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!

 

IS THAT THE HAND PIECING SNOB?

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)

STAY TUNED

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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REMINDER

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.

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Inklingo for Beginners

Inklingo Quiz – Just for Fun!

Inklingo Hugs and Kisses for Electric Quilt

When she saw the new Inklingo Spool Shape Collection, Karan Flanscha in Iowa sent me her X’s and O’s design.

Karan’s EQ design inspired me to try a few too.

Whatever I design, Inklingo makes it easy to sew the blocks by machine with perfect straight grain.

No templates, no measuring, no waste. A line to cut on, a line to sew on! Inklingo even tells me how much fabric I need!

 

X’s and O’s is also called Hugs & Kisses.

  • 1 simple block
  • 2 names
  • 3inches

(The new Inklingo Spool Shape Collection was created for 7.5 inch Spool Blocks, as shown in my last message, but the shapes are extremely versatile for 3, 4.5, and 6 inch blocks too.)

We love grandchildren, and fabric, and Electric Quilt, so let’s start some X’s and O’s!

 

This is my variation. It uses Northcott Ainsley, which I imported into EQ6.

FREE FABRIC SWATCHES FOR EQ FROM NORTHCOTT FABRIC

Did you know that the Northcott Fabric website has swatches of all of their fabrics to download free to use in Electric Quilt?

I watched the Northcott video on how to download their fabric swatches—easy peasy.

The EQ6 User Manual included everything I needed to know to use the swatches (especially pages 138-139). Monkey says, “When all else fails, read the manual. X O X”

This is also Northcott Ainsley. I like emphasizing the zigzag. I’m thinking about a quilt with a zigzag border now too. . .

 

I noticed that there is a very cute Northcott collection called “Don’t Be Afraid” on their website. Wouldn’t it be fun to fussy cut the monsters with Inklingo and wrap a little darling in hugs and kisses?

(Note to self: Allow extra. We’re fussy cutting! LOL)

I can’t think of anything grandmothers like better than hugs and kisses from grandchildren, unless it’s fabric and Electric Quilt!

HUGS & KISSES IN ELECTRIC QUILT

To keep my EQ project files small, I did not include the extra fabrics, so this is a great time to learn how to import swatches.

Even with default fabrics, it’s a fun design.

DOWNLOAD AND START PLAYING NOW

Hugs and Kisses in EQ5

Hugs and Kisses in EQ6

Hugs and Kisses in EQ7

The file includes one quilt and the block unit to get you started.

There is more info on the website, but you might also like these:

BONUS!—FREE PATTERN FROM HENRY GLASS

Inklingoist Sue Hodge in NY also posted photos of her first blocks for the “Blushing” quilt using a free pattern from Henry Glass. They are in the photo albums of the Inklingo Yahoo Group.

The block in the free pattern is a slightly larger size but it is so simple to sew with Inklingo that you can just make a few extra to make the quilt as big as you want. The layout works perfectly with the new shapes and would be easy to draw in EQ.

 

MAKE A QUILT—OR TEACH A NEW QUILTER

The soft colors of the free Blushing pattern are perfect for wrapping a baby girl in grandmother’s love. On the other hand, if you choose fabric that is bright and bold, you might entice your granddaughter into learning how to quilt!

Inklingo makes Hugs and Kisses blocks simple enough for a beginner to learn how to sew on the machine. Print on fabric, cut, and sew!

I hope you will be sewing inklingoing today. I have a pretty view from the computer keyboard even when I am working all day. We are having a lovely stretch of weather with just enough overnight rain to keep the grass green and the mower busy. (That’s Russ.) Sometimes our grass browns out in August, so this is a bonus.

Thank you, Karan and Sue, Northcott and Electric Quilt for the inspiration!

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See you later? I hope so.

X O X
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

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Design with Inklingo in Electric Quilt!

We have some exciting news!

Monkey and I have been interviewed again by Penny McMorris for the EQ Newsletter!

Penny has been one of my quilting heroines from the beginning. She interviewed me in the olden days about Quilted Diamonds (2002), when I was just starting out. (Everything before Inklingo is “the olden days” at our house.)

<drum roll>

This time, we made an announcement about an INKLINGO CONTEST!

“Love the lines. Quilt more!”

That’s the name of the contest. Maybe LTL for short? LOL

The “Official Rules” will be published before Christmas and the contest will run from January 1 to February 14.

In the meantime, all you need is EQ6 or EQ7 and a love of quilting. No purchase necessary.

Monkey wants you to be ready to start on January 1st, so he shares some tips in the interview.

January will be a special month on the All About Inklingo blog. It will concentrate on tips and lessons for designing with Inklingo shapes in EQ6 and EQ7.

Monkey with some of the Northcott prize fabric—aka “cotton that feels like silk.”

PRIZES!!! PRIZES!!! PRIZES!!!

There are generous prizes from Northcott Fabric, Electric Quilt, and Inklingo. You can read all about them in the interview.

The prizes are fantastic, but we think that everyone wins because the contest is set up like Barb Vlack’s ClubEQ Challenges. You can see what I mean in the interview! CLICK

If you are familiar with Barb’s Challenges, you will recognize the similarities.

Thank you, Penny and EQ Mouse!

Thank you, Patti Carey at Northcott!

Thank you, Barb Vlack, an inspiring EQ guru!

I hope you will subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything. There’s a thingy in the right sidebar for that. (“Get every new entry.”)

Go! Go! Go! Read all about the contest here.

Thank you for visiting. Exciting days ahead, eh?

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.

Inklingo for Beginners

Tilde’s 15 Minute Challenge