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

Portable Pink Pieced Hexagons – Part 2

Pieced Hexagon Quilt Block

I’m trying to get my sewing kit loaded up with Pieced Hexagons, so I have a portable project during the holidays.

 

Inklingo shapes printed on fabric

I keep printing shapes but they are so perfect I cannot resist sewing them.

I keep emptying my kit!

TIPS FOR PORTABILITY, PRECISION & SPEED

My tips today will help you get portability, precision, AND speed by combining hand and machine piecing—for the best of both worlds.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

 1. Print the shapes and sew!

Pieced Hexagons go together more precisely and more quickly when you skip the templates and the glue and the basting and the whip-stitching.

 

Pieced-Hex-continuous-stitching

2. Plan your route for “continuous stitching.” 

This is a concept I demonstrate in detail on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD and in both Quilted Diamonds books.

At the end of every seam, before I cut the thread, I look to see if I can continue with the next seam just by turning a corner.

Continuous stitching makes hand piecing faster and even more relaxing.

 

Plan your route for continuous stitching.

3. Chain piece some seams by machine for a hybrid!

When I looked at this Pieced Hexagon design to plan my route, I realized there are a lot Dead Ends which limit the opportunities for continuous stitching.

 

Chain piece by machine, edge to edge.

However, I could chain piece edge to edge by machine to get a fast start and then sew the rest by hand!

 

Chain piece by machine for a fast start.

When we combine hand and machine piecing it is called a hybrid and it works beautifully.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

Hybrid piecing is suitable for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) and many other designs too. There are detailed illustrations in the POTC book.

VIDEO

In this Pieced Hexagon, I was able to chain piece several shapes edge to edge. However, when you sew by machine it is sometimes necessary to sew crosshair to crosshair instead of edge to edge. Even that is easier when you have the shapes printed with Inklingo, as shown in one of the videos on the Main Hexagon Page on the website.

 

Chain piece by machine

Love the lines! Quilt more!

 

Chain piecing by machine

Sew some seams by machine . . .

 

Hand piece with a running stitch

. . . and sew some seams by hand.

 

Chain pieced shapes for your portable kit!

Surprise!

You can add chain pieced shapes to your portable kit, thanks to Inklingo!

Yes, we have the best of both worlds!

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted in the past few days but the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

 

Inklingo Hybrid Piecing

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you have already seen some of my Pink Pieced Hexies but I will share more here too.

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone and it makes it more likely that FB will show you more of my images.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagon - Detail

Before I go, I have to show you a close-up of the center of this hexagon.

Sewing with a running stitch with shapes printed with Inklingo makes this kind of precision possible.

I hope you will feel inspired to choose 4 Pieced Hexagons from 300 Pieced Hexagons and prepare a Cheat Sheet (Part 1) before I post Part 3.

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. Quick Start (Always FREE.) 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

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

300 Pieced Hexagons – ANOTHER New Size

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

We love Pieced Hexagons and there’s a new size today!

Some quilters requested 1¾ inch diamonds and it sounded like a good idea to me too.

1¾ inch = 1.75 inch

All of the Pieced Hexagons I am showing today can be made with the new 60º Diamonds 1.75 inch.

The Pieced Hexagons are 3.5 inch (2 x 1.75 inch) on each side, and 7 inches across the middle from point to point.

 

Pieced Hexagons from Diamonds

VIDEO

You can make dozens of designs with the shapes in only one Inklingo 60º Diamond “shape collection” and there is a choice of several sizes.

The choices are summarized in 300 Pieced Hexagons under the Shop & Freebies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Pieced Hexagons

NEW TODAY!

How do you know what sizes are available?

All of the 60° shapes are listed in several places on the website, especially under the Shop & Freebies tab:

Everything is cross-referenced.

 

Diamond templates on fabric

Love the lines! Quilt more!

No basting, no measuring. Just print, cut and sew.

 

Pieced Hexagons

60º shapes fit together in a perfect puzzle.

 

60° Diamond 1.75 inch

Diamonds, equilateral triangles, half diamonds (triangles) and half triangles all fit together.

 

Triangle templates

Inklingo Diamond and Hexagon shape collections include the partial shapes too, like this “half diamond” (triangle) so they are even more versatile!

 

Pieced Hexagons

Print a variety of shapes on scraps to mix and match.

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Print on fabric with Inklingo

2 x 0.875 inch = 1.75 inch 

60º Diamonds 0.875 inch are available too, and they are exactly half the size of these, so the two sizes work perfectly together.

A CHOICE OF METHODS

You can see how we sew these shapes with a running stitch in the videos on the Main Hexagon Page.

