We’re counting down the days until Bonnie releases her first clue on November 29.
COUNTDOWN TIP OF THE DAY
Everyone is saying, “I can’t wait until the 29th.”
Monkey says, “Then don’t!” LOL
If you are planning to use the optional Inklingo shape collection for the mystery, you can START NOW.
You should order and download the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Shape Collection asap and print some test pages!
I have already printed a test on each of my fabrics for the mystery.
The Test Page is why you can use any ordinary Inkjet printer with Inklingo.
If I was a marketing guru <Monkey rolls his eyes> I might have tried to make everyone buy a “special” printer or “special” ink to print on fabric.
(Aren’t you glad non-quilting Mad Men are not in charge? LOL)
I am not a marketing guru. My passion is to make quilting more accessible to everyone.
So. . . Let’s test!
The Test Page allows you to use whatever printer you have with whatever ink is in it. Cool, eh?
- The test shows you which of the 20 colors used by Inklingo are safe—i.e. wash out completely or at least do not bleed.
All of mine do wash out, but I re-test every time I put in a new ink cartridge, just in case the ink has been “improved.”
- The test shows you which of the 20 colors shows well enough on a particular fabric for cutting and sewing.
Several of the 20 are usually good. I normally recommend using the lightest, finest one you can see but I often print the higher numbers for photos because I know it washes out anyway.
How to test Inkjet ink on fabric should get you started, okay?
I always recommend starting with the free shapes.
- There are no surprises when you do buy something.
- It includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook (pages H5 – H48).
- You can print a test page so you are ready to go on the 29th.
I encourage everyone to try the free shapes first.
Why not? No risk + no pressure = more fun.
Jillian in North Dakota: “What a generous freebie this is! I’ve used it for quilt blocks (LeMoyne especially), pin cushions, puzzle balls/baby toys, etc., etc. I love the accuracy of Inklingo–what an easy way to get perfect seams! Can’t get more accurate than stitching lines and matching points!”
We think it is a very generous freebie too ($20 value), but we give it to you because when you see how well Inklingo works, we know you will be back. That’s the plan and it seems to be working so far.
If you think you want to try Inklingo “some day,” this is the right time because we will all be printing and sewing Bonnie’s design together.
Charlsey in Texas—”Inklingo really has changed my quilting life. I attempt designs that I never would have tried before. There is not a design too difficult if you use Inklingo.”
Love the lines. Quilt more!
MONKEY’S COUNTDOWN THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you are using dozens of scraps for Bonnie’s mystery, you do NOT need to test each one. You just need to print a test on each COLOR, not each FABRIC.
The most important test is the first one, when you learn which colors wash out when printed with the ink in your Inkjet printer. That test is very important.
With a little bit of experience, you will be able to predict which color of ink will show on almost any fabric.
Monkey’s Deep Dark Secret!
What if none of the colors shows well enough?
Is your dark fabric is too dark on the wrong side? No problem! Inklingo quilters will NOT be printing every piece for the mystery, even if they are printable.
For several Inklingo techniques we just print one fabric, layer with unprinted fabric and sew. Intriguing, eh?
We can hardly wait to show you! We think you will love it.
There is a test page in every “shape collection.” Why?
1. It makes it possible to use the Inkjet printer and ink you already have.
(Answers in How to test Inkjet ink on fabric.)
May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
May fabric and friends surround you,
no cooking or cleaning distract you,
and the Celtic mystery start now
so you can print and sew on Friday (the 29th)!
(He kind of lost the muse near the end.)
Will you be ready to start printing the minute you download Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Shape Collection?
Leads like this take the mystery out of Inklingo:
- How to test Inkjet ink on fabric
- 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)
The Countdown continues. If you don’t want to miss anything, you can subscribe to get an email when I add the next tip (top of right sidebar).
You don’t have to wait! Let the fun begin now!
Linda & Monkey
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3 thoughts on “Countdown to Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice Mystery – 3”
Hi Cathie, I joined the blocks into rows because it allowed me to press with opposing seams. It is illustrated on page 43 of the Storm At Sea Design Book, but if you have any other questions, please ask.
I can hardly wait to see your Caribbean Seas! Hugs, Linda & Monkey
I took your advice and bought a Cannon Pixma 5420 today. Cannot wait to try it!
OK, Monkey you may not win a poetry award but it works for me!
Yep patiently waiting for next Friday but have plenty to keep me busy. Just put my Caribbean Seas (Storm at Sea) parts up on the design wall and have been moving them around for a couple of days and am ready to sew them together.
When you do a Storm at Sea do you sew the parts into blocks and then into the whole top or do you do it row by row?