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EU VAT LAW

This information only affects Inklingo quilters who are in the 28 countries of the European Union.

Effective January 1, 2015, it is illegal for Linda Franz to sell Inklingo downloads to anyone in the EU due to new EU VAT laws.

If you are thinking of ordering an Inklingo shape collection or design book (any paid download), you might want to buy before January 1.

Effective January 1, the information below will appear in the shopping cart on the website too. It will be translated into as many languages as possible as soon as possible. (I’m looking for quilters willing to check the translations!)

There is one legal alternative (# 3 below).

I am sorry this is necessary. I will update this page if anything changes.

Thank you for understanding.

Linda

IMPORTANT
PENALTY FOR ORDERING DOWNLOADS AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2014!

If you are in the EU and you buy even one download from the Inklingo website after December 31, it will put Linda Franz in violation of the law.

The EU penalties are so severe that if any ONE piece of information indicates that you (the purchaser) are in the EU, your entire Inklingo account will be suspended without a refund. Please don’t make me do that!

I cannot determine where you are located—but you do know where you are—so you are in the best position to determine whether you can buy Inklingo downloads without jeopardizing my business.

This is an unfortunate situation for everyone but there are alternatives which I hope you will find acceptable.

PERMITTED

1. Quilters in the EU are permitted to use the Inklingo downloads they already have. Nothing changes.

2. Quilters in the EU are permitted to buy FREE downloads and physical goods like books and kits.  The new EU law only affects automatic downloads.

Your orders can legally include free downloads and/or books to be mailed.

 

Inklingo Yin Yang 6 inch shapes

3. NEW Limited Edition Custom Kits Available starting January 1, 2015

The new EU VAT law only applies to paid downloads. I can still legally sell physical goods to be mailed to quilters in the EU, so if you would like to buy a kit from me, I will include the download for free!

Example:
Inklingo Yin Yang Kit

  • One Piece of Fabric and Freezer Paper 7 x 8.75 inches printed by Linda Franz with 2 Yin Yang shapes $30.00 US
  • Bonus – Yin Yang 6 inch shape collection (PDF, $20 value) Free

Total $30.00 US  (includes First Class International postage)

After December 31, if you would like to order a kit, please email me at linda@lindafranz.com to let me know which Inklingo PDF(s) you would like to buy and I will send you the Special Order payment link with the total including postage. I will manually add the related PDF(s) to your account as soon as I see your payment and will mail the Custom Kit within 14 days.

INKLINGO AND THE NEW EU VAT LAWS

The Inklingo website may be adapted in the future to collect taxes on behalf of the governments of Europe but at this time the cost of changing the software on the website, changing accounting procedures, and administering the tax for 28 European countries is prohibitive. It is a very big burden for a small business.

Part of the difficulty is that it is the responsibility of Linda Franz to collect two pieces of non-conflicting evidence verifying the location of EU consumers to identify which of the 28 countries is entitled to the tax and to store than info for 10 years. Each country has its own tax rates.

Any or all 28 EU countries can require my financial statements to be audited if they think the country entitled to the tax or the tax rate (all different) has not been accurately submitted. Believe it or not, there are rules to determine whether England or France is entitled to the tax if a consumer downloads while traveling in the Chunnel! It is beyond complicated.

If circumstances change, this information will be updated.

I hope it will be possible to make Inklingo downloads instantly available to quilters in Europe again some day.

Thank you for understanding. I am sorry this is necessary.

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Lucy Boston started by mending old quilts but eventually created masterpieces that inspire us today. She was an artist through and through.

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

Diana Boston’s wonderful book, The Patchworks of Lucy Boston, includes descriptions and photos of more than 20 patchworks, but Double Wedding Ring is NOT one of them.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Lucy Boston used simple shapes and home-made templates for hexagons and squares in her brilliant Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC, above). (Photo used with permission. Please do not pin or copy.)

The patchworks of Lucy Boston are compelling because of the way she challenges us to look at fabric with the most ordinary shapes.

 

POTC by Lucy Boston
(Photo used with permission. Please do not pin or copy.)

As you can see in this example of Lucy Boston’s work, she did not cut with mechanical precision. Little variances are part of her appeal. I especially like the variations in the squares on the inside cover of the book.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

She did it all with the limited fabrics available in post-war Britain and she did not settle for the obvious.

LUCY BOSTON’S DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT?

I cannot help but wonder what Lucy Boston could have done with the amazing fabrics we have today and a tool like Inklingo!

All those hours that she spent tracing templates, basting, and whip-stitching could have been spent hand sewing fabulous designs. It’s as if Picasso had to collect animal hair to make his own brushes before he could paint his vision.

If Lucy Boston had been able to print shapes on a wider selection of fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer and Inklingo and sewn with a running stitch (or even by machine), what would she have made?

I photographed some of my favorite fabrics and Photoshopped a few ideas for a Lucy Boston style DWR.

 

Timeless Treasures Kabuki

I have used this for No Waste Fussy Cutting LeMoyne Stars too. (Examples here.)

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Do you think Lucy Boston would approve?

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This fabric works well for Ìnklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting, but I prefer a fabric design with more movement and less background. With No Waste Fussy Cutting, the designs in the fabric shapes are identical but random, similar to Stack n Whack™.

Cutting flowers or stripes with mechanical precision may not create the same magical effect. Random adds excitement and wonderful little surprises.

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Robert Kaufman Esmeralda

This is another one of my favorites—an oldie but goodie. I have used it for several Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) blocks too. It was in my stash for a long time before I found the perfect use for it. (Examples here.)

 

"Lucy Boston" style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Do you think Lucy Boston would fussy cut the corner squares of DWR?

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

 

Traditional Double Wedding Ring Quilts put more emphasis on the rings but the other shapes are interesting too!

In these examples, I have kept the other elements of DWR as simple as possible.

 

Kona Bay 1999

I bought this fabric in 1999. I wish I had bolts of it for more Kaleidoscope Stars. (Examples here.)

This is my idea of the perfect fabric for fussy cutting.

 

"Lucy Boston" style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

The variety of effects with this fabric is astonishing.

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

 

All of the corner shapes are from that one Kona Bay fabric!

Lucy Boston pointed us in the right direction and taught us that an artist is not limited by the circumstances of time and place.

The limited selection of cotton fabrics available in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s did not stop her from creating works of art.

Her long, creative old age is an inspiration to us all.

Lucy Boston worked alone and the only sewing method she knew was English Paper Piecing.

We have every advantage—the best selection of fabric in the whole history of the world, better methods, better books and online groups—plus her example to follow!

 

Video with 50 Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Designs

50 designs in only 2 minutes! Click on the video to play.

MORE INSPIRATION FOR DOUBLE WEDDING RING DESIGNS?

Double Wedding Ring is the design I featured in the Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown.

Even if you have watched this 2 minute video before, I think you might see the designs differently if you approach it with the idea of fussy cutting.

The video includes examples with fussy cut centers, but as you know now, you can fussy cut the corners or the rings or the arc ends or the melon shapes.

Let Lucy Boston inspire you to go beyond the obvious!

 

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The shapes for all of the designs in the video can be printed on fabric with Inklingo!

No templates, no measuring.

The sewing is so much easier than it was in Lucy Boston’s day that you can play with a complicated design like DWR and get beautiful results with the cutting and stitching lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

Spend the amount of time you want to spend making a quilt—and make something extra-special in less time than it would take with other methods.

There are several articles about Double Wedding Ring listed on the Main Double Wedding Ring Page on the website. (This is the blog.)

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

As promised, we have a winner!

