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Looking for inspiration?

These three Inklingo quilters have an abundance and they share it on their blogs!

 

Inklingo Star by Barb in Texas

INKLINGO STAR – FUSSY CUT!

Isn’t this gorgeous?

If you want to see how Barb in Texas fussy cut this Inklingo Star, you are in luck!

There is a wonderful description with illustrations on Barb’s Just Saying’ Sew blog.

Barb is a long-time Inklingoist with a great stash! We think all ya’ll will love her Texan blog!

 

Inklingo Morse Star by Cathi in Toronto

MORSE STAR – FUSSY CUT!

Cathi in Toronto is the creative mind behind QuiltObsession, a wonderful blog where she inspires us with her Inklingo projects and Mr QO’s cat cartoons.

She used the new Inklingo Star shape collection to make the Morse Star variation.

Cathi sewed some seams by hand and some by machine for an Inklingo hybrid. Intriguing, eh? Cathi has tutorials for several other Inklingo designs on her blog too.

 

Inklingo Morse Star

This variation doesn’t involve any fussy cutting, but it shows how stripes can create a secondary design.

We love being able to preview different color combinations before we start printing fabric and Electric Quilt is perfect for that.

 

Free EQ Tutorial by Erin at Crooked Path

MORSE STAR IN ELECTRIC QUILT

This is exciting!

Morse Star looks pretty tricky, doesn’t it? Never fear! YOU can draw it with Electric Quilt because Erin in Nevada shows you how!

Erin started with the free project file for the Inklingo Star shape collection and copied and pasted her way to the Morse Star.

Click, click, click.

Erin makes it look easy and you will feel like a pro when you finish!

You will be able to use the tips in her tutorial for many other designs too.

I learned a lot from Erin’s tutorial. (Thank you, Erin!)  It is very, very cool!

 

Inklingo Star Quilt

What will your star quilt look like?

Please share your EQ project files. Monkey and I would love to feature your designs on the blog too.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

Did you see this on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what we post there, but if you do, we hope you will “Like” the Inklingo Facebook page, and choose “Get Notifications” from the drop-down tab under the Like button.

The more “likes” and “shares” and comments, the more FB thinks my stuff is worthwhile, and the more quilters will see it. Sharing on FB is a great way to help spread the word about Inklingo. Thank you for doing it!

If you follow Inklingo on Facebook, you will see photos like these before they appear on the blog and you won’t be overwhelmed with TMI about my coffee (decaf sweetened with chocolate milk) or my hair (usually in a pony tail). We promise.

Monkey and I post two or three quilting related photos a day with the occasional peek into life at Inklingo Headquarters.

We try to inspire you and give you a smile on Facebook.

 

Inklingo Combo Layout to print on fabric

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INTRO SALE PRICE

As usual, the new Inklingo Star shape collection is at a special low intro price—but only until Saturday night at midnight.

Monkey says $20 is great value.

If Barb in Texas, Cathi at Quilt Obsession or Erin at Crooked Path inspire you please let us know!

See you 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

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If you haven’t, please do!

Inklingo Stars Quilt

I shared this photo on the Inklingo Facebook page last night to show what Inklingo Stars look like set against each other.

I love the interplay of little and big stars. It looks much more complex than it is—just 25 Inklingo Stars with alternating colors. Straight set, horizontal. Nothing fancy—but I think the effect is!

Monkey says, That’s nice, but what you really want is to create your own special settings with your own colors and fabrics.

Okay. Okay. That’s fine with us!

 

Inklingo Star Quilt

With you in mind, I created this in Electric Quilt, so you can download the project file (below).

It is almost embarrassing how easy this was in Electric Quilt.

There is already a LeMoyne Star in the EQ block library, so I just had to add lines for the little star. I did not fuss with making every line perfect. (They aren’t.) Perfection isn’t required when all I want to do is play with color and preview different combinations.

 

Inklingo Star Quilt

Then I thought it might be even more fun to see what the new Inklingo Star looks like with the regular 9 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Star.

This is getting exciting.

 

Inklingo Star Quilt

Why stop there? I decided to try something a little fancier by adding Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch too.

It only took a few clicks in EQ to reverse the colors in these two settings. I don’t have to guess which color will dominate. I can see it!

