Inklingo Shape Collections are big PDF files which open with Adobe Reader, so you can print pages of shapes on fabric. Fabric goes through the printer just like paper when it is ironed to freezer paper.
I draw the layouts of shapes to use fabric efficiently. You print them. It's fast and it's simple!
Printing on fabric makes everything possible, whether you are sewing hexagons, triangles, or any other design.
Three simple things work together to make Inklingo perfect for quilters.
Custom Page Sizes
Layouts of Shapes
1. Test Pages
Print a test on a scrap of fabric so you can be sure the ink in your printer will wash out even after pressing. All 20 Inklingo colors probably will wash out.
It doesn’t hurt to leave ink in the quilt, but you need to test to be sure it will not bleed or show on the front.
Inklingo uses a feature in the software of ordinary printers which allows you to print any size to use fabric efficiently to get exactly the number of shapes you need.
Before Inklingo, I had only printed standard sizes and I did not know I could enter other sizes in the print dialog box. It's easy, but there are step-by-step instructions under the Support tab.
When you have done it once, you are an expert. You can print the shapes for anything from Grandmother's Flower Garden to New York Beauty and Feathered Star!
3. Layouts of shapes
I recommend an ordinary 8.5 inch wide printer for Inklingo, but all of the layouts are 13 x 19. This gives us many more options for printing exactly what we need without wasting fabric. Sometimes 11.75 or 12 inches is just right.
This flexibility is great for yardage or for scraps and Jelly Rolls. It also means it is easier to see how much fabric is required.
Inklingo PDFs have hundreds of pages because each layout of shapes is provided 20 times on 20 pages, each a different ink color and line weight to show on almost any fabric.
When you have the lines printed on the fabric, you can sew by hand or by machine.
Most quilters are hooked on Inklingo as soon as they see their first sheet of fabric printed with Inklingo shapes, so we want you to print your first sheet now.
The lines are very fine and perfect, and the advantages are clear—it is easier to cut on a line without any measuring, and it is easier to sew with a line to follow.
Order at least two free items from the Getting Started page (under the SHOP tab) • the FREE Inklingo Shape collection, $20 value, free • the Guided Tour (PDF)
While you are shopping for the free collection, consider the free patterns too. Tilde's Tiny Totes pattern is perfect for Inklingo beginners and it uses the free shape collection.
2. Check out
Even though these items are free, it is a normal checkout procedure (add to cart, checkout at top right of window), except that you don't have to enter credit card info.
The checkout procedure sets up your account and password. You receive a receipt by e-mail, just as if you were buying something.
3. Download and activate.
It is as easy as can be. There are step-by-step instructions under the SUPPORT tab. (That's where Monkey 'hides' good stuff.)
The most common booboo is trying to open with Mac Preview or another PDF viewer. Inklingo requires Adobe Reader (free software).
4. Open the Bookmarks and look around.
The very first thing you should do EVERY time you open an Inklingo shape collection is open the Bookmarks panel on the left side of the Adobe Reader window. Every time!
Explore the free shape collection and take the Guided Tour to become familiar with the way the shapes are organized.
Many quilters do not take full advantage of the cool navigation tools in Adobe Reader, but the Guided Tour explains Bookmarks and more. There is also a two minute video on the Getting Started Page (under the SHOP tab).
One of the side effects of Inklingo is that you will learn some nifty stuff about using your computer for other things too.
5. Iron freezer paper to fabric and print some shapes.
Just a suggestion: Print page 301 (page 263 in first version) on the wrong side of a scrap of light/medium fabric 8.5 x 11. Make sure Page Scaling is set to "none" in the print dialog box, so the shapes print the right size. (It will be printed like the yellow fabric at the top of this page.)
If you have never printed on fabric before, I recommend that you review the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook. It is included in the free collection on pages H5-H48. Chapter 1 includes everything you need to know about printing on fabric.
As long as there is a firm bond between the fabric and the freezer paper, jams are rare. (Always wash fabric first to remove the sizing. Otherwise, the freezer paper is not likely to stick well enough.)
In a nutshell: Use a hot, dry iron (no steam) and press on the paper side and the fabric side. The tips in Chapter 1 are great.
6. Admire the shapes!
When you see those precise diamonds, triangles, and squares coming out of your Inkjet printer, we think you will want to print another sheet of fabric right away in a contrasting fabric, so you can mix the shapes to sew two mirror image LeMoyne Star blocks for Tilde's Tiny Totes.
Video (80 seconds)
Now that you have seen how simple it is to print on fabric, you are ready for more.
My "Top Ten Tutes" are on the All About Inklingo blog, including: