Inspiration from McCall’s Quilts

Do you have the March April Issue of McCall’s Quilting? As usual, it is full of inspiration for Inklingo quilters.

When Inklingoist Tilde Binger in Copenhagen received her copy in the mail, she immediately identified several patterns which use Inklingo shapes, and she wrote to the Inklingo Yahoo group about it.

Inklingoable Patterns!

It is easy “to inklingo” any pattern that uses the same shapes and sizes. These tips will point you in the right direction. If you don’t have the magazine, you need to rush out and buy it! If you can’t find it locally, get a back issue from McCall’s web site. Issues of  McCall’s usually include several Inklingoable designs, so you should consider subscribing (no affiliation).

The designers have used wonderful color palettes and the photography is great. Not only that, but there is more info on the McCall’s web site for each quilt, and KITS are offered so you can make the quilts with the fabrics in the photos. How cool is that?

Colonial Star
(pages 30-32) and online at with a “web bonus” (Check it out!)

The eight-pointed stars in this quilt are commonly called Sawtooth Stars or Evening Stars. They are made with Flying Geese.

Inklingo Flying Geese require less fabric than the method in the magazine. The yardage is easy to calculate using the magazine, the suggested cutting layouts in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes, and Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

Step 1

1. Cut one square (unprinted, 4.75 in);  print 8 triangles (1.75 in HST, 5.75 x 6); and cut into squares for each set of 4 Flying Geese.  (Dimensions are provided in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes for HST in every Inklingo collection, so you don’t have to do any math.)

2. Stitch
3. Cut
4. Press
5. Stitch
6. Cut
7. Press

No measuring, no drawing lines on fabric, no weird rulers, no paper to pick off, no waste! Flying Geese with Inklingo are faster and more precise than any other method.

The Inklingo method makes 4 identical Flying Geese units at a time, and that is exactly what you need for each star in this quilt. There are detailed, illustrated instructions in The Inklingo Handbook (pages 66-67), and in the Inklingo Triangle Tips (free PDF under the Machine Piecing tab on the web site).

This pattern also uses 1.75 inch HST (half square triangles) in Sawtooth Squares and 3.5 inch Inklingo QST (quarter square triangles). See the Triangle Tips PDF for illustrated instructions for those too.

Chimayo Dinner Party
(pages 48-51) and online

This is a Dresden Plate design in great contemporary fabrics. See the notes on pages 46-47 about using wild prints. There is also more on Virginia Robertson’s web site.

With Inklingo, you can skip all of the tracing and templates and use the Inklingo Dresden Plate Appliqué Collection.  It includes the blades with folded points and several other blades to mix and match.

The instructions for folded blades are in the Dresden Plate Design Book—74 pages, also FREE from Inklingo!

Notice that the blocks in the magazine finish at 10 inches. You can use the Inklingo folded blades on a 10 inch background (11 inches unfinished).

However, if you print the backgrounds with Inklingo (optional), the blocks finish at 9 inches. If want your quilt to be exactly the same size as the one in the magazine, you will need to add a row of blocks on one side and on the bottom edge. That means making more blocks, but if you do, the quilt will have an odd number of rows in each direction, so the corners can match, if you prefer a symmetrical layout.

The Inklingo Dresden Plate Applique Collection includes everything you need. Order and download the Dresden Plate Design Book  (free, $20 value) first, to see complete instructions. Consider using the other blades too.

(pages 52-54) and on the web site at

This a creative diamond design with wonderful use of color that is characteristic of Karen Combs. She designed this one to use her fabric line, and there is a kit available online. Be sure to check the photos on Karen’s blog too.

The magazine includes a template for a 2 inch 60-degree diamond. Inklingoists skip the tracing and the templates, and print the diamonds on the back of the fabric with Inklingo instead! No templates, no tracing, no measuring!

The yardage requirements are the same (or less) with Inklingo, and you have a choice of four layouts to print on the fabric, depending on where you want the straight grain.

The cutting lines, stitching lines, crosshairs, and matching marks will make it a breeze to assemble this quilt—so you will be ready to start a new one when the next issue of McCall’s arrives!

There are other quilts in this issue which use Inklingo shapes, but this should give you a good start.

Inklingo Resources

The Index of Shapes (under the Support tab at
The Catalogue of Shapes in each collection (yardage requirements, cutting layouts, etc.)
Monkey’s Cheat Sheet (under the Support tab at
The Inklingo Handbook (first chapter, Printing with Inklingo is free)

If you have not tried Inklingo yet, you can get started in the next few minutes with the free collection. Quick Start!

Some day, we hope all magazines will include references to Inklingo methods. In the meantime, refer to The Inklingo Handbook and the wealth of information on the Inklingo web site, and jot the numbers down on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet.

The Inklingo Yahoo Group is a great place to ask questions (and get answers) too. I hope you will join us there.

Linda & Monkey

4 thoughts on “Inspiration from McCall’s Quilts”

  1. You ladies are amazing. I have all the INKLINGO’S. I am up in NY visiting my brother, but as soon as I get home I will be starting the Cubism quilt. The magazine should be there.
    Thanks Tilde.

  2. Wow, it’s amazing how you can Inklingo-ize so many patterns. Of course that means we need to get all the collections! LOL
    Thanks for the head’s up to Tilde and Monkey too.


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