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Quilters in the Inklingo Yahoo Group have been discussing making a scrappy Pyramid Quilt with equilateral triangles and it is perfect with Inklingo, so this seems like a good time to review how to find what’s available in the Inklingo Index of Shapes.

 

Inklingo Triangles FINISHED Size

Inklingo triangles are named with the length of a side—finished—to make it easy to find what you want.

The triangles are 60° equilateral triangles and there are MANY sizes available.

However, if you look at the Main 60° Shapes Page (under the Shop tab on the website, not the blog), you will only see one 60° Triangle shape collection. It has 2 and 4 inch triangles and the half too (above).

 

Pyramid Quilt

It is perfect for designs like this.

But wait! There’s more!

 

Triangle Templates 1.5 inch

Other 60° equilateral triangles are “hidden” in 60° Diamond shape collections because this triangle is . . . half of a 60° diamond!

To make sure you find all of the sizes, look at the Triangle page in the Index of Shapes (under the Support tab on the website, not the blog).

There are TEN sizes available from 0.5 inch to 4 inch.

 

Inklingo Triangle Quilt

In 2012, when quilters requested a shape collection with 2 and 4 inch 60° triangles, I was able to make the shapes available quickly. The recent shape collections for Cleopatra’s Fan were the result of requests from quilters like you too.

 

Fussy Cut Triangle Quilt

Two sizes of equilateral triangles for a fabulous fussy cut kaleidoscope effect!
(Russ loves this one.)

Print the triangles on fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting. (It all depends on finding the right fabric!)

WHAT IF THE SHAPES ARE NOT AVAILABLE?

If you’ve looked in the Index of Shapes for the finished size and you don’t see it:

  1. Ask! New shapes (and new combinations of existing shapes) can move up the list quickly when something is hot!
  2. If you cannot wait for a new shape collection or if you would have to buy several shape collections to get what you need, use freezer paper templates!

 

Freezer Paper Templates

FREEZER PAPER INSTEAD OF ACRYLIC

Freezer paper is the little secret that the manufacturers of acrylic templates do NOT want you to know about!!

Freezer paper templates are less expensive and BETTER than other templates. (Article about Freezer Paper Templates)

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD

How to use freezer paper templates is taught in my Quilted Diamonds books (2002, 2004).

Instead of printing the lines on fabric with Inklingo, when you use FP, if you want lines it is necessary to draw them manually with a mechanical pencil. It is not as fast and precise as printing—but it is still better than using acrylic or paper piecing!

 

Inklingo Triangle Templates

We prefer to print the shapes on fabric but all Inklingo shape collections include the shapes without seam allowances too, so you can print the shapes on freezer paper if you need templates (e.g. traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting, fabric too dark to print). You can make your own FP templates when the shape is not available.

Shapes with printed lines and shapes with manually drawn lines can be used together, of course, for machine piecing OR hand piecing.

 

Antique Pyramid Quilt

This antique quilt is owned by Linda Collins, who named it Panama Pyramids. She has started a Sew-Along on Facebook for quilters making pyramid blocks. There are also photos on Instagram and Pinterest.

This layout requires about 2700 small triangles but only about 200 of the medium and large triangles.

For example, if you have the small triangles (1.5 inch) and the medium triangles (3 inch) from Inklingo already, but your design also uses “relatively few” 6 inch triangles (not available), you can use freezer paper to make a template!

OR. . .

You can print the small triangles on scraps from your stash and use FP for the medium and large triangles! That way, you only need one Inklingo shape collection.

This may sound like a strange recommendation from someone whose livelihood depends on selling shapes to print on fabric but Inkingo is all about making quilting more accessible. You need to know your options!

I am forever grateful to Mary in Wisconsin who taught me how to make freezer paper templates in 1998. It has saved me time and a lot of money—and eventually it inspired me to invent Inklingo.

 

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

Quilted Diamonds 2 (book & DVD) goes into every detail about freezer paper templates for hand piecing. The same method works if you are machine piecing, of course. (Haven’t we always preferred to sew along a line?)

