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Inklingo I Spy Qulit by Bert

This warms my heart on a cold winter day!

Bert in Michigan made this quilt for a special boy in her life. Word is that he loves his quilt and always keeps it close by.

I love this photo! What a beautiful face, full of joy!

 

Inklingo I Spy Qulit by Bert

Bert wrote:

The idea came from Bonnie Hunter/your site and the blocks were pieced the Inklingo way.

 

Inklingo I Spy Qulit by Bert

Bert wrote:

I love bright colors for children’s quilts and have a large stash. For some years I was in a small group in my quilt guild who made quilts for ill children for a local hospital.  Often times I still purchase more bright fabrics just because.

This quilt is about 40 x 50 inches.

 

Inklingo Leaders & Enders Baby Quilt

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

There are detailed instructions for sewing this design with Inkllingo on the blog.

Bonnie Hunter’s Leaders & Enders Baby Quilt includes two free PDFs.

Inklingo is perfect for this quilt:

  • Fast and accurate because you don’t draw lines on fabric.
  • Less fabric is wasted than using 2 inch squares. (If you use 2 inch squares, a small, fiddly triangle is left over. It is an odd size, so most quilters would never use it.)
  • Only the triangles are printed so the prep is very fast.
  • The free PDFs keep you organized.

With Inklingo, you can print hundreds of triangles very quickly so they are handy whenever you need a Leader or Ender!

NOTE I used 1.5 inch HST (Half Square Triangles) in the instructions to match Bonnie’s instructions, but you could use the 1.32 inch HST in the FREE Diamond Triangles Squares shape collection instead. You would need to use the 1.32 inch square as a guide to cut the rectangles.

If you make an I Spy quilt, I would love to see it!

 

Inklingo Headquarters

This heart-warming quilt is perfect for anyone in North America who has been shocked by the weather in the past few days.

This week in Burlington is a definite contrast to last week.

MORE I SPY QUILTS

If you need a little more heart-warming, have a look at Bert’s other very special I Spy quilts too.

I Spy a Great Grandmother, a Grandmother and a Mom

 By the way, Bert’s full name is Alberta. It is not a common name but one of my Canadian Great Grandmothers was Alberta too— a lot less common than Linda!

 

Inklingo Headquarters

I’ve been showing photos of life at Inklingo Headquarters on Facebook.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check Inkingo on Facebook every day for fresh photos.

Just because you have “liked” Inklingo on FB does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed. Strange but true. I hope you will LIKE what we share there.

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Thank you, Bert, for letting me feature your wonderful quilts and thank you for visiting!

Sew on!

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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Remembrance Day in Canada

Thank you very much to everyone who helped me tweak the Inklingo Welcome Email that I shared with you last time. There is a newer version now!

I made several changes AND made it available as a web version too. You can see it here.
http://lindafranz.com/section/welcome-email/148

 

Bulldozer

WHAT SHOULD BE SCOOPED INTO A DUMP TRUCK?

Some quilters told me they found the Inklingo website overwhelming. Gently, but firmly: Too much information for such a simple printing process.

Inklingo.com has grown and grown and grown since 2006.

I keep adding pages to the website and never seem to remove anything. Thanks to your feedback, I am seriously considering trashing several pages.

If it was up to you, what pages do you think should be removed?

Do you remember what it was like getting started with printing on fabric? What would have made it easier for you?

You can leave a public comment here or write to me privately at linda@lindafranz.com.

 

Red Maple in Canada on Remembrance Day

It is a gorgeous November 11th for Remembrance Day. The anemones are still blooming! I went outside in my nightie to take a few photos this morning for Facebook.

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check Inkingo on Facebook every day for fresh photos. Just because you have “liked” Inklingo on FB does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed. Strange but true. I hope you will LIKE what we share there.

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I hope you will share your suggestions for the website. 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

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Inklingo Welcome Email

Print shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Thousands of quilters have been introduced to Inklingo for the first time in the past few months, so I have sent out thousands of Welcome emails.

The majority of quilters “get it” right away and start printing immediately. I know because some of their next orders include the loveliest comments!

UPDATE 11 NOVEMBER 2014

Thanks to a little help from our friends, the Welcome Email has been tweaked again, so the one below is not the latest version. You can see the new one on the Inklingo website at http://lindafranz.com/section/welcome-email/148

INKLINGO WELCOME EMAIL

I have tweaked my Welcome Email (below) dozens of times since 2006. It is always personalized and acknowledges any comments on the order. I keep adding or removing paragraphs and revising it.

This is the current version:

________________________________________

Hello Linda!

Welcome to Inklingo!

