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Modern Baby Quilt

Recently I’ve been playing with the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection with a baby quilt in mind.

 

Modern Baby Quilt

These two are called Hugs and Kisses, for obvious reasons. They both use Marcus Fabrics Subtle Sunsets.

You can see some traditional “modern” interpretations here and here.

How do you interpret “modern” in your quilts? Is this something that interests you or are you just itching to make these symmetrical?

A WINNER!

The winner of the free issue of the new online magazine, Hexie Love is Sandi! Congratulations!

Sandi’s comment:
I haven’t tried Inklingo but it does sound interesting.  Thanks for a chance to win and also for the free design book.

Julia Wood will contact Sandi with information about how to download and open the issue of Hexie Love.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

SALE ENDING

We’ve been so preoccupied with Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts 2 and Julia Wood’s Hexie Love Blog Hop that we have not spent as much time on Quilted Diamonds 2 as the occasion deserves!

I will keep the special sale price of $15 on the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection for a few more days. Main Quilted Diamonds Page

There are FAQ about Quilted Diamonds on the blog.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

 

Modern Baby

If you follow Inklingo on Facebook, you have met our modern “baby” already.

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

It is such a beautiful spring day here that it makes me think of sewing on the front porch again. That’s what I’ll be thinking about when I rake leaves out of the flower beds this afternoon.

Linda & Monkey

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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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A Dark and Laundry Night!

What is the first thing you do when you consider new fabric?

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

I get 8 fat quarters from Sew Sisters in the mail every month.

I get excited when I see a fat brown envelope in our mail box. The presentation is always lovely and the selection is a surprise.

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

The fabrics are beautiful every time but the first thing I do is look at the darks—on the wrong side.

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

Easy to print with Inklingo?  YES.  As usual.

Most dark fabrics are light enough on the wrong side to print with Inklingo.

Isn’t that nice?

Inklingo Test Page

PRINTING ON DARK FABRIC

There is info about printing on Dark Fabrics in the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

When you print the Test Page (important!), you will probably have a choice of a few colors that will show well on any dark fabric.

The Top Ten Tutes are short tutorials for things like how to print on small scraps, how to avoid jams, how to print on dark fabric, how to fussy cut, and many others.

You can look at those tutorials in any order when you need them.

 

Inklingo - Washed and folded fabric

LAUNDRY AFTER DARK

The first thing I do is wash the fabric and fold it neatly.

That’s in another one of the Top Ten Tutes—How to Print on Fabric Best Tips.

I do NOT iron the fabric until I am ready to use it. Why do it twice?

I fold fabric the same way all the time, so it stores neatly with no extra fuss or muss.

 

Inklingo Hexagons printed on dark fabric

I could not resist printing 6 hexagons right away. (Click for a larger view.)

The lines show well enough for cutting and sewing, even though this is a deep, rich, dark fabric.

 

Inklingo Hexagon Flower

What a nice way to relax on a dark and laundry night!

Each flower goes fast when you sew with a running stitch! (VIDEO)

 

Fabric from Sew Sisters

I know you are going to ask: It is called Wagara, designed by Hana for QH Textiles. It is a Japanese design. (I was lucky to get the name on the selvage of one of the fat quarters.)

 

Hexie Love by Julia Wood

REMINDERS!

1. Leave a comment to enter to win an issue of Hexie Love.

I will be posting more hexie photos on Pinterest and Facebook during Julia’s Blog Hop, but the winner of the copy of Hexie Love from Julia Wood will be chosen from comments left OVER THEREnot here or anywhere else.

Comments on Blog Lovin or other blog readers or on Facebook or anywhere else will not be in the draw. Please comment on this page to be included.

 

Hexagon Quilt Design Book

2. Order the Hexagon Quilt Design Book—free. 

Order on the website.

Tell your friends!

Normally any Inklingo design book is only free when you buy the related Inklingo shapes.

If you already have the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, there is no need to order again.

After midnight on Tuesday, April 14, the Hexagon Quilt Design Book will go back to $10—or free when you buy a related shape collection. (Details – 60° hexagons, 90° hexagons for POTC, shapes for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia, Colonial Garden or Periwinkle Octagon).

 

Hexie Love Blog Hop

3. THE BLOG HOP CONTINUES!

For more information on Hexie Love Magazine and Julia’s books about folding circles into hexagons, please visit Julia’s Blog.

Visit these links for more chances to win!

April 6  Bonnie Hunter
April 7  Catherine Redford
April 8  Linda Franz   (me)
April 9  Cheryl Sleboda
April 10 Geta Grama
April 11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe
April 12 Becky Campbell
April 13 Joan Shay

4. SALE ENDING

I will keep the special sale price of $15 on the  new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection for a few more days, okay? Main Quilted Diamonds Page

There are FAQ about Quilted Diamonds on the blog and you can see my first Modern Baby Quilt designs too.