By random drawing, 16 luscious red and green fat quarters from Northcott will be mailed to Jane S, who wrote

Thank you for the pattern and for the Wedding Ring instruction book!  I’m a big fan of Inklingo because it is a great way to achieve precision in hand and machine piecing both, and your blog and emails are full of helpful hints, too.   :)

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

$50 INKLINGO GIFT CERTIFICATE

$50 buys a lot of Inklingo! Even the fabulous Double Wedding Ring 12 inch shape collection is only $40. Many others are only $20 or $25.

If you have already left a comment on my last EQ article, you are already in the draw.

All comments there or here will be in the draw. Comment by Sunday midnight, December 21, to enter to win.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 22.

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day. There is more about Double Wedding Ring to come, so I hope you will Like Inklingo on Facebook and choose Get Notifications.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can. I hope you LIKE and SHARE too.

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

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Thank you for visiting.

Don’t forget to leave a comment. Good luck in the draw for the $50 Inklingo Gift Certificate!

Merry Christmas!

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.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Welcome to the Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown on the All About Inklingo blog.

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

There are FOUR Christmas presents—and everyone gets at least one!

 

Inklingo Christmas Rings PJ7*

ONE . . . FREE EQ7 PROJECT FOR EVERYONE

“Inklingo Christmas Rings” Downloadable Electric Quilt Project File
for Inklingo Double Wedding Ring.
Download from the EQ blog.

 

TWO . . . FREE INKLINGO DOUBLE WEDDING RING DESIGN BOOK  ($20 value, PDF to download)

If you don’t have Electric Quilt (yet), you can still use this gift. We think you will love it.

The Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Design Book is at least a $20 value but it is free for the next two weeks. Merry Christmas!

Normally the design book is free when you buy Inklingo DWR shapes to print on fabric but if you order between now and December 31, you can download the design book free.

 

Design with a variety of Inklingo arcs!

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  • an arc which is all one piece
  • an arc with one piece plus two arc ends
  • an arc with 4 pieces plus two arc ends
  • an arc with 8 pieces plus two arc ends
  • Pickle Dish

These blocks are  included in another free EQ7 project file under the EQ tab (above).

NOTE My EQ blocks are adequate for design purposes, but would not be accurate for templates. I use Inklingo to print the shapes on fabric, so I do not worry about ultra-precision when I design in EQ.

The Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Design Book does not include the shapes to print on fabric, but it does include everything you need to know to Design, Print, Cut and Sew a Double Wedding Ring quilt:

  • notes about all the variations
  • fabric selection
  • rotary cutting tips
  • strategies for fussy cutting
  • design notes AND how to count the shapes
  • fabric requirements for many quilt sizes
  • hand piecing instructions
  • machine piecing instructions, including my favorite precision tips
  • detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions
  • an innovative pressing guide
  • pressing instructions that might surprise you, but make your quilt look its best
  • notes about finishing with a straight or curved edge
  • worksheets

There are sample pages of the design book on the website.

The design book works even if you don’t have EQ7. Of course, it is even more fun with EQ.

 

Print Double Wedding Ring Shapes on fabric with Inklingo

If you are an Inklingo quilter, you already know how much faster and easier it is to sew Double Wedding Ring with Inklingo than it was in the olden days with templates!

 

Video with 50 Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Designs

50 designs in only 2 minutes! Click on the video to play.

The shapes for all of the designs in the video can be printed on fabric with Inklingo!

No matter how complicated your EQ DWR design looks, you can get beautiful results with the cutting and stitching lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

Confidence. A wonderful thing. Let your artistic vision come to life!

 

Sew Double Wedding Ring by Machine or by Hand.

You can sew Double Wedding Ring by hand or by machine or a bit of both.

There are several articles about Double Wedding Ring listed on the Main Double Wedding Ring Page on the website. (This is the blog.)

Northcott Fabric Prize Countdown to Christmas

THREE . . . SIXTEEN LUSCIOUS RED & GREEN FAT QUARTERS FROM NORTHCOTT!

