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Living Latin and The Little Engine That Could

1. Things Quilters Don’t Expect to See

My article about Inklingo for Nan at Purrfect Spots for her blog may be the first article in the history of blogging that includes images of the covers of a Latin textbook and The Little Engine That Could. (No actual evidence available. Just guessing.)

Latin, persistence, and optimism are part of the story of Inklingo.

Nan at Purrfect Spots is a good friend and has been using Inklingo for years. I think you will enjoy her blog, especially if you love dogs and cats and other furry beasts. (Monkey loves them from a safe distance.)

We announced the new article about Inklingo on Facebook yesterday. There will be a draw on April 28th. There was also an exciting announcement about Electric Quilt!

 

Inklingo on Facebook

If the announcements did not show up in your timeline yesterday, please go to the Inklingo Facebook page and click “Get Notifications” in the drop-down menu under the like button.

The more “likes” and comments and “shares,” the more FB thinks I am posting something worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it—an upward spiral.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos on the Inklingo Facebook page AND you can share mine on your timeline.

Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can see anything I post on the Inklingo Facebook page if you remember to look.

 

Things Doc Martin Doesn't Understand

2. Things Doc Martin Doesn’t Understand

I am a big fan of this series! I posted this on the Inklingo Facebook page yesterday and there are more to come.

Everything I see and do seems to have something to do with quilting.

I hope you will join the fun and tap the “share” button too.

Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

If you are new to Inklingo, I recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. so you can print shapes for a 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star to sew by hand or by machine.

The free shape collection includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. With that and the Top Ten Tutes on the blog, you will be an Inklingo expert in no time!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Facebook is fun but the blog is still the best place for me to teach, so I hope you will subscribe (top of right sidebar).

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

3. Things to Do

  1. Read the article on Purrfect Spots and leave a comment there to be in the draw. (You could win!)
  2. Check the Inklingo Facebook page for POTC blocks and quilting memes.
  3. Like the Inklingo FB page (and choose Get Notifications).
  4. Subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).
  5. Make time for sewing today!

Thank you for visiting here and on Facebook.

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

Have you liked the Inklingo FB page yet? AND chosen “Get notifications?”
If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

I have been sewing 9 inch LeMoyne Stars by machine. They are not “Stack n Whack™” but they give a wonderful kaleidoscope effect.

SEWING LEMOYNE STARS BY MACHINE

I enjoy hand piecing small LeMoyne Stars (4.5 inch and 6 inch) with Inklingo but I would rather machine piece the long seams in a 9 inch LeMoyne Star.

There are tips and a few “new to me” sewing suggestions for LeMoyne Star online, including video. I won’t mention the names of the teachers because I immediately ran into problems.

Sewing stars by machine is NOT MUCH FUN without Inklingo!

  • Some of the sewing sequences are very confusing.
    Which end do I start at for this seam? For that seam?
  • A traditional method of folding and re-folding resulted in mistakes like sewing a triangle where there should be a square.
  • Manually marking where to start and stop for the inset seams is slow and not accurate enough.
  • Pinning through several layers makes the intersections shift, especially at the center of the star.
  • The seam allowances bunch up at the beginning of the seams when sewing outward from an inset point.
  • Blocks are not pressed so the seams will nest when they are sewn to another LeMoyne Star.

How to sew LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

  • Most annoying of all, when instructions say “press to the left,” do they mean this “left” or that “left?” I have to keep finding the pictures.

Good news! The confusion is not necessary.

 

Inklingo Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

INKLINGO METHOD

With Inklingo, we have the crosshairs accurately printed on every piece and that makes a “radical” approach possible.

 

How to sew 8 pointed stars with Inklingo
Sew every seam ending at the inset crosshair!

This may sound like a bad idea until you try it.
I have machine pieced several stars this way now and I love the results.

I have prepared a one-page guide (PDF), but you might not need it at all if you can remember “sew toward the inset” and “press clockwise.”

It’s that simple!

ADVANTAGES

  • Since it is simpler, it is easier to remember and to avoid mistakenly sewing a triangle where there should be a square.
  • It works efficiently for chain piecing.
  • There is no need to “press as you go”—just finger press until the block is completely finished.
  • There is no need to pin the center intersection at all. Don’t do it!
  • It is not necessary or desirable to start sewing precisely at the center of the star, so it is easier.
  • You are likely to get a perfect center on your first try, but if you don’t like it, you just have to un-sew a few stitches, not the whole seam.
  • Seam allowances don’t bunch up at the beginning of a seam because they are always away from the machine needle (toward you).
  • The final press distributes the bulk so the intersections are beautiful and the seams nest perfectly when sewn to another LeMoyne Star.

 

How to sew LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

Start with the pieces laid out in order beside the sewing machine, wrong side up, looking like a star. If you are making several stars, lay out two at a time for efficient chain piecing.

AS USUAL

Always sew a “scant” quarter inch seam allowance. This means you do NOT sew on the line. Sew immediately beside it in the seam allowance, the way we always do.

RADICAL?

  1. All seams end at the insets (circled in the diagram above). If you remember this, you will always know which piece should be on top when you feed it into the machine.
  2. You only need ONE pin.
  3. Beginning of every seam: No pin and no back-stitch.
    Start at (or near) the edge. The stitching will be secured by crossing seams.
  4. End of every seam: Pin through the crosshairs, stop stitching at the crosshair, and reverse or back-stitch for one or two stitches.

You don’t have to end EXACTLY in the crosshair. Close is okay as long as you never take a stitch beyond the crosshair. There is a VIDEO showing how I use this same method for hexagons by machine.

This might seem radical but it ensures a matching center where the 8 diamonds intersect and perfect insets that lie flat without puckers.

 

How to sew stars by machine with Inklingo

I sewed these 4.5 inch stars by machine and they look good! I printed two combo layouts, so it was fast.

TRY IT NOW!

The new 9 inch LeMoyne Stars are perfect for machine piecing this way but if you aren’t afraid of small blocks, you can try it with the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection right now!

The one-page guide (PDF) might be all you need, but here it is, in detail.

 

How to sew 8 pointed stars with Inklingo

1. STAR HALVES

  • 1A—Sew 4 seams ending at the inset.
  • Finger press so the seams will be pressed to the side around the center CLOCKWISE. (Remember that, okay?)
  • 1B—The seams will nest together when you sew 2 seams to form two identical star halves. Finger press clockwise. (You remembered!)

 

How to sew 8 pointed stars with Inklingo

2. CENTER SEAM

Seams in both halves are finger pressed so they will go clockwise around the center intersection, so they will nest perfectly when you sew the two halves together.

The center is sewn in two seams, not one.

  • Pin at the crosshair at the end of the seam (the inset), but not at the center intersection.
  • The seams will nest together. Your fingers will tell you if the center feels tight.
  • 2A—Start sewing about 0.25 inch before the center (no backstitch) and finish at the inset crosshair.

Take a peek before you sew 2B.

If you nested the seams so they butt up against each other, the center will look perfect. If not, rip a few stitches and re-position so the seams do butt against each other. (I have not had to rip yet!)

When you are satisfied with the center intersection, turn the pieces over so you can sew 2B, the last half of the center seam.

  • 2B—Start sewing about 0.25 inch before the center (no backstitch) and finish at the crosshair marking the inset. (This is exactly the same as 2A.)

Again, start a little more than a quarter inch before the center, cross the center and finish the seam as usual at the crosshair. The stitching overlaps in the center, so it is secure without backstitching.

Release a few stitches to let the center open up in a little star (image below, left). (It doesn’t have to be a perfect star. Just distribute the bulk the best you can.)

 

How to sew LeMoyne Star with Inklingo

3. ADD THE TRIANGLES AND SQUARES

Since everything is laid out in order beside the machine, you can add the triangles and squares in any order you like, but the same rules apply: All seams end at the crosshair marking the inset.

