Encore Presentation of the Third LIVE Inklingo Video

Happy New Year!

2017 has been a great year for Inklingo and I hope 2018 will be even better. More videos. (And more video bloopers.) More shape collections. More sewing time. More QUILTS.

And last but not least, more time with friends.

 


ENCORE PRESENTATION
Thank you to everyone who watched Friday Night LIVE. This would not be any fun without you.

I talked about

  • the NEW Silent Garden shape collections from Millefiori Quilts 3
  • printing on dark fabric
  • a cool tip with freezer paper templates
  • continuous stitching by hand
  • circling the intersection by hand
  • sewing crosshair to crosshair by machine
  • hybrid piecing (combining hand and machine piecing)
  • fabric requirements for different layouts, different straight grain, stripes
  • two tips for fussy cutting

That’s all I could cram into one hour. Pretty good, eh? (Live from Canada)

Inklingo Live Video 03
As usual, I was disappointed with parts of it.

This is a rare shot where I was actually looking at the right camera. I was so concerned about making sure I was showing the intended scene/camera—correcting a previous mistake—that I was often looking at a monitor off to my right. It looks odd. Disappointing.

So, next time, I will try to look at the correct camera more often—while still keeping an eye on what scene is playing and NOT glancing at the live feed on Facebook, which is delayed.

All very confusing—but that’s LIVE for you.

 


Another blooper.

Unfortunately, this clip showing printing on dark fabric was cropped very tightly in Friday’s live video—my mistake.

I was able to create this new clip (above) with the un-cropped original video and coordinate it with the audio from the LIVE video. (It’s a miracle. I amazed myself.) I’m still learning. I think I can avoid this mistake next time.
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There is more about printing on fabric on the Main Beginner’s Page and more about printing on DARK fabric in the Top Ten Tutes.

 

hand piecing with a running stitch

The close-up camera focus was disappointing AGAIN. I’ll try something else next time.

I am also getting advice to fix the audio echo. <sigh>

I’ll keep making mistakes but I’ll try to make new ones every time, okay?

Live = You never know what will happen but I still felt sad when I watched the replay this time.

If you had trouble seeing the stitching, there is an olde Inklingo video on YouTube which shows Circling the Intersection.

 

Silent Garden quilt stars

Yesterday, I tried to get over my disappointment by sewing 6 more stars.

I’m limited by the amount of fabric to only 57 stars. I wish I had more. I have 19 of 57 finished, so I’m a third of the way there. It is going to be gorgeous, don’t you think? Thank you, Willyne Hammerstein!

I combined hand and machine piecing (hybrid piecing) yesterday. Each star block goes very fast, especially  when I’m not on camera, trying to talk and manage cameras at the same time.

 

Barb Clark TX fussy star

AS PROMISED—LINKS MENTIONED IN THE LIVE VIDEO
Driveway Barb’s Blog – Barb Clark teaches Inklingo in the Fort Worth area of Texas. She has been using Inklingo for years and shows her amazing fussy cutting (above) on the blog. You can ask her why I call her Driveway Barb.

Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog – This is one of the blogs I have followed for years. Great inspiration! Cathi has made many quilts with Inklingo since 2006. Her latest article shows Silent Garden stars from the front AND from the back. There is always a fabulous cartoon by Mr Q O.

No Waste Fussy Cutting on the All About Inklingo Blog

Fussy Cutting with Templates on the All About Inklingo Blog

Main Millefiori Page (under the Shop tab)

Main Beginner’s Page (link from top right of every page on the website or in the Shop) There is a short, detailed VIDEO INTRO to Inklingo on that page.

Quilted Diamonds 2 book with DVD is perfect for learning all the fine points of hand piecing.

 

New Inklingo Silent Garden Shape Collections
ONLY $20 UNTIL JANUARY 5 MIDNIGHT EASTERN

NEW Silent Garden 2 inch shape collection

NEW Silent Garden 3 cm shape collection (original size)

 

Inklingo Live Video #3

LIVE —NEW MISTAKES NEXT TIME 
I can confidently say that we will have brand new mistakes in Live 04.  <sigh> I am learning as we go along. It’s not boring.  You never know what will happen. I’m trying to see it as a learning experience.

