Encore Presentation of the Second LIVE Inklingo Video

Live Video sewing hexagons

Thank you to everyone who watched Saturday Night LIVE, Inklingo style.

It was all about hexagons.

This hexagon flower was sewn partly by hand—LIVE—and partly by machine. I also showed how to press it.
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You can click above to see the “encore presentation” and you can scroll down to see a short clip showing how to press hexagons.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT ANNOYING AUDIO – MARCH 2018
For about 5 minutes near the end of the live broadcast, there was overlapping audio (very annoying) but I edited it, so now it is easier to listen to. It is also a few minutes shorter and available on YouTube.

 

New video equipment

PEBCAK 
All of the equipment worked!

More RAM, new video card, 8 more USB 3.0 ports, new tripod, fresh rotary cutting blade.

There was PEBCAK—Problems Exist Between Chair And Keyboard. (That’s me.)

Live Video # 2 was a good learning experience. I am disappointed with parts of it but I know that if I waited until everything was perfect, I would never do live video at all.

 

Inklingo Live Video # 2

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK
I look happy because the new RAM helped, so the audio did not break up . . .

PLUS . . .  I learned how to play a pre-recorded movie within a live stream. That’s progress!

However, I did not MUTE the movie-in-movie in enough places, so the audio played over me for about 5 minutes near the end. (Some of you thought it was an ad.)

I will try very hard not to make that mistake again.

 

Inklingo Live Video

A VICTORY FOR MONKEY
Thanks to Google and Photoshop, I finally found a way to clean up the Inklingo logo in the top left corner. It drove Monkey crazy. It will look like this (above) in Live # 3.

Out of kindness, none of you mentioned how messy “inklingo” looked in the first two live videos. Thank you.

By the way, figuring out how to clean up a transparent layer in a png wasn’t easy. I was googling all the wrong things. The answer was much harder to find than new camera supports.

Yes. MORE equipment is on its way.

 

how to sew hexagons

DID YOU SEE THAT?
When I watched the video afterwards, I could see the camera going in and out of focus on the extreme close-ups of stitching and pressing. That drives me crazy. I am sorry if it drove you crazy too.

The good news is that I think I know how to fix it.

I was very limited in where I could place the tripods and lights for the sewing and pressing sequences this time. However . . . I was able to order better supports online—at 4:30 am—Sunday morning. What an amazing world.

Goose Neck Camera Support

It gave me the giggles to realize that I could google a string of words like C-clamp camera support in the middle of the night and find something I didn’t even know existed—with a goose-neck <gasp>—on Amazon for only $16.

Free delivery by Tuesday. This takes shopping in my jammies to a whole new level.

I ordered two different ones for good measure and I’m considering ordering two more. Monkey says, Thank you for shopping at Inklingo.com, so I can keep funneling the money to Amazon.

 

How to sew hexagons

HYBRID PIECING
This part of the flower was sewn by machine. When we combine hand and machine piecing, we call it a hybrid.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 
When two audio streams are beating each other up and driving you crazy, I want to know about it.

I need a first responder who can get a message to me immediately—a sort of 911 call.

I am happy to say I have a kind volunteer and a message system set up for Live # 3. (Thank you, Donna.) When I make a booboo—and I’m sure I will—I will know sooner, so I can fix it sooner.

By the way, unless I wear a headset, I am not aware of audio problems  because I have to have my own speakers turned off while I’m streaming live. Also, there is a delay between what I am saying and what you are seeing on Facebook Live. By the time you write a comment, even if I see it quickly, the problem has existed for too long already.

 

Rotary Cut Hexagons

ROTARY CUTTING
The camera stayed in focus for rotary cutting—and I know why!

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HOW TO PRESS HEXAGON FLOWERS
I received some nice comments and emails about the pressing sequence for hexagons, despite the focus issue, so here are a few pressing moments (above), just in case you can’t watch the whole thing again.

 

How to press a hexagon flower

This is one of the diagrams in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF to download), which is free when you buy any Inklingo hexagons.

SUGGESTIONS
Thank you for your suggestions for future videos. They are all good ones and I’m taking them to heart.

Fussy Cutting is the most popular request. I’m  glad I did not do fussy cutting this time because I want the video to be perfect for that.

