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Quilted Diamonds FAQ

Quilted Diamonds and Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

Q. Are the diamonds in Quilted Diamonds 2 (QD2) the same as the diamonds in Quilted Diamonds (QD1)?

A. No! They are all different!

The diamonds in both books are the same size, so you can mix and match but the designs are all different.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 by Linda Franz

I sewed three versions of each of the diamonds in QD2 and I photographed them from the back too! What other publisher would require an author to provide photos of the back of her work! (Tough boss, eh?)

 

Print shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Q. Can I print all of the shapes for Quilted Diamonds with Inklingo?

A. NO!

A few setting shapes for QD diamonds are inklingo-able, but both QD1 and QD2 were published years before Inklingo was invented.

The diamonds in QD1 and QD2 are NOT inklingo-able and probably never will be.

There are hundreds of diamonds in the two books with hundreds of odd shapes, and sometimes a particular shape is only used one time in one diamond. This works perfectly with the freezer paper template method taught in the books—complete design freedom!

However, most Inklingo shape collections have 5 or 6 shapes (some exceptions). A QD shape collection would require HUNDREDS of different shapes. It could not be a $15 or $20 Inklingo shape collection!

 

Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds

The new Inklingo for QD shape collection (INKQD) is a small, inexpensive shape collection with a few setting pieces, so if you piece some diamonds from QD1 or QD2, Inklingo will make it easier to assemble a quilt top. You can turn your hand pieced diamonds into squares by machine too!

I think this new shape collection is a nice way to ease into Inklingo if you haven’t tried it yet. (Where have you been since 2006?) The intro price is only $15 for a limited time.

 

Hand piecing with a running stitch

Q. What technique is taught in the books?

A. Hand piecing with a running stitch. (NOT English Paper Piecing)

The pre-Inklingo hand piecing technique taught in the books is WONDERFUL and it is still the technique I prefer to use when I print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

The QD method uses freezer paper templates and a running stitch. It is faster, simpler, more precise, and more portable than English Paper Piecing. It is my favorite technique although I also enjoy machine piecing and appliqué with Inklingo.

 

Linda Franz on Simply Quilts 2002

A LITTLE HISTORY

In 2002—when I was young—I was on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson with Quilted Diamonds, so I was quite well known for hand piecing when I invented Inklingo.

In the early years, I felt that Quilted Diamonds limited Inklingo—that QD made it hard to spread the word because as soon as anyone heard my name, they thought “hand piecing,” “dinky little pieces,” and “fussy miniature work.” To my surprise, some designers did not see the potential for machine piecing and appliqué at all! Imagine!

I resisted re-printing Quilted Diamonds 2 for years because I thought it might hurt Inklingo. I think the fact that Inklingo is fabulous for machine piecing and appliqué is established now, so I don’t worry much about that anymore.

There is one more reason for re-printing QD2 now too. Almost every day I hear from quilters who are looking for an alternative to EPP (all the rage in some places), so I thought it could help many quilters if I brought back QD2 with the hand piecing lesson.

 

Quilted Diamonds

Q. What can I do with the CDs for Quilted Diamonds?

A. If you have Electric Quilt software (EQ4 or newer), you can print the diamond designs instead of tracing onto freezer paper to make templates.

At the time the books were published, EQ4 was the latest thing from Electric Quilt.  Now we use EQ7! In 2002, I was the first author or publisher to offer an optional CD, so quilters could print instead of trace. It was revolutionary.

The QD CDs are $10 extra. The CDs do NOT allow you to print on fabric in the way we do for Inklingo. It would be a mess of black ink everywhere because EQ does not print the outlines in anything but black ink—the worst!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Q. Should I buy Quilted Diamonds (QD1) first?

A. Not necessarily.

The hand piecing technique is the same in QD1 and QD2, but if you are just buying one book, I recommend QD2 because it includes the 2 hour lesson on DVD for the same price—great value!

