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There are two methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

1. Traditional – Printing templates to make Swiss cheese of the fabric.
2. No Waste Fussy Cutting – Printing identical sheets of fabric.

In this installment:

  • Choosing fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting
  • Tips for printing identical sheets of fabric

 

Stack N Whack™

FABRIC FOR FUSSY CUTTING

The key to Inklingo No Waste Fuss Cutting is choosing the right fabric. If you get that right, everything else falls into place.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Any fabric that works for Stack N Whack™, Kaleidoscope Stars, One Block Wonder and similar techniques works for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

If you have any of those books, the information about choosing fabric also applies to Inklingo.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Window templates are a simple, easy, reliable way to determine the suitability of a fabric for fussy cutting a particular shape and size.

For me, a window template works much better than acrylic shapes (and costs nothing!).

If you have a folding mirror, you might find it helpful to see the effect. When you get a little bit of experience, you won’t need the mirror anymore.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

I can see great possibilities for this fabric! (No folding mirror or acrylic needed!)

If you use a window template, you don’t have to remember any rules but you will probably notice some common characteristics:

  • overall designs without a lot of plain background
  • medium to large designs, depending on the size of the shape
  • at least 3 or 4 colors
  • variety of lines
  • shapes with defined edges
  • high contrast

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Fabric for fussy cutting

FIND THE REPEAT

The next step is to find the repeat in the fabric. This is the same as Stack N Whack™ and other kaleidoscope techniques.

If you have ever hung wallpaper, you are familiar with this idea. A “repeat” is the measurement parallel to the edge (selvage) from one motif to the next, where the design starts over again.

In the illustration above, I isolated one blue flower. No matter what part of the design you choose, the measurement to the next identical motif will be the same, so you can choose any easily identifiable shape as your starting point.

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How to find the repeat in the fabric

MEASURE THE REPEAT

The length of the repeat will determine how much fabric you need.

For example, 6 repeats of 12 inches = 72 inches (2 yards).

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Fabric for fussy cutting

TIP  If you don’t have enough fabric to cut all the repeats along the length of the fabric, you can locate and use repeats across the fabric.

With many fabrics, you can use repeats from anywhere, not just along the lengthwise (selvage) grain. This can reduce the amount of fabric you need to buy.

It might also mean a favorite fabric in your stash will be enough!

(Stay tuned for another article with details for determining fabric requirements.)

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

PRINT IDENTICAL SHEETS

Are you ready for a little miracle? This is it! When you print identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo, you get sets of identical shapes!

In this example, I printed 6 identical sheets of diamonds for the Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery (COTDN).

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

That gives me sets of 6 identical diamonds to make fabulous kaleidoscope stars.

For 36 diamonds for the COTDN mystery quilt, I printed 6 identical sheets of diamonds 4.5 x 8.5 inches. (That is one of the Suggested Custom Sizes in the 60° Diamond 1.75 inch shape collection.)

I cut off the selvage (as usual) and rotary cut a 4.25 or 4.5 inch strip long enough to include 6 repeats. Then I cut the strip into identical sections, iron to the FP and trim.

TIPS FOR PRINTING IDENTICAL SHEETS

Printing identical sheets takes a little bit more “fussing” but almost everything is the same as ordinary non-fussy-cutting printing. (Best Tips in the Top Ten Tutes)

For example, I always wash the fabric first. Always! Some say this will distort the printed design. That is exactly my point! If it is going to distort, I want to know about it before I invest my time and creativity!

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

My Canon printer is beautifully jam-free (another Top Ten Tute) if I leave about 1/8 inch of FP without fabric on the leading edge (red arrow).

If you have checked the Top Ten Tutes, you know that leaving the leading edge bare is easy to do for non-fussy cutting. I just position the freezer paper on the fabric at the ironing board with the FP overhanging a straight edge of fabric and trim the other three sides of the fabric to match the FP. (Best Tips in the Top Ten Tutes)

This step is slightly different for No Waste Fussy Cutting: To leave the leading edge of the FP bare and get identical sheets, I need to cut the fabric and the FP separately and then line them up. . . identically . . when I press them together.

 

Inklngo Fussy Cut Star

When I first started printing identical sheets of fabric, sometimes there were small variations in the diamonds. In the star above, you can see that the diamond in the 5 o’clock position is slightly different from the others. It is still a very pretty star.

 

Lucy Boston POTC

Not a problem? In some situations  variations add more charm for me than mechanical precision does. This is a fabulous example from Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses.

 

Lucy Boston POTC

Lucy Boston’s fussy cutting often had variations—and her work is stunning.

In this second example from Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses, the flowers are not positioned exactly symmetrically. In fact, if you look closely, they are not even identical flowers! I think I love it even more for its quirkiness. This happens many times in the POTC quilt.

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

This might be the best tip!

