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!

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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.”

SALE EXTENDED ON STARLIT STAR
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.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars!

Coming Soon! LeMoyne Star 3 inch

Last night I had some fun with twinkly little stars.

I cut out 336 diamonds for 42 fussy cut 8-pointed stars—and started sewing!

Last June, I started a shape collection for LeMoyne Stars 3 inch. A few quilters requested it and it seemed like a good idea to me because the size works very well with existing Star shape collections. Gotta love stars!

However, it is still not finished! I was distracted with other projects—like expanded 90° Hexagon 1 inch, expanded 90° Hexagon 1.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.75 inch, new Inklingo Star 9 inch, new Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda 6, 9 and 12 inch, Colonial Garden 1.32 inch, Passacaglia 3 cm, Passacaglia 1.5 inch, Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds, and on and on.  (All listed at inklingo.com > Shop.)

 

Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies

Recently, I found a perfect fabric for testing little diamonds! Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies was ready to print—washed and dried and folded.

(You have also seen Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies in Wild is the Wind, when I used it for designs from Millefiori by Willyne Hammerstein.)

 

Print a window template

DIFFICULT
Finding the perfect fabric is a very important step—and sometimes it is the most difficult step too! I print on scrap paper and make a window template.

In this case, I like what I see!

EASY 
Everything else is easy enough to do with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals on TV, especially if you are only a casual fan. (Congratulations, NY Rangers.)

  1. Measure the repeat along the selvage: about 11.75 inches after washing (also less than 6 inches)
  2. Decide on a Custom Page Size: 42 diamonds in 8.25 x 10.5
    (Suggested Custom Page Sizes are included in every shape collection.)
  3. At the cutting mat: Cut Freezer Paper 8.25 x 10.5
  4. At the ironing board: Iron FP to the right side for 8 sheets along the selvage.
    Position each sheet of FP is over the same part of the repeat, so the sheets will print identically.
    Trim with shears around the FP.
  5. At the printer: Print 8 sheets.
    (Print on Fabric Best Tips is one of the Top Ten Tutes.)

 

Print 8 identical sheets

The ironing and printing go fast!

This method is called Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

 

Rotary cut rows, stack 4 rows and cut.

I rotary cut one row from each of the 8 identical sheets, stack 4 rows, and cut the diamonds apart. This way, they are already sorted into sets for me! Cool.

 

Ready to sew!

Ready to sew by hand or by machine! (VIDEO Kaleidoscope Stars and Lessons in the blog archives.)

Can you imagine how long it would take to fussy cut the diamonds for 42 stars (336 diamonds) with the traditional “Swiss Cheese” method? WOW! And how much fabric would be “wasted?”

 

Ready to sew!

This uses less fabric, takes a lot less time, and gives beautiful, surprising results!

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo!

I’ll try to get this lovely little shape collection finished soon, so you can start playing too!

In the meantime, there are lots and lots of stars to entice you. Main Stars Page. Sew by hand or by machine.

 

Inklingo Fussy Cutting

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NINE YEARS!

I just realized that this month marks NINE YEARS since I published the first Inklingo shape collection. You can see all of the shape collections I have published since then in the Shop.

While you are waiting for LeMoyne Star 3 inch, you can practice your techniques on 4.5 inch stars too with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

By the way, I have more than a dozen shape collections “almost” finished, so please stay tuned!

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Fussy Cutting Fabric Requirements – Part 2

Inklingo Star - Morse Star

“Morse Star” variation of Inklingo Star 9 inch with 8 “fussy printed” kites.

There are step by step illustrations for deciding how much fabric you need for No Waste Fussy Cutting in Part 1 of this tutorial.

Part 2 adds a few more ideas and suggestions.

 

A choice of 4 diamond layouts in the free shape collection.

1. OTHER INKLINGO LAYOUTS

There is often a choice of layouts for a shape. Consider the different Suggested Custom Page Sizes for each of them. One custom size may fit the repeat in the fabric better than others.

For example, there are 4 diamond layouts in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. I used Layout A in the example in Part 1. Layout D is perfect for stripes.

 

Hexagons to print on fabric for POTC

There are 3 hexagon layouts for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and each has different Suggested Custom Page Sizes, so you can make the best use of the repeat in the fabric.

NOTE: The third layout was added in May 2014. Everyone who has the PDF can download the newest version just by logging into their account. Details here. Anyone who has ordered/downloaded since May automatically has the expanded version.