It is like taking a private lesson with me.

The hand piecing method in my Quilted Diamonds books is the one I recommend to quilters who write to me almost every day looking for an alternative to English Paper Piecing—what we call “English Paper Piecing Rescue.

When Inklingo shapes are available, it simplifies and speeds up the preparation compared to using freezer paper templates, but even if you have to make all of the freezer paper templates yourself à la QD, it is still much faster and more precise for most quilters compared to any of the methods taught for EPP.

 

Love & Friendship from QD1

In QD1, in addition to hand piecing instructions, there are comprehensive, illustrated chapters on appliqué, the setting for Love & Friendship (above), quilting designs, and my famous instructions for a scalloped binding, which are not in QD2.

Q. Where can I order?

A. There are descriptions of the books and “add to cart” buttons on these pages:

Main Quilted Diamonds Page

QD1 (Quilted Diamonds, the first book, with or without CD)

QD2 (Quilted Diamonds 2, with or without CD)

INKQD (shape collection, only $15 for a limited time)

Postage

A NOTE ABOUT POSTAGE – USA

I can fit 2 books in one Priority or Global Priority envelope!

However, f you want 3 books, two envelopes are required. (5.75 Priority in USA, 24.75 Global Priority) I cannot fit QD1, QD2, Millefiori Quilts or Millefiori Quilts 2 in one flat rate envelope.

A NOTE ABOUT POSTAGE – CANADA

Unfortunately, Canada Post restricts the thickness of flat rate Xpresspost envelopes, so if you order two books, postage from the USA to Canada usually costs less. I look at every order individually and provide the least expensive option.

There is never a “handling fee” and I refund the difference if there is an option which costs less than the postage added by the website.

UPDATING THE WEBSITE

I received the reprint of Quilted Diamonds 2 from the printer two weeks ago, but I had not finished the shape collection and I was not quite ready to make an announcement. I was bursting with news!

However, I knew that many quilters would want both Millefiori Quilts 2 and Quilted Diamonds 2 and if they were announced at the same time, quilters could order both and save on postage.

I could not control the timing of Millefiori 2, so it all happened fast. I did not have time to polish the pages for Quilted Diamonds on the website the way I wanted to. I will be doing that work when the first rush of orders is looked after. In the meantime, I hope these FAQ will help.

If you have any other questions, please ask!

Inklingo on Facebook

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page too, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

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

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Quilted Diamonds 2 # 4

“She stepped boldly forward, carelessly humming a tune.”
(Northanger Abbey, Ch 21)

The full title of the book is Quilted Diamonds 2 – more Austen-tatious diamonds to hand piece.

Yes, it all started with Jane Austen.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

The first 3 diamonds in Quilted Diamonds 2 (QD2) are the ones I teach in the two-hour DVD lesson that is included with every copy of the book.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 - # 4

“She stepped boldly forward” (above) is always a favorite but there are 100 more! (And another 180 designs in QD1, just in case.)

This is not one of the first three diamonds in the book (it’s # 4), but the DVD lesson teaches you everything you need to know to make this one too.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 # 1

Miss Elizabeth’s Star (above) is named for Miss Elizabeth Bennet—of Pride & Prejudice, of course. It was always the first diamond I taught when I was traveling to teach.

In only three diamonds, you can learn everything you need to know about inset seams, continuous stitching, curved seams, “circling the intersection,” pressing, and more!

The 2-hour lesson on the DVD is like taking a private lesson with me.

The hand piecing lesson applies to ANY blocks or designs—Passacaglia, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Pieced Hexagons, anything—so you’ll want it even if you don’t intend to sew any diamonds.

Hand piecing with a running stitch is a simpler, faster, more precise, and more portable option than English Paper Piecing! (English Paper Piecing Rescue)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

If you need more convincing, Cathi at Quilt Obsession wrote a wonderful review of Quilted Diamonds 2.

