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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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.

Thank you for visiting today.

Linda & Monkey

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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 4

I’ve been having such a good time sewing Curvy Hexies that I decided to make a little video.

If you watch “full screen” you will be able to see every detail.

The new tripod doesn’t tip over as easily as the old one, so no monkeys were harmed in the making of this video.

 

Inklingo Shapes with Curves

This technique works for any curvy shapes like Apple Core, Clamshell, Cleopatra’s Fan, Double Wedding Ring, Drunkard’s Path, Joseph’s Coat and all of the others on the Main Shapes with Curves Page on the website.

 

Print quilt shapes on fabric

Of course, you can sew these by machine too. (Videos on the Main Hexagon Page.)

Main Hexagon Page

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

Main Hexagon Page

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SALE ENDING!

The special low intro price on the 4 new Curvy Hexie shape collections ends tomorrow night at midnight Eastern Time, okay?

I hope you enjoy sewing these curves as much as I do!

Linda & Monkey

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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 3

Curvy Hexie Star Quilt

The new Curvy Hexie Star shapes can be used with matching hexagons to make some fabulous designs.

This is one of the worksheets in each Curvy Hexie Star shape collection.

 

Curvy Hexie Star

HOW BIG?

The dimensions of 60° Hexagons can be a bit confusing, and since there is a choice of 4 sizes, let’s compare.

 

Dimensions of hexagon

1.5 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 1.5 inches finished on each side
  • 2.6 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 3 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 5.2 x 5.25 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 1.5 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 1.5 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

2 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 2 inches finished on each side
  • 3.46 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 4 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 6.92 x 7 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 2 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 2 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

2.25 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 2.25 inches finished on each side
  • 3.9 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 4.5 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a star about 7.8 x 7.875 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 2.25 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 2.25 inch too!

 

Dimensions of hexagon

3 inch 60° Hexagons – Dimensions

  • 3 inches finished on each side
  • 5.2 inches across the middle from flat side to flat side
  • 6 inches across the middle from point to point

 

Dimensions of hexagon

That gives you a nice big star, about 10.4 x 10.5 inches.

If you have the shape collection for Inklingo 60° Hexagons 3 inch you can use them with Curvy Hexies 3 inch too!

 

Main Hexagon Page

The largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer. (Videos on the Main Hexagon Page.)

Low intro price for a few more days only!

 

There is detailed info about how to design with hexagons in the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, which is $10 or free!

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

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Yes, I have even more to show you about Curvy Hexies, come back soon!

Linda & Monkey

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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.

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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 2

Is everyone printing and cutting Curvy Hexie shapes today? I am.

Curvy Hexie Quilt

This is another worksheet in the new Curvy Hexie Star shape collections. It uses the bonus shape.

 

Inklingo Custom Size in Print Dialog Box

Freezer paper and fabric cut 5.5 x 10 gives me 3 perfect shapes.
(Notice the Landscape setting, lower left in the dialog box.)

 

Rotary Cut Curves

Have you tried rotary cutting curves? It is easier than I ever imaged.

 

Rotary Cut Curves

In fact, I was surprised. It is easier and faster and more accurate than cutting with a plastic template OR scissors!

 

Rotary Cut Curves
When you have a line to cut on and a line to sew on, you can love curves.

 

Video How to Rotary Cut Curves

VIDEO
Just in case you need some convincing, there is a short video with my best tips for rotary cutting curves.

This technique works for Cleopatra’s Fan and any of the Inklingo shape collections on the Main Shapes with Curves Page on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Curvy Hexies

You have a choice of 4 sizes and the largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer.

Main Hexagon Page

Low intro price for a few more days only!

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

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I have more to show you about Curvy Hexies, so stay tuned, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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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.

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Curvy Hexie Stars – Part 1

Happy New Year!

I’m back!

I took a nice long break but now I’m back with 4 new shape collections.

I am bursting with news but I’ll keep this short.

 

Inklingo Curvy Hexie Star

Isn’t this a fabulous star?

Monkey calls it a Curvy Hexie Star, for good reason.

 

Curvy Hexie Star

This is the secret ingredient! One shape x 3 makes a hexie.

 

Curvy Hexie Star

3 Curvy Hexies make a star!

 

Curvy Hexie Star

Curvy Hexie Stars create some fabulous tessellated designs. This is just one of the worksheets in the new shape collections.

 

Curvy Hexie Star

This shape is fun to print and rotary cut. . .

 

Curvy Hexie Star

. . . and fun to sew by hand or by machine.

You have a choice of 4 sizes and the largest ones can be sewn by machine, if you prefer.

Main Hexagon Page

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

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I have so much more to say about these new shape collections, but after such a long absence I don’t want to shock you with a long article, so I’ll save the rest for next time, okay?