One of the cool things about working with Castle Wall blocks is that they can look as if they are set on-point even in an easy horizontal setting.

THE SEAM ALLOWANCES NEST!

As I mentioned before, the sewing and pressing instructions for the new Inklingo Star ensure that the seam allowances will nest when Inklingo Star, LeMoyne Star and Castle Wall blocks are sewn together in rows.

Little things like that make everything easier.

If you need a refresher, the detailed sewing and pressing instructions for LeMoyne Star, including a one-page guide, are in this blog post from April.

 

Inklingo Morse Star

I haven’t drawn the Morse Star in EQ yet.

If you know how to do it, I hope you will share your tips.

My Morse Star is 18 inches finished and all of the shapes are in the new shape collection—except the small diamond, which is in the FREE Diamond-Triangle-Square shape collection

DOWNLOAD THE FREE EQ PROJECT FILE

The EQ6 and EQ7 versions are identical. Each includes Inklingo Star, LeMoyne Star and Castle Wall blocks and 8 quilts to get you started.

There are more free project files on the blog. Links are under the EQ tab at the top.

I use Inklingo PDFs to print precise shapes, not EQ, so the shapes are approximate.

WILL YOU SHARE AN EQ FILE WITH ME?

I have more of my own examples to share on the Inklingo Facebook page, so we hope you are following us there, but if you create settings, I would love to see them.

EQ makes it easy to share project files by email. I would love to share your designs on the blog or on Facebook!

If you need help sending me your EQ project file by email, please ask, okay?

 

Inklingo--print shapes on fabric

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We have been posting photos every day on the Inklingo Facebook page. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what we post there.

INTRO SALE PRICE

As usual, the new Inklingo Star shape collection is at a special low price for a few days only.

Monkey says $20 is a steal.

See you 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

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Inklingo Star 9 inch

The wait is over.

Now you can piece the Inklingo Star design too—by hand or by machine!

When I designed this star I wanted a 9 inch block to use with Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch and with Inklingo LeMoyne Star 9 inch.

I also wanted to use the diamonds in the free Inklingo Diamond/Triangle/Square shape collection.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

Pretty, isn’t it?

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

I loved the look but it resulted in a tiny little seam at the point of the small diamonds.

Uh oh. Will that be okay?

Yes! Not a problem! In fact, it is an advantage! It makes it easier to machine piece and press the block—and get beautiful results.

This one little detail happened almost by accident, but it makes the little star “float” and it makes it easier to machine piece than an old star design from the 1920s by Elizabeth Sanderson.

This is a great block, don’t you think?

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

HOW TO SEW AN EIGHT-POINTED STAR

Recently, instructions for sewing 8-pointed stars with an old method have re-surfaced.

I have explained before why I was not satisfied with other instructions for sewing an eight-pointed star.

If I have trouble, wouldn’t my students have problems too?

  • 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. (Please do not pin the center!)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teachers should not make this stuff look so tricky!

Please don’t be discouraged by tricky instructions, no matter where you find them or how much authority they seem to have.

The good news is that I have received wonderful feedback on the revised instructions and the One-Page Guide which we shared on the blog last April.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

I used the LeMoyne Star instructions to sew the first Inklingo Stars and they all turned out beautifully.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

As usual, the seam allowances all press perfectly to the side with no bulk in the intersections.

However . . . there was one little thing that bothered me.  I am a perfectionist in the methods I teach and I was not quite satisfied.

A few more days of work. . . and one important little modification to the instructions . . . and I am happy. Illustrations re-re-re-drawn.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

It worked. I still love the existing sewing and pressing instructions for LeMoyne Star and other Eight-Pointed Stars—no change there—but the special instructions for Inklingo Star ensure that the seam allowances in my Inklingo Stars nest perfectly when sewn into rows with LeMoyne Stars and Castle Wall blocks.

How cool is that?

Monkey says little advantages like that make beginners look like experts.

 

Inklingo Star 9 inch

I hope that when you see the instructions in the shape collection, you will think it was worth the wait—and the extra days of work for me.

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Inklingo Morse Star

We have been posting photos every day on the Inklingo Facebook page, including this “Morse Star.” You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what we post there.