You have the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some great shapes to print on fabric in the Diamond/Triangles/Square shape collection ($20 value, handbook on pages H5 – H48).

When I explain Inklingo in person, I always start with the 3 key ideas that make Inklingo work. That is the foundation on which everything else is built.
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-quick-start/63
Please start with that page. When you understand (1) that there is a test page for the ink and (2) that the pages are huge but (3) that you can print exactly the number of shapes you need by printing a Custom Page Size, you are an Inklingo expert.

Inklingo does not require any special software. The shape collections are big PDF files that open with Adobe Reader (required, free, probably already on your computer).

It couldn’t be simpler. I have drawn the layouts of shapes so you can print them. You can follow a step by step example using the free Diamond/Triangles/Square shape collection to print your first shapes on fabric.
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-welcome/92

When you are ready, there are also short lessons on the blog under the tab “Top Ten Tutes.” They include topics like how to print on small scraps, how to avoid jams, how to print on dark fabric, how to fussy cut, and many others.
http://www.lindafranz.com/blog/
You can look at those tutorials in any order when you need them. The blog is also searchable.

I hope you will print a sheet of fabric with free shapes soon. I often hear from quilters who say they were “over-thinking it” and wish they had just started printing sooner.

[This paragraph is included only if the quilter did not order it.]  I have added the Guided Tour for you, so you can download it too. It is under the heading New For You when you log into your account on the website. I want to WOW you with all of the benefits of Inklingo.

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

Hugs,
Linda & Monkey in Canada
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo
You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I share there.

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
http://lindafranz.com/section/inklingo-download-instructions/28

You will need your email address and password to log into your account on the website and to open the PDFs. They are both “case sensitive,” so the upper and lower case letters must match whatever you typed when you created your account. Quilter Log In is at the top, right side. All green text on the website is clickable.

Adobe Reader (free) is a requirement. Inklingo will not open with Mac Preview or the default PDF viewer that is installed on some Windows 8 computers. Please see the download instructions.

________________________________________end of email

Lying awake in the middle of the night

LYING AWAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

The quilters I worry about when I lie away in the middle of the night are:

Very few quilters need help downloading anymore, so the Download Instructions and the Download Checklist seem to be working—for those who look at them.

There is always a simple answer. 

I actually enjoy “Tech Support” because I can always help.

DO YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS?

Do you remember what it was like when you started with Inklingo?

What do you think is the best way to get started?

When you tell friends about Inklingo, do you explain the 3 key features in the Quick Start Guide?

Do you show a piece of fabric/FP, printed with Inklingo shapes?

Are the pages mentioned in my Welcome email helpful? How would you change them?

I would love to hear from you. Your suggestions might help other quilters start inklingoing.

Please leave a comment or write to me privately at linda@lindafranz.com.

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

Fern attempted and abandoned Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses about 12 years ago. . . . but her quilt is hanging at Quilt Festival this week!

Fern in Singapore wrote: The Lucy Boston POTC quilt is my first Inklingo project and i doubt that I can ever go back to paper piecing. The results of Inklingo printing are so accurate and easy.

Congratulations to Fern on a spectacular quilt and having it juried into this prestigious international quilt show!

Quilters who assume that she made it with EPP will marvel at how well she hid every single stitch!

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

Every one of Fern’s POTC blocks is a work of art.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING OR INKLINGO?

Fern prints with Inklingo and sews with a running stitch now, but did you know that quilters who are devoted to English Paper Piecing (EPP) use Inklingo too?

Inklingo has significant advantages for quilters who sew with whip-stitches over templates, even if they don’t print the shapes on fabric!

There are two new links about English Paper Piecing today!

 

Inklingo on Quilting Hub

 

1. NEW article on QuiltingHub

8 Good Ways to use Inklingo for EPP

QuiltingHub is a wonderful resource for quilters. There are several other articles about Inklingo too.

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

2. NEW page on the Inklingo website: English Paper Piecing Tutorials

We’ve added a page on the website with a summary of EPP lessons we have shared before. (You are on the blog now. The new page is on the Inklingo website.)

 

Video - Continuous stitching by hand

You might know by now that I prefer to sew with a running stitch instead of whip-stitching.

The video shows Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexagons, but it is the same for POTC.

 

Inklingo - Print shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet

With Inklingo, the prep is easier and simpler and a running stitch is more precise.

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

It is not often that you can get better results in less time, but a running stitch allows me to start and finish 3 or 4 Patchwork of the Crosses blocks in the time it would take to start and finish one with EPP—and the stitches are hidden in the seams!

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

The more you know about English Paper Piecing and Inklingo, the easier it is to choose the best technique to learn—and the best technique to teach too.