The original quilt uses 1 inch 90° Hexagons. There are 3 other sizes available (Main Lucy Boston Page) and they all have 3 layouts for hexagons too. Cool, eh?

 

Fabric with a 24 inch repeat.

2. OTHER REPEATS

12 inches seems to be a common repeat, so that is what I used in the example in Part 1.

The fabric above has a 24 inch repeat. In the example in Part 1, I would buy 6.5 yards and would not have to consider the 4 options. (I’ll let you discover how I figured that out by yourself.)

For an 18 inch repeat (not as common), I might use different Custom Page Sizes, there could be more waste, and you might have to consider the Options 1 – 4 described in Part 1.

 

Inklingo 6-pointed Kaleidoscope Stars

3. OTHER SHAPES

This method works exactly the same way for other shapes like hexagons, 60° diamonds, star points, etc., but you may need sets of 4 or 6 identical shapes/sheets of fabric.

For example, if we were making 6-pointed stars (above), we would need 6 identical diamonds for each star instead of 8.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall with bonus shapes

Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch includes the bonus triangle, so the center octagon can be 8 triangles with a kaleidoscope effect. Print 8 identical sheets.

This is not the only fussy cutting opportunity with Castle Wall blocks! You can also jazz up Castle Wall by cutting 4 or 8 identical diamonds or 4 or 8 identical squares. The possibilities are endless!

See more of Cathy’s spectacular Castle Wall blocks on the Main Castle Wall Page.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

POTC is a special case. I like to plan on printing 8 identical hexagons (8 identical sheets). Some blocks only use 4 identical hexagons, but some use 12.

Relax! It all works out.

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

4. CARRY FREEZER PAPER WITH YOU

In addition to printing the Suggested Custom Page Sizes from the shape collection to take to the quilt shop, consider taking sheets of FP cut to the sizes you expect to use. In the example in Part 1, I would take a sheet 7.75 x 11.5 and a sheet 6.25 x 11.5. They can be a good visual aid.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

5. BUY ONE EXTRA REPEAT?

Some quilters like to be extra-cautious and allow an extra repeat, just in case of a misprint or jam.

In the example in Part 1, an extra repeat means we would use 12 x 9 instead of 12 x 8.  (Arithmetic: 12 x 9 = 108 inches divided by 36 = 3 yards).  Allow 3.25 yards for a staggered start.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

6. STAND BACK

Consider how you want to feature the fussy cutting. Do you like the “mushy” look when these Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars are set with gold hexagons or do you think each star should be given more room to shine?

Viewing the blocks from a distance or in a photograph may help you decide.

 

Print shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Whether you fussy cut the shapes or not, it is easier to cut and sew when you have the lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star from the back

There are detailed instructions for printing, cutting, sewing and pressing diamonds, hexagons, Castle Wall, POTC, and other designs in the archives and the blog is searchable.

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Fussy Cutting Fabric Requirements – Part 1

Fussy Cutting with Inklingo

If you have been following the blog, you know that there are two methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

  1. Traditional Templates (Making “Swiss cheese” of the fabric.)
  2. No Waste Fussy Cutting (Printing identical sheets of fabric.)

HOW MUCH FABRIC SHOULD YOU BUY?

If you are willing to do some plain arithmetic, you can buy exactly what you need and not be surprised with too much or not enough.

Some surprises are fun. Some aren’t.

This article is long, so I am breaking it into two or three parts. I hope all the detail will be especially helpful to quilt shop employees and teachers.

 

Inklingo On-Point Star Quilt

Sample Inklingo Quilt (84 x 84 inches)

My example uses the free Inklingo Diamond Triangle Square shape collection for the stars and Inklingo On-Point Triangles for 4.5 inch Squares.

How much fabric do we need to fussy cut all of the gold stars to get kaleidoscope stars?

 

Window Template and Freezer Paper Template

1. FUSSY CUTTING WITH TRADITIONAL TEMPLATES
With Inklingo you can print window templates and FP templates without seam allowances, so there is no need to buy acrylic templates. (Probably better for the planet.)

This method works well when you don’t have enough fabric to print identical sheets. There are examples on the blog:

However, this is not a good alternative if you want 144 sets of 8 identical diamonds.