In situations where it is important that every shape is as close to identical as possible, there is a simple solution.

Before you print, double-check that the fabric is positioned identically. To do that, stack the sheets with an offset (above). Repeat for all four sides.

This simple visual check will tell you whether you want to re-position the fabric on some sheets to match the others.

If one sheet just will not match, you can cut another sheet that will—if you have enough fabric.

That brings us to a new topic for a future article: How to determine yardage requirements for fussy cutting. I have written about this before (and the blog is searchable). I have more info about using Inklingo templates for traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting too.

In the meantime, I hope you are following The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Qult.

The mystery quilt is very pretty without fussy cutting but I hope I have tempted you to try it!

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how Inklingo works.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know. The COTDN mystery is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters too. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, so you can see what to expect.

The new mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

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Please subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more.

Please tell your friends about Inklingo. The more, the merrier!

Linda & Monkey

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New Clue!

COTDN Clue # 2 (8 pages, PDF to download)

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

I’m wearing my diamond necklace ($7.50 US and worth every penny) with a sweatshirt instead of a strapless white gown while I print and sew.

You can feel just like Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief while you make a pretty quilt.

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Print diamonds on fabric

If you are new to Inklingo, Clue # 2 will help you print your first 3 sheets of fabric and start sewing stars by hand or by machine.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

This clue includes valuable gems of information in videos of  “circling the intersection” and “continuous stitching.”

 

Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection

You will need the shapes in the Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection.

The versatility of these shapes makes them perfect for a mysterious mystery quilt.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

The new COTDN mystery quilt is very pretty with or without fussy cutting.

Even if you won’t be fussy cutting this time, we think the new notes about fussy cutting with Inklingo are a very good reason to subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar)..

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website includes essential clues.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know. The COTDN mystery is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

HAND OR MACHINE

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

This is the 3rd Inklingo mystery quilt. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, so you can see what to expect.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

I would love to see and share photos of your first stars. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the mystery. The fun is for everyone!

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.

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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

In the 1950s and 1960s, Lucy Boston was a pioneer of fussy cutting and she created fascinating effects with simple shapes, like her Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC), above.

By artistic use of designs in the fabric, she created masterpieces.

 

Fussy Cut Clamshells

No matter what the shape—clamshells, hexagons, diamonds, pentagons, squares, anything–there is a big reaction when I post fussy cutting on the Inklingo page on Facebook. It is a phenomenon on Pinterest too.

Surprising effects! .

 

Swiss cheese fabric

Lucy Boston acknowledged that traditional methods of fussy cutting are wasteful and that is not consistent with the traditional ideas of quilting—but we all love the look!

 

Lucy Boston Patcwork of the Crosses

The brilliance of Lucy Boston was the way she used the designs in the fabric, not her sewing method!

 

Inklingo Kaleidoscope Stars

Of course, Lucy Boston was sewing at a time when there were no rotary cutters (gasp), no acrylic templates (or plastic garbage floating around the Galapagos Islands), and very limited resources.

 

Print hexagons on fabric

Lucy Boston was ahead of her time, going where other quilters feared to tread, so if she was alive today, I think she would be printing with Inklingo, rotary cutting and sewing with a running stitch. The incredible selection of fabric available now would feed her creative soul!

 

Print hexagons on fabric

It makes me sad to think how many more exquisite quilts Lucy Boston could have finished if she did not use paper piecing! All those hours basting—and removing basting!

Stack n Whack ™, Kaleidoscope Stars, One Block Wonder and other riffs on this theme have become popular in the last 15 years or so.

Now, Inklingo makes it easier than ever to get astonishing effects with simple techniques.

TWO METHODS OF FUSSY CUTTING 

With Inklingo, there are TWO ways to get fabulous fussy cut effects!

  1. Traditional Fussy Cutting – by printing freezer paper templates to make Swiss Cheese of the fabric (The sewing lines are marked manually.)
  2. No Waste Fussy Cutting – by printing identical sheets of fabric! (The cutting and sewing lines are printed.)

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

Printing identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo makes fussy cutting more fun and saves waste! The effect is fabulous.

With either method of fussy cutting, you can use a rotary cutter or scissors and cut several layers at a time. No basting, no whip-stitching, no removing templates.

Stay tuned for more:

  • How to choose fabric for fussy cutting.
  • How to print identical sheets of fabric.
  • How to determine yardage requirements.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Qult

The new COTDN mystery quilt is very pretty without fussy cutting but it is a nice small project, so we’re hoping to tempt you.

I hope you will subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), so you don’t miss the details.

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page.

Please tell your friends about the COTDN mystery too. It is perfect for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I hope you are subscribed here and following the Inklingo Facebook page for the clues.

I would love to see and share photos of your fabric choices too. linda@lindafranz.com

More on fussy cutting soon!