Cathi and I met in person when QD2 was brand new and we have been friends ever since. She says she learned to love hand piecing because of QD2.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 - #13

The new Inklingo shape collection for QD includes a “bonus triangle” so you can turn hand pieced diamonds into squares—by machine!

If you have a box of beautiful diamonds that you made with QD1 or QD2, it is easier than ever to assemble a quilt top, like Love & Friendship! Print the sashing and cornerstone shapes on fabric with Inklingo instead of using templates and drawing the stitching lines manually. Precise, simple, fast.

Quilted Diamonds is “pre-Inklingo” and I was so closely associated with hand piecing and small diamonds that some quilters thought Inklingo was only for hand piecing!

Please, don’t be confused! Inklingo is fabulous for machine piecing and appliqué too!

I will be very sorry if Quilted Diamonds 2 makes you think that Inklingo is just for hand piecers!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 Covers

A SECRET ABOUT THE COVERS

Preparing Quilted Diamonds 2 books for mailing is a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. It has been several years since there have been any books to mail!

One dear friend (also a publisher) “got it” immediately when she saw the covers. The diamonds on the front are shown from the back on the back of the book.

I did the same thing for the labels! The diamond on the front of the QD2 CD for EQ is shown from the back on the QD2 DVD.

This is one of the perks of publishing your own books—you design your own cover too.

You might be surprised how many authors are disappointed with the title or the cover design that the publisher chooses. I always assumed that the author would have final approval of the cover design, but it is not the case! I have met a few quilt book authors who have been very unhappy with the covers chosen by their publishers. I still love the cover of QD2.

THE MAIN QUILTED DIAMONDS PAGE IN THE SHOP NOW

1. NEW  INKQD Inklingo for QD (PDF, shape collection to download) $20 (on sale for $15 for a limited time)

2. QD1 book (with or without the EQ CD)

3. QD2 book (with or without the EQ CD)

If you order both books at the same time, you save on postage. (Note below.)

SHIPPING UPDATE

It has been a marathon effort, but all of the orders for Quilted Diamonds 2 placed since the announcement on Sunday have been mailed already EXCEPT the ones which are being mailed with Millefiori 2 from Quiltmania. The shipment of books from France is still tracking to be delivered to the warehouse tomorrow, and if FedEx comes through, all of the orders will be caught up by the weekend—or Tuesday at the latest.

Russ says he will visit the Post Office in Niagara Falls NY every day, if that’s what it takes!

Postage

POSTAGE

I can fit two books (Quilted Diamonds or Millefiori) in the flat rate Priority and Global Priority envelopes through USPS.

Unfortunately, Canada Post restricts the thickness of flat rate Xpresspost envelopes, so if you order two books, postage from the USA to Canada usually costs less. I look at every order individually and provide the least expensive option.

There is never a “handling fee” and I refund the difference if there is an option which costs less than the postage added by the website.

I cannot fit THREE books in the flat rate envelope, so please email me for options if that is what you want.

Inklingo on Facebook

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I will be sharing more photos on the Inklingo Facebook page too, but Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

 

Boxes of Quilted Diamonds 2

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. I want everyone to know that QD2 is back, so I don’t have to carry all of these boxes of diamonds into the basement, 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

If I don’t tell you now, I will burst! This has been a very happy week at our house!

1. Quilted Diamonds 2
2. Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds
3. Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

1. Quilted Diamonds 2 is back in print!

It is in the shop now!

QD2 (book plus 2 hour DVD) has been sold out for several years but I am thrilled that I have been able to be able to re-print it! This is my personal favorite of all of my books.

QD2 really is a lovely book and I am thrilled with the work the printer has done for me.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2

144 color pages, glossy paper, beautiful sewn binding, laminated covers, printed in Canada (not overseas). Quilt books are rarely printed with such premium options or so many pages anymore. If you check your bookshelf, you will probably find new books with only 96 pages!

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

When QD2 was published in 2004, it was the first quilting book to include a DVD lesson for the price of the book alone. No other publisher does it, even now. What was I thinking?