 

Quilt Obsession Ribbon Dance Quilt

AS PROMISED—LINKS
Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog – Correction! I mistakenly called her Ribbon Dance quilt Ribbon Flower. When you visit Quilt Obsession, you will see dozens of Inklingo quilts that Cathi has made since 2006.

Linda Swanekamp’s Blog – Visit to see her first Inklingo stars—by machine! Made with the Free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection

 

Inklingo Live Video 02

Main Hexagon Page  — good info and 4 more videos showing how to hand piece hexagons, how to machine piece hexagons, and 300 Pieced Hexagon designs.

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. A great place to start.

Gift Certificates – I forgot to mention this. These are a popular gift for quilters. Any amount. Good for anything on the site, including postage. They never expire.

 

Inklingo Live Video

LIVE! —YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN 
I think I can confidently say that we will have brand new mistakes next time.  I am learning as we go along.

I hope it was Time Well Spent, despite the PEBCAK, and that you will want to watch Inklingo Live Video # 3 with friends.

Thank you for visiting here and thank you for watching LIVE!

Linda & Monkey

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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 3

Curvy Hexie Star Quilt

The new Curvy Hexie Star shapes can be used with matching hexagons to make some fabulous designs.

This is one of the worksheets in each Curvy Hexie Star shape collection.

 

Curvy Hexie Star

HOW BIG?

The dimensions of 60° Hexagons can be a bit confusing, and since there is a choice of 4 sizes, let’s compare.

 

Dimensions of hexagon

1.5 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 1.5 inches finished on each side
  • 2.6 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 3 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 5.2 x 5.25 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 1.5 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 1.5 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

2 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 2 inches finished on each side
  • 3.46 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 4 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 6.92 x 7 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 2 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 2 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

2.25 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 2.25 inches finished on each side
  • 3.9 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 4.5 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 7.8 x 7.875 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 2.25 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 2.25 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

3 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 3 inches finished on each side
  • 5.2 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 6 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a nice big star, about 10.4 x 10.5 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 3 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 3 inch too!

 

Main Hexagon Page

The largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer. (Videos on the Main Hexagon Page.)

Low intro price for a few more days only!

 

There is detailed info about how to design with hexagons in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, which is $10 or free!

 

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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Hexie Love Blog Hop

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled program (Modern Baby Quilt) again with TWO pieces of news for Julia Wood’s Hexie Blog Hop!

Hexie Love by Julia Wood

ONE!  Julia Wood is self-publishing a new online magazine called Hexie Love, and you could win one free issue. ($5.99 value)

Julia has assured me that Hexie Love is not just about English Paper Piecing and I have agreed to write an article about Inklingo for an issue later this year.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

 

Hexagon Quilt Design Book

TWO!  I am offering the Inklingo Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF download) FREE until midnight on Tuesday, April 14, so read on!

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

Printing shapes on fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer and Inklingo is a hexie lover’s dream come true!

There is fabulous hexagon inspiration everywhere these days.

However, if English Paper Piecing was the only way to quilt, I would probably not be a quilter at all—let alone gluing and basting and picking paper out of hexagons! I would have found another hobby.

I hear the same thing from Inklingo quilters almost every day. Gluing, pinching and whip-stitching is not fun for everyone and can be very hard on hands and wrists.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING RESCUE

I often hear from quilters who are stalled on a project they started with EPP, discouraged by how long it takes. You can finish with a running stitch!

English Paper Piecing Rescue is one of the most popular pages on my website.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Lucy Boston has inspired quilters all over the world with Patchwork of the Crosses and other hexagon quilts. She taught herself to sew by mending clothes and old quilts. English Paper Piecing was the only method she knew.

The brilliance of Lucy Boston was the artistic way she used designs in the fabric–fussy cutting—not her sewing method.

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by her daughter-in-law, Diana, illustrates and describes all 20 of her amazing quilts. It makes me sad to think how many more masterpieces would be part of Lucy Boston’s legacy if she had the advantages we have today.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

In Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2, the Dutch artist Willyne Hammerstein uses English Paper Piecing but says it is the least favorite part of the process for her too.

“Choosing a pattern, selecting the fabrics that go with it and piecing together a small part to see the result, gives me the most pleasure. Thereafter, my perseverance is tested. Quilting is not my favorite occupation.”

