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Inklingo Storm At Sea Stars

If you wanted to make these stars, do you know which Inklingo shape collections include the shapes?

Would you have guessed Storm At Sea? Or Celtic Solstice? You would have been correct!

That’s the problem. LOL Inklingo shapes are so versatile that the shape collections are difficult to name.

 

Inklingo Feathered Star

Feathered Star is easy. Oh. Wait. Maybe not. This design has several other names.

 

300 Pieced Hexagons

We love stars in hexagons too.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Shakespeare

 

New Inklingo Star

The new Inklingo Star made me realize how many of the shapes to print on fabric can be used to make stars!

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Inklingo Hunter's Star  Hunter’s Star

MAIN STARS PAGE

The Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website is a great resource, but I’ve added another new page too.

Here’s what may tranquilize every care, and lift the heart to rapture! When I look out on such a night as this, I feel as if there could be neither wickedness nor sorrow in the world.
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Ch 11

The new “Main Stars Page” might not tranquillize every care, but it is a start.

Monkey also wants to remind you that the Hunter’s Star Design Book ($20 value) is free for a limited time only. We have plans to replace it with a new free design book, okay? Don’t miss out.

SUGGESTIONS?

If you have suggestions for ways that I could make the website easier for you to use, please let me know. Contact info.

 

Inklingo Smart Shopper's Idea Book

I will be updating the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book in the next several weeks.

I will also be tweaking the website quite a bit to respond to suggestions made this summer.

If you have suggestions, this is a great time to let me know, okay?

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

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I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

Bert in Michigan sent me six wonderful photos this week.

This is a story that warms my heart. I think it will give you a good feeling too.

 

I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

“My plan was to quilt these before sharing; however, I thought now might be an appropriate time to share if you would like. 

Without Inklingo, we would never have gotten as far.”

 

I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

“They will be for three granddaughters and from great grandmother, grandmother, and Mom who all helped to work on them.”

 

I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

“My Mom (great grandmother) being an excellent seamstress, had never quilted before.  However, when she had her hip replaced (91 yrs. old ), and I visited her several times to help out, we would watch her favorite TV programs and hand piece hexagons.  She quickly became very good at it and enjoyed doing them even more once she understood how the star was formed.”

 

I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

“My daughter-in-law (Mom) enjoys and appreciates quilts but has not gotten the bug yet.  She wanted to be a part of this venture and did her share of hexagons also.  She is looking forward to having more time to devote to personal hobbies when time permits with her work schedule and home duties.”

 

I Spy with Inklingo from Bert in Michigan

“I (grandmother) became familiar with Linda’s work when her Quilted Diamonds books came out and have followed and grown with her ever since. 

I do love the Inklingo technique.  Seems as if there is never enough time!  I often think I need to live to be 100 yrs. old to finish all of my unfinished projects at home and in my mind.”

 

Inklingo Fussy Cutting with freezer paper templates

FUSSY CUTTING WITH TEMPLATES

You can combine the Quilted Diamonds method with the Inklingo method for I SPY quilts for someone you love too.

Inklingo shape collections include shapes to print on fabric AND shapes without seam allowances to print on freezer paper, so you can use the same method I taught in my  Quilted Diamonds books before I invented Inklingo.

 

Inklingo Fussy Cutting with freezer paper templates

  • Print the shape without seam allowances on freezer paper and rotary cut to make the template.
  • Iron the template on the WRONG side of the fabric (hot, dry iron) in position to fussy cut a princess, a tree and a strawberry.
  • Rotary cut around every hexagon, adding 0.25 inch seam allowance.
  • Use a ruler and a mechanical pencil to draw the stitching lines and matching marks manually (above).

I used the 60° Hexagon 3 inch.

 

Print triangles on fabric with Inklingo

For the triangles, iron freezer paper to the RIGHT side of the fabric and print!

This color will be the stars. Bert used yellow, red, and blue.

Rotary cut several layers at a time.  (The triangle is half of a 60° Diamond, included in the 60° Diamond 3 inch shape collection.)

 

Fussy Cut Cat

4 BONUS TIPS

1. The only confusing thing about this I Spy method is that sometimes we iron the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric (so we can print on the wrong side) and sometimes we iron the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric (so we can draw the stitching lines manually). In the early days, I had to pay Monkey a nickel every time I did it wrong.