When I re-watched the DVD recently (2 hours!), I was very pleased that all of the information holds up even though it was filmed almost twelve years ago.

There are two small differences since Quilted Diamonds 2 was first published.

  • The first is that I always wear a finger pincushion now whether I am sewing by hand or by machine. (Video)
  • The second is that as a result of a big push to English Paper Piecing in North America recently, there are thousands of quilters who are looking for a simpler, faster and more portable alternative to EPP. The Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD teaches you everything you need to know about sewing with a running stitch–very important info for anyone in need of an “English Paper Piecing Rescue.”

 

Love & Friendship from QD1 Love & Friendship (QD1)

2. Inklingo shapes for QD!

To celebrate QD2, there is now a new shape collection with QD shapes!

It is in the shop now!

There are too many different shapes and variations in the hundreds of diamonds in the two Quilted Diamonds books for one shape collection, but it is very helpful for the shapes that repeat over and over like the sashing, cornerstones, and plain diamonds in the setting for Love & Friendship (above).

 

Millefiori Quilts 2 by Willyne Hammerstein

3. Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori 2

It is in the shop now!

I have been tracking the shipment across the Atlantic. The first orders will be mailed on Wednesday, March 25, from Niagara Falls NY.

STILL WORKING ON THE WEBSITE

I wanted to announce everything first thing this morning, but it is taking me longer than I thought it would to update the website because there are so many options and so many cross-references for Quilted Diamonds now!

Until today it was simple.

NEW OPTIONS ON THE MAIN QUILTED DIAMONDS PAGE

NEW  INKQD Inklingo for QD (PDF, shape collection to download) $20 (on sale for $15 for a limited time)

If you want the QD1 book (with or without the EQ CD) and the new INKQD, it is necessary to select them separately from the Main QD Page.

If you want the QD2 book (with or without the EQ CD) and the new INKQD, it is necessary to select them separately from the Main QD Page.

I hope you can find exactly what you want but if you are confused by all the choices, please come back in a few days when the Main Quilted Diamonds Page on the website will be improved.

 

Postage

SETTING YOUR MIND AT EASE ABOUT POSTAGE

I can fit two books (Quilted Diamonds or Millefiori) in the flat rate Priority and Global Priority envelopes through USPS.

Unfortunately, Canada Post restricts the thickness of flat rate Xpresspost envelopes, so if you order two books, postage from the USA to Canada usually costs less. I look at every order individually and provide the least expensive option.

There is never a “handling fee” and I refund the difference if there is an option which costs less than the postage added by the website.

PASSACAGLIA SALE ENDING

All of the options for Millefiori and Passacaglia are on the Main Millefiori Page.

The special introductory sale prices on the Passacaglia shape collections end tonight at midnight (Eastern Time).

PLEASE COME BACK WHEN THE WEBSITE IS FINISHED!

I just could not wait any longer to make this announcement, even though the website is not perfect. I’ll get back to work on it as soon as I post this.

This is just the bare bones! I will be writing more about Quilted Diamonds and Millefiori 2 when I catch up. There is so much more to say about these beautiful books!

Please subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar), so you will know when the work on the website for QD is completely finished, and so you will know when new shape collections are ready for you.

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

Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia

If you have been following the Inklingo Facebook Page you have seen several photos of Passacaglia rosettes already. There are some beauties!

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the photos if you click on that link.

 

http://lindafranz.com/shop/millefiori-quilt-templates/40

SALE EXTENDED!

The special sale price was supposed to end tonight at midnight, but it has been extended by one day.

The regular prices are great value but we all love sale.

Original size
Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia 3 cm $20 (instead of $25)

Larger size
Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia 1.5 inch $20 (instead of $25)

Combo with the Millefiori Quilts book + the Inklingo Shape Collection
3 cm Combo $64.75 + 5.75 Priority in US (instead of $74.95)
1.5 inch Combo $64.75 + 5.75 Priority in US (instead of $74.95)

They are all on the Main Millefiori Page.