Unfortunately, the 3 traditional approaches for determining fabric requirements with the Swiss cheese method seem to be:

  1. Buy it all and check other quilt shops and online for more.
  2. Buy as much as you can afford.
  3. Let the amount of fabric you have determine the size of the quilt.

Easy, eh? If you plan to make Swiss cheese of the fabric, you just need to buy as much as you can.

Ten or twelve yards might not be enough—and you won’t know until you try.

The only alternative is to unfold the fabric at the shop and count sets of 8 identical shapes. That might work if you only need a fat quarter or a half yard of a particular fabric but even then it can be tricky because cutting one flower might make the surrounding designs useless because it doesn’t leave enough seam allowance. Count, but buy extra if you can!

For this method, no arithmetic is required. . . as long as you don’t mind surprises.

 

Fussy Cutting Arithmetic

2. INKLINGO NO WASTE FUSSY CUTTING
With simple arithmetic (sometimes lots of arithmetic, but all simple multiplying and dividing) you can determine exactly what you need for No Waste Fussy Cutting. If you are uncomfortable with multiplying by 12 and dividing by 36 in your head, use a calculator.

Before you leave home.

Monkey’s Cheat Sheet is perfect for staying organized.

  1. How many identical diamonds for each star?  8
  2. How many stars?  144
    You can see how simple it was to determine the number of stars when I prepared Monkey’s Cheat Sheet for a blue variation of this quilt. (12 rows of 12 stars. Easy peasy.)
    (Example of Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.)
  3. Print to take with you:
    1. Extra copy of Monkey’s Cheat Sheet
    2. Window Template, so you can preview fabric. (I carry mine in a plastic sheet protector.)
    3. Suggested Custom Page Sizes
    For Diamond Layout A, print page 47 of the shape collection (Catalogue of Shapes).

 

Suggested Custom Page Sizes for Diamonds

I need a lot of diamonds. The Suggested Custom Page Sizes on page 47 (above) show me that I would like to print 25 diamonds at a time, 7.75 x 11.5, if possible.

This tells me that a pretty fabric with a 12 inch repeat would be a luck find.

Let’s shop!

 

Inklingo Window Template

At the Quilt Shop

1. Preview fabrics with your window template to see whether the scale is suitable.

The great big flowers in this fabric make wonderful kaleidoscopes when cut into small diamonds. I might not have been able to see it without my window template.

There are suggestions for choosing fabric for fussy cutting in a video on the Main Lucy Boston Page.

In a nutshell, look for “busy” fabrics without big empty spaces or a lot of background. Choosing fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting is similar to Stack n Whack™, One Block Wonder, and other Kaleidoscope methods.

 

Measure the repeat.

2. Measure the repeat in the design.
Common repeats are 12, 18, and 24 inches. Measure parallel to the selvage from one motif to the next identical motif.

This fabric is one of my favorites. It has a 12 inch repeat, which is common. Even after the fabric shrinks, I will have enough for a sheet of 25 diamonds (7.75 x 11.5) in each repeat, as illustrated below. PERFECT.

After washing, a 12 inch repeat is often only about 11 5/8 (11.625). There will be very little waste.

Now that I have chosen a fabric with a 12 inch repeat, how much should I buy?

 

Print 8 identical sheets of diamonds

To get 8 identical sheets, I will need to buy 8 repeats of 12 inches each, measured along the selvage. Arithmetic: 12 x 8 = 96 inches and 96 divided by 36 = 2.66 yards.

The diamonds in the positions marked * will all be identical, so those 8 diamonds will make a fabulous kaleidoscope star.

 

Print identical sheets of fabric.

Since each sheet of FP/fabric will be 7.75 inches wide, I can fit 5 across the width of the fabric because the fabric is 40-42 inches wide without selvages. Arithmetic: 7.75 x 5 = 38.75.

 

Staggered start

I prefer a staggered start (above). If you don’t stagger, you might end up with too little variation in the sets of diamonds because of the repeat across the width of the fabric. Round up from 2.66 to at least 2.75 or 3 yards. Let’s say 3 yards.

You may want to allow for 9 repeats, as described in Part 2 of this tutorial.

1000 FUSSY CUT DIAMONDS – 3 YARDS

So far, we have allowed for 8 sheets x 5 sheets across. Arithmetic: 8 x 5 = 40 sheets of 25 diamonds each and 40 x 25 = 1000.

However, Monkey’s Cheat Sheet tells us we need 1152 diamonds. Arithmetic: 8 x 144 stars = 1152, so we need 152 more diamonds for 19 more stars.

