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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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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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 2

Is everyone printing and cutting Curvy Hexie shapes today? I am.

Curvy Hexie Quilt

This is another worksheet in the new Curvy Hexie Star shape collections. It uses the bonus shape.

 

Inklingo Custom Size in Print Dialog Box

Freezer paper and fabric cut 5.5 x 10 gives me 3 perfect shapes.
(Notice the Landscape setting, lower left in the dialog box.)

 

Rotary Cut Curves

Have you tried rotary cutting curves? It is easier than I ever imaged.

 

Rotary Cut Curves

In fact, I was surprised. It is easier and faster and more accurate than cutting with a plastic template OR scissors!

 

Rotary Cut Curves
When you have a line to cut on and a line to sew on, you can love curves.

 

Video How to Rotary Cut Curves

VIDEO
Just in case you need some convincing, there is a short video with my best tips for rotary cutting curves.

This technique works for Cleopatra’s Fan and any of the Inklingo shape collections on the Main Shapes with Curves Page on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Curvy Hexies

You have a choice of 4 sizes and the largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer.

Main Hexagon Page

Low intro price for a few more days only!

 

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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I have more to show you about Curvy Hexies, so stay tuned, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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Rotary Cutting with Inklingo on QuiltingHub

Inklingo on Quilting Hub

“Layer to Cut” is so simple it is easy to underestimate its advantages, so there is a new tutorial on QuiltingHub today.

No templates, no measuring, no weird rulers!

This seems to be a good time to review the advantages of rotary cutting with Inklingo here too.

 

Safe rotary cutting with Inklingo

Place the blade of the cutter on the line first and then slide the ruler into position.

Inklingo is faster and safer than cutting without a line when you use this routine:

  1. Plant the blade firmly on the cutting line near the closest edge of the fabric.
  2. Slide the ruler against the blade.
  3. Nudge the ruler into alignment with the other end of the cutting line (red arrow, above).
  4. Roll the cutter back to the starting edge and then forward to the end of the line.

WHY SAFER?

This routine is different from traditional rotary cutting where we measure and position the ruler before we plant the blade of the cutter.

The Inklingo way is safer because the blade is positioned first and therefore is not as likely to chip the edge of the ruler or jump over the edge and cause an injury.

 

SPEED

Once you have removed the freezer paper and cut a layer of fabric into rows, you can stack the rows to cut several layers at a time as shown in the video.

Try cutting one or two layers at a time, and then try three or more.

I filmed this short video 5 years ago wearing a TINY camera on my forehead. It was a good idea in theory but it broke right away. In those days the POTC hexagons were called Inklingo Lite # 4.

This information is also in the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook, which is included in the free Diamond Triangles Square shape collection on pages H5 – H48.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

Are you following Inklingo on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check Inkingo on Facebook every day for fresh photos.

 

Inklingo NEW Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda

There are several photos showing stars from the next new shape collections on Facebook!

Just because you have “liked” Inklingo on FB does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can. I hope you LIKE and SHARE too.

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The days go by so quickly. Let’s make today a happy start to December with at least a few minutes to sew.

Linda & Monkey

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Kaleidoscope Stars – No Waste Fussy Cutting

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

BONUS TIPS FOR KALEIDOSCOPE STARS

In Wednesday Tute 13, we showed you our “no waste” method of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

We promised you a few bonus tips, so Monkey is back.

 

Inklingo - Cut the fabric smaller than the freezer paper.

1. You can cut the fabric smaller than the freezer paper (red arrows).

Normally I trim around the freezer paper at the ironing board because it is easier and faster, as described in our Top Ten Tutes: Print on Fabric – Best Tips.

In those illustrations, you can see that I usually only have to trim two adjacent sides because the FP extends beyond the fabric on the other two sides. It is a fast way of preparing fabric sheets for the printer.

However, if I need to, I can cut the fabric separately and then position it on the freezer paper.

It takes a little longer, but in this case I needed to save every little bit because although the fabric seemed to have a 12 inch repeat (as described in Wednesday Tute 13), after washing the repeat was closer to 11.5 inches.

I needed to cut the fabric shorter and leave a little space at the top (leading edge) and bottom.

Inkjet printers normally allow for 0.25 inch margins on the top and sides and 0.5 inch on the bottom, so Inklingo layouts of shapes do too. That means you can cut your fabric 0.5 inch shorter than the FP and still print everything you need on the fabric.

 

Sometimes you can save fabric by cutting it separately.

Since I needed to cut the fabric separately anyway, I decided to cut it a little narrower too. Instead of 7.25 inches, I cut it 7 inches and centered it on the FP.

 

Print 6 identical sheets for 6 pointed stars

Saving 0.25 x 6 might make the difference to get an extra row of identical sheets from 42-43 inch wide fabric.