Thank you for visiting here and thank you for watching LIVE, despite my shortcomings.

If you missed it, I hope you will watch the replay (at top) with a kind eye. Don’t forget to order the shapes while they are only $20 too!

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Introduction to Inklingo

This video only takes 8 minutes and tells you how to start FREE.

If have a New Year’s Resolution to learn something new, let me suggest learning how to print on fabric. I guarantee it is easier than learning how to do live video!

I hope you will be back for more LIVE videos and bring your friends in 2018.

Thank you for a great 2017. Happy New Year!

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

Fabric Samples Printed with Inklingo FREE

I got carried away printing yards of fabric while I was watching the World Series—aka two men playing catch, slowly.

One of these fabric samples might be for you, thanks to the World Series!

1. Congratulations to Houston!
2. I’m sending FABRIC SAMPLES to new-to-Inklingo quilters!
Order a “freebie” and get started. Main Beginner’s Page
3. Please share and tell your friends.

Fabric printed with quilt shapes

PRINTING TIP
Did you notice how I ironed the freezer paper to the fabric so the leading edge is just freezer paper? It prints jam-free.

The fabric is washed, dried, and folded between games. Then, it is ironed to freezer paper and printed during the dull parts of the game (about 3 hours, including commercials for cars and beer).

I never had a jam through the entire World Series (7 games). The printing goes faster than the game.

FINE PRINT ABOUT PRINTED SAMPLES
Fabric samples for new-to-Inklingo quilters in USA only, while supplies last.

Please do NOT leave your address here! Only orders placed on the website qualify.

You can order freebies without leaving your mailing address but I need it if you want a fabric sample. I never share any of your info. (Privacy policy.)

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.)

Are you subscribed? There is more coming!

There is more happening here. New shapes coming soon, 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

Inklingo on Facebook

Print Clamshells on Charms & Pre-Cuts – Steps 1 & 2

Moda fabric charms in tin

I find Moda’s charms (and Monkey) irresistible, especially in the pretty tins. (No affiliation.) It is fun to have a swatch of every design in a whole line of beautiful fabric.

It’s time to take this tin off the shelf and print some Clamshells!

 

4 inch Clamshell printed on fabric charm

I’m using the new 4 inch Clamshells because they fit on 5 x 5 inch charms.

 

Washing fabric pre-cuts

STEP 1 – WASH THE CHARMS

We got a beautiful new kitchen sink this summer and it is the first time I have washed charms in it.

I never make a quilt with fabric that has not been washed.

There is another article explaining WHY I always wash fabric and the simple procedure of washing and folding the fabric (no ironing). It is one of the Top Ten Tutes on the All About Inklingo blog (tab above).

 

Washing fabric scraps

Even if I am not printing the fabric with Inklingo, I only use fabric that has been washed.

Washing the fabric also makes it is easier to get a good bond between the fabric and the freezer paper to avoid jams in the printer.

All fabric that comes into the house is washed right away. (Exception for whole bolts, which I wash a few yards at a time.)

 

Fabric shrinks unevenly

UNDERSTANDING FABRIC SHRINKAGE

I placed the unwashed swatch of fabric on the piece of orange paper and drew around it. I made a note, so I could put it down with the yellow flower in the same position after washing.

As you can see, it distorted in both directions.

This is cotton fabric from Moda. It is very high quality but the manufacturing process almost guarantees that there will be more shrinkage in one direction than the other. You can expect this to happen with any quilting fabric.

When there is this much shrinkage/distortion over a scrap this small, imagine how much there is across the whole width of fabric! It would shrink more than an inch!

In a bed quilt, the shrinkage/distortion would be more than 2 inches—even worse when some Clamshells shrink in one direction and some Clamshells shrink in the other.

I want to be confident that whenever my Clamshell quilt is washed, it will still look great.

I do not want to put my time and effort into fabric that will shrink unevenly, so I take a few minutes to rinse and dry the charms.

Another added bonus is that quality fabric feels softer after washing and that makes it easier to sew curves. (Stiff fabric does not have as much give.)

 

Charms in the kitchen sink

It’s fun seeing all the fabrics together too!

