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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No Waste Fussy Cut LeMoyne Stars

UPDATE

We have a problem.

When you have a pile of diamonds printed and cut and sorted into sets of 8, it is very hard not to start stitching even when you should be doing something else.

 

Inklngo Fussy Cut Star

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

 

Inklngo Fussy Cut Star

I am weak. I could not resist sewing a few.

I sewed these 4 stars while we watched the news last night.

A running stitch makes this fast and guarantees great intersections in the middle (video).

 

Inklngo Fussy Cut Star

It is hard to imagine that these all came from one fabric, isn’t it?

 

Inklingo Fussy Cut Star

I prepare 25 or 50 stars at a time by printing identical sheets of fabric (Wednesday Tute 21) and that is a great big pile of temptation.

I could not have finished 4 in an hour if I was basting and whip-stitching for English Paper Piecing.

It’s exciting to see how each star will look. EPP is too slow when you want to see it now!

 

Inklingo On Point Quilt

At this rate, it won’t take long to sew 144 LeMoyne Stars for this 82 x 82 Queen quilt.

The hard part is stopping. I wanted to sew all night.

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting makes it fast and easy to fussy cut 1152 diamonds for 144 LeMoyne Stars.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

Monkey says you might as well give in now.

Worse news? It is even more irresistible because you can make these stars with the free Diamond/Triangle/Square shape collection. Once you start, it is not likely you can stop.

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Wednesday Tute 21 – English Paper Piecing 07

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

How much fabric do you need for English Paper Piecing?

These notes apply to EPP or hand piecing with a running stitch or machine piecing!

One of the great things about using Inklingo for EPP (or any quilting) is that it uses fabric very efficiently and it helps decide how much fabric you need whether you are using little scraps or buying yardage or using your stash.

If you “rough cut” around EPP templates, there is a tendency to cut wide seam allowances and that is wasteful and adds bulk. If you use acrylic templates, it can be difficult to know whether there will be enough fabric.

If you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo, you know.

 

Inklingo On Point Quilt

Approx 82 x 82 inches

WORKING FROM A PHOTO OR DRAWING

This example has appeared on the blog before in blue & white. You might want to review those notes for more detail about how I analyzed the layout to prepare Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

The design uses the FREE Inklingo Diamond/Triangle/Square Shape Collection and the Inklingo On-Point 4.5 inch Shape Collection. All of the blocks are 4.5 inches finished.

The method of determining fabric requirements in this tute is so beautifully simple that I can even “complicate” the whole process by fussy cutting all of the stars!

Yes! Really!

It is similar to Stack n Whack ™ but even easier!

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting makes it fast and easy to fussy cut 1152 diamonds for 144 LeMoyne Stars for this design.

Wow.

Sorry. I can’t wait to sew this one. I’ll be back in a minute.

Okay. Done. (See below.)

This example would be even simpler with scraps or yardage, but we want to impress you by taking the most difficult route to show you how efficiently Inklingo uses fabric and how easy it is to see how much fabric is required.

Stay with me, okay?

 

Inklingo fabric for no waste fussy cutting

I found several yards of this fabric in a sale bin. It has big flowers and a 24 inch repeat.

 

Inklingo - Print a window template

I printed a window template with the FREE Inklingo Diamond/Triangle/Square shape collection to preview how the fabric would look in the finished diamonds. I moved it around and I like the possibilities!

 

Page 47 of Free Inklingo Shape Collection

On page 47 of the free shape collection (above, click for a larger view), there are Suggested Custom Page Sizes which I can print with my ordinary Inkjet printer. (Custom Page Sizes)

It tells me I can print 25 of the diamonds on a sheet of fabric 7.75 x 11.5 inches.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

For No Waste Fussy Cutting, I want to print identical sheets of diamonds, so  I line up the freezer paper identically on the repeat in the fabric (above). The distance between the dotted lines indicates the repeat in the fabric design.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

The 24 inch repeat allows me to alternate sheets and use the fabric very efficiently in a row along the selvage.

In Row 1 (above) all of the sheets outlined in green will be identical, so I can sort the diamonds from 8 identical sheets into 25 sets of 8 identical diamonds for fussy cut LeMoyne Stars!

There are short videos on YouTube showing this technique for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) and Kaleidoscope Stars.

Only 3 yards of the fabric is shown in the illustration. Row 1 of diamonds continues until there are 16 sheets on 5.5 yards of fabric (8 identical sheets outlined in green and 8 identical sheets outlined in red).

