Inklingo Quilters are Printing and Sewing!

From Canada to California to Mexico to Australia to France to Denmark and everywhere in between, quilters have been printing and sewing Inklingo shapes and making beautiful blocks.

I have permission to share a few.

Patchwork of the Crosses by Monica in California

Monica wrote:
“The 2 on the left were from Carrie’s Pieceful Gathering kits. The others I made up out of the fabric scraps I have… some of which didn’t really look like scraps until I fussy cut and put holes all over them!”

Absolutely beautiful work!

I love what Chantal is doing with the Silent Garden design. (Millefiori Quilts 3)

“I cannot resist to send you my first attempt with Inklingo. I have found a rythm….I am in a club and, although my “colleagues” are very traditional, they were all marvelled. I am sure some of them will do an Inklingo project next year. ”
Chantal in France

Amazing creativity. A first attempt. Très beau.

POTC by Beverley in Australia

Beverley has finished her POTC quilt top! She wrote:

“I’m so pleased to have found your way of piecing. I have almost finished my first inklingo project, a passacaglia quilt. So much more enjoyable than paper piecing!”

Absolutely beautiful work. I have shared more photos of Beverley’s beautiful quilts too.

Patchwork of the Crosses by Jytte in Denmark

Jytte in Denmark has shared dozens of her POTC blocks online, so you can see every detail.

Jytte wrote:
“My fabrics are reproduction fabrics, so they are older looking than the fabrics Lucy used, but they are so beautiful. Hope to finish the quilt some day – I use both machine piecing and hand piecing, just like you have shown in your book. And of course, I use inklingo.”

Jytte has captured the spirit of Lucy Boston with wonderful fabric choices. You are going to want to click on the link to see all of them!

Storm At Sea by Joyce in Ontario

Isn’t this amazing?

Joyce in Ontario has made two quilts so far with Inklingo. She wrote:

“The Storm at Sea was the first. I stumbled upon your site looking for Storm at Sea patterns and bought the 9” shapes. I had also been reading “Color Play 2″ by Joen Wolfrom and tried a colour combination outside my normal comfort zone. I really liked the results so my next two pieced quilts are also using your Inklingo method. I am enjoying the accuracy.”

I will share more photos showing detail of this amazing quilt and her Mariner’s Compass on The Inklingo Facebook Page too. What an inspiration!

I have many more photos to share.

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this short video will bring you up to speed.

Starlit Star by Kathy in Mexico

I think Kathy must be planning an on-point star quilt this time. “This collection has so many possibilities..alone and with the other collections.”

I have been very busy on a special project, so Monkey is late with his reminder about the sale ending on Starlit Stars.

Starlit Star with fussy cutting

The special low intro price should end tonight at midnight (March 28) but we have extended it one more day. Starlit Star 12 inch

Print Diamonds on Fabric

Then you can print the shapes on fabric and sew! When you do, I hope you will share photos too.

Thank you for visiting today.

Linda & Monkey


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

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NEW LeMoyne Star 8 inch for Lucky Stars

I published a new shape collection yesterday and announced it on the Inklingo Facebook page but I was sewing and watching hockey with Russ last night, so I did not finish this for the blog until this morning.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star

As usual, the special LOW intro price on the new shape collection is good for a few days only.

$25 is fabulous value!
$20 is even better. LeMoyne Star 8 inch

Millefiori Quilts 3 Lucky Stars

This time, I included two bonus shapes—a pentagon and a square. They are perfect for Lucky Stars, one of the great designs in Millefiori Quilts 3 (third book) by Willyne Hammerstein.

LeMoyne Star 8 inch for Lucky Stars

The original quilt uses 12 cm stars (about 4.7 inches), so the quilt is bigger when you use 8 inch stars.

Center of the original quilt (no borders) – approx 37 x 51 inches.
Center of quilt with 8 inch blocks – approx 64 x 88 inches.

