Inklingo Beginners

Welcome, Inklingo beginners!

If you are new to printing on fabric with Inklingo, please start here.

Starting a quilt seems like a big commitment and other tools don’t help as much as they should. When you start with shapes printed on fabric with Inklingo, you have a line to cut along and a line to sew along for results that inspire you to actually finish—like a quilting Rock Star.

Watch the two very short videos and order the Free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection PDF and Guided Tour PDF. I’ll send you a free fabric sample too (tab).

Print on fabric instead of using quilt templates

Most quilters just need to see their first shapes on fabric to realize that Inklingo is the quilting tool we’ve always wanted. That’s why I want to make it easy for you to print on fabric in the next few minutes.


Preparing Fabric Sheets to Print

The Best Is Yet To Come when you print on fabric for the first time.

The info in my Welcome Email guides you through the first steps. If you don’t receive a welcome email soon after you place your order, please check your spam or junk folder or visit that page online.

1. What is Inklingo?

Inklingo is a simple and economical way to save time and make better quilts by machine or by hand, pieced or appliquéed.

Inklingo uses digital files (PDFs) to print shapes on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer.

Inklingo replaces measuring tools and templates. It is so innovative it is

When you print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo:

  • It simplifies the cutting
  • It simplifies the sewing.
  • It allows you to cut with scissors, or cut several layers at a time with a
    rotary cutter.

Inklingo Quiz (just for fun)

2. What fabric can I use?

Almost any cotton quilting fabric is suitable for Inklingo. When it is ironed to freezer paper, it goes through a printer safely, just like paper.

The 20 different colors of Inklingo ink which are used in the PDFs will show on almost any fabric and are likely to wash out completely. There are tips for dark fabric in The Inklingo Handbook and on the All About Inklingo blog.

Any ordinary Inkjet printer allows you to print “custom page sizes” to minimize waste, so Inklingo uses fabric very efficiently. In some cases, “combo layouts” allow you to use less fabric than with traditional methods.

More info > How to Print Your First Custom Page Size

3. Will the Ink Show?

There is a simple test page with all 20 Inklingo ink colors, so you can test to be sure that the ink in your printer will wash out, and that a color does not show through the front.

More info > The Inklingo Handbook, Chapter 1 (pages H1 to H48 the free
shape collection)

4. What can I make?

There are so many choices that it can be hard to decide!

The Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book (free download) summarizes the
shape collections which are available now and the shapes which have been
requested. It complements the info on the website and is updated whenever new shapes are added.

5. How do I start?

Order and download the free shape collection and print your first shapes in the next few minutes!

Inklingo free fabric sample

I’m sending a fabric sample printed with the free shapes to new-to-Inklingo
quilters! (USA & Canada only) Please put “free fabric sample’ in the comment on your order. Normally, address is optional on free orders but of course, I need it if you want the fabric sample.

“I am enjoying Inklingo so much so far. There is something about the way
this works that appeals. Also, everything is explained so thoroughly. I love
this!” Patty in CA

“I have been printing up inklingo storms and using it to complete quilt
tops and convert patterns. It has been fantastic.” Pam M in Australia

“I hate to admit that I sat on my Inklingo purchases until I finally pulled
out the fabric sample you included in the book . . . cut it up, and sewed a
star together. I’m not sure why I had such a fear factor going on about it,
but after I hand sewed the sample, I felt silly about not just ‘doing it!'”
JoJo in Oregon

“I have finished my first sample and found the technique very easy and it
is the first time I have completed a star of any kind without a botched up
centre. Very pleased with Inklingo!” Glenda in Victoria, Australia

“Linda, I am visually impaired (totally blind in one eye and limited vision in the other) and my Drunkard’s Path Bed Runner will be the first project I’ll have finished with Inklingo. I did have to print the lines in a dark ink but it all washed out. Thank you so much for providing this awesome method that a half blind, 76 yr. old grandma can still have fun with.”  Salliejean in Illinois

Love the lines. Quilt more!

It is just like placing a normal order (add to cart, check out), except that it is free, so you will not be asked for payment information.

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