Linda & Monkey

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Inklingo on Facebook

If you have been following Inklingo on Facebook, you know that the game is afoot! The new quilt mystery has begun.

COTDN Clue # 1 (5 pages, PDF to download)

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

It’s time to don your best diamond necklace (mine was on sale for $7.50 US) and start playing with fabric possibilities!

SMALL FABRIC REQUIREMENTS

Some quilters love a mystery quilt but I know that some quilters are hesitant to start a quilt when they don’t know what it will look like.

This one has small fabric requirements but teaches some really big, fun concepts. If you follow this mystery you will learn a lot about using Inklingo!

The COTDN is smaller and simpler than the first two Inklingo mysteries.

 

The Case of the Secret Garden Mystery Quilt

The Case of the Secret Garden (1st Inklingo mystery quilt)

The clues for COTSG are still on the blog, free to download.

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery Quilt

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville  (2nd Inklingo mystery quilt)

The clues for COTSIM are still on the blog too, free to download.

Both of these mysteries are great for anyone who is new to Inklingo!

 

Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection

The Case of the Diamond Necklace (3rd Inklingo mystery quilt)

This time, we are using the shapes in the Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection.

These shapes are so versatile that we don’t think anyone will be able to solve the mystery before the final reveal!

 

Print diamonds on fabric

Clue # 1 will help you choose 4 fabrics, so you will be ready to print when Clue # 2 is released.

Monkey says you have probably already deduced that we used gold and platinum with our diamonds!

 

Print diamonds on fabric

If you’ve always wondered about fussy cutting with Inklingo, the mystery quilt is an easy, fun way to start.

The new COTDN mystery quilt is very pretty without fussy cutting but I will be sharing more info about fussy cutting here.

Even if you won’t be fussy cutting this time, we think the new notes about fussy cutting with Inklingo are a very good reason to subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar)..

 

Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a new VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website.

Detectives really should review this short video in order to be ready to print in Clue # 2.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know. The COTDN mystery is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Qult

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers! You can machine piece this one too!

This is a perfect opportunity for a “hybrid” with some hand piecing and some machine piecing.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

I hope you are subscribed here and following the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints and help from Monkey, the lead detective. (Russ calls him Sherlock these days.)

Please email me photos of your fabric for the mystery! linda@lindafranz.com  I would love to see and share your fabric choices.

Please tell your friends on Facebook and in person, so we call all share in the fun!

Linda & Monkey

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Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, there are step by step instructions and a VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website . . .

. . . and there is a new mystery!

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Qult

THE CASE OF THE DIAMOND NECKLACE MYSTERY QUILT

The new Inklingo mystery quilt is for you—if you want to learn how to use Inklingo and have some quilty fun.

The clues are perfect for beginners but we think there is something special for experienced Inklingoists too.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF PRINTING ON FABRIC

The Case of the Diamond Necklace (COTDN) uses a small amount of fabric to teach some big concepts and we think you will love the design!

  • Sew by hand or by machine
  • Learn how to fussy cut (2 ways)
  • Choose the layout with correct straight grain
  • Use the Cheat Sheet, so you can adapt non-Inklingo designs
  • Print on tiny scraps and dark fabric
  • Recover from printing mistakes
  • Use freezer paper templates
  • Chain piece by machine or “continuous stitching” by hand
  • Uncover secrets about pressing and trimming
  • “and more”

 

Fussy Cut Stars for COTDN

FUSSY CUTTING

The Case of the Diamond Necklace design is beautiful with or without fussy cutting and this is a great time to try it.

The instructions for fussy cutting and printing with Inklingo apply to other designs like Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC), Passacaglia (from Millefiori Quilts) and many other designs, so if you have the curiosity gene, we think you will want to follow along.

 

There was a clue on Facebook a while ago. (Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page?) 

There was a video clue on Facebook a while ago. (Are you following the Inklingo Facebook page?)

Monkey’s has 3 leads for quilty detectives:

  1. Boring stake-outs are not necessary. 
    If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), the clues will be delivered to you by email.
    No cold pizza in an unmarked car in the dead of night.
    Get your beauty sleep. Wear diamonds.
  2. There is a reason detectives usually work in teams.
    This is a great time to tell your friends about Inklingo.
    You can do your friends a favor by telling them about the COTDN, especially if you know someone who has not tried Inklingo yet.
    Have more fun by following the clues together.
  3. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
    The mystery uses the 1.75 inch 60° Diamond shape collection.
    There is surveillance tape (video) on the Main Diamond Page with at least a dozen red herrings because there are so many ways to use ONE Inklingo diamond shape collection!

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Mystery Quilt - The Case of the Diamond Necklace

Who is the lady wearing the exquisite diamonds?

DOWNLOAD the introductory notes (PDF, 4 pages) to confirm your suspicions and start the mystery!

Let’s have some quilty fun!

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.

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