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

With 3 rows of 16 sheets of freezer paper, I have enough for all 144 LeMoyne Stars! (Again, only about 3 yards of the 5.5 yards of fabric is shown in the illustration, above.)

Extra-Special Bonus Tips (The Voice of Experience)

  • We always wash the fabric before printing with Inklingo. It is important to remember that cotton fabric shrinks, so you cannot expect to have the full repeat available. After washing this fabric the repeat was only 23.5 inches, but that is still fine in this case.
  • Trim the selvages from the fabric at your cutting mat and do the rest of the cutting with scissors at the ironing board. (“Print on Fabric Best Tips” is one of the Top Ten Tutes)
  • Use the first sheet of Freezer Paper as a reference for lining up the next sheet identically on the design while you are at the ironing board.
  • I staggered the start of the 2nd and 3rd rows of diamonds, so the diamonds would print on slightly different repeats. I want as much variety as possible in my fussy cut stars, so I don’t want the sheets in Row 2 to produce diamonds which are identical to the ones in Row 1.
  • The last 16 sheets of diamonds (outlined in orange) are slightly smaller for 20 diamonds instead of 25 because I only need enough diamonds for 144 LeMoyne Stars, not 150. This arrangement gives me one extra star for the label on the back of the quilt.
  • This layout would have worked just as well with a fabric with a 12 inch repeat, and I would not have to alternate the sheets. (12 and 24 inch repeats seem to be fairly common.)

If I was machine piecing, I would just rotary cut the squares without printing because the measurements are easy. (Cut 5 inch squares to finish 4.5 inches.)

If I needed to cut with scissors OR if I was hand piecing OR if I expected to sew some by hand and some by machine, I would probably print all of the squares with Inklingo. Zip. Zip. Zip.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

This illustration shows another 3 yards of fabric. I like having 6 yards even though 5.5 is enough in theory. There is enough fabric for the Quarter Square Triangles beside the rows of fussy cut diamonds plus a little extra for a booboo or misprint.

The 4.5 inch squares and setting triangles are from the Inklingo On-Point 4.5 inch Shape Collection.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Now you know how to use Inklingo when you only have a photo of the quilt—or a sketch—or an EQ design, and you want to know how much fabric you need and how to use it efficiently.

Inklingo shows you. All you have to do is use the illustrations in the Catalogue of Shapes of any shape collection!

Inklingo Custom Page Size

Create your own layouts.

The illustrations in the Catalogue of Shapes in each Inklingo Shape Collection are all 1/10 of actual size, so you can use them to create your own layouts, similar to the illustrations in this tute.

I love this method—easy and accurate and visual!

1. Trace the outline of the suggested Custom Page Size and make enough copies for the number of pages you need to print.

2. Trace the outline of a yard of fabric from the Catalogue of Shapes (e.g. page 47 of the free shape collection) for as many yards of fabric as you need.  If you are fussy cutting, use a dotted line to indicate the repeats.

3. Position the outlines of the pages on the yardage as shown in the illustrations above.

 

Inklingo Easy On-Point Quilt

Maybe you want a smaller variation like this?

INKLINGO GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE AND FREEDOM!

Even if you have purchased a pattern, you may want to modify it and need to know how it affects the fabric requirements.

Inklingo gives you that freedom.

Maybe you have a family quilt you would like to reproduce, or have seen a design online or at a quilt show. Inklingo makes it easy to know exactly—without math and without mistakes!

Confidence in the fabric requirements is important.

This is especially nice if you want to use scraps or stash but don’t want to start a big project until you know whether you have enough.

 

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cut LeMoyne Star

Once I have printed the fabric I cut several layers at a time, baste, and whip-stitch for English Paper Piecing or I can just print, cut and sew with a running stitch instead (video).

I sewed this star by hand with a running stitch in about 12 minutes while we were watching the news on TV. It would have taken me that long just to baste the diamonds for EPP.

The free shape collection includes instructions for machine piecing these stars too. Sewing insets by machine is easier than you think when there are cutting and stitching lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

 

Print shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Monkey’s Extra Special Bonus Tip Don’t cut around the first sheet of FP until you have used it as a guide to position another piece of FP identically.

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My fingers are itching to stitch these!