 

Inklingo Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) by Fern in Singapore

Inklingo is converting quilters from EPP to a running stitch one quilter at a time. In the meantime, quilters who love whip-stitching are benefiting from Inklingo too!

This is it!  8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP on QuiltingHub.

If you will be at Quilt Festival, be sure to see Fern’s wonderful interpretation of Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses too!

I wonder how many more masterpieces Lucy Boston would have designed if she had had the advantages of fabric and tools that we have today.

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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Inklingo Star - Morse Star

“Morse Star” variation of Inklingo Star 9 inch with 8 “fussy printed” kites.

There are step by step illustrations for deciding how much fabric you need for No Waste Fussy Cutting in Part 1 of this tutorial.

Part 2 adds a few more ideas and suggestions.

 

A choice of 4 diamond layouts in the free shape collection.

1. OTHER INKLINGO LAYOUTS

There is often a choice of layouts for a shape. Consider the different Suggested Custom Page Sizes for each of them. One custom size may fit the repeat in the fabric better than others.

For example, there are 4 diamond layouts in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. I used Layout A in the example in Part 1. Layout D is perfect for stripes.

 

Hexagons to print on fabric for POTC

There are 3 hexagon layouts for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and each has different Suggested Custom Page Sizes, so you can make the best use of the repeat in the fabric.

NOTE: The third layout was added in May 2014. Everyone who has the PDF can download the newest version just by logging into their account. Details here. Anyone who has ordered/downloaded since May automatically has the expanded version.

The original quilt uses 1 inch 90° Hexagons. There are 3 other sizes available (Main Lucy Boston Page) and they all have 3 layouts for hexagons too. Cool, eh?

 

Fabric with a 24 inch repeat.

2. OTHER REPEATS

12 inches seems to be a common repeat, so that is what I used in the example in Part 1.

The fabric above has a 24 inch repeat. In the example in Part 1, I would buy 6.5 yards and would not have to consider the 4 options. (I’ll let you discover how I figured that out by yourself.)

For an 18 inch repeat (not as common), I might use different Custom Page Sizes, there could be more waste, and you might have to consider the Options 1 – 4 described in Part 1.

 

Inklingo 6-pointed Kaleidoscope Stars

3. OTHER SHAPES

This method works exactly the same way for other shapes like hexagons, 60° diamonds, star points, etc., but you may need sets of 4 or 6 identical shapes/sheets of fabric.

For example, if we were making 6-pointed stars (above), we would need 6 identical diamonds for each star instead of 8.

 

Inklingo Castle Wall with bonus shapes

Inklingo Castle Wall 9 inch includes the bonus triangle, so the center octagon can be 8 triangles with a kaleidoscope effect. Print 8 identical sheets.

This is not the only fussy cutting opportunity with Castle Wall blocks! You can also jazz up Castle Wall by cutting 4 or 8 identical diamonds or 4 or 8 identical squares. The possibilities are endless!

See more of Cathy’s spectacular Castle Wall blocks on the Main Castle Wall Page.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

POTC is a special case. I like to plan on printing 8 identical hexagons (8 identical sheets). Some blocks only use 4 identical hexagons, but some use 12.

Relax! It all works out.

 

Inklingo Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC)

4. CARRY FREEZER PAPER WITH YOU

In addition to printing the Suggested Custom Page Sizes from the shape collection to take to the quilt shop, consider taking sheets of FP cut to the sizes you expect to use. In the example in Part 1, I would take a sheet 7.75 x 11.5 and a sheet 6.25 x 11.5. They can be a good visual aid.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

5. BUY ONE EXTRA REPEAT?

Some quilters like to be extra-cautious and allow an extra repeat, just in case of a misprint or jam.

In the example in Part 1, an extra repeat means we would use 12 x 9 instead of 12 x 8.  (Arithmetic: 12 x 9 = 108 inches divided by 36 = 3 yards).  Allow 3.25 yards for a staggered start.

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

6. STAND BACK

Consider how you want to feature the fussy cutting. Do you like the “mushy” look when these Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars are set with gold hexagons or do you think each star should be given more room to shine?

Viewing the blocks from a distance or in a photograph may help you decide.

 

Print shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Whether you fussy cut the shapes or not, it is easier to cut and sew when you have the lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Star from the back

There are detailed instructions for printing, cutting, sewing and pressing diamonds, hexagons, Castle Wall, POTC, and other designs in the archives and the blog is searchable.

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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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post on the Inklingo Facebook page.
If you do have a FB account, please like my page and choose “Get Notifications” or Facebook will make me pay to show you what I post.
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