The Inklingo Handbook

(13 customer reviews)


The Inklingo Handbook is for every quilter who is interested in printing on fabric.

128 pages, softcover

ISBN: 978-0-9730304-7-1 SKU: INKHB02 Listed under: , , ,


Alternative title: Better Quilts—Precise, Simple, and Fast!

The Inklingo Handbook includes general info and great tips for printing on fabric. Chapter 1 is essential to your enjoyment of Inklingo, so the chapter is included in the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection. Please tell your friends, so they can start enjoying Inklingo too.

“Thank you so much for Inklingo. Now I’ve started I’m hooked forever with this wonderful technique. I’ve been able to adapt most of the shapes to use in my Farmers sampler quilt and now all my blocks are perfect size and as I hand piece its much faster.” Jillian in Australia

If you arrived here from Quiltmaker’s Quilty Pleasures blog, you might want to start with the Main Hexagon Page or the Inklingo Quick Start Page.

Chapter 1 – Printing on Fabric

General info and great tips for printing on fabric. The information in the first chapter about printing on fabric is so important that I included it in the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection PDF.

Chapter 2 – Piecing

Our best tips! 1. by hand 2. by machine 3. hybrid. It is amazing how much simpler and more accurate it can be with lines printed on the fabric.

Chapter 3 – Appliqué

Inklingo makes appliqué better than ever before. Back-basting, needle-turn, FP appliqué, and more.

Chapter 4 – Pressing and Trimming

This chapter includes strategies for pressing and trimming for hand and machine pieced seams.

Chapter 5 – Using Patterns with Inklingo

Inklingo is compatible with any pattern that uses the same shapes and sizes. There is helpful information about shapes, dimensions, and yardage calculations—complete with examples.

The Inklingo Handbook was first published in a loose-leaf version in 2008 (sold out) when shape collections became downloadable (previously on CD) and was then reprinted in a beautifully bound version that is still available today.


Postage is exactly what I pay without a handling fee. I can often fit two or three different books in one flat-rate Priority envelope to make maximum use of postage. Your book will be mailed from Niagara Falls NY.


I sign every book. If you would like the autograph personalized, please make a note when you place your order.

New Lower Price!

I offered a $10 coupon with the handbook for years but Monkey lowered the price to $19.95 instead.

Answers to 5 Beginner Questions

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.


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 patented!

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.
  • It allows you to make simple or complex designs more easily.

More info >Inklingo Quiz (just for fun)

Inklingo Beginner`s


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

Inklingo Test Page


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

Inklingo Smart Shopper`s Idea Book


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.


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


Inklingo IO Group (previously on Yahoo, very friendly)
Inklingo Quick Start GuideSeveral pages under the Support Tab

The Case of the Secret Garden Mystery from Inklingo

See the clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) on the All About Inklingo blog. It’s perfect for Inklingo beginners.

Print on fabric with Inklingo


Yes, Inklingo is wonderful……fast, accurate, and fun!!! Wish I had known about it sooner ( first started using it in 2013) and wish there were more quilting hours in my day. But, with Inklingo, I can accomplish more in less time! – Betsy in MA on the blog

Just want to let you know how happy I am with the free download. I’ve watched all your videos (several times), read your site and your blog, and made 4 little 8 pointed star squares from your free pattern. I am so pleased that I’ve found this way to hand piece without all the prep work.  As someone else commented, I’ve been quilting for many years and I can’t remember when I’ve been this excited about a new (to me) technique! Carolyn in Mississippi 

Table Runner by Birgitt with the free Inklingo shape collection

“I finished my first table runner using inklingo. I used fabrics, which I actually really didn’t like, in case the fabric would be messed up. But it wasn’t. My hubby was so surprised that I could print on fabric, you should have seen his face! Well, anyhow, I took the diamonds, triangles and squares everywhere, to the dentist’s waiting room, the hairdresser’s anywhere I expected to have to wait. And this is the result. As soon as I have finished some of my UFO’s, I’ll start inklingoing again!” – Birgitt in Germany 2016

13 reviews for The Inklingo Handbook

  1. Pat (verified owner)

    Inklingo is my favorite tool for making quilting easy whether it is hand piecing or using the machine. Having the lines helps all blocks come together most accurately. It also simplifies the piecing process as to which pieces go where. In addition the handbooks give a multitude of ideas for future projects. Thanks for giving us all this help!

  2. Beth (verified owner)

    There is such a wealth of information in the handbook. The fact it fits into a binder is really nice as I can easily add tips, pages from my collections, etc. to it and keep everything together in one place.

  3. Emily P (verified owner)

    I recommend everyone purchase this handbook first! It is one of the best tools in using this innovative method of quilting. If I had bought it first I would have saved myself some stress. I think I made every mistake one could make. I ordered the printed manual and have it in it’s own binder. It is worth the investment!

  4. Sharon (verified owner)

    Just wanted to let you know that I received my Inklingo Handbook. Absolutely love it…and Monkey you just brighten up the pages with your cute little self!!! Oh and thanks for the starter fabric square…love the color!!

  5. Jillian (verified owner)

    I just love the Inklingo Handbook, there are so many tips that I reread it and continue to hone my skills. Your way of teaching, with so many detailed pics, is great. And the title is deceiving as it just doesn’t apply to using Inklingo–although I can’t think why anyone would use anything else anymore.

  6. Kay (verified owner)

    This is a comprehensive resource that makes any Inklingo collection complete and doable, even for beginners. I thought I would never go back to any quiltmaking by hand, but with the help of the handbook, I now have projects galore for road trips.

  7. Kathy (verified owner)

    Linda’s books are so well written and illustrated anyone can follow her instructions!

  8. Esther (verified owner)

    Everything you need to know about the Inklingo method is in this super book. So much information. I recommend this to anyone to add to their collection of quilting tools.

  9. Peggy S (verified owner)

    I love this book. It is a great reference for any beginngers as well as advanced. It is so worth it!!
    Peggy S

  10. Cathy (verified owner)

    The Inklingo Handbook is an invaluble reference tool. I would recommend that this be your first purchase!

  11. Lois (verified owner)

    I would so recommend this handbook. I chose loose leaf as I wanted sections to review or have with me. Either way it is the contents that are so important. I think that if you read them thoroughly they will leave no questions in your mind as to how Inklingo works. There is much more contained in this handbook but I think rather than go on all day and I could, I will just say get it, read it and enjoy. I do love Inklingo. Lois

  12. Peggy (verified owner)

    I ordered the Inklingo Handbook about a year ago and am amazed at the information it contains. I am constantly pulling it out of the bookcase to solve a problem I may be having with a project. Question answered and I’m once again on my Inklingo journey.

  13. Shirley J. (verified owner)

    I received my handbook and read it cover to cover in one nite! So very well detailed with pictures and explanations that I know I (anyone!) can master this technique with ease and great confidence! Thank you, Linda for such a great experience in quilting. Now to start collecting all the shapes!!

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