2. This template method is different from Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting, where we print identical sheets of fabric to get identical shapes. Individual freezer paper templates are great for I SPY, but No Waste Fussy Cutting is for kaleidoscope effects like One Block Wonder, Stack n Whack™ and others. (Article on QuiltingHub)

3. Did you know you can combine shapes you print with Inklingo with unprinted shapes? In some cases, you don’t even have to draw the lines on the unprinted shapes. (We’ll show you that another time.)

4. You can make Bert’s I SPY design in several sizes listed on the Main 60° Shape Page. The sizes are easy. Just make sure the hexagons will be the same size as the triangles (half diamonds). If you are using 3 inch hexagons, you also need 3 inch triangles, etc.

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE. . .

. . . a happy family

. . . evidence of an amazing stash

. . . a thoughtful friend.

What do you spy?

 

Inklingo Fussy Cutting with freezer paper templates

Bert’s granddaughters’ quilts are the cat’s meow, don’t you think?

When you look at Bert’s I SPY quilts, does it make you want to dive into your stash and start cutting? Got Elvis? Got monkeys?

What lucky little girls! They were born into a wonderful family and are surrounded by love. There is more happiness in store for them. The quilts are just the icing on the cake.

(Note to self. Find cake fabric. Fussy cut it.)

Thank you, Bert, for allowing me to feature your beautiful family on the blog. I hope we meet in person some day.

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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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Print

1. Print

Fabric goes through the printer just like paper when it is ironed to freezer paper.

It’s fun when you know how. Print on fabric – Best Tips is one of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

These are 90° Hexagons 0.75 inch. (The original POTC quilt uses 1 inch.)

 

Rotary cut rows, single layer.

2. Remove the freezer paper and rotary cut rows.

Just use the ruler as a straight edge. No measuring or templates.

 

Stack the rows

3. Stack the rows using the lines at the edges so you can cut several layers at a time.

A fresh blade makes this pure pleasure.

With 8 identical sheets of fabric (No Waste Fussy Cutting), the hexagons are sorted automatically into sets of 8.

 

Play

4. You are the artist.

Play and feel confident.

 

Sew with a running stitch.

5. Sew with a running stitch.

It’s the simplest stitch in the world and even easier when every piece is perfect —and you have a line to sew along! (GFG video)

Lose yourself in happy thoughts.

Monkey says the point of a fresh needle pokes negative thoughts before they take hold. They float away.

 

Press

6. Perfect your pressing technique.

When you hand piece, you only sew from crosshair to crosshair (not edge to edge), so you can leave all the pressing to the end.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

7. It even looks pretty from the back!

Start anywhere. Press the seam allowances to the side around one intersection clockwise. When you move to an adjacent intersection, it is already started going in a counterclockwise direction. Keep moving from one intersection to the next, alternating clockwise and counterclockwise.

It is easier to do it than to write it out in words.

EXERCISE Isolate any two adjacent intersections in this photo with your eye. See how the seam allowances are pressed around one intersection clockwise and the other counterclockwise?

 

Pressing counterclockwise and clockwise

7A The red dots mark two intersections.

I isolated these two. It works no matter which two adjacent intersections you choose.

If you press all of the blocks identically, the whole quilt top presses perfectly.

 

Admire

8. What do you think?

If you don’t like it, I’ll make another one.
If you do like it, I’ll make another one.

Win-win.

 

Plan another one.

9. Resistance is futile.

 

Fresh air

11. Remember to take time to smell the flowers before you sew the next one.

Lucy Boston was just as famous for her garden at the Manor at Hemingford Grey as she was for the Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC).

Fresh air is good.

Take a few deep breaths.

 

Repeat!

12. Repeat!

You knew that was coming, didn’t you?

Monkey says that is a hexagon story with a happy ending because there are always more hexagons.

There is more info and video on the Main Lucy Boston Page.

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

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They’ve done it again! We’ve got double the trouble today!

Barb in Texas and Cathi in Ontario became close friends because of Inklingo. By close, I mean that they are in touch every day—at least once.

They sew together despite the 1400 miles between Fort Worth and Toronto.

When the new Inklingo Star shape collection was published, they decided they would blog simultaneously too.

Prepare to gasp with delight!

 

Barb's Inklingo Star

Yesterday, Barb posted the most amazing Inklingo Stars on her Just Sayin’ Sew blog. This is just one of them.

 

Cathi's Morse Star with Inklingo

And Cathi posted this Endeavour/Morse Star on Quilt Obsession—using the same shapes that Barb used.

They each have photos of MORE STARS so you will want to visit both blogs for the rest of the story!

We think you will love both of their blogs, especially if you look back at some of the other Inklingo projects they have sewn together far apart.

