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Millefiore and Millefiori

The New Hexagon - Katja Marek

Quilters who don’t want to sew with English Paper Piecing have been asking me for Inklingo shapes for Millefiore/Millefiori quilts. They prefer to print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and sew with a running stitch.

Of course, I agree that a running stitch is faster and more portable and more precise than whip-stitching.

I finally received my copy of Katja Marek’s New 52 Pieced Hexagons book.

Good news! Most of the shapes for Katja’s 52 Pieced Hexagons are already Inklingo-able!

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

A new Inklingo shape collection is probably not necessary!

If you love hexagons, you may already have the Inklingo 60° hexagons, diamonds, and triangles to print on fabric!

 

Millefiori Quilts - Willyne Hammerstein

CONFUSION – MILLEFIORE OR MILLEFIORI

Unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of confusion in the requests I have received.

1.  Katja’s Millefiore is one letter different from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori (book published in 2011) and very similar to the original Passacaglia quilt on the cover of it. (I am still hoping to do a shape collection for Willyne’s amazing quilt.)

 

3 inch Pieced Hexagon

2. Another confusing thing is that Katja calls her Pieced Hexagons “6 inch,” but that is the measurement across the center from point to point.

I name my hexagons in the traditional way—by the length of a finished side—so some quilters did not realize the shapes for the Millefiore Quilt Along are already in the Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website.

Sizes are easy. All you have to do is measure the finished sizes of the 60° diamonds, triangles and other shapes in Katja’s book. Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size to make it easy. Main 60° Shapes Page

 

Freezer Paper templates

For the few shapes that are not Inklingo-able, I recommend tracing them from Katja’s book onto freezer paper to make templates.

This is the method described in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002 and 2004) and on the blog.

 

Choose the lightest, finest line.

Some shapes will be printed and some will have the lines drawn manually.

Easy, especially if you only need to draw the lines on a few shapes.

 

Draw the sewing lines

Draw the sewing lines on the fabric with a mechanical pencil and sew with a running stitch.

Using templates and drawing the lines is more work than printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo, but it is much faster and more precise than gluing the fabric to templates, whip-stitching, and removing templates.

 

Settings for Pieced Hexagons

We have shared settings for Pieced Hexagons on the blog several times in the past.

Katja’s Millefiore is made up of rings of 3 inch Pieced Hexagons (called 6 inch Hexagons in the book), so you could substitute any of my 300 Pieced Hexagons for the ones in Katja’s book for the Millefiore Quilt Along on Facebook if you prefer to print all of the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons Video

300 Pieced Hexagons Video

 

Inklingo Fussy Cut Star (Kaleidoscope or One Block Wonder)

FUSSY CUTTING

Both Willyne’s Millefiori and Katja’s Millefiore designs rely on fussy cutting to get fabulous effects, following the tradition of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses.

I have written about two Inklingo fussy cutting methods several times on the blog, for POTC, for stars, for hexagons and for other shapes.  This is a good place to start.
http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/two-inklingo-fussy-cutting-methods/

 

VIDEO - Machine piece hexagons

QUILT ALONG ON FACEBOOK

Please feel free to pass this info along to anyone who would like to participate in the Millefiore Quilt Along:

  1. You can use Inklingo to print the shapes for almost all of Katja’s Pieced Hexagons and sew with a running stitch.
  2. The Pieced Hexagons are also big enough to sew by machine (video above).
  3. If you do want to sew with English Paper Piecing, there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP.
  4. You can finish an EPP UFO with Inklingo. English Paper Piecing Rescue
  5. You can choose a different size! (300 PiecedHexagons below)
  6. Quilted Diamonds (my first book in 2002, pre-Inklingo) is still available. It includes detailed instructions for using freezer paper templates and sewing with a running stitch.

Inklingo 300 Pieced Hexagons

My 300 Piece Hexagon ebook includes the designs, but not the shapes to print on fabric, so you have a choice of sizes and designs for your Millefiore variation!

MILLEFIORE QUILT ALONG

I hope you will enjoy every stitch in Katja’s Quilt Along on Facebook, whether you use EPP, a running stitch or sew by machine.

There is also more info on Katja’s website. Let the fun begin!

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If you have questions, please ask. I always answer as quickly as possible and I am happy to help.

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.

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Inklingo Tech Support

Keep Calm and email Linda

If I’m awake, I’m on duty. When anyone is having trouble opening an Inklingo PDF, I stop what I am doing and do my best to help.

When I published the first Inklingo downloads in 2008, it was pretty scary. Would my life would be overtaken by Tech Support?

I chose the most user friendly method of copy protection I could find, but even at that it was surprising how little Tech Support is required.

