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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Inklingo International Quilt Report

The web site is better than ever today, thanks to Inklingo quilters around the world. This is a report from Norway, Canada, Austria, and the USA.

     Norsk

Berit Hansen Gilde in Norway translated the Download Instructions and the Quick Start Guide into Norwegian for us! The generosity and kindness of Inklingo quilters is quite amazing. I am very pleased to have an authentic translation from the land of Norse legends, fjords, trolls, reindeer, and the midnight sun. Thank you, Berit!

Seven special Inklingoists have given me permission to add photos of their newest Inklingo quilt tops on the web site too. Click on each one to see a larger view.

Cathi in Toronto designed and hand pieced Cameron’s Windmills with one-inch half hexagons from the Inklingo One Inch Hexagon Shape Collection. If you haven’t already, you need to subscribe to Cathi’s blog, Quilt Obsession, and order her free pattern for Emma’s Butterfly Stars, which she made for Cameron’s big sister. Cameron is only a couple of days old and already has a quilt from Aunt Cathi. If we ask, maybe Cathi will write up how to sew this one too!

Deanna Ahern in Michigan has completed her Insanity Quilt Top with 10,339 tiny hexagons (0.5 inch sides). Yes, that’s right 10,339. She was inspired by a quilt on the cover of Australian Patchwork & Quilting. I wonder how many quilters have started this amazing, impressive design. Deanna actually finished it.

Jutta in Austria has made a spectacular Aunt Clara Quilt with the 90-degree one-inch hexagons (Inklingo Lite # 4).  This is the same shape collection that we use for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. I love the way the color dances across this quilt!

Kathy Timmons in Nashville is the absolute, undisputed Queen of Fussy Cutting. These are just two of the many Inklingo Feathered Star blocks she has made with fussy cut owls. The rest of Kathy’s Feathered Stars (and other amazing blocks) are in the photo albums of the Inklingo Yahoo group. “Seeing Kathy’s Stash in person” is on my bucket list.

Martha in NY lives on an island. Maybe that is why she chose Inklingo Storm At Sea. I have a feeling that Martha would be an artist at heart no matter where she lives. Her use of color is wonderful. You can follow her creative life on her blog, Quilt Contemplation.

Mary in Wisconsin has already made six 15 inch Feathered Star blocks. Some of Mary’s other Inklingo quilts have been featured on the blog before. I wish we could all be in Wisconsin this week to see Mary’s One Woman Quilt Show in person. For now, we have to settle for seeing the her Inklingo quilts online—here. Congratulations, Mary. We are very proud of you!

Sue Hodge in NY made this Rainbow Flower. It is the newest shape collection, less than two weeks old. Sue is a good friend and a longarm quilter. She has done a few quilts for me. Don’t you love the fussy cut butterflies and the curvy edge? Sue sewed this partly by hand and partly by machine—an Inklingo hybrid. (Click on the quilt to see the butterflies up close.)

Thank you, Berit, Cathi, Deanna, Jutta, Kathy, Martha, Mary, and Sue for inspiring us and keeping us energized.

Isn’t it wonderful that such talented quilt artists are using Inklingo to bring their designs to life? And that we can share all around the globe?

I will pass your comments along to these eight Inklingo friends. Thank you for visiting, from your corner of the world. Oh!—when you leave your comment, please tell us where you are, okay?

Linda & Monkey, in Burlington, Ontario
. . . Canada, North America, Earth, Milky Way
(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

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.

“Sash and Block” Star Quilts

Melinda left a comment on yesterday’s message:

“Linda, what about some shapes to use for sashing or borders. I like the way this sashing looks in this antique quilt on Barbara Brackman’s blog. I have been wanting to do one for a miniature Dresden that I need to finish.”

She gave the link to a wonderful old quilt (possibly 1820-1860) on Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture blog.

Barbara posted photos of two blue and white quilts with “sash and block” stars. Her notes on dating the two quilts are fascinating.

  

I used the worksheets in the Inklingo Storm At Sea Design Book (free download) to draw these diagrams of the designs.

Yes! The diamonds, squares, and triangles are the same shapes used in Storm At Sea quilts!

GOOD NEWS

The shapes are already inklingoable.