152 diamonds requires 8 identical sheets of 19 diamonds. There is no way to print only 19 diamonds at a time, so I will print 20 at a time on sheets 6.25 x 11.5. This is not one of the suggested Custom Page Sizes on page 47, but it is one row narrower than printing 25 at a time.

FOUR GOOD OPTIONS FOR THE OTHER 19 STARS

Option # 1
Double the yardage (3 x 2 = 6 yards) and print one row of sheets along the selvage of the next 3 yards too. In this case you will have lots of fabric (approx 32 x 108) to use on the back or for binding or for stash.

This is probably what I would do if I really love the fabric.

Option # 2
Make the other 19 stars without fussy cutting (no kaleidoscope effect), and just buy enough for 8 more sheets of 20 diamonds.

8 more sheets requires 24 inches (diagram above). Arithmetic: 24 divided by 36 = 0.66 yards, round up to 0.75 yards.

Total yardage for diamonds is therefore 3.75 yards. Arithmetic: 3 + 0.75 = 3.75.

This is a good solution if you cannot do Option # 1, either because of the expense or because there is only 3.75 yards left on the bolt.

 

Modified Inklingo Star Quilt

Option # 3
Modify the quilt layout so 20 of the stars would be from a different fabric (red stars, above). You might even like the modified design better!

Option # 4
Examine the repeat ACROSS the fabric for the remaining 19 stars. The repeat in the design that we normally rely upon is the one parallel to the selvage, but designs also repeat across the width of the fabric.

The design at the selvage might be repeated 2, 3, or more times in the same 12 inch strip across the width of the fabric. If you can find 3 repeats across, for 8 sheets you would need 3 more repeats (12 x 3) to get 8 or 9 identical sheets of 20 diamonds.

Seeing the repeat across the width of the fabric can be tricky, so ask someone at the quilt shop to help.

TO BE CONTINUED. . .

That is a lot of info already, but we have more tips to share that give you more options when you are determining how much fabric to buy, so please stay tuned.

In the meantime, you might enjoy these articles too.

Fussy Cutting is a hot topic!

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting for 6 pointed Stars!

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New Inklingo LeMoyne Stars

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Stars 9 inch

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you have seen some of my fussy cut LeMoyne Stars. They are not “Stack n Whack™” but they give a wonderful kaleidoscope effect.

These are 9 inch blocks. Today there is a new LeMoyne Star 9 inch shape collection!

Quilters started to ask for the 9 inch size when I introduced Inklingo Castle Wall.

In January, I shared a few Castle Wall settings with alternating LeMoyne Stars and we fell in love with the possibilities!

Those settings were already Inklingo-able with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars (free shape collection) and 6 inch LeMoyne Stars, but the 9 inch size was missing.

It is ready now!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch  NEW

As usual, there is a very low intro price for the first week only. $25 is great value, but $20 is even better.

How can you resist?

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

These shapes are the perfect size for 9 inch blocks!

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

BONUS SHAPES!

These three shapes are not used for LeMoyne Stars, but I added them because they combine well with the other shapes to make many more block variations.

At the request of a long-time Inklingo quilter, I have included one layout for the half diamond as an extra-special bonus.

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 6 inch  EXPANDED

EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!

If you already have LeMoyne Star 6 inch, you can log into your account on inklingo.com and download a new, expanded version! Free!

The LeMoyne Star 6 inch shape collection was first published in February 2009—more than 5 years ago!

While I was working on the 9 inch shape collection, I decided to update it and add the half diamond there too.

Just a little extra something for you. Enjoy!

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

If you have followed Inklingo on Facebook, you’ve already seen some photos of our new LeMoyne Star blocks, but there is more to come on the blog too.

 

Inklingo Quilting Meme from Cinema Paradiso

This Inklingo “quilting meme” has been shared “shared” 490+ times. Facebook tells me it has been viewed more than 27,000 times since I posted it on Saturday—and that number is still growing!

Thank you! I resisted for a long time, but it turns out that Facebook is a good way to let quilters know about Inklingo.

It just so happens that this meme with a sewing machine is perfect for LeMoyne Star 9 inch because I pieced all of mine by machine.

I will share a one-page guide on the blog soon to show a new method for sewing LeMoyne Stars by machine.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

If you want to see what I share on the Inklingo Facebook page in your timeline, please go to the Inklingo FB page and click “Get Notifications” in the drop-down menu under the like button.

