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QUESTION FROM A DESIGNER & TEACHER ON SATURDAY

Q. I was wondering if I can create a little mug rug pattern using the free shape collection to encourage the ladies to go to website and download the free collection and make the little project. I just want to clear it with you before I go ahead.

MY RESPONSE

A. You have my permission to create any patterns with any Inklingo shape collections, free or paid. 

There is no limit or restriction. You do not have to check with me first. You can write patterns which only work with the related Inklingo shape collection OR which describe several methods with Inklingo as one of the options.

I encourage designers to do this and I am happy to help, if you have questions. I will also help promote your patterns on Facebook and the blog, if you wish. If the shapes you need are not available yet, I still might be able to help.

The Inklingo Patent means that I am the only one who can create Inklingo shape collections (shapes to print) but ANYONE can write patterns or books showing how to use Inklingo.

I wish more designers would do what you are proposing. Ignorance about patents and copyrights has been an issue—not because people are stealing my inventionbut partly because quilting designers and teachers are honest and don’t want to do anything wrong!

Let me encourage you to design with Inklingoagain and again. Inklingo is a tool. Think of an acrylic ruler. If someone produces an acrylic ruler with a clever shape and clever markings, it would feel wrong to copy it and start manufacturing identical rulers. However, you CAN write patterns and books about how you use that clever rulerwithout checking with anyone. It is the same with Inklingo. Everyone benefits.

There is information about the Patent on the website which might make this concept clearer to you.
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-patent/118
There is a link to that page from the footer of every page on the website.

As it says there, the Patent on Inklingo is intended to benefit everyone in the quilting industry.

I have often been told that Inklingo is the most important new tool since the rotary cutter. When the rotary cutter was introduced, it produced a whole new quilting industry with an explosion of new patterns, new techniques and new books. It could have happened with Inklingo too, 8 or 9 years ago. I’m still expecting it.

 

Print on fabric or paper

MY QUESTION

Q. Are you getting paid for spreading the word about Inklingo? 

If you teach Inklingo or tell your friends about Inklingo, when a new quilter buys something from inklingo.com as a result of your referral, you get 30% of everything she buys for the next SIXTY DAYS. It is generous!

How to give a demo WITHOUT the distraction of a computer.
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-demo-notes/87

Why Teach Inklingo?
http://lindafranz.com/freedocs/InklingoWhyTeachSep2013website.pdf

The Inklingo Affiliate Program (Since 2010)
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-affiliate/112

Inklingo for Designers
http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/how-to-write-a-quilt-pattern/ (one of many)

 

Miss Marple and The Body in the Library

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two on Facebook every day. It is usually about quilting, but sometimes it is personal. I love to share photos of your Inklingo blocks too!

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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 (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please post photos of your Inklingo blocks on my page and please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

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.

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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Easy 4-Patches

Easy 4-Patches by Machine

HOW TO SEW 4 PATCHES WITH INKLINGO

These are the easiest, fastest, most accurate 4-patches you will ever sew!

 

Print

Print with your ordinary Inkjet printer.

If you print the lighter fabric, the lines are easy to see.

The second (darker) fabric is not printed at all!

 

Layer

(Trim the margins from the printed sheet before layering.)

 

Stitch

Stitch.

I have a walking foot on my machine, so I don’t even bother to pin.

 

Stitch

As usual, sew a scant 0.25 inch seam allowance by sewing beside the line, not on it.

 

Stitch

Get your motor humming!

Sewing along a line is fun but don’t get carried away, okay? Only sew one seam on each square. If you stitch both seams, you will create a tube.

 

Cut strips

Cut strips with scissors or a rotary cutter.

No measuring.

 

Press to the dark and layer

Press to the dark, then layer two strips, right sides together.

 

Rotary cut

Rotary cut two layers. No measuring. Cut on the line.

(Variation: One long-time Inklingoist is on the road and likes to leave the strips uncut until she has sewn the next seam, so she extends the cutting line on every other square (ruler and pencil) and sews on both sides of the line. Clever. Thank you, Judy.)

 

Chain piece

Chain piece to finish the 4-Patches.

The seams nest together, so it’s a perfect intersection every time!

Zoom. Zoom.

 

Press

Press.

Optional: If you release a stitch in the center, you can press the seam allowances to the side around the intersection to reduce the bulk and make the block look its best.

 

Press a 4-patch

You know it’s right when you see a tiny 4-patch on the back of the intersection!

 

54-40 or Fight 54-40 or Fight

NOTES

1. You can use this technique any time you need 4-patches. All you need to know is the finished size!

2. There are squares in many different Inklingo shape collections! See the Index of Shapes under the Support & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.) All Inklingo shapes are named with the FINISHED size to make it easy!

2. There are squares in the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection, so you can try this method right now!

3. This method works perfectly with scraps and jelly rolls! Print the largest piece you can, cut into rows and layer with unprinted scraps.