Leave a comment on the blog (not Facebook) today or tomorrow to enter to win. Northcott generously provided 16 fat quarters and I will mail anywhere in the world because Inklingo is used in more than 65 countries!

The winner will be announced on Friday, December 19.

 

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FOUR . . . $50 INKLINGO GIFT CERTIFICATE

$50 buys a lot of Inklingo! Even the fabulous Double Wedding Ring 12 inch shape collection is only $40. Many others are only $20 or $25.

Leave a comment on the blog (not Facebook) by Sunday, December 21 to enter to win.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 22.

 

Double Wedding Ring on point

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day. There is more about Double Wedding Ring to come, so I hope you will Like Inklingo on Facebook and choose Get Notifications.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can. I hope you LIKE and SHARE too.

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SALE ENDING!

Monkey decided to extend the intro sale price of $15 on Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda to tonight at midnight, okay? What a softie!

Thank you for visiting during the Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown! Don’t forget to leave a comment. Good luck in the draws for the Northcott fabric and the Inklingo Gift Certificate!

Merry Christmas!

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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Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda in a quilt setting

This quilt setting is in the 3 new Inklingo shape collections for Judy Martin’s Watzling Matilda.

Even if you are normally a “hand piecing snob,”  I think you will love sewing the new Waltzing Matilda Stars by machine and that makes this design easy to sew.

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you have seen what Cathi wrote about her first Waltzing Matilda!

“I cannot believe how easy it was to sew by machine. That one-page sewing sequence sheet is worth the price of the collection! You have now given me way more confidence about machine piecing than I ever, ever, ever dreamt was possible!”

You can see Cathi’s fussy cut Waltzing in Toronto on Quilt Obsession!

 

Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda in EQ

PLUS, it is available today as a free EQ7 Project File! (See below.)
(I did not take the time to rotate the striped fabric in the EQ7 file. Any hints? I should really learn how to do that!)

 

Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda in EQ

Changing the colors only took a few clicks of the mouse!

Electric Quilt is perfect for playing with color and design.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda with Inklingo – EQ7 Project File to download

If you have EQ7, this layout will give you a start on your own design:

  • Play with different colors using the Paint brush or Swap tools.
  • Make the quilt larger or smaller using the layout tab.
    With 7 blocks across and 7 down EQ tells you the quilt is 65 x 65 inches with 9 inch blocks and the red border.
    See what happens when you change to 6 or 12 inch blocks in the Layout tab, or make the quilt 9 blocks x 9 blocks or 11 blocks by 11 blocks!
  • Replace some Waltzing Matilda or Waltzing Judy blocks with Castle Wall 9 inch or LeMoyne Star 9 inch. They are included in the Sketchbook for your convenience.
  • Change the block size (Waltzing Matilda is available in 6, 9, or 12 inch sizes.)
  • Print the fabric requirements.

 

Electric Quilt Fabric Requirements

NOTE ABOUT FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

EQ will give you an estimate of fabric requirements (above) but you will probably want to count the shapes and compare with the Catalogue of Shapes in the Inklingo shape collection (e.g. page below).

 

Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes

The Inklingo illustrations in the Catalogue of Shapes (above) make it easy to see how much fabric you need.

Electric Quilt uses computer algorithms to estimate the fabric requirements. The EQ algorithm tends to be generous and may not take into account the desired straight grain in the triangles or the direction of the striped fabric.

 

49 Waltzing Matilda and Waltzing Judy blocks

TIPS FOR COUNTING THE SHAPES (with or without EQ)

Even with only two or three fabrics, counting the pieces required from each fabric can be confusing but it all becomes clear if you cut up a worksheet. This works even for very complicated designs:

1. Make a copy of the worksheet with your design (printed from EQ or from the Inklingo shape collection). Put the original of the design in a safe place. Do not cut it up.