By the way, there are other nifty tricks for saving fabric and using scraps and jelly rolls in the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook which is included in the free shape collection on pages H5 – H38.

 

Print 6 identical sheets for 6 pointed stars.

I am careful to position the fabric exactly the same way on all 6 sheets of 7.25 x 12 inch FP.

As long as all of the sheets are identical, all of the stars will be perfect kaleidoscopes! (NOTE: That means you have to put the sheets  in the printer all facing the same way too, okay?)

 

Inklingo - Cut Rows - No measuring!

2. You can rotary cut several layers at a time.

This is faster than cutting with scissors AND it has an additional advantage when you stack identical rows because the shapes are already sorted into sets for the stars.

Remove the freezer paper from all 6 sheets. (It can be used again.) Cut each single layer into rows (above).

 

Stack the rows and rotary cut several layers at a time.

Stack identical rows, keeping an eye on the printed lines on the edges.

I find it too difficult to rotary cut 6 layers of fabric even with a fresh blade, so I generally stack and cut 3 rows at a time.

By stacking identical rows, the diamonds are already sorted into perfect sets for the stars. My portable kit is organized and ready any time.

 

You can see how I cut and stay organized in the video.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

This method of printing diamonds for Kaleidoscope Stars has several advantages over other methods, whether it is called “fussy cutting,” “One Block Wonder,” or “Stack n Whack,” as described in Wednesday Tute 13.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

The diamonds for all of these stars were printed on the same fabric with Inklingo.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

There is so much variety that you might think there is more than one fabric involved.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Each one is a little surprise, but you know they will all look great together because they all came from the same fabric.

Can you imagine how long it would take to cut each diamond separately with an acrylic template?

WOW. Life it too short!

Please be sure to check the “Top Ten Tutes” tab (above) for more of our best tips for using Inklingo.

 

Inklingo Print Checklist

The Print Checklists will keep you organized and make the printing easier.

All of the steps are so fast and easy with Inklingo that we think you might take the time to fussy cut/fussy print more of your quilts. It can transform a beautiful quilt into one that will amaze everyone!

MORE WEDNESDAY TUTES

You can catch up on our other Wednesday Tutes too:

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Monkey looks so happy when there are new likes! If you use FB, please help us get to his next goal of 1500.

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See you again soon!

Linda & Monkey

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How to Rotary Cut with Inklingo

An Inklingo friend wrote to me about our tip for rotary cutting in the Inklingo Hunter’s Star Design Book (free for a limited time). She said:

“I tried that this morning and it was perfect. I must have missed that before. I use scissors all the time because I never can get a nice blade cut but that TIP really helped.”

This tip has been around since the very first Inklingo shape collection in 2006, so it’s an “oldie but goodie.”

Monkey says, “Thanks for the reminder! It’s time to show it again.”

 

A SHARP TIP

Place the blade of the cutter on the line first and then slide the ruler into position (red arrow, above).

Inklingo is faster and safer than cutting without a line when you use this routine:

  1. Plant the blade firmly on the cutting line near the closest edge of the fabric.
  2. Slide the ruler against the blade.
  3. Nudge the ruler into alignment with the other end of the cutting line (red arrow, above).
  4. Roll the cutter back to the starting edge and then forward to the end of the line.

WHY SAFER? 

The Inklingo way is safer (and faster and more accurate) than traditional rotary cutting for two reasons:

  • The blade is positioned first, and therefore is not as likely to chip the edge of the ruler or jump over the edge.
  • We are not distracted by trying to measure at the same time.

 

SPEED CUTTING

Inklingo layouts are designed with speed cutting in mind.

As you can see in this little movie, once you have removed the freezer paper and cut a layer of fabric into rows, you can stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

(I made this little movie a few years ago. The forehead camera broke after I used it twice.)

I have heard from quilters who invested in die cutters and dies, but when they tried Inklingo, they realized that what they did not like about cutting was the measuring, and they would rather spend money on fabric instead of more dies.

When there is a line to cut on, anyone can do it safely. Cutting is fun when you don’t have to measure!

A CHOICE

Some quilters will always prefer to cut with scissors and Inklingo has special layouts for that too, especially when it saves fabric.

Scissor cutting is portable. Isn’t it nice to have a choice?

 

MONKEY SAYS, “BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!”

There are also two pages describing layer to cut in the free design book.

“Layer to cut” is a cool method of cutting many shapes at a time using a printed sheet of fabric like a ruler or template to cut several layers of unprinted fabric—less printing and ultra-fast if you don’t need sewing lines on every piece.

Haven’t we always wanted a line to cut on?

It’s all in the Inklingo Hunter’s Star Design Book, but it’s only free for a limited time, okay?

Get it while it’s hot!

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Main Hunter’s Star Page

Do all of your friends know about the new design book yet? Will you write about your favorite Inklingo tips on your blog?

What’s next? You tell me!

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Linda & Monkey

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