Alison and I have have always wanted lines printed perfectly on fabric, which don’t show when we’re finished. The photos prove it. We had to wait for computers to be invented, and then Inklingo.
If our family’s DNA is ever unraveled, they are going to find a photo gene. My mother, father, aunts, uncles, and grandparents all loved taking photos and organizing them in albums. My Dad even had his own darkroom.
It is sometimes hard to identify what I remember independently of the photos. Do I remember being there, or do I remember the photos and stories about being there?
There is an unfortunate gap. Sewing, knitting, embroidering, and crafts were a big part of my life as a little girl and as a teenager, but there are no photos of me sewing, knitting, or modeling my new outfits. More than once we bought fabric on Ottawa Street on Thursday after school and I wore it to the high school dance on Friday night. (Mini skirts didn’t cost much time or money.) There are no photos of the navy and white A-line mini-dress I knit in grade 9.
On Wednesday, when I visited my Mum, I took photos of the Singer I learned to sew on.
The little quilt was made by my younger sister when I was in kindergarten. My mother kept Alison busy with embroidery and sewing when I was not there to play. She made the doll quilt for my birthday. We all learned to sew and knit before we were old enough to go to school. The bunnies and chicks and kittens that I embroidered are long gone.
The blue transfer lines still outline Alison’s ducky duck. It must have been in my memory when I designed the outlines for butterflies and hearts in Inklingo Shape Collection # 1 (now sold out). . .
More and more, I realize that Inklingo is the quilting tool we always wanted. Perfect, easy lines that show when we need them, and disappear when we don’t. Inklingo takes me back to my childhood.
It’s a shame we had to wait so long, but if you’re ready to see if Inklingo is the quilting tool you have been looking for, there is a quick way to find out.
I hope mothers and grandmothers remember to take photos of the little ones learning to sew—with Inklingo!
Linda & Monkey