No matter what I am doing, I stop and answer.

And I don’t mind—because there is always a simple answer and I can always help. It gives me a good feeling.

Tech Support comes first. Usually one email is all it takes.

 

Adobe Reader

THE TOP 3 TECH SUPPORT ISSUES ARE:

1. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

2. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

3. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

Actually, not opening with Adobe Reader is the top 99 issues out of 100.

Inklingo will not open with Mac Preview or the default PDF viewer that is installed on some Windows 8 computers. That is why Adobe Reader is called a “system requirement.” It’s free. Easy, eh?

 

Inklingo Tech Support

WHO NEEDS HELP?  IT’S SURPRISING!

This might be the opposite of what you would expect.

1. The quilters who have the least trouble opening Inklingo PDFs are those in their 70s and 80s. They did not grow up with computers, so they Read The Instructions.

2. The quilters who have the most trouble opening Inklingo PDFs are the self-identified “geeky types” because they don’t Read The Instructions.

3. For other quilters, if all else fails, they Read The Instructions.

The quilters I worry about are the ones who become confused—but who don’t ask for help.

 

Wireless at Downton Abbey

Yes, I even answered during Downton Abbey last night! And I really don’t mind.

 

Love the lines. Quilt more.

I want every quilter’s introduction to Inklingo to be smooth and for everyone to start printing on fabric.

I go into more detail in one of the Top Ten Tutes on the blog: How to Print on Fabric.  (The other Top Ten Tutes are good too.)

 

I could sew here.

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day, so I hope you will Like Inklingo on Facebook and choose Get Notifications.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can.

I love it when you LIKE and SHARE.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

TEN THOUSAND LIKES!

More and more quilters are checking Facebook for Inklingo photos, but there are even more Inklingoists who don’t. If you have a Facebook account, please join us.

Can you help us zoom through the next milestone of 10,000 likes on the Inklingo FB page?

 

Download Adobe Reader

SUBSCRIBED?

There is some good stuff coming. Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

If you have questions, please ask. I always answer as quickly as possible and I am happy to help.

Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks. Inklingo for Beginners

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

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Print shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could print shapes on fabric?

That’s what we do with Inklingo, and it works with the ordinary Inkjet printer you already have.

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

Kerry used to sew hexagons with English Paper Piecing (EPP).

She has a wonderful article on her blog with excellent photos showing why she prints hexagons on fabric with Inklingo now.

Quilters who use Inklingo are always the best ′advertisers′ but Kelly′s photos are exceptional.

(There is also video on the Main Hexagon Page.)

 

Smart Shopper's Idea Book

And it′s not just for hexagons! I am working on an update to the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book and even I am amazed by the number of shapes that are available now in the Inklingo Shop and in the Index of Shapes.

The beautiful thing is that once you learn how to print on fabric (start free), the printing method is the same no matter what design you are making!

 

Print Dresden Plate shapes on fabric with Inklingo

There is a choice of several pretty Dresden Plate blades to print and sew by machine or to appliqué. They were published in 2010.

 

Print Orange Peel shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Ever considered Orange Peel? It is easy to sew perfect curves when you have have a line to cut on and a line to sew on. It was published in 2009.

 

Print Double Wedding Ring shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Imagine how easy it is to sew Double Wedding Ring without templates! (2009)

 

Print Winding Ways shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Winding Ways is amazing and you can rotary cut all the curves! (2010)

These are just the tip of the iceberg.

Printing on fabric with Inklingo allows you to spend less time preparing shapes and more time sewing.

  • machine piecing or hand piecing, or both in the same quilt
  • appliqué
  • fussy cutting
  • curved seams
  • inset seams
  • partial seams
  • scissors or rotary cutting
  • fabric requirements at a glance
  • mystery quilts
  • designing with Electric Quilt
  • and anything else you can think of!

I have prepared dozens of shape collections in the past 8 years. Updating the Smart Shopper′s Idea Book makes me realize how far we have come.

I am very grateful to all of the quilters who have become Inklingoists since 2006. I couldn′t do it without YOU. You have been the best ‘advertisers’ but even now, there are hundreds of thousands of quilters who have never heard of Inklingo.

Inklingo

FOR BEGINNERS! Try Inklingo FREE.

If you are one of the quilters who has not tried Inklingo yet, why not order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes! There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day, but just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook 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.

I think you will love all the new things planned for 2015.

Happy New Year!

Linda & Monkey

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

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DWR-6x6-one-red-green-01

We’re excited about Christmas. Can you tell?

 

Inklingo Double Wedding Ring

QuiltyGal in Mesa AZ is going to have a good Christmas. She is the winner in the draw for the $50 Inklingo Gift Certificate!