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Kaleidoscope Stars and Little Miracles

Russ is nice about it but he doesn’t truly understand what a miracle it was to find such a great background fabric for my Kaleidoscope Stars in the very first quilt shop I visited.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I sewed 11 more stars last night while we watched Foyle’s War together on Detroit PBS.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

These are just a few of my favorites.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

They are not sewn to the background yet, but I am able to get a preview through the miracle of Photoshop. Instant gratification.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

A quilting snack but no empty calories while I watched TV. (It’s a miracle!)

The patterns in the middle are like little miracles too, thanks to the Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting method.

Each seam on a 1.25 inch 60° Diamond only takes 3 loads of the needle.

10 minutes. Done.

 

Inklingo Hexagons 1.25 inch

I’ve started printing the 60° Hexagon 1.25 inch to go with them.

 

Inklingo 1.25 inch Hexagons

Inklingo‘s ultra fine lines would seem like a miracle to our grandmothers, don’t you think?

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

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Kaleidoscope Stars – Background Fabric

Inklingo background for Kaleidoscope Stars

I found the background fabric for my Kaleidoscope Stars in the first shop I visited yesterday!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

I can’t stop sewing.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

I’m going to set the stars with 60° Hexagon 1.25 inch.

TIP Since all Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size, there is no math. 1.25 inch 60° diamonds fit with 1.25 inch 60° hexagons, and 2 inch 60° diamonds fit with 2 inch 60° hexagons, and so on.

There are many sizes of both.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

I use the No Waste Fussy Cutting method.

I rotary cut rows, and then cut the diamonds into sets as described in the video for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

Zip, zip, zip.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

10 minutes. Done.

Snack quilting!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

Each one is a little surprise.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

Can you believe these all came from one fabric?

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

This one is my favorite.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

No. Wait. THIS one is my favorite.

I am so confused.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

The method in the article on QuiltingHub and the video showing how to get perfect intersections works for the center of the stars AND for the intersections with the hexagons too.

INTRO PRICE ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT

The new diamonds are at a very special intro price—but only until midnight tonight (or whenever I wake up tomorrow morning).

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

I will add more to an album on the Inklingo FaceBook page.

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This is fun!

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Even More Kaleidoscope Stars

Inklingo - great fabric for Kaleidosceop Stars

This fabric is perfect for my Kaleidoscope Stars with the new 60° Diamond 1.25 inch.

The selvage says Belle Fleur Too by Kings Road Fabrics www.kingsroadfabrics.com

The fabric is quite blue, but when I photograph the stars, the light makes them look more yellow/turquoise.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I can’t stop sewing.

 

Print diamonds on fabric with Inklingo

All I did was print another 6 identical sheets of 25 diamonds with 1.25 inch sides.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

It is fast and easy. (Top Ten Tutes)

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I use the No Waste Fussy Cutting method.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I rotary cut rows, and then cut the diamonds into sets as described in the video for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Each one only takes 10 minutes to sew from start to finish.

I sewed 5 during the 6pm news, 10 while I “watched” a movie on DVD with Russ, and the rest as little breaks at the computer.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

This size is fast and easy to sew by hand. Should we call it snack quilting?

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Can you believe these all came from one fabric?

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I will add more to an album on the Inklingo FaceBook page.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

(Monkey and I love it when you like Inklingo on Facebook and on QuiltingHub. Thank you!)

 

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Don’t forget the article on QuiltingHub and the video showing how to get perfect intersections on every star.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

INTRO PRICE

If you think you might want to make some of these too, the new diamonds are at a very special intro price—but only for a few more days!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

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Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I have 50 more printed and cut.

That’s only 12 sheets of fabric (6 identical x 2).

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Yes, keep going  . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

and another. . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

. . . and another . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

and another . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

and another . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

and another . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

Help!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

See you tomorrow?

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Wednesday Tute 18 – English Paper Piecing 04

HOW TO ENGLISH PAPER PIECE – PART 4

This time we address dealing with seam allowances at intersections.

Unfortunately, one of the disadvantages of English Paper Piecing is that the seams are pressed open. We can’t change that, but we can manage the intersections.

 

Inklingo seams pressed to the side

First, we need a little background. One of the many advantages of printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and sewing with a running stitch is that the seam allowances can be pressed to the side around the intersections.

That’s one of the reasons hand pieced blocks sometimes look better than ones made with English Paper Piecing.

In the star above, the seam allowances are all pressed to the side counter clockwise (red arrows) . . .