When you are sewing 3A, the star is on top when you feed it into the machine. When you are sewing 3B, the triangle or square is on top. You don’t have to remember that if you remember to sew toward the inset.

At the beginning of each 3B, finger press the 3A seam allowances in the direction you are sewing (red arrows). That keeps everything neat and flat when you are sewing plus it makes the pressing easier when the block is finished!

 

How to sew 8 pointed stars.

This is how it looks if you sew all the 3A seams before you sew any 3B seams.

I prefer to sew 8 seams 3A to add alternating triangles and squares (above) and then flip the star over to sew 8 seams 3B, but you can sew in any order. For example, you can alternate 3A then 3B for each triangle or square.

 

How to press 8 pointed stars with Inklingo

4. PRESS

If you remembered to press all the seam allowances to the side around the center in a clockwise direction, the other intersections are pressed in a counterclockwise direction!

Very cool, flat and neat.

BONUS! The block will nest with an identical LeMoyne Star block when sewn into rows. That makes everything easier.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch  NEW LEMOYNE STAR 9 INCH

The low intro price ends soon. $25 is great value, but $20 is even better.

DOWNLOAD THE ONE-PAGE GUIDE

I hope you will try this method and let me know what you think.  I might do a YouTube video after I get some feedback.

For now, you can download the one-page guide and get started!

 

Inklingo on Facebook

You can see more of my LeMoyne Stars on Facebook too.

If you want to see what I share on the Inklingo Facebook page in your timeline, please go to the Inklingo FB page and click “Get Notifications” in the drop-down menu under the like button.

The more “likes” and comments and “shares,” the more FB thinks I am posting something worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it—an upward spiral.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos (POTC? DWR? GFG? a new LeMoyne Star?) on the Inklingo page AND you can share mine on your timeline.

 

Quilters don't do mending.

I posted this quilting meme on the Inklingo Facebook page today and I have many more “memes” to share.

I hope you will join the fun and “share” my photos on your FB page.

Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

If you are new to Inklingo, I recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. so you can print shapes for a 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star to sew by hand or by machine.

The free shape collection includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. With that and the Top Ten Tutes on the blog, you will be an Inklingo expert in no time!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Facebook is fun but the blog is still the best place for me to teach, so I hope you will subscribe (top of right sidebar).

There is so much to say about the new LeMoyne Star 9 inch shape collection, we will be writing about it for weeks!

Thank you for visiting here and on Facebook.

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

Have you liked the Inklingo FB page yet? AND chosen “Get notifications?”
If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Stars 9 inch

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you have seen some of my fussy cut LeMoyne Stars. They are not “Stack n Whack™” but they give a wonderful kaleidoscope effect.

These are 9 inch blocks. Today there is a new LeMoyne Star 9 inch shape collection!

Quilters started to ask for the 9 inch size when I introduced Inklingo Castle Wall.

In January, I shared a few Castle Wall settings with alternating LeMoyne Stars and we fell in love with the possibilities!

Those settings were already Inklingo-able with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars (free shape collection) and 6 inch LeMoyne Stars, but the 9 inch size was missing.

It is ready now!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch  NEW

As usual, there is a very low intro price for the first week only. $25 is great value, but $20 is even better.

How can you resist?

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

These shapes are the perfect size for 9 inch blocks!

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

BONUS SHAPES!

These three shapes are not used for LeMoyne Stars, but I added them because they combine well with the other shapes to make many more block variations.

At the request of a long-time Inklingo quilter, I have included one layout for the half diamond as an extra-special bonus.

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 6 inch  EXPANDED

EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!

If you already have LeMoyne Star 6 inch, you can log into your account on inklingo.com and download a new, expanded version! Free!

The LeMoyne Star 6 inch shape collection was first published in February 2009—more than 5 years ago!

While I was working on the 9 inch shape collection, I decided to update it and add the half diamond there too.

Just a little extra something for you. Enjoy!

 

Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch

If you have followed Inklingo on Facebook, you’ve already seen some photos of our new LeMoyne Star blocks, but there is more to come on the blog too.

 

Inklingo Quilting Meme from Cinema Paradiso

This Inklingo “quilting meme” has been shared ”shared” 490+ times. Facebook tells me it has been viewed more than 27,000 times since I posted it on Saturday—and that number is still growing!

Thank you! I resisted for a long time, but it turns out that Facebook is a good way to let quilters know about Inklingo.

It just so happens that this meme with a sewing machine is perfect for LeMoyne Star 9 inch because I pieced all of mine by machine.

I will share a one-page guide on the blog soon to show a new method for sewing LeMoyne Stars by machine.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

If you want to see what I share on the Inklingo Facebook page in your timeline, please go to the Inklingo FB page and click “Get Notifications” in the drop-down menu under the like button.

The more “likes” and comments and “shares,” the more FB thinks I am posting something worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it—an upward spiral.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos (POTC? DWR? GFG?) on the Inklingo page AND you can share mine on your timeline.

 

Inklingo Quilting Meme from Downton Abbey

Are you missing Sundays with Downton Abbey?

I posted this quilting meme on the Inklingo Facebook page yesterday and I have many more “memes” to share. I hope you will join the fun and share on your FB page too.

Free Diamond Triangles Square Shape Collection

If you are new to Inklingo, I recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. so you can print shapes for a 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star.

The free shape collection includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. With that and the Top Ten Tutes on the blog, you will be an Inklingo expert in no time!

 

Inklingo - Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

Inklingo—Faster preparation, no measuring, no templates, perfect straight grain, efficient use of fabric, exciting designs.

 

Inklingo Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Facebook is great but the blog is still the best place for me to teach, so I hope you will subscribe (top of right sidebar).

There is so much to say about this new shape collection, we will be writing about it for weeks!

  • Tips for using Inklingo, including the combo layouts
  • How to sew insets by machine—a new method!
  • Fussy Cutting with Inklingo
  • Setting ideas with other sizes and other blocks
  • Block variations, especially with the bonus shapes
  • “And more!”

In the meantime, enjoy the new LeMoyne Star 9 inch shape collection!

Thank you for visiting here and on Facebook.

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

Have you liked the Inklingo FB page yet? AND chosen “Get notifications?”
If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!

 

Today Monkey and I are auditioning 3 fabrics and sharing 4 things to think about.

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

Yesterday I posted a photo on Facebook showing the fabric I found for the 24 hexagons around each POTC block.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

There are 1558 of those “background” POTC hexagons, so this is a big decision!

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

I could hardly wait to wash the fabric and start sewing! I had already started calling it “Hemingford Grey” after Lucy Boston’s ancient manor house.

I think the color is good and I was hoping it would feel better after washing but it wrinkled badly and it is still stiff and paper-y. Now, I don’t know whether I really want to use it.

1558 is a lot of hexagons if you don’t enjoy the feel of the fabric in your hands and if the quilt will not feel soft and cuddly when it’s finished.

I love quilts that drape softly, and this fabric just won’t do that.

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

I tried another grey in my stash. It feels good.

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

Then I tried this pale yellow flower on white. It feels fabulous.

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

Do I compromise on the feel because it is a good color? Do I use one of the others?

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

4 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

While I was sewing, I had a few thoughts about my POTC blocks and Lucy Boston and Facebook.

ONE  Monkey and I think it is amazing that the ring of hexagons around the center is another 24 hexagons.

  • 24 hexagons in the center.
  • 24 hexagons around it.
  • HALF of each “block” is the “sashing.”

 

Fabric for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

TWO  Lucy Boston did not have the luxury of finding “the perfect fabric.” The selection of cotton fabric available in the 1950s and 1960s in England was very limited.

In the whole history of the world, there has never been a better selection of quality fabric available than there is today. We don’t have to compromise.

Aren’t we lucky?

I’ll make a few more trips to friendly quilt shops, where I can feel the fabric before I make a decision.

