The Story of an Inklingo Quilt Designer

“Inklingo is the BEST thing to happen to quilting since the rotary cutter
—no BETTER—­I’d give up my rotary cutter before I’d give up Inklingo!”
Carol in Panama

Do you want to be rich and famous?

 a long time ago, a new tool called The Rotary Cutter was introduced. Poor, struggling pattern designers used new sewing methods to make their quilts faster and easier to sew. They became rich and famous. A big industry grew up, and more and more people made quilts. Many happy hours were spent making friends and making quilts. It was a good thing.

Eventually, there were so many pattern designers that it was hard for all of them to make enough money to keep fabric on the cutting table. Becoming rich and famous was hard.

Then a new tool was invented, called Inklingo.

This new tool printed the cutting and stitching lines on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer. It changed everything.

A talented designer discovered that although there is a patent pending on the Inklingo method, anyone could write a pattern that uses it! Inklingo made quilting better for quilters and pattern designers.

The designer was one of the first to find the free Inklingo Design Books, like the ones for Double Wedding Ring, Storm At Sea, Dresden Plate, and Winding Ways. She ordered and downloaded them all! It was inspiring.

She designed a Winding Ways Quilt with 9 inch blocks (better than this one).  The worksheets in the design book gave her a head start, but she added her own unique sense of color and design. It was stunning and she knew that other quilters would want to make her design too.

She saved the original worksheet, and made a copy to cut apart. . .

to count the shapes from each fabric.

Everything she needed to know about Winding Ways 9 inch shapes had been given to her in the Inklingo Catalogue of Shapes. She only needed a bit of simple arithmetic to find out how much fabric she needed.


She wrote everything down on Monkey’s Cheat Sheet. She could have left it that way, but everything was so fast and easy, she even had time to make her own unique Cheat Sheet. (She is a very creative person after all.)

She reviewed the illustrated instructions in the free Inklingo Winding Ways Design Book, and decided they were good for hand or machine piecers. Her instructions were written for her! Her pattern only required minimal notes and a suggestion that quilters get the free design book too.

She knew that all the rich and famous designers offer something for free, and she knew that would be a good way to make a name. She felt she could offer this pattern for free (or at a lower price), if she did not spend a lot of time writing and illustrating the instructions. She was in a hurry for more quilters to know about her amazing designs, so they would want the next ones.

She sewed her gorgeous design in less time than she could have with any method other than Inklingo, and she was proud of her perfect workwomanship, also thanks to Inklingo. She took a picture of her quilt and it looked beautiful.

The list of requirements in her pattern included the Winding Ways 9.0 inch Shape Collection (which she bought from the inventor to sell), in the same way pre-Inklingo patterns required a ruler, acrylic template, marker, or other tool.

Quilters were delighted to get such a great pattern for free (or at a good price), and especially grateful to the designer for introducing them to a fabulous tool like Inklingo. Even quilters who did not use a rotary cutter could see that this designer’s patterns were fun for them.

Quilters used Inklingo to print the cutting and stitching lines on the fabric. It was simple!

Magazine editors (who are always looking for something new and exciting) saw her pattern and loved it, of course. Soon she was designing for Inklingo quilters (inklingoists) who read magazines!

With this designer’s pattern and Inklingo, the Winding Ways quilt  was not only beautiful and impressive, it was
• simple to prepare the shapes
(no measuring, no templates, no tracing, perfect straight grain)
• fast to cut with a rotary cutter OR scissors
• easy to sew, with stitching lines and matching marks on the fabric
Everyone was thrilled.

Quilters all over the world got precise results, so they were happy. They finished their quilts faster and wanted to make more. Each quilter was glad that she used the talented designer’s Inklingoable pattern. Soon the designer had more wonderful patterns for sale and was not struggling any more.

The designer found inspiration in the Inklingo Index of Shapes for many years. She did not have to limit herself to so-called easy designs because Inklingo made everything so simple and precise for her and her customers. She became rich and famous too.

Applause. Smiles all around. And they all lived happily ever after.

The end.

Would you like to be the heroine of this story, or do you know a talented designer who should be? (Pass it on!)

If you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, start here. You could print your first shapes in the next few minutes.

Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

2 thoughts on “The Story of an Inklingo Quilt Designer”

  1. Ahhh to be rich and famous too! LOL
    I would love it if more designers were drawn to InkLingo so that I could reap the benefits of their work.

  2. Now THAT story is wonderful…and very true…and it has made MY life very special…as I can get shapes printed so easily and sewn together faster that I have ever done before…and it really is just A Begining 🙂


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