 

Inklingo - Print hexagons on fabric, cut & sew!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

I will be printing and sharing more hexagons on the Inklingo Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun!

I wish you a happy day with at least one good reason to do laundry. Good luck in the draw too!

Linda & Monkey

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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

Hexie Love Blog Hop

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled program (Modern Baby Quilt) again with TWO pieces of news for Julia Wood’s Hexie Blog Hop!

Hexie Love by Julia Wood

ONE!  Julia Wood is self-publishing a new online magazine called Hexie Love, and you could win one free issue. ($5.99 value)

Julia has assured me that Hexie Love is not just about English Paper Piecing and I have agreed to write an article about Inklingo for an issue later this year.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

 

Hexagon Quilt Design Book

TWO!  I am offering the Inklingo Hexagon Quilt Design Book ($20 value, PDF download) FREE until midnight on Tuesday, April 14, so read on!

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

Printing shapes on fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer and Inklingo is a hexie lover’s dream come true!

There is fabulous hexagon inspiration everywhere these days.

However, if English Paper Piecing was the only way to quilt, I would probably not be a quilter at all—let alone gluing and basting and picking paper out of hexagons! I would have found another hobby.

I hear the same thing from Inklingo quilters almost every day. Gluing, pinching and whip-stitching is not fun for everyone and can be very hard on hands and wrists.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING RESCUE

I often hear from quilters who are stalled on a project they started with EPP, discouraged by how long it takes. You can finish with a running stitch!

English Paper Piecing Rescue is one of the most popular pages on my website.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Lucy Boston has inspired quilters all over the world with Patchwork of the Crosses and other hexagon quilts. She taught herself to sew by mending clothes and old quilts. English Paper Piecing was the only method she knew.

The brilliance of Lucy Boston was the artistic way she used designs in the fabric–fussy cutting—not her sewing method.

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by her daughter-in-law, Diana, illustrates and describes all 20 of her amazing quilts. It makes me sad to think how many more masterpieces would be part of Lucy Boston’s legacy if she had the advantages we have today.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

In Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2, the Dutch artist Willyne Hammerstein uses English Paper Piecing but says it is the least favorite part of the process for her too.

“Choosing a pattern, selecting the fabrics that go with it and piecing together a small part to see the result, gives me the most pleasure. Thereafter, my perseverance is tested. Quilting is not my favorite occupation.”

Do you admire all the hexagons you see in books and magazines and on Pinterest and other websites, but can’t imagine basting and whip-stitching your way to a finished quilt?

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

I quilt for relaxation and to express my creativity. Life can be hard. I don’t need my hobby to test my patience!

There is an easier way to sew Willyne’s exquisitely complex quilts with hexagons, diamonds, pentagons and other shapes. Quiltmania understood that making the shapes in Willyne’s quilts Inklingo-able would make these stunning designs accessible to more quilters, not just quilters who EPP.

Last month we introduced two shape collections for Passacaglia, the quilt on the cover of Millefiori Quilts.

 

Hexagons and Stars with Inklingo

EPP FORESAKEN!

When a project takes so long that I lose interest and abandon hope of finishing, it creates feelings of guilt.

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville is part of Julia’s Blog Hop too.  Bonnie stuck with her vision for her hexie quilt for FOURTEEN years, not including time to quilt it. Bonnie is an inspiration for all of us, but oh, my!

HEXIE LOVE!

  • I love hexagons, especially the 90° hexagons in Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.
  • I love a portable project.
  • I love precision.
  • I love relaxing with a needle and thread for some slow stitching—a running stitch.
  • I love fussy cutting.
  • I love finishing what I start.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

I can sew with a running stitch instead!

There are at least two good ways of preparing hexagons for hand piecing which are faster and more accurate than EPP, so you can make wonderful hexagon designs in a fraction of the time.

 

Quilted Diamonds and Quilted Diamonds 2

1. Prepare the shapes with freezer paper templates and sew with a running stitch. This is the method I teach in my Quilted Diamonds books.

 

Sew hexagons with a running stitch.

This method of hand piecing gives you complete design freedom!

If you can print or draw the shapes on freezer paper, you can cut them apart, draw sewing lines on the fabric with a pencil and sew fabric pieces together with a running stitch. It is the same for hexagons AND any other shape.

I decided to reprint Quilted Diamonds 2 this winter—while hexagons are hot—because it can help quilters who are looking for an easier, more portable way to sew hexagons or any other shape, not just the diamond designs in the books.

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Every copy of Quilted Diamonds 2 includes the comprehensive two-hour hand piecing lesson on DVD. The lesson takes the mystery out of this simple, relaxing technique and includes all my best tips.