When you need a template, if you always use one WITHOUT SEAM ALLOWANCES, you can do anything!  You just need one acrylic ruler to add the 0.25 inch seam allowances around ANY shape. (Companies selling templates WITH seam allowances don’t want you to know this!)

Freezer paper templates and Inklingo are all about making quilting more accessible.

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Inklingo Zig Zag Quilt

No matter what shape you need, the Index of Shapes is the first place to look and there are other good resources too.

Welcome to Inklingo

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible!

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Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

I would love to see photos of what you are making with Inklingo too.

What shapes are YOU looking for?

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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The best time to start quilting with Inklingo was 10 years ago.

The second best time is now!

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet and Inklingo

Use a rotary cutter or scissors and sew by hand or by machine.

Love the lines! Quilt more!

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet and Inklingo

I always recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some versatile shapes to print on fabric.

“Today I actually printed on fabric. It is great! My husband is more than surprised that printing on fabric comes out so neat. I’m reading your newsletter/blog and love it.” –  Birgitt in Germany
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LeMoyne Stars by Shannon in MO with Inklingo

Two months ago, Shannon in Missouri did not have Adobe Reader on her computer and did not know how to get it.

There is no stopping Shannon!

She needed a little bit of help opening her first downloads but now she can’t stop printing shapes for stars!

(Russ says one of the coolest things about using Inklingo is that you also learn other tips for using your computer, like how to download, how to navigate with bookmarks, and how to use print features you didn’t even know you had!)

 

LeMoyne Stars by Shannon in MO with Inklingo

Shannon wrote: “I have enjoyed this so much. These are just a few of my finished squares. I take them with me in the car. We live in the country and everything is at least 10 miles so………..it makes the miles shorter and less boring. Thanks for all your stuff. I plan on getting more shapes to print in the near future. Just loving this……”

When I asked Shannon for permission to feature her stars online, she wrote, “You may share. I made 5 more today. I think I should seek addiction counseling?? Well maybe later HUH!!”

 

How to sew stars by machine

Sewing by hand suits Shannon’s lifestyle but many quilters sew these stars by machine. (How to sew LeMoyne Stars by machine.)

 

Tilde's Tiny Totes - FREE Inklingo Pattern

Tilde’s Tiny Totes (free pattern) will help you turn your first two stars into something you will enjoy using.
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Fussy Cut with Inklingo!

Isn’t this fun?
Printing is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer. When you’re ready, you can try fussy cutting too.

Monkey says, if you are reading my blog, you have all the computer skills you need to print with Inklingo!

Come on in! The printing is fine!

 

Stars by Linda in Ohio with Inklingo

Linda in Ohio showed me these wonderful table runners that she made with the free shapes!

What will you make?

Stars by Linda in Ohio with Inklingo

Linda wrote: “I will say that I got great enjoyment making these all by hand and can’t wait to get the chance to make more.  Inklingo makes it very easy and lots of fun!”

 

Linda Franz

Looking Back . . .

I’ve been sewing all my life.

The first quilters to start quilting with Inklingo were quilters who knew me because of my Dear Jane™ quilt and my Quilted Diamonds books.

Nowadays, just as many quilters use Inklingo for machine piecing as hand piecing.

The number of new Inklingo quilters has grown dramatically this year and many of them don’t know my hand piecing background. (Bio)

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet

Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible. (US Patent)

I designed Inklingo so it uses the computer, printer and ink everyone already has, so there are no barriers to entry.

Inklingo quilting is for everyone!

Thanks to the Internet, Inklingo is used by quilters in more than 65 countries. Many quilters who use Inklingo don’t speak English!

The most user-friendly way of providing the shape collections ten years ago was on CD but they were not compatible with Mac and—who wants to wait for something in the mail! (I’m impatient!)

We were a little ahead of the curve but by 2008 a small Canadian company introduced a user-friendly method for providing downloads using FREE Adobe Reader software!

Wow! A game-changer!

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet

We love the convenience. All you need is your computer (Windows or Mac) and Adobe Reader (FREE) and any ordinary Inkjet printer. 

How cool is that?

Copy protection can be a nuisance but Inklingo uses the most user-friendly method possible (so far) and the advantages are huge.