Normally, I wash fat quarters and yardage in the washing machine with regular detergent and clothes, as described in the Top Ten Tute mentioned above.

You can put scraps and charms in a lingerie bag and wash in the washing machine too.

However, for Charms, Jelly Rolls & other pre-cuts, I find it faster to just rinse in the kitchen sink with warm water and a drop of liquid detergent.

Swish for a few minutes. Then squeeze out the excess water in a towel, and put in the dryer for less than 5 minutes, removing when they are still slightly damp. Finish the drying process by ironing. (I do it just before pressing the charms to the freezer paper in the next steps. Stay tuned, okay?)

The whole process took less than 15 minutes and gave me confidence that the finished quilt will not be spoiled when it is washed.

An added bonus of washing in the sink is that if any of the colors (especially reds) are going to bleed, I will see it right away. (These didn’t, so that’s all good.)

TIP You will probably want to have a lint roller handy to pick up all the crumbs from the pinked edges.

Test Ink on Fabric

STEP 2 – PRINT THE TEST PAGE

There are TWO reasons to test.

  1. To see how well the 20 Inklingo colors wash out when printed with your particular ink cartridges.
  2. To see which of the 20 choices show well on a particular fabric. There may be several which are good.

With experience, you will become good at guessing for #2, but you must not guess about # 1.

When I printed the Test Page on one of the charms, all but Color 50 washed out completely.

If you are new to Inklingo, please follow the test procedure as described in another of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

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Since my test showed that the ink would wash out,  I felt confident printing Color 21 on all of the charms.

Color 21 is a little darker than I absolutely need to see the cutting and stitching lines on some of the charms but it is helpful for photography. (I often print slightly darker than the minimum required, so the lines will show up better in photos.)

When I can use the same color for all of the fabrics, I can put a stack of fabric/FP in the printer and print 5 or 10 at a time before re-setting the dialog box.

You might have to use different colors on charms that are darker on the wrong side but it is simple and fast when one color shows up well on several fabrics.

 

Moda fabric charms in tin

STEP 3 – WILL YOU BE READY?

If you wash/rinse your charms and print a test page, you’ll be ready for the next steps.

The new shape collections have been added on the Main Clamshell Page (under the Shop tab).

The special introductory sale price is only $10—but only if you buy before midnight on September 15, okay?

I’m using the new 4 inch Clamshells because they fit on 5 x 5 inch charms.

I am making a baby quilt with 42 charms and two other fabrics. Stay tuned for Monkey’s Cheat Sheet and a worksheet.

 

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.

 

Inklingo Clamshell quilt

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If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next posts about printing on charms and Part 3 of Resources.

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too? I try to post something new every day. There are many photos of projects made by Inklingo quilters.

I’ll see you again with Step 3 soon, okay?

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

Inklingo on Facebook

Inklingo Equilateral Triangles for Pyramid Quilts!

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Quilters in the Inklingo Yahoo Group have been discussing making a scrappy Pyramid Quilt with equilateral triangles and it is perfect with Inklingo, so this seems like a good time to review how to find what’s available in the Inklingo Index of Shapes.

 

Inklingo Triangles FINISHED Size

Inklingo triangles are named with the length of a side—finished—to make it easy to find what you want.

The triangles are 60° equilateral triangles and there are MANY sizes available.

However, if you look at the Main 60° Shapes Page (under the Shop tab on the website, not the blog), you will only see one 60° Triangle shape collection. It has 2 and 4 inch triangles and the half too (above).

 

Pyramid Quilt

It is perfect for designs like this.

But wait! There’s more!

 

Triangle Templates 1.5 inch

Other 60° equilateral triangles are “hidden” in 60° Diamond shape collections because this triangle is . . . half of a 60° diamond!

To make sure you find all of the sizes, look at the Triangle page in the Index of Shapes (under the Support tab on the website, not the blog).

There are TEN sizes available from 0.5 inch to 4 inch.

 

Inklingo Triangle Quilt

In 2012, when quilters requested a shape collection with 2 and 4 inch 60° triangles, I was able to make the shapes available quickly. The recent shape collections for Cleopatra’s Fan were the result of requests from quilters like you too.