Linda & Monkey

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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.

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Fabric for Fussy Cutting

I did not fussy cut any of the shapes for my version of the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville mystery quilt because I did not have a fabric in my stash that I thought would work.

The key to Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting is finding the right fabric!

This method is similar to Stack n Whack™ and One Block Wonder. The fabric determines how happy you will be with the results.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

This is an old Kona Bay design. (2012)

I love fussy cutting, so I decided to audition it for the Key West Beauty 6 inch diamonds.

 

Measure the repeat in the fabric.

First, I measured the repeat in the fabric parallel to the selvage. This one is 11.375 inches (11 3/8) after washing.

Then I checked the Catalogue of Shapes to see if any of the diamond layouts for Key West 6 inch diamonds would fit in the repeat without a lot of waste.

 

Key West Beauty 12 diamonds

Hooray! If I print 5.5 x 11.25, I get 12 diamonds, so I could print 8 identical sheets to get 96 diamonds (12 sets of 8 identical diamonds).

There would only be a tiny sliver (1/8 inch) between the identical sheets of fabric if they are laid out parallel to the selvage.

(There is an article about fussy cutting on QuiltingHub with more illustrations, if you need to visualize this.)

I need to make sure I have at least 8 repeats. If I cut them all in a row, (8 sheets of FP parallel to the selvage), I would need about 96 inches or about 2.75 yards. If I have less than that, I would look for identical repeats across the fabric too. (There may be more variation in the printing of the fabric, so it is nice to keep them all in a row, if possible.)

 

Inklingo Window Template

Next, I printed the Diamond A layout on scrap paper to make a window template.

I think this could work but a few of the diamonds might be a bit boring because there is quite a bit of background between the flowers.

 

Variation with Key West Beauty Shapes

I could print 8 identical sheets of fabric for blocks like this . . .

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block-for-fussy-03

. . . and this . . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or I just print 4 identical sheets. . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or use up the “boring” bits with other sets!

Preparing a window template works better for me than acrylic templates because I can move the window template around before I decide how to position the first sheet of freezer paper, so I can get the most interesting diamonds possible.

 

Key West Beauty 6 inch sample quilt

This design uses 25 blocks, and 12 of them could be fussy cut star blocks.

You can design more quilts with the blocks in the free Electric Quilt project file for the Key West shapes.

Key West Beauty 16 diamonds

Another option is to print 7.25 x 11.25, for 16 diamonds on each sheet instead of only 12. Then I could choose the 12 sets of 8 identical diamonds that I like the best.

The other 4 sets of diamonds could be used for something else. This approach could “waste” some fabric but it could make it possible to use a fabric for fussy cutting despite the boring bits in the design.

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Reminder: The special intro price of $20 for the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection has been extended but it will end in a few days.
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Print quilt shapes on fabric

Of course, you know that there are other suggested Custom Page Sizes too.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #2

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Already in the case file:

Of course, this fussy cutting method works for ANY shapes, including the diamonds in the free shape collection (link below).

I’m still thinking about this fabric. It is washed and draped over the ironing board now.

What do you think?

Linda & Monkey

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Sew 8-pointed Stars! Part 2

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.

In Part 1, I collected some Fun Facts about 8-pointed stars for Midnight Fireworks.

In Part 2, I’m sharing my best tips for sewing stars BY HAND. Many quilters want to learn how to sew 8-pointed stars by hand because they love a portable project and absolute precision!

Machine piecers sometimes avoid inset seams (not with Inklingo!) but inset seams are an opportunity for “continuous stitching,” so hand piecers love them.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see how I piece stars by hand.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see close-up detail of the technique for “circling the intersection.”

HOW MANY STAR POINTS?

The example in the video shows 6-pointed stars, but the technique is the same for 8-pointed stars.

Some of the other designs in Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2 use 5-pointed stars, 6-pointed stars and even 10-pointed stars! Willyne teaches hand piecing with a running stitch too, not English Paper Piecing, as I originally thought.

These two videos and the basic instructions for sewing AND pressing a LeMoyne Star in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection (pages 40-44) will get you started with your stars, but there is more too!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

MORE VIDEO?

Quilted Diamonds 2 is back in print and it includes a comprehensive 2-hour hand piecing lesson on DVD. It is like taking a workshop with me, and even better if you are a visual learner because you can watch it over and over again.

(Note: Millefiori Quilts and Quilted Diamonds 2 fit in the flat rate envelope, so you save on postage if you order both at the same time.)

There is also video for Passacaglia on the Main Millefiori Page on the website.

Next time? Part 3 is for 8-pointed stars BY MACHINE!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!

Part 3 about 8-pointed stars will be ready soon.

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INTRO SALE PRICE

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