There’s nothing more to see here. LOL Go visit Cathi and Barb, okay?

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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UPDATE 9 Sep 2014
Mickey Depre is offering a Castle Wall Workshop again, starting immediately. Instead of requiring students to buy the Inklingo Castle Wall shape collection ($25 download), quilters are required to buy acrylic templates ($20 plus Priority postage), available from her website. It is no longer an Inklingo class.

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Unfortunately, I just found out from a third party that Mickey Depre will not be doing a Castle Wall workshop.

She decided to cancel a few days after receiving this email, without discussing it with me first.

I am very disappointed.

This email is not edited in any way.

Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:01:37 -0400
To: Mickey Depre <mickey@mdquilts.com>
From: Linda Franz <linda@lindafranz.com>
Subject: Castle Wall Workshop

Hi Mickey,

A quilter told me about your Castle Wall Workshop.  Congratulations.  I am pleased that you decided to go ahead.  I hope it will be a great class for you.

I knew that at one point you were planning a power point presentation about Inklingo to include in your lecture, but I did not know you had decided to teach a workshop.  It looked as if you had mixed feelings about recommending Inklingo because you don’t mention it on Facebook when you post your Castle Wall blocks or write about the advantages of Inklingo on your blog.  This is a pleasant surprise.

Kits are a great idea for classes, so I am glad you decided on that approach.  In an email on March 21, I asked if you were planning to do kits but I had not heard anything more since then, other than one message with a quick question about a Canon printer.

However, I noticed that the Castle Wall shape collection ($25.00) is not mentioned in the class materials online.  I hope that is just an oversight.

Every shape collection stipulates “For Personal Use Only” and it is explicit in the EULA.  That means when there are kits for each student, it is necessary for each student to buy the related shape collection.  That has been the policy for teachers from the beginning.  It is also a good way for you to earn as an affiliate, especially if the students are new to Inklingo, because you earn 30% of the shape collection PLUS everything they buy in the next 60 days.

In situations where teachers do not want to require quilters to pay for a shape collection to take a class with a kit, they use kits printed with the free shape collection.  Most teachers are affiliates (or the shop is), so they prefer to include a paid shape collection in the class requirements anyway.  I think most quilters are going to want the Castle Wall shape collection or they would not be taking an Inklingo class from you, so it should not be an issue, but it should be clear in the requirements, just the same way that you require all quilters to have your book for the Pieced Hexie workshop.

The good news is that if you think some students might hesitate to take the class if they have to buy the shape collection, you could provide an alternative kit.  Let them know that their kit will be printed with the free Diamond-Triangle-Square shape collection instead of Castle Wall, but that they will learn the same stitching and pressing techniques and Inklingo tips used for Castle Wall.  One teacher does that with the Patchwork of the Crosses shape collection ($30).  Everyone has to buy the POTC book ($19.95) but the hexagon shape collection is optional.  Most quilters end up buying it anyway after she has demonstrated the advantages of having the lines printed on the fabric and they have worked with the free shapes in the kit.

I hope this is not a major misunderstanding.  No other teacher has assumed she could sell Inklingo kits without requiring the students to buy the shape collection.  However, after our misunderstanding last winter about the Castle Wall shape collections being exclusively for you, it would be a good idea to touch base.  I don’t want to interfere with your class, but I would like to avoid any possible misunderstandings.  Some businesses require teachers to be certified or take expensive courses before they can teach.  I have deliberately rejected that approach, but I am willing to help with lesson plans and suggestions when asked.  If I know what you are planning, it is possible for me to promote your workshops too.

By the way, I heard from a quilter this summer who mentioned that you were doing Castle Wall “too.”  She had no idea that you were using Inklingo to make the blocks, but mentioned that you sold the paper pieces.  She just thought it was a coincidence that we were both making Castle Wall blocks this year.  She wrote to me when she saw your blocks on Facebook, assuming I would be interested in seeing them.  She had no idea you were an affiliate.

Speaking of affiliate earnings, I will be mailing a check for $87.72 tomorrow.  I am sorry it is not more.  Once you start teaching, the next ones should be bigger.

I am pleased that you decided to go ahead with an Inklingo workshop.  I hope it will be a simple matter to include the shape collection in the supply list but if you have any questions or would like to discuss the workshop, please let me know.

I hope you are enjoying your travels jeepin` around.  Good luck!

Linda  & Monkey

http://lindafranz.com/

That is the only contact I had with Mickey before she announced on Facebook that she had cancelled the workshop.

I am sorry this has happened.

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