric for the remaining 19 stars. The repeat in the design that we normally rely upon is the one parallel to the selvage, but designs also repeat across the width of the fabric.

The design at the selvage might be repeated 2, 3, or more times in the same 12 inch strip across the width of the fabric. If you can find 3 repeats across, for 8 sheets you would need 3 more repeats (12 x 3) to get 8 or 9 identical sheets of 20 diamonds.

Seeing the repeat across the width of the fabric can be tricky, so ask someone at the quilt shop to help.

TO BE CONTINUED. . .

That is a lot of info already, but we have more tips to share that give you more options when you are determining how much fabric to buy, so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, you might enjoy these articles too.

Fussy Cutting is a hot topic!

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting for 6 pointed Stars!

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Part 2 of this tutorial also discusses how to determine yardage requirements for other shapes, like 6-pointed stars and Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC).

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