 

Fussy Cut Triangle Quilt

Two sizes of equilateral triangles for a fabulous fussy cut kaleidoscope effect!
(Russ loves this one.)

Print the triangles on fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting. (It all depends on finding the right fabric!)

WHAT IF THE SHAPES ARE NOT AVAILABLE?

If you’ve looked in the Index of Shapes for the finished size and you don’t see it:

  1. Ask! New shapes (and new combinations of existing shapes) can move up the list quickly when something is hot!
  2. If you cannot wait for a new shape collection or if you would have to buy several shape collections to get what you need, use freezer paper templates!

 

Freezer Paper Templates

FREEZER PAPER INSTEAD OF ACRYLIC

Freezer paper is the little secret that the manufacturers of acrylic templates do NOT want you to know about!!

Freezer paper templates are less expensive and BETTER than other templates. (Article about Freezer Paper Templates)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

How to use freezer paper templates is taught in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002, 2004).

Instead of printing the lines on fabric with Inklingo, when you use FP, if you want lines it is necessary to draw them manually with a mechanical pencil. It is not as fast and precise as printing—but it is still better than using acrylic or paper piecing!

 

Inklingo Triangle Templates

We prefer to print the shapes on fabric but all Inklingo shape collections include the shapes without seam allowances too, so you can print the shapes on freezer paper if you need templates (e.g. traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting, fabric too dark to print). You can make your own FP templates when the shape is not available.

Shapes with printed lines and shapes with manually drawn lines can be used together, of course, for machine piecing OR hand piecing.

 

Antique Pyramid Quilt

This antique quilt is owned by Linda Collins, who named it Panama Pyramids. She has started a Sew-Along on Facebook for quilters making pyramid blocks. There are also photos on Instagram and Pinterest.

This layout requires about 2700 small triangles but only about 200 of the medium and large triangles.

For example, if you have the small triangles (1.5 inch) and the medium triangles (3 inch) from Inklingo already, but your design also uses “relatively few” 6 inch triangles (not available), you can use freezer paper to make a template!

OR. . .

You can print the small triangles on scraps from your stash and use FP for the medium and large triangles! That way, you only need one Inklingo shape collection.

This may sound like a strange recommendation from someone whose livelihood depends on selling shapes to print on fabric but Inkingo is all about making quilting more accessible. You need to know your options!

I am forever grateful to Mary in Wisconsin who taught me how to make freezer paper templates in 1998. It has saved me time and a lot of money—and eventually it inspired me to invent Inklingo.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Quilted Diamonds 2 (book & DVD) goes into every detail about freezer paper templates for hand piecing. The same method works if you are machine piecing, of course. (Haven’t we always preferred to sew along a line?)

When you need a template, if you always use one WITHOUT SEAM ALLOWANCES, you can do anything!  You just need one acrylic ruler to add the 0.25 inch seam allowances around ANY shape. (Companies selling templates WITH seam allowances don’t want you to know this!)

Freezer paper templates and Inklingo are all about making quilting more accessible.

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Inklingo Zig Zag Quilt

No matter what shape you need, the Index of Shapes is the first place to look and there are other good resources too.

Welcome to Inklingo

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible!

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Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

I would love to see photos of what you are making with Inklingo too.

What shapes are YOU looking for?

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

Inklingo on Facebook

Countdown to the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Sew by hand OR by machine. The COTSIM mystery is for everyone!

Inklingo Print Checklist

Monkey has his shades and his Flip-Flop Sewing Kit ready because the first clue in the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville will be announced “before the end of the month.” Mysterious, eh?

If you enjoy secret surveillance, you can do a stake-out on the blog until you spy the first clue. (Otherwise, you can just subscribe to the blog—top of right side-bar—so you will receive an email as soon as the first clue is released. It’s up to you.)

In the meantime, there is a new print checklist for you. (Download PDF)

Will you be ready to print with the first clue?

FREE Diamond Triangle Square

Do you have the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection? I always recommend starting with the free shapes because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some very versatile shapes.

 

Inklingo Quiz
Countdown Quiz

Answer any 3 questions in the Inklingo Quiz on the website.
1.__________________
2.__________________
3.__________________
(Answers for Inklingo Quiz.)