BAD NEWS

The problem with Inklingo is that the collection names are misleading—because they are amazing

Inklingo Shape Collections are so versatile that it has been difficult to name them. This design is a good example. Most quilters would not look at it and automatically think “Aha, I need Storm At Sea shapes.”

The Inklingo Index of Shapes (under the Support tab on the website) is the best way to find out if the shapes you want are available yet. Each Inklingo shape is named with the finished size, to make it simple. (And sometimes a comment on a blog gets you the right answer too.)

     

With Inklingo Storm At Sea Shape Collections, many variations are possible, and there are 5 different sizes. . .

. . . so the large white squares in these layouts could be 3 inches, 4 inches, 4.5 inches, 6 inches, or 8 inches. (These would be rotary cut 3.5 inches, 4.5 inches, 5 inches, 6.5 inches, and 8.5 inches, not printed with Inklingo.)

The plain white squares in the antique quilts feature elaborate quilting. You can also use other blocks in those spaces, like Melinda’s plan for Dresden Plates, or Bonnie Hunter’s “In The Pink,” with Dear Jane™ blocks.

The triangles, diamonds, and small squares are quick and easy to cut with the shapes printed on the fabric with Inklingo—no measuring, no templates, no weird angles to cut (they are about 53.5 degrees), precision corners, and correct straight grain on every piece.

I enjoy hand piecing, but the units are so quick and easy to chain piece by machine, that I would not hand piece unless I needed it to be portable. Printing the shapes on the fabric with Inklingo is a fast and easy way to prep for hand piecing too, and the stitching lines and matching marks are absolutely precise.

I could go on and on—and I did! See the 80 pages in the free Design Book—instructions for cutting, sewing, and pressing, plus yardage requirements, worksheets, and design notes.

Good luck with your Dresden Plate blocks, Melinda. I hope you will download the free Storm At Sea Design Book and find everything you need for your “sash and block” stars! 

Thank you for asking a great question. Any more?

Linda & Monkey

PS  Remember, this blog is searchable. We have written about Storm At Sea before. Use the Search box (at the top) or the new Index tab to find more in the archives.

The Story of an Inklingo Quilt Designer

“Inklingo is the BEST thing to happen to quilting since the rotary cutter
—no BETTER—­I’d give up my rotary cutter before I’d give up Inklingo!” 
Carol in Panama

Do you want to be rich and famous?

 a long time ago, a new tool called The Rotary Cutter was introduced. Poor, struggling pattern designers used new sewing methods to make their quilts faster and easier to sew. They became rich and famous. A big industry grew up, and more and more people made quilts. Many happy hours were spent making friends and making quilts. It was a good thing.

Eventually, there were so many pattern designers that it was hard for all of them to make enough money to keep fabric on the cutting table. Becoming rich and famous was hard.

Then a new tool was invented, called Inklingo.

This new tool printed the cutting and stitching lines on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer. It changed everything.

A talented designer discovered that although there is a patent pending on the Inklingo method, anyone could write a pattern that uses it! Inklingo made quilting better for quilters and pattern designers.

The designer was one of the first to find the free Inklingo Design Books, like the ones for Double Wedding Ring, Storm At Sea, Dresden Plate, and Winding Ways. She ordered and downloaded them all! It was inspiring.

She designed a Winding Ways Quilt with 9 inch blocks (better than this one).  The worksheets in the design book gave her a head start, but she added her own unique sense of color and design. It was stunning and she knew that other quilters would want to make her design too.

She saved the original worksheet, and made a copy to cut apart. . .

 

to count the shapes from each fabric.

Everything she needed to know about Winding Ways 9 inch shapes had been given to her in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes. She only needed a bit of simple arithmetic to find out how much fabric she needed.

She wrote everything down on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet. She could have left it that way, but everything was so fast and easy, she even had time to make her own unique Cheat Sheet. (She is a very creative person after all.)

She reviewed the illustrated instructions in the free Inklingo Winding Ways Design Book, and decided they were good for hand or machine piecers. Her instructions were written for her! Her pattern only required minimal notes and a suggestion that quilters get the free design book too. 

She knew that all the rich and famous designers offer something for free, and she knew that would be a good way to make a name. She felt she could offer this pattern for free (or at a lower price), if she did not spend a lot of time writing and illustrating the instructions. She was in a hurry for more quilters to know about her amazing designs, so they would want the next ones.

