How to Sew Hexagons by Machine (The Movie)

I had my first experience with sewing on a machine before I was old enough to go to kindergarten, and I love machine piecing, hand piecing, and appliqué.

However, Monkey is famous as a hand piecing snob, thanks to my first Quilted Diamonds books—more than ten years ago already!

 

IS THAT THE HAND PIECING SNOB?

Yes! Now, even Monkey has to admit that hexagons are fun to sew by machine too—thanks to Inklingo.

 

The movie shows how to sew hexagons by machine for a GFG (Grandmother’s Flower Garden) quilt. (If you click the little icon at the lower right, you can watch full screen.)

I used red thread and printed the lines a little darker than usual to make it camera-friendly.

The lovely “Vintage Rosie” fabric was provided by Patti Carey, the Marketing Director at Northcott Fabric. Even the fabric with the black background is light enough on the wrong side to print easily with Inklingo.

We think you will agree that sewing inset seams by machine is easy when you have lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

 

Northcott Vintage Rosie with rotary cutting layout
(Fabric not necessarily to scale)

STAY TUNED

We are in the mood for hexagons these days, thanks to the 4 new Inklingo hexagon shape collections announced yesterday, so stay tuned for more, including tips for designing hexagon quilts in Electric Quilt software.

Until next time, these links should keep you busy.

Why Quilters Love Inklingo Hexagons  (movie, hand piecing)

Hexagon Quilt Design Book (and how to get it FREE)

Main Inklingo Hexagon Page

How to Make a Finger Pincushion  (movie)

Top Ten Tutes (tutorials about Inklingo)

 

Northcott Vintage Rosie with scissors layout
(Fabric not necessarily to scale)

Monkey’s newest movie turned out pretty well, don’t you think? Did you see Monkey’s “Moment of Zen?” at the very end?

Have you seen our other movies on YouTube? Monkey says this one our best so far.

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REMINDER

As usual, the new hexagon shapes are at a very special intro price—but for a few days only!

We would love it if you would tell your friends in person and online (Yahoo and other groups) about the new movie. Monkey says they will thank you later—maybe even machine piece a hexie quilt for you!

See you 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.

$10 Coupon!  6 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

Inklingo Quiz – Just for Fun!

Free Cheat Sheet for Carolina Lily Quilt Block

A new Inklingo quilter recently asked me what to print for one 9 x 9 inch Carolina Lily block. She has

She wants to make a pretty, small wall hanging with one block.

MONKEY’S CHEAT SHEET

We prepared Monkey’s Cheat Sheet for her (and you). It is an easy way to stay organized no matter what design you are sewing.

Blank Cheat Sheets are included in most shape collections. There is also an example on the website under the Support tab (with lots of other good stuff).

 

COUNTING THE SHAPES

Even with only two or three fabrics, counting the pieces required from each fabric can be confusing, but it all becomes clear if you cut up a worksheet.

  • Make a copy of the worksheet with your design.
  • Put the original of the design in a safe place. Do not cut it up.
  • Cut the copy of the worksheet into sections or blocks (above).
  • Sort the blocks into identical piles.
  • Record the number of each block and the number of each unit (one column for each unit).
  • Record the final count on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

This method even works for very complicated designs. Now all you have to do is look up efficient custom paper sizes and the yardage requirements in the Catalogue of Shapes and record them on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

 

Printing Custom Sizes allows you to use fabric very efficiently. There are suggestions for each layout illustrated in the Catalogue of Shapes.

If you need a quantity that is not listed, or if you are working with irregular scraps of fabric, you can print on scrap paper first to set a good size.


OUR 4 BEST TIPS

  1. Count your blessings.
  2. Cut apart the worksheet to make it easy to identify how many you need of each shape in each fabric.
  3. Use a pencil to fill out Monkey’s Cheat Sheet. Monkey is in charge of the eraser.
  4. Save your Cheat Sheets in an Inklingo binder.

FOR THE DESIGNER IN YOU

Whether you are a new quilter or a professional designer, Inklingo makes your life easier.