If you want to be ready to start printing the minute the first clue is posted. . .

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

. . .get the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection while it is on sale for only $20.

Test Ink on Fabric

Review How to Test Inkjet Ink on Fabric (Top Ten Tutes)

Choose the fabrics, wash and fold neatly. (Fabric Requirements PDF)

Cut at least one sheet of Freezer Paper (FP) for these Custom Page Sizes.

  • 7.25 x 13.5 Portrait for 20 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 7.25 x 11.25 Portrait for 16 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 3.75 x 11.25 Portrait for 8 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 8.5 x 10.75 Landscape for 32 Small Triangles

NOTES
(1) If you are using scraps instead of fat quarters, wait to cut the FP. There are other Suggested Custom Page Sizes for each shape. For example, see page 31 of the Key West 6 inch shape collection for other possible sizes for printing Small Triangles.
(2) If you are using directional fabric or stripes you might want to use one of the other layouts for diamonds, so you will need different custom page sizes.

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery Quilt

Eager detectives will set up the ironing board near the computer/printer, so they can react quickly. You don’t have to have a computer in your sewing room.

I like to set up an ironing board to be near the computer and cut 2 or 4 sheets of FP in each size, so I can be ironing FP to one fabric while another one is printing.

My coolest tips for cutting FP are on page H26 of the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and there are tips for using scraps of FP on page H41.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • Getting ready for the mystery
  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #1

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Already in the case file:

Welcome to Margaritaville!

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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

A Dark and Laundry Night!

What is the first thing you do when you consider new fabric?

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

I get 8 fat quarters from Sew Sisters in the mail every month.

I get excited when I see a fat brown envelope in our mail box. The presentation is always lovely and the selection is a surprise.

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

The fabrics are beautiful every time but the first thing I do is look at the darks—on the wrong side.

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

Easy to print with Inklingo?  YES.  As usual.

Most dark fabrics are light enough on the wrong side to print with Inklingo.

Isn’t that nice?

Inklingo Test Page

PRINTING ON DARK FABRIC

There is info about printing on Dark Fabrics in the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

When you print the Test Page (important!), you will probably have a choice of a few colors that will show well on any dark fabric.

The Top Ten Tutes are short tutorials for things like how to print on small scraps, how to avoid jams, how to print on dark fabric, how to fussy cut, and many others.

You can look at those tutorials in any order when you need them.

 

Inklingo - Washed and folded fabric

LAUNDRY AFTER DARK

The first thing I do is wash the fabric and fold it neatly.

That’s in another one of the Top Ten Tutes—How to Print on Fabric Best Tips.

I do NOT iron the fabric until I am ready to use it. Why do it twice?

I fold fabric the same way all the time, so it stores neatly with no extra fuss or muss.

 

Inklingo Hexagons printed on dark fabric

I could not resist printing 6 hexagons right away. (Click for a larger view.)

The lines show well enough for cutting and sewing, even though this is a deep, rich, dark fabric.

 

Inklingo Hexagon Flower

What a nice way to relax on a dark and laundry night!

Each flower goes fast when you sew with a running stitch! (VIDEO)

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

I know you are going to ask: It is called Wagara, designed by Hana for QH Textiles. It is a Japanese design. (I was lucky to get the name on the selvage of one of the fat quarters.)

 

Hexie Love by Julia Wood

REMINDERS!

1. Leave a comment to enter to win an issue of Hexie Love.

I will be posting more hexie photos on Pinterest and Facebook during Julia’s Blog Hop, but the winner of the copy of Hexie Love from Julia Wood will be chosen from comments left OVER THEREnot here or anywhere else.

Comments on Blog Lovin or other blog readers or on Facebook or anywhere else will not be in the draw. Please comment on this page to be included.

 

Hexagon Quilt Design Book

2. Order the Hexagon Quilt Design Book—free. 

Order on the website.

Tell your friends!

Normally any Inklingo design book is only free when you buy the related Inklingo shapes.

If you already have the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, there is no need to order again.