She sewed her gorgeous design in less time than she could have with any method other than Inklingo, and she was proud of her perfect workwomanship, also thanks to Inklingo. She took a picture of her quilt and it looked beautiful.

The list of requirements in her pattern included the Winding Ways 9.0 inch Shape Collection (which she bought from the inventor to sell), in the same way pre-Inklingo patterns required a ruler, acrylic template, marker, or other tool.

Quilters were delighted to get such a great pattern for free (or at a good price), and especially grateful to the designer for introducing them to a fabulous tool like Inklingo. Even quilters who did not use a rotary cutter could see that this designer’s patterns were fun for them.

Quilters used Inklingo to print the cutting and stitching lines on the fabric. It was simple!

Magazine editors (who are always looking for something new and exciting) saw her pattern and loved it, of course. Soon she was designing for Inklingo quilters (inklingoists) who read magazines!

With this designer’s pattern and Inklingo, the Winding Ways quilt  was not only beautiful and impressive, it was
   • simple to prepare the shapes
          (no measuring, no templates, no tracing, perfect straight grain)
   • fast to cut with a rotary cutter OR scissors
   • easy to sew, with stitching lines and matching marks on the fabric
Everyone was thrilled.

Quilters all over the world got precise results, so they were happy. They finished their quilts faster and wanted to make more. Each quilter was glad that she used the talented designer’s Inklingoable pattern. Soon the designer had more wonderful patterns for sale and was not struggling any more. 

The designer found inspiration in the Inklingo Index of Shapes for many years. She did not have to limit herself to so-called easy designs because Inklingo made everything so simple and precise for her and her customers. She became rich and famous too.

Applause. Smiles all around. And they all lived happily ever after.

The end. 

Would you like to be the heroine of this story, or do you know a talented designer who should be? (Pass it on!)

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, start here. You could print your first shapes in the next few minutes.

Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

Free Storm At Sea Quilt Book

I am thrilled to announce that the Storm At Sea Design Book and 5 new Inklingo Shape Collections are ready. The design book (download, 80 pages, $20 value) is free, at least for now. It is a great resource for quilters and professional pattern designers.


I must admit I was very excited when I realized how easy it is to sew these shapes, thanks to Inklingo’s precision corners.

Machine piecers love Storm At Sea with Inklingo. There is no need to trim after sewing, and the units are easier to sew together when all of the shapes are the perfect size with straight grain in all the right places. All of the corners on the triangles and diamonds match perfectly, so you probably won’t even need to pin. If you do pin, there are perfect matches. 

Print the shapes on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer. The ultra-fine lines use colors of ink that do not show in the finished quilt

 • straight grain
 • perfect shapes
 • precision corners
 • matches for easy pinning
 • crosshairs to mark the seam endings

Cutting and sewing along a line goes back to the roots of our craft. 

In the past twenty years, Storm At Sea has required weird rulers/templates or sewing through paper because the diamond is 53.5 degrees, and not many of us are good at that kind of measuring. Some quilters insist on sewing fabric, not backwards through paper, so this design has more appeal with Inklingo. No more paper to pick off. Perfect straight grain. It couldn’t be simpler. Plus, the triangles and squares are extremely versatile for other designs, like Square in a Square, Flying Geese, and more.

18 Storm At Sea Settings

 As you can see in the Quilt Show, some of my favorite Storm At Sea quilts use more than one size, so there are 5 Inklingo collections to mix and match.

There are many design options with Storm At Sea, but at first glance, you may wonder why 6.75 inches? In fact, it is a very useful size.

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville used this size of Storm At Sea to sash 4.5 inch blocks in her version of the Jane Stickle quilt, “In The Pink,” and Bonnie gave me permission to use her quilt as an example. Also, 6.75 is 75% of 9.0. All Inklingo Storm at Sea sizes are compatible with each other.

You probably need to glance through the Storm At Sea Design Book to understand all of the benefits. I won’t repeat all 80 pages here.

If the Storm At Sea Design Book doesn’t convince you that all you need is an Inklingo download to make a better, faster, easier Storm At Sea, I don’t know what will. Monkey and I both hope you enjoy this design as much as we do.

Linda & Monkey