The quilting tool we always wanted

Alison and I 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.

Inklingo inventor is on the right

If our family’s DNA is ever unraveled, they will 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.

Linda Franz

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.

The Singer sewing machine I learned to sew on.

On Wednesday, when I visited my Mum, I took photos of the Singer I learned to sew on.

Alison's first quilt

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.

Embroidery Chicken

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). . .

Emma's Butterfly Stars

. . . which in turn inspired Cathi of Quilt Obsession to write a pattern for Emma’s Butterfly Stars (free pattern).

Emma's Butterfly Stars

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

8 thoughts on “The quilting tool we always wanted”

  1. Hi Donna,
    My older sister is holding Alison, the future quilter (well, one quilt), and me. Photos taken and printed by Dad. Clothes and slipcovers made by Mum on the Singer.

  2. Hi Sue,
    I guess our husbands have learned to live with our fabric fetish, eh? As long as they’re happy that we’re happy, all is well. Thank you very much for helping to spread the word! It makes a difference when quilters hear how great Inklingo is from YOU instead of me.
    Linda & Monkey

  3. Hi Linda,

    I really enjoyed your post today. As someone who grew up with a mother who was a seamstress and loved to crochet and myself as well who has been sewing all my life, I really seem to have gone back in time with you on this one. That was endearing.

    I am new to Inklingo but have been doing my best to spread the word! I LOVE it. What’s more I have rediscovered how much fun it is to hand-piece. With all the fancy machines and new tools out there today, in my opinion, this one tops them! I have bought quite a few downloads already and am enjoying every minute of it. Last night I ironed my fabric to my freezer paper and proudly went and showed my husband what fun I was about to have with my printing! LOL Oh if you could have seen the look on his face! I really think he thought I’d lost my mind;) Oh well, it won’t be the first time he’s thought that 😀

    Thank you so much for inventing such a wonderful tool. Don’t know how I lived without it!!



  4. Hi Kathie,
    Aren’t we lucky that we were taught how to sew when we were young? There are still a few good fabric stores near us, but there were MANY when I was growing up. The closest one was McCarl’s Dry Goods” in the village (Stoney Creek). Buying buttons was fun there—stacks of small boxes with buttons on the front and little compartments inside.

  5. Dear Linda,
    I loved your memories of growing up a sewer. I was the same, and I agree, those short skirts I wore in HS and college didn’t take much fabric or time. I miss making clothes, but there just aren’t the fabric stores there used to be. I’ve purchased a few of your Inklingo lines in the past few months and look forward to trying them this summer.


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