Print star templates

You do not need papers or acrylic templates with Inklingo, so it is less expensive AND easier to sew Lucky Stars this way, especially if you get the low intro price.

Millefiori Quilts 3 by Willyne Hammerstein book-on-paper

The instructions for Lucky Stars are in Willyne’s beautiful Millefiori 3 book. I think you know by now why this book is my favorite of the three.

Live Video 05 with Linda Franz

In the 5th LIVE Inklingo Video on Facebook, I shared piecing and pressing instructions for LeMoyne Stars and a one-page guide to print and keep beside the sewing machine.

You can sew these stars by hand, if you prefer, of course, when you have the lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

Tens of thousands of quilters have downloaded the free shape collection and followed the instructions to sew stars.

I always recommend starting with the Diamond Triangle Square shape collection ($20 value) because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook (pages H5 – H48) and some great shapes to print on fabric.

.Inklingo Diamonds for LeMoyne Star

There are MANY other sizes of 45° Diamonds available for Castle Wall, Celestial Star, Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Key West Beauty and Midnight Fireworks. You can see them all in the Index of Shapes, Diamond Page (under the Support & Goodies tab on the website).

The Index of Shapes is divided into categories to help you find other shapes too.

Introduction to Inklingo

There is a short VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website to help you start printing with the FREE shapes.

If you have been following the news, you know that you cannot count on Facebook to show you anything from the pages you have liked anymore. Facebook has made major changes.

If you want to see what I post on Facebook, it is a good idea to

  • choose the option to “follow” the Inklingo page
  • like, comment, and share my photos and videos

These steps make it more likely that Facebook will show you anything on the Inklingo Facebook Page but there is no guarantee, so it is good idea to visit frequently on your own.

I don’t post as frequently on the blog as I post on Facebook, but it is a good idea to subscribe here too.

I am planning another live video on Facebook, so please stay tuned! In the meantime, I think you  love this new, versatile size. LeMoyne Star 8 inch

Linda & Monkey


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

Encore Presentation of the Fifth LIVE Inklingo Video

Thank you to everyone who watched LIVE on Saturday night. You can watch the replay here and I am sharing the links I promised.

As usual, you can click in the bottom right corner of the video to view larger or full screen. That is great for the close-up sewing sequences. (You can view full screen on Facebook too.)

Encore Live Inklingo Video 05

I did it again. I clicked on the wrong button when I changed screens, so you saw this when you should have seen me sewing.

The good news is . . ..

Live Inklingo Video 05

. . . . that you can skip ahead and not miss anything.

When you play the video (the first image above), you can click on the play line (blue line above) to drag it forward to about -22 minutes (red arrow) to skip ahead.  I repeated myself, so you won’t miss anything if you skip ahead.

I’m sorry for making this mistake and sorry it took me a few minutes to see it. Thank you to everyone who tried to alert me on Facebook.

I appreciate your patience while I am learning this complicated software and equipment.  Monkey says, we’re making progress because I did get it right several other times.

Printing on fabric is more my speed. I was not cut out to be a technical whiz—but I try.

LeMoyne Stars on Chair

Did you notice my desk chair?

For the videos, I sit in a dining room chair, so I can use my usual chair as a bulletin board.

Just like Inklingo, the simplest option is often the best.


One Page Guide for 8-pointed stars

The demo in the video is summarized in an article from 2014, where everything is illustrated and you can download the one-page guide for 8-pointed stars.

Inklingo On-Point Quilt with LeMoyne Stars

I had a great quilt layout for stars to show you but I ran out of time. The free pattern uses the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and has been on the blog since 2011.

How to press LeMoyne Stars

I also wanted to finish talking about the advantages of the pressing technique in the video. For now, I’ll just mention that when you press the seam allowances clockwise around the center in all of the stars, the seam allowances will nest perfectly when you join the star blocks together. 

We press the same way when we hand piece, so I will talk more about the advantages of this pressing technique in another LIVE video.