Do you admire all the hexagons you see in books and magazines and on Pinterest and other websites, but can’t imagine basting and whip-stitching your way to a finished quilt?

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

I quilt for relaxation and to express my creativity. Life can be hard. I don’t need my hobby to test my patience!

There is an easier way to sew Willyne’s exquisitely complex quilts with hexagons, diamonds, pentagons and other shapes. Quiltmania understood that making the shapes in Willyne’s quilts Inklingo-able would make these stunning designs accessible to more quilters, not just quilters who EPP.

Last month we introduced two shape collections for Passacaglia, the quilt on the cover of Millefiori Quilts.

 

Hexagons and Stars with Inklingo

EPP FORESAKEN!

When a project takes so long that I lose interest and abandon hope of finishing, it creates feelings of guilt.

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville is part of Julia’s Blog Hop too.  Bonnie stuck with her vision for her hexie quilt for FOURTEEN years, not including time to quilt it. Bonnie is an inspiration for all of us, but oh, my!

HEXIE LOVE!

  • I love hexagons, especially the 90° hexagons in Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.
  • I love a portable project.
  • I love precision.
  • I love relaxing with a needle and thread for some slow stitching—a running stitch.
  • I love fussy cutting.
  • I love finishing what I start.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

I can sew with a running stitch instead!

There are at least two good ways of preparing hexagons for hand piecing which are faster and more accurate than EPP, so you can make wonderful hexagon designs in a fraction of the time.

 

Quilted Diamonds and Quilted Diamonds 2

1. Prepare the shapes with freezer paper templates and sew with a running stitch. This is the method I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books.

 

Sew hexagons with a running stitch.

This method of hand piecing gives you complete design freedom!

If you can print or draw the shapes on freezer paper, you can cut them apart, draw sewing lines on the fabric with a pencil and sew fabric pieces together with a running stitch. It is the same for hexagons AND any other shape.

I decided to reprint Quilted Diamonds 2 this winter—while hexagons are hot—because it can help quilters who are looking for an easier, more portable way to sew hexagons or any other shape, not just the diamond designs in the books.

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Every copy of Quilted Diamonds 2 includes the comprehensive two-hour hand piecing lesson on DVD. The lesson takes the mystery out of this simple, relaxing technique and includes all my best tips.

 

Video - Hand Piecing with Inklingo

2. Print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo (VIDEO) and sew with a running stitch.

Of course, this is my favorite method. Precise, simple, fast, portable.

Print, rotary cut several layers at a time, and sew! The video shows every step.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

 

 

VIDEO - Machine piece hexagons

Everyone loves the portability of hand piecing, but it is also easy to machine piece hexagons when you have the lines printed on the fabric.

I hand piece hexagons that are smaller than 1 inch and machine piece the larger sizes. I also like to combine hand and machine piecing in the same quilt, a hybrid.

I hand piece when I need portability and machine piece for speed.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons Video

The same hand piecing and machine sewing techniques also work for 300 Pieced Hexagon designs (video above) and for fussy cutting.

 

8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP

8 GOOD WAYS

On the other hand, if you do enjoy English Paper Piecing, there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP. 8 Good Ways on QuiltingHub.

In addition to the flexibility of printing your own templates and choosing your own perfect template material, Inklingo includes illustrated yardage requirements and TWO wonderful methods for fussy cutting!

 

Print circles on fabric with Inklingo

FOLDED CIRCLES

If you use Julia Wood’s method of folding fabric circles into a hexagon shape, you can skip the tracing and print circles on fabric with Inklingo instead!

Hexagons made from folded circles are pretty thick, so you will want BIG circles. A three-inch fabric circle folds into a hexagon with sides less than 1 inch (comparison above), so instead of cutting 225-250 hexagons from a yard of fabric, you only get about 120.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

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 below—not 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.

 

Inklingo Hexagons, sewn with a running stitch

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).

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

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 http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2015/04/hexie-love-e-magazine-give-away.html
April 7  Catherine Redford http://catherineredford.com/hexie-love-blog-hop/
April 8  Linda Franz http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/hexie-love-blog-hop/  (me)
April 9  Cheryl Sleboda http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/
April 10 Geta Grama  http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com
April 11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
April 12 Becky Campbell  https://www.facebook.com/sewforeverquiltingbybeckycampbell
April 13 Joan Shay https://www.facebook.com/joan.mooreshay

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt

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Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

REMINDERS

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.