A running stitch is the easiest, most precise, most portable method but if you prefer English Paper Piecing (EPP), there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for that too.

 

Pieced Hexagons

IDENTICAL?

If you look carefully at these 4 red Pieced Hexagons (above), you will see that they are all identical—only the color placement is different! It is no exaggeration to say the design possibilities are endless!

300 Pieced Hexagons includes 336 designs and we could have added more.

 

Japanese Anemones

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook, including flowers blooming in Ontario in mid-November!

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

Pieced Hexagons

You might also be interested in:

And in these earlier articles on the blog:

 

Pieced Hexagons

INTRO SALE PRICE

The new 60º Diamond 1.75 inch shape collection is at a low intro price for a limited time only.

$25 is a great value but $20 is amazing!

Pieced Hexagons 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. Quick Start (Always FREE.) 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

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

300 Pieced Hexagons Print Checklist

There is a pretty, new Inklingo Print Checklist for you (below).

However, the first thing on Monkey’s Checklist is to remind you that the low sale price on the new shape collections ends at midnight tonight.

My Checklist says this is a good time to show you some of the cool Pieced Hexagons you can sew with the new shapes.

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

You can make dozens of designs with the new 0.875 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons.

These little beauties use both shape collections.

Hexagons and diamonds are always named by the length of the sides (finished).

(7/8 inch = 0.875 inch)

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

When you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo, everything is easier.

All of these Pieced Hexagons can be made larger or smaller, using matching sizes of diamonds (and parts) and hexagons (and parts).

 

300 Pieced Hexagons VIDEO

You can make at least 300 Pieced Hexies with just 8 Inklingo shapes!

The choices are summarized in 300 Pieced Hexagons under the Shop & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

Inklingo makes it easy because everything is named with the finished size. One-inch shapes fit one-inch shapes, and so on.

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

These use ANY Inklingo 60° diamonds and 60° hexagons together, both the same size.

If you use the new 0.875 inch hexagons and diamonds (7/8 inch), each side of the Pieced Hexagon is 1.75 inch and they measure 3.5 inches across the middle from point to point.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

Other sizes:

All of the 60° shapes are listed in several places on the website, especially under the Shop & Freebies tab:

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

Inklingo 60° Diamond and 60° Hexagon shape collections include the partial shapes too, so they are even more versatile!

Each of these use “quarter diamonds” (aka triangles) in the center to make this fabulous little star.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

This half hexagon is a very useful shape.

 

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

Print a variety of shapes on scraps to mix and match.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

No basting, no measuring. Just print, cut and sew.

Easy, portable, fast!

You can see how we sew these shapes with a running stitch in the videos on the Main Hexagon Page.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2

Quilted Diamonds 2 includes a two-hour lesson on DVD with all my best tips and there are at least TEN advantages of hand piecing.

A running stitch is the easiest, most precise, most portable method but if you prefer English Paper Piecing (EPP), there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for that too.

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

Inklingo Printing Checklist

Download the free Printing Checklist to keep near your printer.

It’s really 3 checklists on one page!

INTRO SALE PRICE

The new shape collections are at a low intro price until midnight tonight. $25 is a great value but Monkey says $20 is amazing!

If you like these, you might want to see more Pieced Hexagon designs on the blog too.

I hope you enjoy the new Print Checklist. 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. Quick Start (Always FREE.) 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

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

300 Pieced Hexagons – New Size!

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

Pieced Hexagons! We love them, don’t we?

<drum roll> There’s a new size today!

Several quilters requested 7/8 inch hexagons and diamonds. We listen.

7/8 inch = 0.875 inch

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

All of the designs I am showing today can be made in several sizes, using matching sizes of diamonds (and parts) and hexagons (and parts).

If the diamonds and hexagons are the same size, they fit!

  • Use 0.5 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • Use 0.75 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • USE NEW 0.875 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • Use 1 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • etc.

 

300 Pieced Hexagons VIDEO

You can make at least 300 Pieced Hexies with just 8 Inklingo shapes!

The choices are summarized in 300 Pieced Hexagons under the Shop & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

NEW TODAY!

How do you know what other sizes are available?

All of the 60° shapes are listed in several places on the website, especially under the Shop & Freebies tab:

Cross-referencing is my life! It really cuts into my sewing time.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

With just two shape collections (matching sizes of diamonds and hexagons), you can sew at least 56 of the designs in 300 Pieced Hexagons!

Sorry, we lost count!

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

With the new shape collections, the Pieced Hexagon examples (above and below) have 1.75 inch sides (finished size) and are 3.5 inches across the middle from point to point.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Inklingo Diamond and Hexagon shape collections include the partial shapes too, like this “half diamond” (triangle) so they are even more versatile!