Choose your design and  prepare a worksheet and a summary on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet (or similar) for your own custom Inklingoable pattern.

You can rely on the detailed instructions for cutting, sewing, and pressing in the design books and the shape collections.

FREE CHEAT SHEET

Click here to download the free Carolina Lily Cheat Sheet (2 page PDF).

The downloadable PDF is oriented so you can read it on the computer, but if you print it, choose Landscape mode.

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Let the fun begin!

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!  6 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

Inklingo Quiz – Just for Fun!

With Gratitude

Thank you very much for sharing your words of wisdom and for all of your kind messages about Mum.

 

I designed this quilt of flowers and rose dreams this morning while thinking of her. Mum’s favourite colour was blue. (And she always used Canadian/British spelling!)

Linda & Monkey

Fabulous Flowers with Leaf Sashing 6 inch

The flowers today all use Leaf Sashing 6 inch to make 14 inch blocks (finished size).

This is fun, because there are so many options with Inklingo.

In fact, there are so many possible 6 inch blocks that I created 2 special pages on the website with links to the shape collections.

(“6 inch blocks” is a heading near the top of the Shop page.)

 

Yin Yang Flower Quilt, Winding Ways Flower Quilt, Star Flower Quilt

Yin Yang, Winding Ways, LeMoyne Star

 

NY Beauty Flower Quilt, Dresden Fan Flower quilt, Diamond Flower Quilt

New York Beauty 02, Dresden Plate Basic Pieced, Free Shape Collection

For smaller blocks (Dresden Plate, Carolina Lily), I can build a 6 inch block using 3.18 and 4.5 inch Leaf Sashing. Cool.

 

Flower and leaf quilt blocks

Dresden Plate Basic Pieced, LeMoyne Star (free shape collection), Day or Night (4.5 inch)

 

Flowers with Rose Dream Quilt Block

Turnstile, Evening Star Variation, Churn Dash

In this row, I could not resist using Rose Dream instead of the 9-patch “vase” in the other examples (with the 2 inch square in Leaf Sashing 6 inch).

Leaf Sashing Movie?

Yes, I still have more layouts with Leaf Sashing to share with you. There is a new movie on YouTube and on the Main Leaf Sashing Page.

 

Sunflower Quilt, Drunkard's Path Quilt Block, Star Quilt Block

Sunflower (6 inch), Drunkard’s Path, Evening Star

 

Other Links on the Blog and Website

and <drum roll>

We set it to the William Tell Overture because we find the options so exciting.

 

Print leaves on fabric with your Inkjet

You can do this! Yes, you can!

Of course, the beauty of all of this is that no matter what flowers you choose, you can actually start and finish the quilts. It is so much easier when you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo!

The curves of the 6 inch size are easy to machine piece, but you can hand piece or appliqué with Inklingo, if you prefer.

 

Flower Quilt Blocks

Sunflower (12 inch), New York Beauty 01, New York Beauty 03

 

Next?

Lately, we seem to have more ideas than time, but there is some good stuff coming next. You can subscribe to get an email to be sure you don’t miss anything good (right sidebar).

“Email Jail” or Email Holiday?

I have been really bad about acknowledging comments on the blog lately unless there was a specific question. I am going to try to do better. Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville was the first person I heard talk about being in “email jail.” I’m in it.

This week Bonnie has a brand new book out called String Fling, and it is full of inspiring designs. I admire Bonnie and envy her energy. I can hardly wait to see her latest. (Please tell her I sent you!)

 

Flower Quilt Blocks

Dresden Plate Basic Pieced, Winding Ways (4.5 inch), Day or Night

 

Use the video to plant flowers everywhere!

As usual, we hope you will tell your friends about our flower blocks. If you have a blog or website, you can embed the YouTube video too. (Click on Share.)

We are celebrating Canada Day today and the weather is perfect if you like it sunny in the low 80s (28c) with a light breeze. The front porch is shady and oh, so inviting. Do I have to get out of email jail first? I might just sew. We’ll see . . .

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!  6 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

Inklingo Quiz – Just for Fun!