2. Cut the copy of the worksheet into units or blocks.

3. Sort the units into identical piles. (In the sample quilt, some are Waltzing Matilda and some are Waltzing Judy.)

 

Inklingo Waltzing Judy blocks

Record the number of each block and the number of each triangle, octagon, and square (one column for each). These two blocks are the Waltzing Judy variation, made with the bonus triangles in each Inkingo shape collection.

Multiply the number of shapes in each fabric by the number of blocks. Record the final count on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

The hard work is finished! Now look up efficient custom paper sizes and the yardage requirements in the Catalogue of Shapes and record them on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

 

Inklingo - Fabric Requirements

BONUS TIP If your design is symmetrical, you can cut one quarter of a worksheet and multiply the totals by four.

I think it takes longer to write out the steps than it does to prepare a Cheat Sheet!

 

Crooked Path Designs by Erin

MORE QUILT DESIGNS ON ERIN’S BLOG

If you love seeing new ways to use Inklingo shapes, there are some beautiful designs on Erin’s blog at Crooked Path Designs. Erin makes it easy because she includes the info for your Cheat Sheets! You can subscribe to get an email every time Erin adds a new one. Erin is one of my favorite designers.

 

Judy Martin's Waltzing Madilda in Christmas colors

This is my Merry Christmas version of the quilt! I would love to see what you design in EQ.

SALE ENDING!

Monkey wants to remind you that the intro sale price of $15 ends at midnight tomorrow, okay? Main Waltzing Matilda Page.

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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.

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Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda fussy cut with Inklingo

The 3 new shape collections for Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda are fantastic for fussy cutting!

EIGHT star points. . .

 

Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda fussy cut with Inklingo

. . . or just ONE octagon.

In fact, you can fussy cut ALL Inklingo shapes

 

Print templates with Inklingo for traditional fussy cutting.

FUSSY CUTTING WITH INKLINGO – TWO METHODS

1. Traditional

Print freezer paper templates from the Inklingo PDF (shapes without seam allowances).

Cut individual designs and make Swiss cheese of the fabric.

This is a good option if:

  • You only need one shape, like the octagon for Waltzing Matilda or Castle Wall.
  • You want complete control over the motif to be cut.
  • You are working with fat quarters or scraps and do not have enough fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting (method 2).
  • You don’t need to know exact fabric requirements because you have lots or are only fussy cutting a few shapes.

Freezer paper templates have many advantages over acrylic templates.

 

POTC made with Inklingo by Joan Cumming in Australia

2. No Waste Fussy Cutting

Print identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo.

Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting

This is similar to Stack n Whack™, but simpler and faster. This is my favorite method.

Inklingo on Quilting Hub

There is a detailed article on QuiltingHub which describes both methods.
http://www.quiltinghub.com/Articles/ArticleID/210

 

Fussy Cutting with Inklingo

SEWING VIDEOS

These two methods of fussy cutting work beautifully whether you will be sewing by machine or by hand, including EPP.

I do NOT recommend English Paper Piecing for POTC or any other shapes.

The brilliance of Lucy Boston was in the way she used the designs in the fabric, not her sewing method.
However, there are 8 good ways to use Inklingo for English Paper Piecing if that is the method you love.

There are videos on the Main Hexagon Page on the website showing how to sew by hand and by machine.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

Inklingo Star (Print 8 identical sheets for No Waste Fussy Cutting)

There has never been a better selection of cotton fabric than there is today. Lucy Boston was not as lucky as we are!

 

Judy Martin's Waltzing Matilda fussy cut with Inklingo

I have been posting photos like this on the Inklingo Facebook page every day, so please have a look.

SALE ENDING!

Monkey wants to remind you that the intro sale price of $15 ends on the 16th, okay? Main Waltzing Matilda Page.

SUBSCRIBED?

Coming soon:

  • some of my favorite fabrics for fussy cutting
  • an Electric Quilt project file for Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda
  • quilt settings for stars
  • and more!

Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

Whether you fussy cut or not, I think you will love sewing the new stars! Join me?

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

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