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

Print a variety of shapes on scraps to mix and match.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

No basting, no measuring. Just print, cut and sew.

Easy, portable, fast!

You can see how we sew these shapes with a running stitch in the videos on the Main Hexagon Page.

A running stitch is the easiest, most precise, most portable method but if you prefer English Paper Piecing (EPP), there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for that too.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

The design possibilities are endless! In fact, 300 Pieced Hexagons includes 336 designs and we could have added more.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

INTRO SALE PRICE

The new shape collections are at a low intro price for a limited time only. $25 is a great value but Monkey says $20 is amazing!

Pieced Hexagons could keep us all busy forever, don’t you think?

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.

$10 Coupon! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Inklingo Diamonds Everywhere!

Inklingo Diamonds

DIAMONDS, DIAMONDS, EVERYWHERE!

Sometimes diamonds are obvious and sometimes they are tucked into unexpected places like Castle Wall and Storm At Sea and Feathered Star.

How to keep track of them all?

Good news! When I updated the Index of Shapes with the new diamonds, triangles and pentagons in Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia, I also updated the Main Diamond Page.

TIP Any time you are looking for a shape, the Index of Shapes under the Support tab on the website is a great place to start. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

WHY DO QUILTERS LOVE INKLINGO DIAMONDS?

There is a long list on the Main Diamond Page now!

Personally, I love Inklingo diamonds because they are so much fun to fussy cut and I can get perfect intersections whether I sew by hand or by machine.

Some things are easy, some things are difficult, and some things are free!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

EASY

1. It is easy to sew diamonds by hand OR by machine or a little of both, thanks to the precise shapes with stitching lines and crosshairs.

2. It is easy to fussy cut diamonds because there are two great methods–traditional and No Waste Fussy Cutting.

3. It is easy to get perfect intersections where many diamonds meet and there is a video to show you how.

4. It is easy to find the right sizes because all Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size and they are listed in the Index of Shapes (under the Support & Goodies tab on the website) and under the Shop tab.

 

Half Diamonds are Triangles!

DIFFICULT

1. It is difficult to cross-reference half diamonds because when we cut diamonds in half, they are not diamonds anymore. They are triangles. In many cases, half diamonds (both ways) are included with diamonds.

If you think you are looking for triangles, you might not find them. If you think you are looking for half diamonds, you might not find them. The best thing is to look under both Diamonds and Triangles, but I’ll keep working on it, okay?

2. It is difficult to cross-reference all the ways to use diamonds on the website! Luckily, you can keep sewing while I keep working on it.

 

8 Pointed Stars with the Free Inklingo shape collection

FREE

There are diamonds in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and that is the best way to start!

 

Willyne Hammerstein`s Passacaglia with Inklingo

DIAMONDS ON FACEBOOK

If you have been following the Inklingo Facebook Page you have seen videos and photos of all kinds of blocks with diamonds, including Passacaglia and Millefiori Quilts.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the photos if you click on that link.

By the way, 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.

 

Print diamonds on fabric with Inklingo

SUBSCRIBED?
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 by email (top of right sidebar).

By the way, I was finally able to get rid of the horrible ReadyGraph software that was aggressively creating duplicate subscriptions and sending multiple reminders. I apologize for the inconvenience it caused.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

REMINDERS

1.  Millefiori Quilts and the new shape collections for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia are at a special low price for a limited time only. 

Main Millefiori Page

2. Quiltmania is having a subscription sale too! Details.

3, Visit the Main Diamond Page—and let me know what you love about Inklingo diamonds too!

Thank you for visiting!

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.

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Kaleidoscope Stars and Little Miracles

Russ is nice about it but he doesn’t truly understand what a miracle it was to find such a great background fabric for my Kaleidoscope Stars in the very first quilt shop I visited.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I sewed 11 more stars last night while we watched Foyle’s War together on Detroit PBS.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

These are just a few of my favorites.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

They are not sewn to the background yet, but I am able to get a preview through the miracle of Photoshop. Instant gratification.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

A quilting snack but no empty calories while I watched TV. (It’s a miracle!)

The patterns in the middle are like little miracles too, thanks to the Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting method.

Each seam on a 1.25 inch 60° Diamond only takes 3 loads of the needle.

10 minutes. Done.

 

Inklingo Hexagons 1.25 inch

I’ve started printing the 60° Hexagon 1.25 inch to go with them.

 

Inklingo 1.25 inch Hexagons

Inklingo‘s ultra fine lines would seem like a miracle to our grandmothers, don’t you think?

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

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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.

$10 Coupon!  7 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter