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Fabric for Fussy Cutting

I did not fussy cut any of the shapes for my version of the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville mystery quilt because I did not have a fabric in my stash that I thought would work.

The key to Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting is finding the right fabric!

This method is similar to Stack n Whack™ and One Block Wonder. The fabric determines how happy you will be with the results.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

This is an old Kona Bay design. (2012)

I love fussy cutting, so I decided to audition it for the Key West Beauty 6 inch diamonds.

 

Measure the repeat in the fabric.

First, I measured the repeat in the fabric parallel to the selvage. This one is 11.375 inches (11 3/8) after washing.

Then I checked the Catalogue of Shapes to see if any of the diamond layouts for Key West 6 inch diamonds would fit in the repeat without a lot of waste.

 

Key West Beauty 12 diamonds

Hooray! If I print 5.5 x 11.25, I get 12 diamonds, so I could print 8 identical sheets to get 96 diamonds (12 sets of 8 identical diamonds).

There would only be a tiny sliver (1/8 inch) between the identical sheets of fabric if they are laid out parallel to the selvage.

(There is an article about fussy cutting on QuiltingHub with more illustrations, if you need to visualize this.)

I need to make sure I have at least 8 repeats. If I cut them all in a row, (8 sheets of FP parallel to the selvage), I would need about 96 inches or about 2.75 yards. If I have less than that, I would look for identical repeats across the fabric too. (There may be more variation in the printing of the fabric, so it is nice to keep them all in a row, if possible.)

 

Inklingo Window Template

Next, I printed the Diamond A layout on scrap paper to make a window template.

I think this could work but a few of the diamonds might be a bit boring because there is quite a bit of background between the flowers.

 

Variation with Key West Beauty Shapes

I could print 8 identical sheets of fabric for blocks like this . . .

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block-for-fussy-03

. . . and this . . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or I just print 4 identical sheets. . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or use up the “boring” bits with other sets!

Preparing a window template works better for me than acrylic templates because I can move the window template around before I decide how to position the first sheet of freezer paper, so I can get the most interesting diamonds possible.

 

Key West Beauty 6 inch sample quilt

This design uses 25 blocks, and 12 of them could be fussy cut star blocks.

You can design more quilts with the blocks in the free Electric Quilt project file for the Key West shapes.

Key West Beauty 16 diamonds

Another option is to print 7.25 x 11.25, for 16 diamonds on each sheet instead of only 12. Then I could choose the 12 sets of 8 identical diamonds that I like the best.

The other 4 sets of diamonds could be used for something else. This approach could “waste” some fabric but it could make it possible to use a fabric for fussy cutting despite the boring bits in the design.

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Reminder: The special intro price of $20 for the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection has been extended but it will end in a few days.
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Print quilt shapes on fabric

Of course, you know that there are other suggested Custom Page Sizes too.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #2

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Already in the case file:

Of course, this fussy cutting method works for ANY shapes, including the diamonds in the free shape collection (link below).

I’m still thinking about this fabric. It is washed and draped over the ironing board now.

What do you think?

Linda & Monkey

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It’s time to dab a little sun tan lotion (or sun screen) behind your ears to get in the mood for an imaginary trip to Key West!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery (COTSIM) Clue # 1 is ready to download now! Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)
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The smell of sun tan lotion brings back memories of childhood days on the beach when we were eager to get a tan. Remember Coppertone and baby oil?

Now, Monkey wears a big straw hat and sun screen instead instead of sun tan lotion.

Times have changed but we can have fun sewing in the shade of a feathery Key West pine.

Let’s go!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Clue #1

Monkey was caught on camera with the evidence!

We’re printing Diamonds and Small Triangles so we can start sewing by hand or by machine—or a little of both!

Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)

Even if you plan to sew most of the quilt by machine, you can sew these units by hand, and vice versa. Isn’t that cool?

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

We’re printing and sewing with the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection ($20 for a few more days).

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Custom Page Sizes allow us to print exactly what we need without waste.

8 diamonds can be printed on a scrap 3.75 x 11.25, as shown on page 23 of the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #2

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the case file:

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Even now that you know what the first units look like, we don’t think you will be able to guess the COTSIM design yet because these shapes are so versatile.

Remember that a good detective has interrogation skills. (That means “If you have questions, please ask.”)

Welcome to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey

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Sew by hand OR by machine. The COTSIM mystery is for everyone!

Inklingo Print Checklist

Monkey has his shades and his Flip-Flop Sewing Kit ready because the first clue in the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville will be announced “before the end of the month.” Mysterious, eh?

If you enjoy secret surveillance, you can do a stake-out on the blog until you spy the first clue. (Otherwise, you can just subscribe to the blog—top of right side-bar—so you will receive an email as soon as the first clue is released. It’s up to you.)

