A new Inklingo quilter asked a great question in the Yahoo group. It is easiest to answer with pictures, so I am replying on the blog instead of in an email. (Aren’t we lucky to be online?)
Julie asked whether she could use Jelly Roll strips (2.5 inches wide) to print Inklingo one-inch hexagons.
The answer is YES. You can use Jelly Rolls for a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt with one-inch hexagons.
PREPARING THE FABRIC STRIPS
Instead of throwing narrow strips of fabric in the washer, I recommend rinsing them in the sink. There are good reasons for washing first to remove the sizing.
- Fabric often shrinks more in one direction than the other, and uneven shrinkage can ruin the appearance of the finished quilt.
- The sizing prevents a good bond between the fabric and the freezer paper, and you are more likely to get jams if the fabric separates from the freezer paper in the printer.
- It removes dirt, pesticides, and other chemicals which are part of the manufacturing process.
- You will notice if any of the dye bleeds in a way that would ruin your quilt.
I never print fabric that has not been rinsed or washed. It only takes a minute to swish in water, blot on a towel, and lay flat to dry. Finish drying with an iron, if necessary.
CUSTOM PAGE SIZES
We use custom page sizes with Inklingo to make efficient use of fabric. Several examples are provided in the Catalogue of Shapes in each shape collection.
The page for one-inch hexagons looks like this:
Suggestions are listed for 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 15 hexagons, but there are always more options.
All Inkjet printers allow you to print custom page sizes, but they usually require a minimum width of 3 inches, so in this case, even though the fabric is 2.5 inches wide, you would cut the freezer paper 3 inches wide and center the fabric so it would cover the area where the hexagons will print.
FP is 3 x 13.75
Fabric is 2.5 x 13.5
To print 5 hexagons at a time, you would cut the strips 2.5 x 13.5 inches, and iron to freezer paper cut 3 x 13.75 inches (above). For 4 hexagons at a time, you would cut the strips about 11 inches (top photo). (It is easier to print several short strips than fewer long ones, even if your printer will let you print 20 inches at a time.)
For 6 at a time, the freezer paper is cut about 16.25 inches long.
You can use the freezer paper over and over again.
Before Inklingo, I had no reason to print Custom Page Sizes, but it is simple. You just need to enter the numbers in the print dialog box. There is a step-by-step guide on the web site under the Support tab with tips for your very first time.
FREE CHAPTER WITH PRINTING TIPS
There are more photos in the free chapter of The Inklingo Handbook, especially the photos on pages H44-H47.
The first chapter is included with the free shape collection for LeMoyne Star. You will find everything you need to know about printing on fabric.
Inklingo uses fabric more efficiently that traditional methods. For example, although most of us like to use a rotary cutter, there are also layouts for hexagons to be used with scissors, when it would save some fabric.
Inklingo is ideal for hexagons. It is the quilting tool we’ve always wanted because it simplifies the preparation and gives us more time to sew!
You asked a great question, Julie. Thank you!
Linda & Monkey
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