There is never a “handling fee” on my site and I can fit two books in one flat rate envelope, so you save. For example, you could add The Inklingo Handbook too.

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on FB 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.

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia

Sew with a Running Stitch or English Paper Piecing 

I prefer to sew with a running stitch (above) because the preparation is faster and it is more portable, but if you like English Paper Piecing, you will love Inklingo for printing your own templates and SEVEN other advantages.

See 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP.

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia

SUBSCRIBED?
Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have liked the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog by email (top of right sidebar).

If all goes as planned, there will be TWO major announcements tomorrow, so please stay tuned!

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

REMINDERS

1.  Millefiori Quilts and the new shape collections for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia are at a special low price but only until midnight on Sunday, March 22. 

Main Millefiori Page

2. Quiltmania is having a subscription sale too! Details.

3. There are more photos of Passacaglia on the blog and on the Inklingo Facebook Page.

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

Inklingo Diamonds

DIAMONDS, DIAMONDS, EVERYWHERE!

Sometimes diamonds are obvious and sometimes they are tucked into unexpected places like Castle Wall and Storm At Sea and Feathered Star.

How to keep track of them all?

Good news! When I updated the Index of Shapes with the new diamonds, triangles and pentagons in Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia, I also updated the Main Diamond Page.

TIP Any time you are looking for a shape, the Index of Shapes under the Support tab on the website is a great place to start. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Castle Wall

WHY DO QUILTERS LOVE INKLINGO DIAMONDS?

There is a long list on the Main Diamond Page now!

Personally, I love Inklingo diamonds because they are so much fun to fussy cut and I can get perfect intersections whether I sew by hand or by machine.

Some things are easy, some things are difficult, and some things are free!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

EASY

1. It is easy to sew diamonds by hand OR by machine or a little of both, thanks to the precise shapes with stitching lines and crosshairs.

2. It is easy to fussy cut diamonds because there are two great methods–traditional and No Waste Fussy Cutting.

3. It is easy to get perfect intersections where many diamonds meet and there is a video to show you how.

4. It is easy to find the right sizes because all Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size and they are listed in the Index of Shapes (under the Support & Goodies tab on the website) and under the Shop tab.

 

Half Diamonds are Triangles!

DIFFICULT

1. It is difficult to cross-reference half diamonds because when we cut diamonds in half, they are not diamonds anymore. They are triangles. In many cases, half diamonds (both ways) are included with diamonds.

If you think you are looking for triangles, you might not find them. If you think you are looking for half diamonds, you might not find them. The best thing is to look under both Diamonds and Triangles, but I’ll keep working on it, okay?

2. It is difficult to cross-reference all the ways to use diamonds on the website! Luckily, you can keep sewing while I keep working on it.

 

8 Pointed Stars with the Free Inklingo shape collection

FREE

There are diamonds in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and that is the best way to start!

 

Willyne Hammerstein`s Passacaglia with Inklingo

DIAMONDS ON FACEBOOK

If you have been following the Inklingo Facebook Page you have seen videos and photos of all kinds of blocks with diamonds, including Passacaglia and Millefiori Quilts.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the photos if you click on that link.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on FB 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.

 

Print diamonds on fabric with Inklingo

SUBSCRIBED?
Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have liked the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog by email (top of right sidebar).

By the way, I was finally able to get rid of the horrible ReadyGraph software that was aggressively creating duplicate subscriptions and sending multiple reminders. I apologize for the inconvenience it caused.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

REMINDERS

1.  Millefiori Quilts and the new shape collections for Willyne Hammerstein’s Passacaglia are at a special low price for a limited time only. 

Main Millefiori Page

2. Quiltmania is having a subscription sale too! Details.

3, Visit the Main Diamond Page—and let me know what you love about Inklingo diamonds too!

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

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