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It spreads a nice friendly feeling!

I’m looking forward to reading your comments about hexagons. Good luck in the draw!

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Millefiore and Millefiori

The New Hexagon - Katja Marek

Quilters who don’t want to sew with English Paper Piecing have been asking me for Inklingo shapes for Millefiore/Millefiori quilts. They prefer to print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and sew with a running stitch.

Of course, I agree that a running stitch is faster and more portable and more precise than whip-stitching.

I finally received my copy of Katja Marek’s New 52 Pieced Hexagons book.

Good news! Most of the shapes for Katja’s 52 Pieced Hexagons are already Inklingo-able!

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

A new Inklingo shape collection is probably not necessary!

If you love hexagons, you may already have the Inklingo 60° hexagons, diamonds, and triangles to print on fabric!

 

Millefiori Quilts - Willyne Hammerstein

CONFUSION – MILLEFIORE OR MILLEFIORI

Unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of confusion in the requests I have received.

1.  Katja’s Millefiore is one letter different from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori (book published in 2011) and very similar to the original Passacaglia quilt on the cover of it. (I am still hoping to do a shape collection for Willyne’s amazing quilt.)

 

3 inch Pieced Hexagon

2. Another confusing thing is that Katja calls her Pieced Hexagons “6 inch,” but that is the measurement across the center from point to point.

I name my hexagons in the traditional way—by the length of a finished side—so some quilters did not realize the shapes for the Millefiore Quilt Along are already in the Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website.

Sizes are easy. All you have to do is measure the finished sizes of the 60° diamonds, triangles and other shapes in Katja’s book. Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size to make it easy. Main 60° Shapes Page

 

Freezer Paper templates

For the few shapes that are not Inklingo-able, I recommend tracing them from Katja’s book onto freezer paper to make templates.

This is the method described in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002 and 2004) and on the blog.

 

Choose the lightest, finest line.

Some shapes will be printed and some will have the lines drawn manually.

Easy, especially if you only need to draw the lines on a few shapes.

 

Draw the sewing lines

Draw the sewing lines on the fabric with a mechanical pencil and sew with a running stitch.

Using templates and drawing the lines is more work than printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo, but it is much faster and more precise than gluing the fabric to templates, whip-stitching, and removing templates.

 

Settings for Pieced Hexagons

We have shared settings for Pieced Hexagons on the blog several times in the past.

Katja’s Millefiore is made up of rings of 3 inch Pieced Hexagons (called 6 inch Hexagons in the book), so you could substitute any of my 300 Pieced Hexagons for the ones in Katja’s book for the Millefiore Quilt Along on Facebook if you prefer to print all of the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons Video

300 Pieced Hexagons Video

 

Inklingo Fussy Cut Star (Kaleidoscope or One Block Wonder)

FUSSY CUTTING

Both Willyne’s Millefiori and Katja’s Millefiore designs rely on fussy cutting to get fabulous effects, following the tradition of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

I have written about two Inklingo fussy cutting methods several times on the blog, for POTC, for stars, for hexagons and for other shapes.  This is a good place to start.
http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/two-inklingo-fussy-cutting-methods/

 

VIDEO - Machine piece hexagons

QUILT ALONG ON FACEBOOK

Please feel free to pass this info along to anyone who would like to participate in the Millefiore Quilt Along:

  1. You can use Inklingo to print the shapes for almost all of Katja’s Pieced Hexagons and sew with a running stitch.
  2. The Pieced Hexagons are also big enough to sew by machine (video above).
  3. If you do want to sew with English Paper Piecing, there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP.
  4. You can finish an EPP UFO with Inklingo. English Paper Piecing Rescue
  5. You can choose a different size! (300 PiecedHexagons below)
  6. Quilted Diamonds (my first book in 2002, pre-Inklingo) is still available. It includes detailed instructions for using freezer paper templates and sewing with a running stitch.

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

My 300 Piece Hexagon ebook includes the designs, but not the shapes to print on fabric, so you have a choice of sizes and designs for your Millefiore variation!