4. This is one of many simple, accurate techniques described in The Inklingo Handbook. 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook! Your receipt includes a $10 coupon to use on your next order.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

 

Chipmunk outside my window

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two on Facebook every day. Sometimes it is a photo from around the house Inklingo Head Office, and sometimes it is about quilting. I love to share photos of your Inklingo blocks too!

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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 (top of right sidebar).

I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted on FB in the last week or so.

If you are on Facebook, please post photos of your Inklingo blocks on my page and please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

4 Patches with Inklingo

NINE YEARS ALREADY!

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, please start with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

8-pointed stars

LeMoyne Star 3 inch has been added to the Main Stars Page! Let’s make some stars!

I started this shape collection almost a year ago but was distracted by other requests.

 

Marcus Fabrics and Quilted Diamonds 2

Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies and the newly reprinted Quilted Diamonds 2 (book and DVD) inspired me to sew some samples and finish!—so you can start sewing too!

 

Window Template

The window template showed me that the design in Subtle Skies had the right scale to be perfect for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting these diamonds.

As I put the finishing touches on the new LeMoyne Star 3 inch shape collection, I also realized how useful the lessons in Quilted Diamonds 2 (book and DVD) are for these small stars.

 

6 inch block with LeMoyne Star 3 inch

You can make this 6 inch block with the new shape collection too!

By printing only 8 sheets of diamonds, I had enough diamonds for 42 fussy cut stars to sew by hand, a fabulous portable project! Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars!

SIZES

If you are new to Inklingo, 0.88 inch diamonds may sound strange but it is exactly the right size for a 3 inch finished block.

All Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size. Index of Shapes

 

How to print on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet

With Inklingo we are not limited to “easy to measure” shapes or templates because we print precise shapes on fabric.

 

How to sew 8-pointed stars

HOW TO SEW THE STARS

I love sewing with a running stitch because one simple technique works for ANY design and any shape—hexagons, diamonds, pentagons, squares, triangles, and on and on.

The two-hour DVD lesson with the Quilted Diamonds 2 book is like taking a private hand piecing lesson with me.  It covers everything you need to know about hand piecing including:

  • choosing fabric
  • needles, thread, threading the needle, quilter’s knot
  • rotary cutting
  • sewing kits
  • running stitch
  • sewing sequence
  • mirror image
  • pinning
  • scant quarter inch seams
  • continuous stitching
  • circling the intersection
  • inset seams
  • sewing curves
  • pressing & trimming
  • designing with diamonds and hexagons, etc.

Hand piecing should be relaxing and portable and it can be easier to get precise results than by machine.

Quilted Diamonds 2 is the book that inspired me to invent Inklingo. I reprinted QD2 this spring because I hear from so many quilters who have recently been introduced to English Paper Piecing but find it too slow or too tedious or too hard on their hands/wrists or who don’t like the look of it from the front.

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

When you learn how to sew with a running stitch, you can sew anything!

Too slow and imprecise for me:
English Paper Piecing  (English Paper Piecing Rescue!)
Slow & precise & relaxing:
Freezer paper templates and a running stitch (the method in QD2)
Faster & relaxing with ultimate precision:
Print on fabric with Inklingo and sew with a running stitch (the method in QD2)

Even if you don’t intend to sew one of the 101 beautiful diamond designs in the beautiful 144 page book (and I think you will), the QD2 DVD is worth the price.

 

Inklingo on Facebook

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

If you are following Inklingo on FB, you knew this new shape collection was coming today!

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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 (top of right sidebar).

I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted in the last week or so.

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

LeMoyne Star 3 inch

INTRO SALE PRICE

The new LeMoyne Star 3 inch shape collection is at a special low price until Monday night at midnight, May 25 (Memorial Day in the USA).

 

Blue flowers in the garden

I’ll be printing more diamonds and loading up my portable kit, so I can sew on the front porch this summer. Little stars are the perfect answer if you need a portable project this summer too!

NINE YEARS ALREADY!

It has been NINE YEARS since I published the first Inklingo shape collection. You can see all of the shape collections I have published since then in the Shop.

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, please start with the 4.5 inch stars too with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Coming Soon! LeMoyne Star 3 inch

Last night I had some fun with twinkly little stars.

I cut out 336 diamonds for 42 fussy cut 8-pointed stars—and started sewing!

Last June, I started a shape collection for LeMoyne Stars 3 inch. A few quilters requested it and it seemed like a good idea to me because the size works very well with existing Star shape collections. Gotta love stars!

However, it is still not finished! I was distracted with other projects—like expanded 90° Hexagon 1 inch, expanded 90° Hexagon 1.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.5 inch, new 90° Hexagon 0.75 inch, new Inklingo Star 9 inch, new Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda 6, 9 and 12 inch, Colonial Garden 1.32 inch, Passacaglia 3 cm, Passacaglia 1.5 inch, Inklingo for Quilted Diamonds, and on and on.  (All listed at inklingo.com > Shop.)

