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.

You can click above to see the “encore presentation” and you can scroll down to see a short clip showing how to press hexagons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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


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

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!



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)


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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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!

Jelly Rolls for Hexagon Quilts

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.


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.

  1. Fabric often shrinks more in one direction than the other, and uneven shrinkage can ruin the appearance of the finished quilt.
  2.  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.
  3. It removes dirt, pesticides, and other chemicals which are part of the manufacturing process.
  4. 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.


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.


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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