The best time to start quilting with Inklingo was 10 years ago.
The second best time is now!
Use a rotary cutter or scissors and sew by hand or by machine.
Love the lines! Quilt more!
I always recommend starting with the FREE Diamond Triangle Square shape collection because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some versatile shapes to print on fabric.
“Today I actually printed on fabric. It is great! My husband is more than surprised that printing on fabric comes out so neat. I’m reading your newsletter/blog and love it.” – Birgitt in Germany
Two months ago, Shannon in Missouri did not have Adobe Reader on her computer and did not know how to get it.
There is no stopping Shannon!
She needed a little bit of help opening her first downloads but now she can’t stop printing shapes for stars!
(Russ says one of the coolest things about using Inklingo is that you also learn other tips for using your computer, like how to download, how to navigate with bookmarks, and how to use print features you didn’t even know you had!)
Shannon wrote: “I have enjoyed this so much. These are just a few of my finished squares. I take them with me in the car. We live in the country and everything is at least 10 miles so………..it makes the miles shorter and less boring. Thanks for all your stuff. I plan on getting more shapes to print in the near future. Just loving this……”
When I asked Shannon for permission to feature her stars online, she wrote, “You may share. I made 5 more today. I think I should seek addiction counseling?? Well maybe later HUH!!”
Sewing by hand suits Shannon’s lifestyle but many quilters sew these stars by machine. (How to sew LeMoyne Stars by machine.)
Tilde’s Tiny Totes (free pattern) will help you turn your first two stars into something you will enjoy using.
Isn’t this fun?
Printing is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer. When you’re ready, you can try fussy cutting too.
Monkey says, if you are reading my blog, you have all the computer skills you need to print with Inklingo!
Come on in! The printing is fine!
Linda in Ohio showed me these wonderful table runners that she made with the free shapes!
What will you make?
Linda wrote: “I will say that I got great enjoyment making these all by hand and can’t wait to get the chance to make more. Inklingo makes it very easy and lots of fun!”
Looking Back . . .
I’ve been sewing all my life.
The first quilters to start quilting with Inklingo were quilters who knew me because of my Dear Jane™ quilt and my Quilted Diamonds books.
Nowadays, just as many quilters use Inklingo for machine piecing as hand piecing.
The number of new Inklingo quilters has grown dramatically this year and many of them don’t know my hand piecing background. (Bio)
Inklingo is all about making quilting more accessible. (US Patent)
I designed Inklingo so it uses the computer, printer and ink everyone already has, so there are no barriers to entry.
Inklingo quilting is for everyone!
Thanks to the Internet, Inklingo is used by quilters in more than 65 countries. Many quilters who use Inklingo don’t speak English!
The most user-friendly way of providing the shape collections ten years ago was on CD but they were not compatible with Mac and—who wants to wait for something in the mail! (I’m impatient!)
We were a little ahead of the curve but by 2008 a small Canadian company introduced a user-friendly method for providing downloads using FREE Adobe Reader software!
Wow! A game-changer!
We love the convenience. All you need is your computer (Windows or Mac) and Adobe Reader (FREE) and any ordinary Inkjet printer.
How cool is that?
Copy protection can be a nuisance but Inklingo uses the most user-friendly method possible (so far) and the advantages are huge.
Thanks to this technology, I have been able to add extra shapes and extra layouts to several of the shape collections over the years. (You can’t update a CD.)
ALL Inklingo shape collections have been revised twice to keep up with changes in technology too. (2011 and 2015, free to everyone) You probably didn’t even notice.
Printing is one of the easiest things you can do with a computer and even quilters who barely understand how to send an email can do it.
I love hearing from quilters in their 80s who say “I can’t believe I did it!”
You can too!
Jump on in, the printing’s fine!
As you would expect, quilters who read the instructions are more likely to be successful on their first attempt, and—when all else fails. . . the rest of us read the instructions too! (I’m guilty.)
“Tech support” is provided—by me—for quilters who try to open with something other than Adobe Reader.
NOTE Recently, some quilters have had to re-install Adobe Reader (and their other software) after updating to Windows 10, so we are a bit annoyed with Mr Gates, but it’s just a little wrinkle.
If you are not “tech savvy,” I can help.
The beauty is that when you open a PDF, you can use it “offline”—when you are not connected to the Internet!
You don’t even have to enter your email address and password again until it has been longer than 200 days. You don’t have to keep track and nothing expires. Very nice.
We’ve made it as user-friendly as we can, and we’ll be ready when the next improvement comes along!
Learn to print on fabric with the free shape collection and then you will be ready for ANY other shapes—like the new Cleopatra’s Fan!
I hope you’ll join us on the journey for the next ten years!
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If printing on fabric is new to you, you might want to see this video Introduction to Inklingo. It explains the three key ideas that make it possible to print templates on fabric.
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There is much more on the website.
- Main Beginner’s Page (if you are new to Inklingo)
- Welcome Info
- NEW Main Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Page
- Cleopatra’s Fan Quilt Design Book FREE!
If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know.
I would love to see photos of what you are making with Inklingo too.
All in all, I think you’ll agree—it’s a great time to be a quilter!
Linda & Monkey
New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.
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4 thoughts on “The Best Time to Start Quilting”
I started using Inklingo in 2008. You changed my quilting forever.I’ve made quilts with shapes I never would have used without it.Congratulations on your 10th anniversary and thankyou. Inklingo is my best quilting friend.lol.
Hello Linda and Monkey
When I discovered Linda’s Quilted Diamonds. I just have to buy the books and cd’s.
Started doing those blocks, but then Inklingo arrived. Wow, hold on
now that was for me. I hate to trace, cut and mesure. So Inklingo was a life saver and I have not stopped using it eversince.
Thank you so much Linda.
Happy 10th Anniversary to Linda and keep us busy please with new ideas and shapes.
Oh, how I remember when that very first CD arrived in the mail and the excitement when I printed my first sheet of fabric. Now, 10 years later, I can’t imagine even contemplating making anything without Inklingo! We are so very, very fortunate that you not only had the brilliant – and patentable! – idea but have also been so on top of changes in technology.
Your attention to detail is really quite phenomenal. All one has to do is open a collection and that is very evident – suggested custom layouts, pages of combo shapes and bonus shapes. The design books are like having a private lesson with you any time we might need it with suggested sewing sequences, pressing tips and the fabulous galleries of quilts in those design books.
Congratulations, Linda and Monkey and Russ, on a wonderful first 10 years! I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring!
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 than before and am even doing some hand piecing….imagine that!! Thank you, Linda, for your fabulous method and all of your explicit and detailed instructions!!