Thanks to this technology, I have been able to add extra shapes and extra layouts to several of the shape collections over the years. (You can’t update a CD.)

ALL Inklingo shape collections have been revised twice to keep up with changes in technology too. (2011 and 2015, free to everyone) You probably didn’t even notice.

Print on fabric with your Inkjet and Inklingo

Printing is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer and even quilters who barely understand how to send an email can do it.

I love hearing from quilters in their 80s who say “I can’t believe I did it!”

You can too!

Jump on in, the printing’s fine!

 

Print on fabric with your Inkjet

NEED HELP?
As you would expect, quilters who read the instructions are more likely to be successful on their first attempt, and—when all else fails. . . the rest of us read the instructions too! (I’m guilty.)

“Tech support” is provided—by me—for quilters who try to open with something other than Adobe Reader.

NOTE  Recently, some quilters have had to re-install Adobe Reader (and their other software) after updating to Windows 10, so we are a bit annoyed with Mr Gates, but it’s just a little wrinkle.

If you are not “tech savvy,” I can help.

The beauty is that when you open a PDF, you can use it “offline”—when you are not connected to the Internet!

You don’t even have to enter your email address and password again until it has been longer than 200 days. You don’t have to keep track and nothing expires. Very nice.

We’ve made it as user-friendly as we can, and we’ll be ready when the next improvement comes along!

 

Cleopatra's Fan with Inklingo

Learn to print on fabric with the free shape collection and then you will be ready for ANY other shapes—like the new Cleopatra’s Fan!

Welcome to Inklingo

I hope you’ll join us on the journey for the next ten years!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see what’s next!
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Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

THE LINKS!

There is much more on the website.

If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know.

I would love to see photos of what you are making with Inklingo too.

All in all, I think you’ll agree—it’s a great time to be a quilter!

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Rotary cutting curves with Inklingo

One of the wonderful things about Cleopatra’s Fan with Inklingo is that you can use a rotary cutter OR scissors—something you can’t do with acrylic templates.

Just follow the lines! Haven’t we always preferred to have a line to cut along?

Even better, once the shapes are cut out, you can sew by hand or by machine.

This is a great time to be a quilter!

 

Rotary cutting Cleopatra's Fan

There are illustrations on page 83 of the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book showing why the method we use for rotary cutting with Inklingo is SAFER than traditional rotary cutting with templates or rulers.

Since the design book is free (for a limited time only), you can order and download and have all of my best tips.

It makes sense that rotary cutting straight lines would be easy and safe.

However, you might be surprised how easy it is to rotary cut curves without a template! I was!

How to rotary cut curves - VIDEO

This short video shows how to rotary cut curves, including my best tip—focus your eye about a half inch ahead of the blade. (In order to do that, you must position the fabric so you can see the line easily. Makes sense.)

You can use your ordinary 45mm rotary cutting blade for all of the curves, no matter which of the 3 sizes you choose.

With acrylic templates, it is sometimes necessary to use a smaller blade because a normal one won’t fit the shape of the acrylic edge. No need to buy a special cutter and blades. (Those tiny blades wear out fast.)

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt

Worksheet 12 (of 24), 3 fabrics, 12 Cleos!

In addition to the illustrated sewing instructions (hand and machine), cutting tips and pressing diagrams, there are TWO DOZEN worksheets in the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book and ideas for choosing fabric.

The design book is free for a limited time ($20 value).

Go ahead, order and tell your friends, so they don’t miss it!

 

Templates for Cleopatra's Fan quilt

This optional Combo layout allows you to print and cut 6 shapes. Rotary cut the rows apart first and then rotary cut the rest.

You will have stitching lines, matching marks and precision corners on every shape to make the sewing faster and more precise.

If you are new to Inklingo, please have a look at the Main Beginner’s Page too.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next news about Cleopatra’s Fan. There is more to come!

Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

THE LINKS!

This article is just a quick overview. There is much more on the website.

SALE EXTENDED!

The Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book ($20 value) is free for a limited time.

The special intro sale price of $25 on each of the 3 shape collections (4.5 inch, 6 inch, 9 inch) is supposed to end tonight at midnight but I have extended it until Friday the 13th at midnight—out of the goodness of Monkey’s heart.