INTRO SALE PRICE

Now you can sew these wonderful blocks too—by hand or by machine, with or without fussy cutting.

As usual, the new Inklingo Star shape collection is at a special low price for a few days only.

Monkey says this star at $25 is great value, but $20 is even better.

If you do visit us on Facebook, you already knew this new shape collection was coming. Stay tuned for more about it, okay?

See you 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!

Inklingo Castle Wall by Kathy in Nashville

Kathy in Nashville is the Queen of Fussy Cutting and we have a sneak peek at another amazing quilt in progress!

She fussy cut her stunning Dragonfly Diamonds (Quilted Diamonds) more than 10 years ago, and she has been fussy cutting with Inklingo from the very beginning in 2006.

We have featured some of Kathy’s quilts on the blog in the past (click).

 

Inklingo Castle Wall by Kathy in Nashville

Now Kathy is building an incredible castle by printing on fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer and the Inklingo Castle Wall shape collection.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall by Kathy in Nashville

The center octagon of Castle Wall (Beyer 295-1) can be just one piece, but the shape collection includes a bonus shape too, so you can use 8 triangles to make the octagon and get a fabulous Kaleidoscope effect, the way Kathy does.

 

Bonus triangle for Inklingo Castle Wall

With Inklingo we usually print the shapes with seam allowances on fabric, so we have a line to cut on and a line to sew on.

However, like all Inklingo shape collections, Castle Wall includes the shapes without seam allowances too, so you can fussy cut in the traditional way with templates or find the repeat in the fabric and print identical sheets of fabric with the shapes with seam allowances.
(Described for hexagons in an article on QuiltingHub)

 

Inklingo Castle Wall by Kathy in Nashville

Aren’t these fabulous?

These are just a few of my favorites. I gasped when I saw them all.

Kathy is an artist with fabric. Some of her Inklingo quilts have been finalists at the AQS Show in Paducah and it’s no wonder.

What a talent! Her workmanship is superlative too.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall by Kathy in Nashville

I will show a few of the blocks Kathy has sewn to go with these stunning Castle Wall blocks soon.  In the meantime. . .

. . . More Castle Wall?  If you just can’t get enough!

Kathy in Nashville on Flickr

Cathi at QuiltObsession

Mickey Depre On the Road

Castle Wall in Electric Quilt

There are also several other articles about sewing and pressing and designing with Castle Wall on this blog (searchable). Check the Topic Categories in the right sidebar.

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Anemones at Inklingo Headquarters

We are posting photos every day on the Inklingo Facebook page. Our Japanese Anemones were blooming and I showed blocks I sewed with the next new shape collection.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what we post there. If you do visit us on Facebook, you already know there will be a new shape collection this week. Stay tuned, okay?

Thank you, Kathy, for allowing me to feature your blocks here. You are an inspiration to me.

See you 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!

Inklingo on Quilting Hub

My keyboard is smoking! I let off a little steam in a new article for QuiltingHub.

Hexagons are driving me crazy these days!

Keep Calm and Rescue Your EPP UFO

In reverse order:

4. English Paper Piecing Rescue

3. Choice of Methods – EPP or Running Stitch

2. Bad Info about Fussy Cutting – Oh No!

1. Size of Hexagons

Are you are crazy about hexagons too? If so . . .

 

Crazy about Hexagons on QuiltingHub

 . . . click to see Crazy about Hexagons on QuiltingHub!

 

Have you used Inklingo?

Monkey’s Best Tip

Monkey says it’s probably a good idea to get advice about using Inklingo from
quilters who have actually used it.   – See more at: http://www.quiltinghub.com/Resources/Articles/ctl/ViewArticle/mid/462/ArticleID/210#sthash.sTS0SrQR.dpuf

It’s a good idea to get advice about using Inklingo
from quilters who have actually used it.

(Smart Monkey!)

If you have a free account on QuiltingHub, you can log in to rate the article.

Monkey says it will be very interesting to see the ratings from non-Inklingo quilters too. (Some of them might not like it.)

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

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Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet printer.

It’s a perfect day to sit on the porch. 82F (28C) with a light breeze. I’ve got a nice shady spot and a pile of hexagons, okay?

I hope you enjoy the new article and that it inspires you to sew some hexagons too.

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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If you haven’t, please do!

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