The more “likes” and comments and “shares,” the more FB thinks I am posting something worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it—an upward spiral.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos (POTC? DWR? GFG?) on the Inklingo page AND you can share mine on your timeline.

 

Inklingo Quilting Meme from Downton Abbey

Are you missing Sundays with Downton Abbey?

I posted this quilting meme on the Inklingo Facebook page yesterday and I have many more “memes” to share. I hope you will join the fun and share on your FB page too.

Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

If you are new to Inklingo, I recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. so you can print shapes for a 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star.

The free shape collection includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. With that and the Top Ten Tutes on the blog, you will be an Inklingo expert in no time!

 

Inklingo - Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

Inklingo—Faster preparation, no measuring, no templates, perfect straight grain, efficient use of fabric, exciting designs.

 

Inklingo Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

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There is so much to say about this new shape collection, we will be writing about it for weeks!

  • Tips for using Inklingo, including the combo layouts
  • How to sew insets by machine—a new method!
  • Fussy Cutting with Inklingo
  • Setting ideas with other sizes and other blocks
  • Block variations, especially with the bonus shapes
  • “And more!”

In the meantime, enjoy the new LeMoyne Star 9 inch shape collection!

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Hexagons and Kaleidoscope Stars

I love love love the way my blocks are turning out for Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice but I am sewing CS by machine and that is not very sociable on a Sunday night date, is it?

So. . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

. . . . I took a break from the machine to relax with my Kaleidoscope Stars and a needle and thread. (You can click on the photo for a larger view.)

I have been making steady progress because I can pick it up any time I have a few minutes to relax. Hand sewing is perfectly acceptable when we are watching TV together. I think he likes it.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

It is nice to have a hand project and a machine project on the go at the same time.

You might recognize the green hexagon fabric. It is Cabbage in my Celtic Solstice. It is so soft and silky that I am using it for both Celtic Solstice and Kaleidoscope Stars.

 

Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery

ARE YOU READY FOR CELTIC SOLSTICE?

I think even long-time Inklingo quilters might be surprised by the way the Celtic Solstice shapes go together by machine, thanks to precise lines printed on the fabric. I can hardly wait to show you!

Inklingo has all of the usual advantages—plus a few unexpected ones.

Even Monkey was surprised, but everyone else has to wait until the 29th. We’ll try to keep you busy in the meantime.

 

Celtic Solstice on Facebook

Did you know there is a Facebook page for Celtic Solstice? There are quilters there who have never heard of printing on fabric, let alone printing with Inklingo!

 

Inklingo - Print hexagons on fabric

Since everyone is so impatient to start, I have been encouraging quilters to visit the Inklingo Quick Start page and Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice with Inklingo – Intro to see my fabric choices.

I find Inklingo a lot easier to understand than Facebook LOL, but maybe some of you can bridge the gap over there. I hope you will let them know you don’t have to be a computer geek to love using Inklingo!

If you don’t like Facebook, Bonnie also has a Yahoo Group called Quiltville Chat. They are not very familiar with Inklingo either, so I’m sure they would welcome some wise words.

The Countdown to Celtic Solstice will continue! If you don’t want to miss anything, please subscribe to get an email when I add new articles (top of right sidebar).

We have workers doing a renovation to the outside of the house. It is almost 50F (10C) and the sun is shining.

Bang bang goes the hammer. If I have trouble concentrating at the computer, I might even sit by a window to sew a few more rows of hexagons!

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!  7 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners 25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Have you like the Inklingo FB page yet? If you haven’t, please do. Bonnie is very active on Facebook, so you will want to like her page too. Let her know you do the Inklingo, okay?

Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!

Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

In Wednesday Tute 21, I showed you how to print 16 sheets of fabric for 50 of these fussy cut stars (400 diamonds).

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

It is amazing how many I can sew in short breaks through the day.

Relaxing. Satisfying.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

It makes me happy to see my pile of beautiful stars growing.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

The hard part is not sewing all day long. I try to stop with just one and get back to work on the next new shape collections.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

These stars are all made with the free Diamond/Triangle/Square shape collection.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

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Russ is making one of my Thanksgiving favorites—pumpkin cheesecake.

Columbus Day makes it a long weekend in the USA too. Are you printing or sewing today?

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!  7 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Have you like the Inklingo FB page yet? If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!