 

Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies

Recently, I found a perfect fabric for testing little diamonds! Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies was ready to print—washed and dried and folded.

(You have also seen Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies in Wild is the Wind, when I used it for designs from Millefiori by Willyne Hammerstein.)

 

Print a window template

DIFFICULT
Finding the perfect fabric is a very important step—and sometimes it is the most difficult step too! I print on scrap paper and make a window template.

In this case, I like what I see!

EASY 
Everything else is easy enough to do with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals on TV, especially if you are only a casual fan. (Congratulations, NY Rangers.)

  1. Measure the repeat along the selvage: about 11.75 inches after washing (also less than 6 inches)
  2. Decide on a Custom Page Size: 42 diamonds in 8.25 x 10.5
    (Suggested Custom Page Sizes are included in every shape collection.)
  3. At the cutting mat: Cut Freezer Paper 8.25 x 10.5
  4. At the ironing board: Iron FP to the right side for 8 sheets along the selvage.
    Position each sheet of FP is over the same part of the repeat, so the sheets will print identically.
    Trim with shears around the FP.
  5. At the printer: Print 8 sheets.
    (Print on Fabric Best Tips is one of the Top Ten Tutes.)

 

Print 8 identical sheets

The ironing and printing go fast!

This method is called Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

 

Rotary cut rows, stack 4 rows and cut.

I rotary cut one row from each of the 8 identical sheets, stack 4 rows, and cut the diamonds apart. This way, they are already sorted into sets for me! Cool.

 

Ready to sew!

Ready to sew by hand or by machine! (VIDEO Kaleidoscope Stars and Lessons in the blog archives.)

Can you imagine how long it would take to fussy cut the diamonds for 42 stars (336 diamonds) with the traditional “Swiss Cheese” method? WOW! And how much fabric would be “wasted?”

 

Ready to sew!

This uses less fabric, takes a lot less time, and gives beautiful, surprising results!

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo!

I’ll try to get this lovely little shape collection finished soon, so you can start playing too!

In the meantime, there are lots and lots of stars to entice you. Main Stars Page. Sew by hand or by machine.

 

Inklingo Fussy Cutting

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you are following Inklingo on FB, you saw my first two stars last night.

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day. I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted in the last week or so. You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, 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 (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

If you enjoy the video, How to Sew Passacaglia by Hand, please Like it on YouTube and share it on Facebook.

NINE YEARS!

I just realized that this month marks NINE YEARS since I published the first Inklingo shape collection. You can see all of the shape collections I have published since then in the Shop.

While you are waiting for LeMoyne Star 3 inch, you can practice your techniques on 4.5 inch stars too with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection.

By the way, I have more than a dozen shape collections “almost” finished, so please stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Wild is the Wind by Willyne Hammerstein

Wild is the Wind is one of the patterns in Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.

I think this is the PERFECT design for anyone who is looking for a portable project!  It is simple to choose fabric because you only need three.

 

Wild is the Wind by Willyne Hammerstein

This was my first attempt. It uses Marcus Fabrics Subtle Skies fabrics.

 

Wild is the Wind
These also use the third fabric (border) included in the center of the quilt.

What an eye-catching alternative to Grandmother’s Flower Garden!

Isn’t this brilliant? This is all done with only two diamond shapes!

They are the same diamonds used in Willyne’s Passacaglia quilt and are available in two sizes from Inklingo. Main Millefiori Page

 

How to Sew Passacaglia by Hand

Good  news! This design is NOT just for quilters who use English Paper Piecing.

The video shows how to hand piece Passacaglia.

Wild is the Wind is even simpler than the method for Passacaglia and there is lots of relaxing “continuous stitching!”

 

Millefiori Quilts

Wild is the Wind is only one of the intriguing designs in Millefiori Quilts!

You can see more of the designs in Millefiori Quilts on the Quiltmania site.

 

Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein

More good news! There are still a few copies of Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2 available on my website.

Caution: When the Millefiori Quilts books are gone (the first book), there will probably be a delay before Quiltmania can ship the next printing. Main Millefiori Page

 

Clamshell with Passacaglia Diamonds

By the way, if you have been following the Inklingo Facebook page, you have also seen a clamshell setting that uses these same diamonds!

Passacaglia just keeps on giving!

There is another clamshell version on Instagram @imasavonasac

 

Passacaglia Diamonds

I would love to see what you do with Inklingo Passacaglia diamonds!

 

Inklingo Print on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I post one or two photos on Facebook every day. I hope you will have a look at the photos I have posted in the last week or so. You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

(By the way, there was a fun connection with Inklingo when the new princess was born.)

However, 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 (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

If you enjoy the video, How to Sew Passacaglia by Hand, please Like it on YouTube and share it on Facebook.

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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