After midnight on Tuesday, April 14, the Hexagon Quilt Design Book will go back to $10—or free when you buy a related shape collection. (Details – 60° hexagons, 90° hexagons for POTC, shapes for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia, Colonial Garden or Periwinkle Octagon).

 

Hexie Love Blog Hop

3. THE BLOG HOP CONTINUES!

For more information on Hexie Love Magazine and Julia’s books about folding circles into hexagons, please visit Julia’s Blog.

Visit these links for more chances to win!

April 6  Bonnie Hunter
April 7  Catherine Redford
April 8  Linda Franz   (me)
April 9  Cheryl Sleboda
April 10 Geta Grama
April 11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe
April 12 Becky Campbell
April 13 Joan Shay

4. SALE ENDING

I will keep the special sale price of $15 on the  new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection for a few more days, okay? Main Quilted Diamonds Page

There are FAQ about Quilted Diamonds on the blog and you can see my first Modern Baby Quilt designs too.

 

Inklingo - Print hexagons on fabric, cut & sew!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

I will be printing and sharing more hexagons on the Inklingo Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun!

I wish you a happy day with at least one good reason to do laundry. Good luck in the draw too!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Thank you, Northcott!

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled program (Modern Baby Quilt) with some fun news!

 

Northcott Fabric Starry Night

The big brown truck delivered Stonehenge Starry Night to our house! It is better than getting chocolate from the Easter Bunny!

 

Northcott Fabrics

Northcott is sponsoring the fabric that I send with book orders to new Inklingoists! Thank you, Northcott!

Northcott Fabrics make cottons that feel like silk. Just touching the fabric makes it impossible to resist.

 

Northcott Fabrics Starry Night

Patti Carey at Northcott offered me a choice, so I asked for dark fabric.

Stonehenge Starry Night is lovely. It is a rich, dark color on the front and much lighter on the back, which is typical with cotton fabric.

 

Inklingo Test Page

I suggested a dark fabric because before they actually try Inklingo, many quilters imagine that you can only print light fabrics.

Not so!

Even dark fabrics are often light enough on the wrong side to see the lines. I print a Test Page first to see which of the 20 ordinary Inkjet ink colors used by Inklingo would be the best.

One of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above) is about printing on dark fabric.

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Keep Calm and Sew Instead

Last night I “watched” some March Madness with Russ. I am not a big fan of the squeaky shoe show, so I set up the ironing board in front of the TV and ironed sheets of freezer paper to Starry Night.

Hot dry iron, trim around the FP with shears as I go. Zip. Zip. Zip.

After an hour or so I had about 50 sheets of fabric ready to print.

I could have done more, but some of the game highlights were irresistible and then there was another show I wanted to actually watch, so I turned off the iron. LOL

 

Stack of fabric printed with Inklingo

This morning, I put a stack in the printer and they all printed while I was writing this article for the blog.

 

Inklingo Combo layout printed on dark fabric

The lines don’t photograph well (click for a larger view), but I can see the lines well enough to rotary cut the rows and then cut the shapes apart.

 

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I also print some info on the Freezer Paper. (Click for full size.)

 

Free shape collection - Combo 2

I print these samples with the “combo” layout from the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. It introduces the idea of a Custom Page Size (6.75 x 9.75) to use fabric efficiently.

Printing a Custom Page Size is one of the 3 Key Ideas that make Inklingo work.

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Stars

If you print the same shapes on a contrasting fabric, you have enough shapes for two mirror image LeMoyne Stars.

(There are so many cool things about Inklingo. I love the combos!)

 

How to sew stars by machine with Inklingo

There is even a one-page guide showing how to sew stars by machine.

Of course, the stitching lines are printed on the fabric too, so you can also sew these stars by hand with a running stitch—maybe during the Masters this week.

 

Keep Calm and Print Fabric Now

The Masters is my favorite tournament of the year but there is plenty of time to sew between shots. I love sewing and watching golf on TV.

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, it’s time to print on fabric with the free shapes.

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Russ will be delivering book orders to the Post Office in Niagara Falls NY early tomorrow morning. (USPS is open on Easter Monday!) Some of the orders will include this great fabric.

Thank you, Northcott Fabrics and thank you for visiting. See you again soon?

Linda & Monkey

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

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