 

Inklingo seams pressed to the sideer-detail

. . . so the bulk at the center is distributed well.

Doesn’t this look pretty?

There is no lump where the seams come together at the center of the star because the seams are pressed to the side.

This method of pressing works perfectly when 6 diamonds come together at the center of a star AND the technique is exactly the same for 3 hexagons, or 4 squares, or 8 diamonds, or any shape.

If you press all of the stars in the same direction (clockwise or counterclockwise), the quilt top goes together like magic. (Pressing instructions are always included in Inklingo design books and shape collections.)

 

Sue Daley’s video shows a way to avoid lumpy stars when you are English Paper Piecing (especially at 4 – 4:30 minutes). You can get better EPP intersections if you baste with Sue’s method. It works.

As Sue explains, your intersections will be better if you always start basting at the same point of the diamond and always baste in the same direction. When all of the pieces are identical, you can avoid a lump at the intersection!

 

Inklingo diamonds basted Sue’s method works whether you prefer to baste with glue or to baste with a needle and thread.

Notice how the seam allowances at the sharp points are all pointing the same way.

As Sue says, the more time you spend getting the basting right, the fewer problems you will have when it comes to the whip-stitching.

 

Inklingo basted and ready to sew.

Sue’s method allows you to overlap the tails of seam allowances to distribute the bulk at the intersection. Just be sure to keep these tags out of the way when you are sewing (future tute).

Isn’t that cool?

In this example, the templates and the fabric were printed with the new 60° Diamond 1.25 inch (only $20 for a few more days).

 

Inklingo printed and ready to sew.

If you prefer to skip the basting and to be able to press the seam allowances to the side, you can print all of the shapes with No Waste Fussy Cutting . . .

 

Inklingo diamonds ready to sew, no basting!

. . . and sew with a running stitch (hexagon video).

 

Inklingo half star

I sewed this half with a running stitch in less time than it took just to baste the first half.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

I love this method because the blocks look fabulous on the front. . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star (back)

. . . and the back.

The seams are pressed to the side, there is no lump in the middle, and there are no papers to pick out.

My best tips for getting perfect intersections are in an article on QuiltingHub, including video.

 

Print 6 identical sheets with Inklingo

Last night I spent 20 minutes preparing and printing 6 identical sheets of fabric with  diamonds for 25 more Kaleidoscope Stars. (Click for a larger view)

I rotary cut rows, layer the rows, and cut several layers at a time. The preparation is finished! No gluing, no basting, ready to sew.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

With a running stitch, each star is finished . . .

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star

. . . and finger pressed in about 10 minutes in front of the TV.

 

Star intersection

Voilà! Perfect intersections with no lump and no hole.

Faster, easier, and better results with a running stitch.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

There are illustrated instructions for English Paper Piecing in The Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC).

EPP is the slowest and most difficult method in the book, but it is included because it is the method that Lucy Boston used to make all of her quilts, as described in The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston.

The more you know about EPP and Inklingo, the easier it is to choose the method that is best for you.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

There are many ways to set Kaleidoscope Stars, like the Antique Diamond Star Quilt, Seven Sisters and many others.

INKLINGO  AND ENGLISH PAPER PIECING

In Wednesday Tute 15, we showed you how you can print the Inklingo layouts without seam allowances on a variety of template materials to rotary cut your own precise templates.

In Wednesday Tute 16, we showed you how you can print the Inklingo layouts with seam allowances on fabric to use the fabric more efficiently and to make the shapes faster and easier to cut than with acrylic templates.

In Wednesday Tute 17, we showed you a few different basting methods, so you have a choice depending on the template material you have printed.

In the next few Wednesday Tutes, we’ll look at more reasons to use Inklingo when you EPP because Inklingo has advantages for quilters who enjoy whip-stitching and paper templates too.

MORE WEDNESDAY TUTES

You can catch up on our other Wednesday Tutes now too:

 

Sue Daley Patchwork with Busy Fingers

Sue Daley is a talented designer and an expert with English Paper Piecing. She has lovely designs on her Patchwork with Busy Fingers website and almost all of them are Inklingoable, including her Pie & Tarts.

With Inklingo and English Paper Piecing, you can make wonderful designs with hexagons, diamonds, triangles, shapes with curves (Clamshell, Apple Core, Dresden Plate), and many others. (Inklingo Index of Shapes)

There is inspiration in the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free download).

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Linda & Monkey

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