In the meantime, there is a new print checklist for you. (Download PDF)

Will you be ready to print with the first clue?

FREE Diamond Triangle Square

Do you have the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection? I always recommend starting with the free shapes because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some very versatile shapes.

 

Inklingo Quiz
Countdown Quiz

Answer any 3 questions in the Inklingo Quiz on the website.
1.__________________
2.__________________
3.__________________
(Answers for Inklingo Quiz.)

If you want to be ready to start printing the minute the first clue is posted. . .

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

. . .get the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection while it is on sale for only $20.

Test Ink on Fabric

Review How to Test Inkjet Ink on Fabric (Top Ten Tutes)

Choose the fabrics, wash and fold neatly. (Fabric Requirements PDF)

Cut at least one sheet of Freezer Paper (FP) for these Custom Page Sizes.

  • 7.25 x 13.5 Portrait for 20 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 7.25 x 11.25 Portrait for 16 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 3.75 x 11.25 Portrait for 8 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 8.5 x 10.75 Landscape for 32 Small Triangles

NOTES
(1) If you are using scraps instead of fat quarters, wait to cut the FP. There are other Suggested Custom Page Sizes for each shape. For example, see page 31 of the Key West 6 inch shape collection for other possible sizes for printing Small Triangles.
(2) If you are using directional fabric or stripes you might want to use one of the other layouts for diamonds, so you will need different custom page sizes.

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery Quilt

Eager detectives will set up the ironing board near the computer/printer, so they can react quickly. You don’t have to have a computer in your sewing room.

I like to set up an ironing board to be near the computer and cut 2 or 4 sheets of FP in each size, so I can be ironing FP to one fabric while another one is printing.

My coolest tips for cutting FP are on page H26 of the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and there are tips for using scraps of FP on page H41.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • Getting ready for the mystery
  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #1

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Already in the case file:

Welcome to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey

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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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Key West Beauty in EQ7

Can you see why I’ve fallen in love with the new Key West Beauty shape collections?

All of these blocks use 5 simple shapes!

 

Key West Beauty Variation

I doubt many quilters would glance at this design and think “Key West Beauty!”

The shapes in Key West are stunningly versatile, so playing with them in Electric Quilt is irresistible.

You do not need EQ for the COTSIM mystery but it is a fun option!

I included Inklingo LeMoyne Stars in this EQ7 project file because 8-pointed stars work so perfectly with the Key West shapes.

You can also use Inklingo Castle Wall with these shapes!

You can play this game too when you DOWNLOAD for EQ7.

This versatility makes Key West Beauty very mysterious for the new Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville quilt, don’t you think?

There are more free EQ project files under the EQ tab (above).

 

Fabric for the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

FABRIC FOR COTSIM

Have you chosen fabric yet? I am excited to see what colors YOU choose.

If you have EQ7, playing with this project file might help you decide.

Please share photos of your fabrics in the albums in the Inklingo Yahoo Group and on the Inklingo Facebook Page. Everyone is looking for inspiration!

Test Ink on Fabric

This is the perfect time to get the fabric washed and neatly folded and to print a 5 x 5 inch test on the white fabric.

Why and how we test is one of the Top Ten Tutes (tab above).

If you only have a fat quarter of the other fabrics, you should wait to see the diagrams in the first clue before you print your test swatch.

COMING SOON

  • Getting ready for the mystery
  • Mystery clues

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Sew by hand OR by machine. This mystery is for everyone!

Already in the case file:

 

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

Will you be ready to print with the first clue?

I can hardly wait to welcome you to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey

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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.

$10 Coupon! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Come on down to Key West!

Ready to sew Key West Beauty?

Listening to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on YouTube might get you in the mood to choose fabric for the COTSIM mystery!

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Fabric for Key West Beauty Mystery

Since we’re using Key West Beauty blocks this time, we’re having fun in Margaritaville with fabric! The alcohol is optional. I’ll be drinking cool, sparkling water with a twist of lime, not Margaritas, so you can trust the clues.

 

Print quilt shapes on fabric

This is a laid-back, island-style mystery to give us a little escape from winter—or summer in the Southern Hemisphere. That means you can sew the Key West blocks anywhere, not just at the beach or on the front porch swing, because the blocks can be sewn by hand or by machine or a little of both.

The COTSIM mystery uses the new Key West Beauty 6 inch shapes and you will detect great clues for using Inklingo —so it’s an easy way to start printing on fabric.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

FREE PDF  to download (7 pages).

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

COMING SOON

  • EQ project file for Key West & Variations
  • Mystery clues

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Sew by hand OR by machine. This mystery is for everyone!

There are more details in the case file too. Dive in, the water’s fine!

Linda & Monkey

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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.

$10 Coupon! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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