Fussy Cut Cleopatra’s Fan? YES

Cleopatra's Fan with Inklingo

The sewing sequence is not always obvious for a block like Cleopatra’s Fan.

There are detailed instructions for sewing and pressing in the new Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book, (138 pages, PDF) free for a limited time.


Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

When you realize it is sewn in rows, it all makes sense.

Cleo isn’t difficult to sew by machine because the curves are so gentle.


Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

That center seam is important if you will be machine piecing the whole block.

On the other hand, since Inklingo quilters do so much fussy cutting (Passacaglia, Ballet, Patchwork of the Crosses POTC, hexagons, etc.), I could not help but ponder  . . . .

Wouldn’t that look GREAT with a fussy cut flower?

Could I give up that center seam?


Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

So I tried it!

Aha! Another Inklingo “bonus shape” was born.

I sewed the Y-shaped center seam by hand. The rest of the block is easy by machine.


Cleopatra's Fan Templates on fabric

Print the bonus shape on fabric or on paper for templates!


Cleopatra's Fan with Inklingo

Cathi Godwin at Quilt Obsession shared a photo of her first Inklingo Cleopatra’s Fan block. She used the bonus shape, so her block has 19 pieces instead of 20. It is trickier to sew by machine without the center seam, so Cathi sewed by hand and the results are worth it! See Cathi’s Cleo from the back too!


Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

In addition to printing on fabric, you can use Inklingo to print on paper for a window template and a paper template. (Inklingo includes layouts of shapes with AND without seam allowances.)

Fussy cutting with freezer paper templates is even easier than using acrylic and you can have as many templates as you like.


Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

Fussy cutting is just one way to make Cleo extra-special—if it wasn’t already!

In addition to the illustrated sewing instructions (hand and machine), there are TWO DOZEN worksheets in the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book and more ideas for choosing fabric.

The design book is free for a limited time ($20 value).

Go ahead. Tell your friends, so they don’t miss it!

If you are new to Inklingo, please have a look at the Main Beginner’s Page too.


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Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

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This article is just a quick overview. There is much more on the website.

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