What a lovely comment!

I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity!  Your inklingo is saving some of my sanity over the next few days.  Traveling and long flights to come but I’m busy as ever right now printing up my fabrics to take along.  Thank you for everything you do for us!

Congratulations, QuiltyGal! I will email your prize to you tonight. Enjoy!

 

DWR-6x6-one-red-green-border-filled

We tried to ensure that everyone is a winner—even without winning in the draw for the lovely Northcott red and green fabric or the Inklingo Gift Certificate—so the DWR Design Book is free until midnight on December 31.

There is also a free EQ7 project file for Inklingo Christmas Rings. (Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown, details here.)

If you don’t have it yet, be sure to order the Double Wedding Ring Design Book while it is free, okay?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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

Are you following Inklingo on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check “Get Notificatons” and like and share my photos.

EU VAT LAW

This information only affects Inklingo quilters who are in the 28 countries of the European Union.

Effective January 1, 2015, it is illegal for Linda Franz to sell Inklingo downloads to anyone in the EU due to new EU VAT laws.

If you are thinking of ordering an Inklingo shape collection or design book (any paid download), you might want to buy before January 1.

Effective January 1, the information below will appear in the shopping cart on the website too. It will be translated into as many languages as possible as soon as possible. (I’m looking for quilters willing to check the translations!)

There is one legal alternative (# 3 below).

I am sorry this is necessary. I will update this page if anything changes.

Thank you for understanding.

Linda

IMPORTANT
PENALTY FOR ORDERING DOWNLOADS AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2014!

If you are in the EU and you buy even one download from the Inklingo website after December 31, it will put Linda Franz in violation of the law.

The EU penalties are so severe that if any ONE piece of information indicates that you (the purchaser) are in the EU, your entire Inklingo account will be suspended without a refund. Please don’t make me do that!

I cannot determine where you are located—but you do know where you are—so you are in the best position to determine whether you can buy Inklingo downloads without jeopardizing my business.

This is an unfortunate situation for everyone but there are alternatives which I hope you will find acceptable.

PERMITTED

1. Quilters in the EU are permitted to use the Inklingo downloads they already have. Nothing changes.

2. Quilters in the EU are permitted to buy FREE downloads and physical goods like books and kits.  The new EU law only affects automatic downloads.

Your orders can legally include free downloads and/or books to be mailed.

 

Inklingo Yin Yang 6 inch shapes

3. NEW Limited Edition Custom Kits Available starting January 1, 2015

The new EU VAT law only applies to paid downloads. I can still legally sell physical goods to be mailed to quilters in the EU, so if you would like to buy a kit from me, I will include the download for free!

Example:
Inklingo Yin Yang Kit

  • One Piece of Fabric and Freezer Paper 7 x 8.75 inches printed by Linda Franz with 2 Yin Yang shapes $30.00 US
  • Bonus – Yin Yang 6 inch shape collection (PDF, $20 value) Free

Total $30.00 US  (includes First Class International postage)

UPDATE 23 DEC 2014 – See my comment below. If the law requires it, the shape collection will be snail-mailed on a CD to eliminate the need to download at all. Unfortunately, this will mean quilters in the EU will have to wait for delivery of the CD instead of having instant access. I hope this step will not be necessary.

After December 31, if you would like to order a kit, please email me at linda@lindafranz.com to let me know which Inklingo PDF(s) you would like to buy and I will send you the Special Order payment link with the total including postage. I will manually add the related PDF(s) to your account as soon as I see your payment and will mail the Custom Kit within 14 days.

INKLINGO AND THE NEW EU VAT LAWS

The Inklingo website may be adapted in the future to collect taxes on behalf of the governments of Europe but at this time the cost of changing the software on the website, changing accounting procedures, and administering the tax for 28 European countries is prohibitive. It is a very big burden for a small business.

Part of the difficulty is that it is the responsibility of Linda Franz to collect two pieces of non-conflicting evidence verifying the location of EU consumers to identify which of the 28 countries is entitled to the tax and to store than info for 10 years. Each country has its own tax rates.

Any or all 28 EU countries can require my financial statements to be audited if they think the country entitled to the tax or the tax rate (all different) has not been accurately submitted. Believe it or not, there are rules to determine whether England or France is entitled to the tax if a consumer downloads while traveling in the Chunnel! It is beyond complicated.

If circumstances change, this information will be updated.

I hope it will be possible to make Inklingo downloads instantly available to quilters in Europe again some day.

Thank you for understanding. I am sorry this is necessary.

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

Are you following Inklingo on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check “Get Notificatons” and like and share my photos.

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