30.8 x 30.8 inches
A. 4 Colonial Garden blocks.
Makes you look, doesn’t it?
(There are also several beautiful Inklingo Dresden Plate shape collections!)
This is one Colonial Garden block, 15.4 x 15.4 inches.
Octagons make a nice change from hexagons.
This size can be sewn by machine and the setting possibilities are exciting!
This is the same as the first setting (above) except that I replaced some of the Colonial Garden kite shapes around the edges with shapes from the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.
The spaces between the octagons are filled with 8 kites.
My settings today have the emphasis on the kite shapes and that creates the Dresden Plate effect.
Colonial Garden looks completely different when the focus is on the octagons.
This variation does not have as much intense fussy cutting.
I like to give fussy cutting some room to breathe. Sometimes fussy cutting can be overwhelming. The octagons in this version give the eye a place to rest.
MORE SETTINGS ON FACEBOOK
I will be sharing more setting ideas on the Inklingo Facebook page and here on the blog. I will also share a Colonial Garden project file to use in Electric Quilt and settings that combine Colonial Garden with Periwinkle Octagon shapes, so stay tuned!
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Colonial Garden kites can be replaced with Diamonds Triangles and Squares from the free shape collection. (If you don’t have the free Inklingo shape collection yet, it is the best place to start!)
Lucy Boston’s Islamic Tile patchwork (1984) uses similar shapes. This is one of the amazing patchworks featured in The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston. It is one of my all-time favorite quilt books.
Fabrics like this are ideal for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting because there is no background.
With the right fabric, every shape is guaranteed to create stunning results.
Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting makes you look like a genius, but it is simpler than some quilters imagine.
If you need 8 identical shapes for each “plate” you need to print 8 identical sheets of fabric. (Pause to think.)
All you need to know is how to find the repeat in the fabric design along the selvage edge, so you can iron the freezer paper to the fabric in identical positions on the design. If each sheet of fabric is cut from the same part of the design, the shapes on each sheet will be printed identically. Simple. Smart.
You can also use Inklingo to print templates to fussy cut in the traditional manner and make Swiss cheese of the fabric, so there are TWO methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo!
No matter which method of fussy cutting you use, the key is choosing the right fabric.
HEXAGON QUILT DESIGN BOOK
The sewing and pressing instructions for hexagons also apply to octagons, so when you buy Colonial Garden shapes to print on fabric, I also add the Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF download).
I will be adding more articles and quilt designs and the EQ project file for Colonial Garden on the blog in the next few weeks. Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything, okay?
Colonial Garden is in the Shop now. The special low intro price is a great deal, but only until midnight tomorrow tonight. (Sale extended by one day, thanks to Russ’s kidney stone.)
Thank you for visiting. If you have any questions, please ask. I always answer as quickly as possible and I am happy to help.
Linda & Monkey
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