Quilters in the Inklingo Yahoo Group have been discussing making a scrappy Pyramid Quilt with equilateral triangles and it is perfect with Inklingo, so this seems like a good time to review how to find what’s available in the Inklingo Index of Shapes.
Inklingo triangles are named with the length of a side—finished—to make it easy to find what you want.
The triangles are 60° equilateral triangles and there are MANY sizes available.
However, if you look at the Main 60° Shapes Page (under the Shop tab on the website, not the blog), you will only see one 60° Triangle shape collection. It has 2 and 4 inch triangles and the half too (above).
It is perfect for designs like this.
But wait! There’s more!
Other 60° equilateral triangles are “hidden” in 60° Diamond shape collections because this triangle is . . . half of a 60° diamond!
To make sure you find all of the sizes, look at the Triangle page in the Index of Shapes (under the Support tab on the website, not the blog).
There are TEN sizes available from 0.5 inch to 4 inch.
In 2012, when quilters requested a shape collection with 2 and 4 inch 60° triangles, I was able to make the shapes available quickly. The recent shape collections for Cleopatra’s Fan were the result of requests from quilters like you too.
Two sizes of equilateral triangles for a fabulous fussy cut kaleidoscope effect!
(Russ loves this one.)
Print the triangles on fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting. (It all depends on finding the right fabric!)
WHAT IF THE SHAPES ARE NOT AVAILABLE?
If you’ve looked in the Index of Shapes for the finished size and you don’t see it:
- Ask! New shapes (and new combinations of existing shapes) can move up the list quickly when something is hot!
- If you cannot wait for a new shape collection or if you would have to buy several shape collections to get what you need, use freezer paper templates!
FREEZER PAPER INSTEAD OF ACRYLIC
Freezer paper is the little secret that the manufacturers of acrylic templates do NOT want you to know about!!
How to use freezer paper templates is taught in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002, 2004).
Instead of printing the lines on fabric with Inklingo, when you use FP, if you want lines it is necessary to draw them manually with a mechanical pencil. It is not as fast and precise as printing—but it is still better than using acrylic or paper piecing!
We prefer to print the shapes on fabric but all Inklingo shape collections include the shapes without seam allowances too, so you can print the shapes on freezer paper if you need templates (e.g. traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting, fabric too dark to print). You can make your own FP templates when the shape is not available.
Shapes with printed lines and shapes with manually drawn lines can be used together, of course, for machine piecing OR hand piecing.
This antique quilt is owned by Linda Collins, who named it Panama Pyramids. She has started a Sew-Along on Facebook for quilters making pyramid blocks. There are also photos on Instagram and Pinterest.
This layout requires about 2700 small triangles but only about 200 of the medium and large triangles.
For example, if you have the small triangles (1.5 inch) and the medium triangles (3 inch) from Inklingo already, but your design also uses “relatively few” 6 inch triangles (not available), you can use freezer paper to make a template!
OR. . .
You can print the small triangles on scraps from your stash and use FP for the medium and large triangles! That way, you only need one Inklingo shape collection.
This may sound like a strange recommendation from someone whose livelihood depends on selling shapes to print on fabric but Inkingo is all about making quilting more accessible. You need to know your options!
I am forever grateful to Mary in Wisconsin who taught me how to make freezer paper templates in 1998. It has saved me time and a lot of money—and eventually it inspired me to invent Inklingo.
Quilted Diamonds 2 (book & DVD) goes into every detail about freezer paper templates for hand piecing. The same method works if you are machine piecing, of course. (Haven’t we always preferred to sew along a line?)
When you need a template, if you always use one WITHOUT SEAM ALLOWANCES, you can do anything! You just need one acrylic ruler to add the 0.25 inch seam allowances around ANY shape. (Companies selling templates WITH seam allowances don’t want you to know this!)
Freezer paper templates and Inklingo are all about making quilting more accessible.
No matter what shape you need, the Index of Shapes is the first place to look and there are other good resources too.
- Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free PDF under the Support tab on the website, not the blog).
- Shop tab
- List of Inkling Shape Collections (under the Support tab on the website, not the blog)
- How to print on scraps and strips (one of the Top Ten Tutes on the blog)
- When it comes time to sew, there are Inklingo videos showing close-up detail for sewing by hand or by machine.
- I have started a new page on Pinterest with Pyramid quilts.
Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible!
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If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.
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What shapes are YOU looking for?
Linda & Monkey
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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