 

Video - Hand Piecing with Inklingo

2. Print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo (VIDEO) and sew with a running stitch.

Of course, this is my favorite method. Precise, simple, fast, portable.

Print, rotary cut several layers at a time, and sew! The video shows every step.

Hexagons are not just for quilters who use EPP!

 

 

VIDEO - Machine piece hexagons

Everyone loves the portability of hand piecing, but it is also easy to machine piece hexagons when you have the lines printed on the fabric.

I hand piece hexagons that are smaller than 1 inch and machine piece the larger sizes. I also like to combine hand and machine piecing in the same quilt, a hybrid.

I hand piece when I need portability and machine piece for speed.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons Video

The same hand piecing and machine sewing techniques also work for 300 Pieced Hexagon designs (video above) and for fussy cutting.

 

8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP

8 GOOD WAYS

On the other hand, if you do enjoy English Paper Piecing, there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP. 8 Good Ways on QuiltingHub.

In addition to the flexibility of printing your own templates and choosing your own perfect template material, Inklingo includes illustrated yardage requirements and TWO wonderful methods for fussy cutting!

 

Print circles on fabric with Inklingo

FOLDED CIRCLES

If you use Julia Wood’s method of folding fabric circles into a hexagon shape, you can skip the tracing and print circles on fabric with Inklingo instead!

Hexagons made from folded circles are pretty thick, so you will want BIG circles. A three-inch fabric circle folds into a hexagon with sides less than 1 inch (comparison above), so instead of cutting 225-250 hexagons from a yard of fabric, you only get about 120.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

1. Leave a comment to enter to win an issue of Hexie Love.

I will be posting more hexie photos on Pinterest and Facebook during Julia’s Blog Hop, but the winner of the copy of Hexie Love from Julia Wood will be chosen from comments left below—not anywhere else.

Comments on Blog Lovin or other blog readers or on Facebook or anywhere else will not be in the draw. Please comment on this page to be included.

 

Inklingo Hexagons, sewn with a running stitch

2. Order the Hexagon Quilt Design Book—free. 
Order on the website.

Tell your friends!

Normally any Inklingo design book is only free when you buy the related Inklingo shapes.

If you already have the Hexagon Quilt Design Book, there is no need to order again.

After midnight on Tuesday, April 14, the Hexagon Quilt Design Book will go back to $10—or free when you buy a related shape collection. (Details – 60° hexagons, 90° hexagons for POTC, shapes for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia, Colonial Garden or Periwinkle Octagon).

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

THE BLOG HOP CONTINUES!

For more information on Hexie Love Magazine and Julia’s books about folding circles into hexagons, please visit Julia’s Blog.

Visit these links for more chances to win!

April 6  Bonnie Hunter http://quiltville.blogspot.ca/2015/04/hexie-love-e-magazine-give-away.html
April 7  Catherine Redford http://catherineredford.com/hexie-love-blog-hop/
April 8  Linda Franz http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/hexie-love-blog-hop/  (me)
April 9  Cheryl Sleboda http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/
April 10 Geta Grama  http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com
April 11  Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
April 12 Becky Campbell  https://www.facebook.com/sewforeverquiltingbybeckycampbell
April 13 Joan Shay https://www.facebook.com/joan.mooreshay

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I will write more soon about the Modern Baby quilt design you can make with the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection.

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

REMINDERS

I will keep the special sale price of $15 on the  new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection for a few more days, okay? Main Quilted Diamonds Page

There are FAQ about Quilted Diamonds on the blog and you can see my first Modern Baby Quilt designs too.

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It spreads a nice friendly feeling!

I’m looking forward to reading your comments about hexagons. Good luck in the draw!

Linda & Monkey

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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

I’ve been playing with fabric swatches from Marcus Fabrics Subtle Sunsets again.

I may need an intervention. It is hard to stop!

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt
White plus 4 fabrics. Approximately 35 x 44 inches.

You can print all of the shapes for today’s examples with the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection. (Still only $15 for a few more days.)

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt
Same as above but swapping two fabrics to get a darker border.

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilte-sunsets-03
Black and white tile effect.

This would be fun for an I-Spy quilt too. Print freezer paper templates with Inklingo and fussy cut novelty fabrics.

I think I would like this one more if the flowered diamonds were pieced diamonds from Quilted Diamonds 1 and Quilted Diamonds 2.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

YES. Quilted Diamonds 2 is available again! It includes the 2 hour lesson on DVD.

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt

This is my favorite—so far. Isn’t it pretty?

White with Subtle Sunsets floral, gold, and coral and the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection.

 

Inklingo Cheat Sheet

My next step would be to prepare Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

I count the number of shapes from each fabric . . .

 

Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes  (Click for a larger view.)