MILLEFIORE QUILT ALONG

I hope you will enjoy every stitch in Katja’s Quilt Along on Facebook, whether you use EPP, a running stitch or sew by machine.

There is also more info on Katja’s website. Let the fun begin!

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Wednesday Tute 16 – English Paper Piecing 02

POTC made with Inklingo by Joan Cumming in Australia

English Paper Piecing is the method that Lucy Boston used to make her Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) and the other amazing quilts in The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston.

 

Inklingo for Grandmother's Flower Garden

EPP is a traditional method for Grandmother’s Flower Garden too.

The more you know about EPP and Inklingo, the easier it is to choose the method that is best for you.

INKLINGO  AND ENGLISH PAPER PIECING

With Inklingo and English Paper Piecing, you can make wonderful designs with hexagons, diamonds, triangles, shapes with curves (Clamshell, Apple Core, Dresden Plate), and many others. (Inklingo Index of Shapes)

There is inspiration in the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free download).

HOW TO ENGLISH PAPER PIECE – PART 2

In Wednesday Tute 15, we showed you how you can print the Inklingo layouts without seam allowances on template material to make your own perfect templates.

This time, we print the Inklingo layouts with seam allowances on the fabric.

 

Print shapes on fabric with Inkingo

Printing the shapes on fabric is faster and easier than using an acrylic template and there is less fabric waste.

 

Cutting with scissors (pre-Inklingo)

Lucy Boston cut the fabric with scissors, probably several layers at a time, adding the seam allowance by “rock of eye.” The seam allowances do not have to be exact because the template determines the finished size of the shape.

We often hear quilters say they need to live forever to finish all the quilts they want to make.

Lucy Boston lived to be 98, and was very creative in her old age. I cannot help but wonder how many more quilt masterpieces she could have created if she had had a rotary cutter, Inklingo and the variety of fabric we have today.

 

Acrylic template and rotating mat (pre-Inklingo)

When the rotary cutter was introduced, quilters started using acrylic templates and rotating mats to cut several layers at a time.

Acrylic hexagons are available from many sources including Sue Daley’s Busy Fingers Patchwork in Australia and Marti Michell in Georgia and others. The seam allowances are included. A rotating mat is a nice idea if you are using acrylic templates.  If you don’t have one, you can just turn a small mat.

If you cut from squares or rectangles (above), it wastes more fabric than cutting from strips.

 

This Inklingo layout is intended for scissors.

Now there is Inklingo, so you can print the shapes on fabric.

I include layouts for scissors cutting. It sometimes saves a little bit of fabric, but not much, so I usually rotary cut.

 

Print the shapes on fabric, layer with unprinted sheets.

For EPP, we don’t need stitching lines, so I can print one sheet with this layout, layer with unprinted sheets (or even scraps) and rotary cut several layers at a time.

 

Layer with unprinted fabric and rotary cut several layers at a time.

First, rotary cut rows of hexagons.

 

Cut several layers at a time.

I recommend a fresh, sharp blade because it is safer and will allow you to cut through 5 or more layers at a time.  It uses fabric very efficiently, especially compared to cutting shapes from fabric squares or rectangles.

 

This video was posted 4 years ago today, on the one year anniversary of the first downloadable shape collections in 2008.

In the video, all of the shapes are printed, but it shows how much easier and safer it is to cut with Inklingo and without acrylic templates.

 

Print and cut stacks of perfect hexagons quickly with Inklingo.

For EPP, you only need to print a few sheets of fabric to layer with unprinted sheets and rotary cut, but if you print all of the hexagons on fabric, the preparation is finished as soon as you cut—no basting!

If you print all of the shapes, you can start sewing immediately using a running stitch by hand (video) or by machine (video).

I find a running stitch to be more precise, faster and more portable, but if you prefer English Paper Piecing, the next step is basting—in our next tute!

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

There are illustrated instructions for English Paper Piecing in my POTC book too.

 

POTC made with Inklingo by Joan Cumming in Australia

Inklingo quilters like Joan prefer to sew POTC with a running stitch by hand because it is more portable, more precise, and faster. However, Inklingo has advantages for quilters who enjoy whip-stitching and paper templates too.

