Are you ready to get started with Inklingo?
Tilde in Copenhagen has created the Inklingo Sampler blog with instructions for making a sampler with various Inklingo shape collections. It is a brilliant idea, and Monkey and I are following along. The sampler blocks are a great way to get started with Inklingo, and fun for experienced Inklingoists too. Tilde is going to introduce us to many different blocks and we might even end up with a quilt! The blocks will be discussed in the Inklingo Yahoo group (very friendly), if you have questions. Everyone is welcome.
Tilde’s instructions are for a single block with scraps of two contrasting fabrics, but Monkey got carried away. Once he had chosen four fabrics, it seemed necessary to make four blocks. Apparently this is logical if you are a monkey. Don’t ask.
Combo Layout (pages 32-33 of the free collection)
Combo layouts in Inklingo make the printing especially fast and easy, so maybe that influenced Monkey. There are other layouts in each collection to give you a choice if you need all diamonds, or all squares, etc. from each fabric, and Tilde includes details on the Inklingo Sampler blog.
We printed four pages 6.75 x 9.75 inches from the free Inklingo Shape Collection, one from each fabric, but we could have printed 8 x 11.75 for larger blocks, using the 6 inch LeMoyne Star Shape Collection instead of the free shape collection. Suggested custom page sizes are included in each Inklingo, and there is a PDF lesson to help you print your first Custom Size with any ordinary Inkjet printer. It’s easy after you’ve done it once. (Check out Support on inklingo.com)
Inklingo is a very fast way to prepare shapes for machine or hand piecing, and the layouts ensure that there is correct straight grain on every piece. Children and beginners can use scissors if they are not comfortable with a rotary cutter (yet).
Monkey thinks his fabrics look great in the finished blocks, and you can judge the results on the Inklingo Sampler Blog—one by machine, the others by hand. Some of the small images on Tilde’s blog can be clicked for a detailed view, so have a good look.
Three entries in my first three days! I need a rest. We won’t be blogging every day, but when there is something new and fun like this, we’ll be here.
Linda & Monkey