. . .  and look up the yardage in the Catalogue of Shapes.

The info in the Catalogue of Shapes in every Inklingo shape collection makes it easy to determine yardage requirements. (See the 3 minute video Guided Tour to find your way around in these big PDFs.)

  • White fabric: plain diamonds and small “half” diamonds (half cornerstones) for the edges (see detail below)
  • Floral fabric: 8 plain diamonds for the center medallion, 24 floral diamonds for the edges (to be trimmed to a little more than half)
  • Gold fabric: sashing strips A and mirror image B
  • Coral fabric: cornerstones

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt

Notice that in this design, there are small white half diamonds (triangles) around the edge. I count those too!

 

Inklingo Modern Baby Quilt

Notice that the coral cornerstones around the edges are half diamonds instead of full diamonds this time.

I think the edge treatment on the first one is a nice touch, but this is a simpler alternative. It would be about about 1.5 inches shorter and almost an inch narrower.

 

Inklingo Print shapes on fabric

The shapes printed on fabric make this an easy design to rotary cut and assemble by machine.

I have a few more ideas for using this new Inklingo shape collection—even without hand piecing any diamonds from the QD books.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I will write more soon about the Modern Baby quilt design you can make with the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection. Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

REMINDERS

I’ll keep the special sale price of $15 on the  new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection for a few more days, okay? Main Quilted Diamonds Page

There are FAQ about Quilted Diamonds on the blog and you can see my first Modern Baby Quilt designs too.

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It helps.

Thank you for visiting. See you again 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.

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page too, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

Thank you, Northcott!

I am interrupting our regularly scheduled program (Modern Baby Quilt) with some fun news!

 

Northcott Fabric Starry Night

The big brown truck delivered Stonehenge Starry Night to our house! It is better than getting chocolate from the Easter Bunny!

 

Northcott Fabrics

Northcott is sponsoring the fabric that I send with book orders to new Inklingoists! Thank you, Northcott!

Northcott Fabrics make cottons that feel like silk. Just touching the fabric makes it impossible to resist.

 

Northcott Fabrics Starry Night

Patti Carey at Northcott offered me a choice, so I asked for dark fabric.

Stonehenge Starry Night is lovely. It is a rich, dark color on the front and much lighter on the back, which is typical with cotton fabric.

 

Inklingo Test Page

I suggested a dark fabric because before they actually try Inklingo, many quilters imagine that you can only print light fabrics.

Not so!

Even dark fabrics are often light enough on the wrong side to see the lines. I print a Test Page first to see which of the 20 ordinary Inkjet ink colors used by Inklingo would be the best.

One of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above) is about printing on dark fabric.

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Keep Calm and Sew Instead

Last night I “watched” some March Madness with Russ. I am not a big fan of the squeaky shoe show, so I set up the ironing board in front of the TV and ironed sheets of freezer paper to Starry Night.

Hot dry iron, trim around the FP with shears as I go. Zip. Zip. Zip.

After an hour or so I had about 50 sheets of fabric ready to print.

I could have done more, but some of the game highlights were irresistible and then there was another show I wanted to actually watch, so I turned off the iron. LOL

 

Stack of fabric printed with Inklingo

This morning, I put a stack in the printer and they all printed while I was writing this article for the blog.

 

Inklingo Combo layout printed on dark fabric

The lines don’t photograph well (click for a larger view), but I can see the lines well enough to rotary cut the rows and then cut the shapes apart.

 

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I also print some info on the Freezer Paper. (Click for full size.)

 

Free shape collection - Combo 2

I print these samples with the “combo” layout from the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. It introduces the idea of a Custom Page Size (6.75 x 9.75) to use fabric efficiently.

Printing a Custom Page Size is one of the 3 Key Ideas that make Inklingo work.

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Stars

If you print the same shapes on a contrasting fabric, you have enough shapes for two mirror image LeMoyne Stars.

(There are so many cool things about Inklingo. I love the combos!)

 

How to sew stars by machine with Inklingo

There is even a one-page guide showing how to sew stars by machine.

Of course, the stitching lines are printed on the fabric too, so you can also sew these stars by hand with a running stitch—maybe during the Masters this week.

 

Keep Calm and Print Fabric Now

The Masters is my favorite tournament of the year but there is plenty of time to sew between shots. I love sewing and watching golf on TV.

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, it’s time to print on fabric with the free shapes.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I will write more next time about the Modern Baby quilt design you can make with the new Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds shape collection. Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

In the meantime, I share photos on the Inklingo Facebook page too. If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It helps.

Russ will be delivering book orders to the Post Office in Niagara Falls NY early tomorrow morning. (USPS is open on Easter Monday!) Some of the orders will include this great fabric.

Thank you, Northcott Fabrics and thank you for visiting. See you again 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.

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page too, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

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