 

Inklingo Print shapes on fabric

(Click for larger view.)

THREE  Lucy Boston‘s only option was English Paper Piecing—slow, slow, slow. I was able to print three fabrics and sew my test hexagons in a matter of minutes.

It would have taken a lot longer to make a test like this with EPP. Would you skip the test and be disappointed later—or end up with a UFO?

 

Inklingo on Facebook

FOUR  Electric Quilt taught me something about Facebook on their blog yesterday!

Facebook is trying to make small businesses like ours PAY so you will see what we post!

If you want to see what I share on the Inklingo Facebook page in your timeline, now you have to go back to the Inklingo FB page and separately click “Get Notifications” in the drop-down menu under the like button.

“Liking” the page is not enough anymore!

If quilters don’t choose “get notifications,” fewer and fewer will see my FB photos and that starts a downward spiral. If FB notices that what I post does not get comments and “likes” and “shares” then it reduces the number of people who see it.

On the other hand, the more “likes” and comments and “shares,” the more FB thinks I am posting something worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it—an upward spiral.

If you’re not seeing what you want to see on FB, this is probably the reason.

You can get in on the fun.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos (POTC? DWR? GFG?) or share mine on your timeline.

If you have any tips for using Facebook effectively, I would love to hear them!

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston POTC

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

You can subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar) to receive an email when there is something new.

Facebook is for fun and so more quilters hear about Inklingo but the blog is the best place for me to share tutorials and longer articles and the blog is searchable, so you can find many more articles of you type in Lucy, fussy, POTC, EPP or something else.

I can hardly wait to find the perfect fabric! In the meantime, I’ll keep sewing my fussy cut hexagons together, confident that my dream fabric is out there somewhere.

When I do find it, I’ll probably take a quick photo and get it on FB first, okay?

Thank you for visiting!

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

Have you liked the Inklingo FB page yet? AND chosen “Get notifications?”
If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!

 

North by Northwest

Last night I took a little bus trip down memory lane.

Do you remember North by Northwest with Cary Grant?

Alfred Hitchcock, 1959. A classic. I have the 50th anniversary edition DVD.

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

I “watched” it while I was sewing another paisley POTC block last night.

Everything I see and do seems to have a connection to quilting and Inklingo.

 

North By Northwest - Inklingo Paducah

It says “Paducah or bust.” (Click for a larger view.)

I am sensitive to bus scenes even when they are not as famous as this one. An old friend of mine used to take a bus to Paducah every year on a tour arranged by the guild. She always had a fabulous time.

When Mary and I met, it was the first time I had ever heard the word Paducah. Really? There’s a place called Pa-du-cah?

Mary had a huge influence on me when I started quilting. That was a long time ago!

 

In Time of Friendship

My first bed quilt won a First Place ribbon in Paducah in 2000.

Hard to believe it has been 14 years!

 

When Harry Met Sally

I hand pieced a Dear Jane ™ because that is what Mary was doing.

And then. . . hand piecing was what prompted me to invent Inklingo.

(Inklingo is even better for machine piecing and appliqué. Funny how things work out, isn’t it?)

Monkey and I have been creating “quilting memes” like these for the Inklingo Facebook page.

You can get in on the fun.

Inklingo on Facebook

If you have a FB account, you can post your own photos (POTC? DWR? GFG?) or share mine on your timeline.

I hope you are lucky enough to have a strong friendship with a quilter and can take a little trip down memory lane too—by bus, by train or by crop-dusting plane. This movie has it all.

By the way, Paducah is South by Southwest from here.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

You can subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar) to receive an email when there is something new. The blog is the best place for me to share tutorials and longer articles and it is searchable, so you can find many more articles of you type in Lucy, fussy, POTC, EPP or something else.

 

Inklingo POTC shapes ready to sew

More paisley POTC blocks to come. And possibly more “memes” too. Keep an eye on FB, okay?

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

Have you liked the Inklingo FB page yet? If you haven’t, please do. Thank you!

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