Main Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Page

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. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Cleopatra's Fan with Inklingo

The sewing sequence is not always obvious for a block like Cleopatra’s Fan.

There are detailed instructions for sewing and pressing in the new Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book, (138 pages, PDF) free for a limited time.

 

Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

When you realize it is sewn in rows, it all makes sense.

Cleo isn’t difficult to sew by machine because the curves are so gentle.

 

Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

That center seam is important if you will be machine piecing the whole block.

On the other hand, since Inklingo quilters do so much fussy cutting (Passacaglia, Ballet, Patchwork of the Crosses POTC, hexagons, etc.), I could not help but ponder  . . . .

Wouldn’t that look GREAT with a fussy cut flower?

Could I give up that center seam?

 

Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

So I tried it!

Aha! Another Inklingo “bonus shape” was born.

I sewed the Y-shaped center seam by hand. The rest of the block is easy by machine.

 

Cleopatra's Fan Templates on fabric

Print the bonus shape on fabric or on paper for templates!

 

Cleopatra's Fan with Inklingo

Cathi Godwin at Quilt Obsession shared a photo of her first Inklingo Cleopatra’s Fan block. She used the bonus shape, so her block has 19 pieces instead of 20. It is trickier to sew by machine without the center seam, so Cathi sewed by hand and the results are worth it! See Cathi’s Cleo from the back too!

 

Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

In addition to printing on fabric, you can use Inklingo to print on paper for a window template and a paper template. (Inklingo includes layouts of shapes with AND without seam allowances.)

Fussy cutting with freezer paper templates is even easier than using acrylic and you can have as many templates as you like.

 

Inklingo Cleopatra's Fan

Fussy cutting is just one way to make Cleo extra-special—if it wasn’t already!

In addition to the illustrated sewing instructions (hand and machine), there are TWO DOZEN worksheets in the Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book and more ideas for choosing fabric.

The design book is free for a limited time ($20 value).

Go ahead. Tell your friends, so they don’t miss it!

If you are new to Inklingo, please have a look at the Main Beginner’s Page too.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next news about Cleopatra’s Fan. There is more to come!

Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

THE LINKS!

This article is just a quick overview. There is much more on the website.

Happy Mother’s Day! 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. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt with Inklingo

While we were waiting to publish the new Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt shape collections, we shared a few designs like this one on Facebook.

(You’re missing out if you don’t check Inklingo on Facebook every few days at least! You don’t have to have a FB account to see what I share there.)

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt

The BIG news is that in addition to the 3 new shape collections, there is a new Inklingo design book—and it is FREE for a limited time!

The Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book includes a 66 page Gallery of Quilts (pages 11-77) and dozens of worksheets.

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt
This example uses only 3 fabrics.

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt Combo Layouts

Thanks to Inklingo’s “combo” layouts (optional), you can print all 20 shapes for one block on only 3 sheets of fabric. Wow.

(For 4.5 inch blocks, you can print 60 shapes for THREE blocks on only 3 sheets of fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer! <gasp>)

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt
There are also examples with 4 fabrics, so 4 sheets of fabric!

For 6 inch blocks, you can print 60 shapes for THREE blocks on only 4 sheets of fabric. With. your. ordinary. Inkjet. printer!

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt Design Book

SEW BY HAND OR BY MACHINE (OR BOTH)

In addition to the quilt ideas, the Design Book includes detailed, illustrated instructions for cutting the shapes, sewing sequence, and sewing instructions!

And it’s FREE!

I think you might be amazed by how simple it is to design and sew these blocks with Inklingo. Even I was surprised when I started sewing.

 

Cleopatra's Fan Quilt

The printing and sewing go so fast, you can afford to spend a little time perfecting the design and still finish a stunning quilt faster than you could with any other method!

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will be the first to see the next news about Cleopatra’s Fan. There is more to come!

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make Inklingo work.

Please share my videos on your blogs and Facebook and please tell your friends about Inklingo!

THE LINKS!

This article is just a quick overview. There is much more on the website.

More to come. 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. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

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