In the next few Wednesday Tutes, we’ll look at more reasons to use Inklingo when you EPP!

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Linda & Monkey

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25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo Hexagons in Electric Quilt

It is stunningly easy to design with hexagons in Electric Quilt software.

You could do it yourself in a couple of minutes, but I am sharing one of my files with you anyway.

 

This is the quilt in the free project file (download below).

It is the design I used for the cover of the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, which is free when you buy Inklingo hexagons to print on fabric.

THE QUILT LAYOUT AND SIZE

Worktable > Work on Quilt >  Quilt > New Quilt > One Patch Layout

Easy peasy.

Then you can set the number of units, the patch style, and the edge length using the Layout tab.

If I use hexagons with 1.5 inch sides, EQ tells me that the quilt will be 53 x 70.65 inches. (That is not shown in this image, but it is visible in the lower info bar in EQ.)

 

If I use the slider to change it to 2.25 inch hexagons, EQ automatically updates the size to show that the quilt would be 79.25 x 105.72 inches.

With 0.75 inch hexagons, EQ tells me the quilt will be 26.75 x 35.57 inches.

Is that cool, or what?

COLOR THE HEXAGONS

Next I can switch to Layer 1 and start painting the colors with fabric swatches. There are so many to choose from!

I used the Paint Brush tool and the Swap tool to create the blue version.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

For the coloring step, I found the Ctrl-z keyboard shortcut very useful.  It lets me undo the last step if I don’t like it for any reason. I can go back many steps. It is worth learning this useful shortcut because it works in all software, not just EQ.

(Monkey thinks I spend my whole day Ctrl-z-ing. It’s not true. Sometimes I am using Ctrl-c (copy) and Ctrl-v (paste). My day would be very different without keyboard shortcuts!)

COUNT THE HEXAGONS

Electric Quilt counts all of those hexagons for me, by color. Hooray!

File > Print > Fabric Yardage

525 + 62 + 90 + 15

The hexagons have been counted for me!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

For fabric requirements, I prefer to use the diagrams provided by Inklingo, but EQ gives an estimate. Inklingo diagrams make it easy to see if the odd scraps in your stash are big enough too.

EQ is too smart to let me design with hexagons with sides less than 0.5 inches (LOL), so for hexagons with 0.25 inch sides and hexagons with 0.375 inch sides, I design with 0.5 inch sides and rely on the info in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes to get the quilt size and fabric requirements.

I love it that I can design with any size and EQ counts the hexagons for me. Then I just have to count the ones on the edges if I want to finish with half hexagons for a straight edge.

DOWNLOAD THE PROJECT FILE

If you have Electric Quilt, I hope you are just itching to start playing with this one-patch layout.

Hexagon Quilt EQ5 Project File

Hexagon Quilt EQ6 Project File

Hexagon Quilt EQ7 Project File

By the way, in this example, my hexagons are set on the flat side. The difference between setting hexagons flat and on-point is explained in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book.

If you don’t have Electric Quilt, there are worksheets to print in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, but doesn’t EQ make it easy?

 

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

When you have settled on your design, you can print the hexagons on fabric with Inklingo and start sewing. No templates! No basting! No stitches showing on the front.

We have made little movies so you can see how we sew hexagons by hand and how we sew hexagons by machine.

 

This design looks completely different in different colors, doesn’t it?

That’s part of the beauty of Electric Quilt. I can preview several different fabrics and colors before I make a final decision.

When you download the free EQ project file, you can use the Swap tool to get results in a flash.

Until next time, these links should keep you busy.

Why Quilters Love Inklingo Hexagons

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

Main Inklingo Hexagon Page

Top Ten Tutes (tutorials about Inklingo)

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If you don’t want to miss anything, you can enter your email address (right sidebar), so you will always be the first to know. You can also subscribe to YouTube, of course.

SALE ENDING

As usual, the new hexagon shapes are at a very low intro price—but for a few days only. (You still get the Hexagon Quilt Design Book too!)

We would love it when you would tell your friends in person and online (Yahoo and other groups) about the movies on YouTube. Thank you!

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!

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.

Are you subscribed?

If you don’t want to miss anything, you can enter your email address (right sidebar), so you will always be the first to know. You can also subscribe to YouTube, of course.

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!