WELCOME BACK, DETECTIVES!
We’re making four-patches!
Easy peasy! Perfect for the holidays, don’t you think? Thank you, Bonnie!
Sew 120 or 300 four-patches for Clue # 4!
As usual, Clue # 4 includes a one-page guide to keep you organized at the sewing machine.
It is easy to sew four-patches from 2-inch strips as described in Bonnie’s Clue # 4 without Inklingo.
If you rotary cut and machine piece, you probably don’t care about printing squares on fabric with Inklingo! Bonnie’s method is easy for most quilters.
Most quilters will rotary cut 2-inch strips from their scraps, sew two strips together, slice at two-inch intervals, and sew the last seam to get four-patches as described in Bonnie’s Clue # 4.
Easy peasy! It’s done! It’s Christmas!
WHY PRINT SQUARES ON FABRIC?
However, we included 1.5-inch squares in Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection because Bonnie and I know Inklingo includes more quilters.
Including more quilters is great and not just because when you buy Inklingo, Bonnie gets paid and I get paid. (Thank you!)
Bonnie and I are both passionate about making quilting accessible to everyone—children, beginners, the elderly (all of us someday, I hope), the disabled, anyone on a limited budget, and anyone with limited time to sew.
Without Inklingo, many quilters are excluded. You probably know some of them. It’s especially hard to make a fabulous Bonnie Hunter design if you don’t rotary cut or machine piece!
We don’t expect you to buy Inklingo just to support Bonnie’s business or mine! Or just for squares! However, one of these six ideas might be compelling to you, even if you don’t print Inklingo squares for Clue # 4.
REASONS TO LOVE PRINTING ACTUALLY
Some quilters would like to hand piece this clue while they are traveling over the holidays. If you print the shapes on fabric, it is totally portable.
Even if you don’t travel, you can sew some by hand while you watch Love Actually on DVD with the family and sew some by machine (hybrid) while the rest of the family cleans up the kitchen after your big turkey dinner.
Sew long strips together by machine and sew the last seam by hand. Whatever combination works for you!
Of course, some quilters are hand piecing the whole quilt. Have you seen Cathi Godwin’s Quilt Obsession blog “Chaining by Hand”?
2. SAVE TIME
Some quilters are using yardage and can save time if they print 20 or more squares at a time.
If you are experienced with printing on fabric already, it can be faster than cutting accurate 2-inch strips and eye-balling a scant 0.25-inch seam allowance.
3. NO ROTARY CUTTING
Some quilters cannot rotary cut at all (can’t stand for a long time, carpal tunnel, arthritis, lack of space, poor eyesight) or cannot rotary cut 2-inch strips accurately enough to be happy with the results.
Thanks to our cool Inklingo method, they can cut with scissors and they don’t have to cut every square individually. Print one fabric, layer with unprinted fabric, sew by machine, and then cut on the lines with scissors (spring-loaded, if necessary).
Some scrappy quilters find it easier and more accurate to print large scraps with squares, cut them apart to fit on itty bitty scraps, sew on the lines, and cut after sewing.
5. ACCURACY (NO MEASURING)
Sometimes squares are hard to rotary cut accurately. Two-inch strips are easy to measure but what about 1.59-inch squares?
Inklingo is perfect when the measurement is difficult for designs like Feathered Star, Storm At Sea, Square in a Square, and many others. The Inklingo Index of Shapes includes 1.59 and 6.36-inch squares, among others.
All Inklingo shapes are named with the finished size. Inklingo makes difficult designs possible for everyone.
6. HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Even if you don’t print any of the squares for Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice, it may give you hope that you will be able to quilt all your life.
As one quilter says, even though she can rotary cut and machine piece today, rotary cutting is getting more difficult because of arthritis and someday she won’t have as much space for sewing as she does now. She says she will keep on quilting with Inklingo as long as she has a computer and a printer.
Several quilters in their 80s have learned how to print on fabric with Inklingo. Let’s keep on quilting and keep our minds sharp!
You aren’t old until you stop learning.
Love the lines. Quilt more!
There are squares in the free shape collection, so you can try this method of making four-patches even before you buy anything.
ARE YOU READY TO LEARN HOW TO PRINT ON FABRIC?
- Please follow the Quick Start Guide on the website!
We always recommend starting with the FREE Diamond/Triangle/Square Shape Collection, so there are no surprises when you buy something. The first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook is included with the free shapes! See pages H5-H48.
- DOWNLOAD the FREE Inklingo Celtic Solstice PDF for Clue 04.
(You can catch up on Clue 01, 02, and 03 too, if you like.)
- Order and download Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection.
NOTE Bonnie’s Shape Collection will stay at a special low price for a few weeks, so you can make your decision after you have seen the next clue and played with the FREE shape collection. This is a mystery, not a race!
Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection includes all of the shapes for all of the clues.
Summary of the Clues for Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice
- How to print on fabric—jam free!
- Inklingo Clue 01 (VIDEO)
- Inklingo Clue 01a
- Inklingo Clue 02
- Inklingo Clue 02a (VIDEO)
- Inklingo Clue 03
- Inklingo Clue 03a
- Inklingo Print Checklist (Thanksgiving Edition)
- How to test Inkjet ink on fabric and other Top Ten Tutes (tab above)
- Swatches PDF (free download)
After you print your tests, you can write the Inklingo ink color(s) beside each swatch too.
- Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice with Inklingo – Intro
- Free Diamond/Triangle/Square Shape Collection
(includes Chapter 1 of the handbook, pages H5-H48)
By the way, Love Actually is a romantic comedy set at Christmas. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have a treat in store! It is one of my all-time favorites any time of year.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
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.