Cathi's itty bitty LeMoyne Stars

I shared this LeMoyne Star quilt (3 inch blocks!) from Cathi’s Quilt Obsession Blog. If you visit there and search for LeMoyne, you will find many more star designs. I recommend subscribing to Cathi’s blog too.

LeMoyne Star by Kathy Timmons

I also had this photo teed up to show you. Kathy’s fussy cutting is fabulous and . . .

LeMoyne Star by Kathy in Mexico

. . . you can see the fussy cutting in dozens of stars, close up on Flicker.
Aren’t you glad you visited today! There are many other Inklingo projects in Kathy’s amazing Flickr albums.

Midnight Fireworks Quilt

Midnight Fireworks from Millefiori Quilts (first book) is another Inklingo shape collection that uses 8-pointed stars. You can use the technique in the video for those stars too.

Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

I sewed several hexagons by machine in the video but I ran out of time to show you how I use them for Patchwork of the Crosses. My hybrid POTC has some seams by machine and some seams by hand.

Patchwork of the Crosses by machine

You saw me join the white hexagons by machine, sewing crosshair to crosshair. That leaves me with some relaxing, portable “continuous stitching” for 16 short seams. Hybrid piecing gives me the best of both worlds. 

I also mentioned a few more links.

Live Video 05 with Linda Franz

By now, you know that I am technically challenged. Printing on fabric is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer. Managing live video must be one of the hardest but I’m not giving up yet.

Introduction to Inklingo

Here’s another video that is NOT live, so there are no built-in mistakes. 8 minutes to get you started printing free shapes on fabric.

It is up to YOU to make sure Facebook shows you what you want to see.

On January 11th, Facebook made some big changes. They only show the videos and images I show on the Inklingo Facebook page to fewer than 1% of the 44,780 quilters who have liked the page UNLESS I PAY THEM.

“Pay to play” is how Facebook makes billions. This means that your Facebook feed is going to give priority to businesses that pay for ads.

I am keeping the videos free, so I cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars to notify you when the next one is coming.

There are a few things you can do that don’t cost anything:

  • Visit the Inklingo Facebook Page regularly. The more you like and comment and SHARE, the more likely Facebook is to decide to show you my photos and videos next time.
  • Choose “follow” on the Inklingo Facebook Page. No guarantee—but you are more likely to see my photos.
  • Subscribe to the blog, so you get an email when I post here. The link is at the top of the right side-bar (or below the content on mobile).

Millefiori Quilts 3 Lucky Stars

Exciting news in the video—a new shape collection for LeMoyne Star 8 inch is coming in the next few days. It also includes bonus shapes, so you can make Lucky Stars, one of the beautiful designs in Millefiori Quilts 3.

I hope you will tell your friends about the LIVE videos and come back again next time.

It is odd to talk to a camera without being able to see you, so your comments on Facebook and here are a lifeline. Thank you!

Linda & Monkey


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

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Inklingo Live Video # 5 on Facebook Tonight

Inklingo Live Video for LeMoyne Stars

On Thursday and Friday, I sewed MANY LeMoyne Stars in various sizes by machine with the video camera running, to prepare for tonight.

The webcam goes out of focus but when I film in advance, I can use a better camera.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

EVERY star turned out perfectly but I can’t say as much for the videos.

# 1
Unfortunately, when I am sitting down, the camera has a better view than I do. The camera blocked the view of the needle-down and reverse buttons, so there was too much fumbling around. Let’s do that again.

# 2
Standing up. Perfection!—except that I forgot to press the Record button.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

# 3
Sewing a close-up of an 8-inch star. It turned out perfectly but when I watched the replay, I thought the details would show better with smaller pieces.

# 4, # 5, # 6
It became obvious that I was too tired to remember everything.

Thursday night I decided I would do better after a good night’s sleep and I could go live on Saturday instead.

Spare bobbins, spare pieces, spare battery, spare everything, and more stars printed and ready to sew.

It took ALL day.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

All going well until the battery died. No problem! Pop in a new battery. Unfortunately, I forgot to press the Record button when I re-started.

I blame it on my achy back, which does not like standing hunched over a camera to sew.

LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

# ???
Almost finished! but the memory card filled up.

Note to self: That beeping means it is not recording anymore.

LeMoyne Star by Machine

# whatever
Last Star. I’ll take it.  <sigh>

The FIFTH  live video will be SATURDAY JANUARY 27 at 7 pm Eastern Time on the Inklingo Facebook Page.

What time is the live video where you are? You can find out at World Time Buddy.

All you have to do is visit the Inklingo Facebook Page. There is no sound until you hover over the video and click on the speaker in the lower right corner.

If you don’t see the video start to play immediately, please try refreshing the page. That should get it started.

Hybrid POTC - Patchwork of the Crosses

By the way, if you happen to tune in and see me sewing hexagons for POTC, it’s a BONUS.

If you leave a LIVE comment, please let me know where you are.
. .

Introduction to Inklingo

Your homework for tonight is simpler than mine. If you haven’t seen it lately, you might want to review this short video about printing on fabric. It’s a great intro to Inklingo.

I hope you will be watching tonight and leave a comment.

If you miss the LIVE event, you will be able to watch the replay on the blog.

Please bring a friend. Thank you for watching!

Linda & Monkey


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

Silent Garden Coming Soon!

Silent Garden with Inklingo

I am very excited to announce that I will introduce Silent Garden shape collections with a LIVE video next week!


Willyne Hammerstein's Silent Garden

Silent Garden has been whispering to me.

It’s not so silent after all.

Inklingo Stars Fussy Cut

I started this wall hanging many years ago. I love the fussy cut stars (Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting) and have been disappointed with the blended look.

Not enough contrast!

It’s been waiting for years for inspiration to grow.

Silent Garden Quilt

Willyne Hammerstein planted the seed of a new idea with her Silent Garden. I can give my fussy cut stars room to shine!

New Inklingo Silent Garden Shape Collections

After Christmas, there will be two new shape collections for Silent Garden, so you can follow the instructions in her gorgeous Millefiori Quilts 3 book.

Ripping stars for Silent Garden

Last night I had a wonderful time ripping . . .

Silent Garden quilt shapes to print

. . . printing . . .

Sewing with a running stitch

. . . and sewing.

Snowy scene at Inklingo

In the meantime, this is our snowy Silent Garden.

Russ and I are having a very quiet Christmas, so I have lots of time to sew this weekend. This is great timing for a new project.

Silent Garden Stars with Inklingo

I sewed two stars last night and I’ll sew more today, some by hand and some by machine.

Introduction to Inklingo

If you haven’t started printing and sewing with Inklingo yet, and you want to be ready for Silent Garden, this VIDEO explains how it works.

Sewing Silent Garden

I’ll be sharing photos on the Inklingo Facebook page.

If you missed them, the first two live videos are available now too.

I hope it is a very happy holiday for you and your family, especially the children.

See you next week!

Linda & Monkey


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

Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 1

Happy New Year!

I’m back!

I took a nice long break but now I’m back with 4 new shape collections.

I am bursting with news but I’ll keep this short.


Inklingo Curvy Hexie Star

Isn’t this a fabulous star?

Monkey calls it a Curvy Hexie Star, for good reason.


Curvy Hexie Star

This is the secret ingredient! One shape x 3 makes a hexie.


Curvy Hexie Star

3 Curvy Hexies make a star!


Curvy Hexie Star

Curvy Hexie Stars create some fabulous tessellated designs. This is just one of the worksheets in the new shape collections.


Curvy Hexie Star

This shape is fun to print and rotary cut. . .


Curvy Hexie Star

. . . and fun to sew by hand or by machine.

You have a choice of 4 sizes and the largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer.

Main Hexagon Page


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.


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

Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page too?

I have so much more to say about these new shape collections, but after such a long absence I don’t want to shock you with a long article, so I’ll save the rest for next time, okay?

Linda & Monkey


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

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