Winner and Back-Basting Lesson

Inklingo $50 Gift Certificate

Thank you to everyone who left a comment in the draw!

Diane H won the $50 Gift Certificate.  I have emailed the Gift Certificate number to her. Diane wrote:

“I’m so excited to be starting Bonnie’s new quilt and with Inklingo!
Can’t wait for the fun to begin! Thank you for the samples!”

Thank you to everyone who wrote a comment.

Many of you extolled the virtues of Inklingo. It warms my heart to know how much you enjoy it. Curious? You can skim through the comments here.

Your comments and reviews on the website are just the right encouragement for quilters who have not tried Inklingo yet.


Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery


If you are like Diane and can’t wait for the first clue, we recommend that you start with the free shape collection—now!

If you follow the Quick Start Guide, you will be ready to start printing on the 29th.

Bonnie’s custom Inklingo shape collection is fabulous. We can hardly wait to show you!

Inklingo is optional for the mystery but it makes everything simpler and easier—and you don’t need any weird rulers. LOL


TQPM - The Quilt Pattern MagazineWhat is Inklingo in TQPM


The draw for the $50 Gift Certificate started with the article I wrote for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. If you took the opportunity to sign up for the free subscription, you can read “What is Inklingo” too.


Inklingo Back-basting Applique Lesson


Did you get a newsletter from QuiltingHub today?

If you did, you know about the back-basting lesson I wrote using the new Basket Shape Collections.

If you have found traditional needle-turn appliqué difficult, it is time for you to try back-basting.


Inklingo on Quilting Hub

It is perfect timing for the lesson on back-basting applique on QuiltingHub because of the new Basket Shape Collections.


Inklingo basket by Kathy V

Kathy in Maryland back-basted the handle on this one. She was a little skeptical about making a 3 inch basket (sensible lady), but now she is hooked. She wrote:

“I just made my first 3″ basket and it is stinkin’ cute!!!
I back basted the handle and it was very easy.  Love it!”

We think it is stinkin’ cute too.

Back-basting makes it easier to position the patches and to turn under the edges accurately. You will be amazed by the difference it makes, and I think you will understand why this old technique has become popular again.

Inklingo has advantages with all appliqué methods, whether you are printing on freezer paper for templates or printing shapes on the patch fabric or on the background fabric.


Inklingo Baskets - Quilt Obsession

Cathi in Toronto pieced the handles on hers so she could use a different fabric below the handle.

Aren’t they adorable (and stinkin’ cute)?

You can see more of Cathi’s gorgeous baskets—front and back—on Quilt Obsession.

There is a complete chapter on appliqué in The Inklingo Handbook, including illustrated instructions for back-basting layered designs, stitching direction, needles, thread, invisible stitches (tack stitch and ladder stitch), inner points, outer points, etc.

If you like needle-turn appliqué, you will LOVE back-basting with Inklingo, especially since it eliminates all positioning issues.

Hurry!  The special sale price on the Basket shape collections ends on Friday, November 8.


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Japanese Anemones

Russ took the photos of our anemones this week. We love having blooms and new buds in November.


If you have a minute, you can make a difference:

  1. If you like the lesson on QuiltingHub, please register or log in (just email and password) so you can rate the lesson and the Inklingo page on QuiltingHub.
  2. If you have made a basket with any of the new shape collections, please write a review for the website on the appropriate page (3 inch or 4.5 inch or 6 inch).
  3. If you have a photo of your basket, please let us see it the way Kathy and Cathi did. (Thank you!)
  4. If you have a link to a great basket quilt or layout, please let us know.
  5. As usual, Monkey loves it when you like Inklingo on Facebook. We are trying to share photos there more often.

Please tell your friends about the new baskets while they are still on sale!

Linda & Monkey

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

$10 Coupon!  7 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

5 thoughts on “Winner and Back-Basting Lesson”

  1. Fiona,
    Kathy V’s stinkin’ cute basket block actually measures a perfect 3 1/2″. I know…today I saw and touched it myself, and tried not to drool on it! Kathy is a precision patchworker and Inklingo helps keep her that way. In the picture, her ruler isn’t moved quite to the bottom of the block. Without seeing her little basket today, I may have fallen for one of the larger sizes, but…after seeing this little beauty, it’s the one!

  2. I’m a slow learner here, it finally clicked that you actually have the lines already printed for backbasting. How easy can it get! I love Inklingo!!

  3. Just noticed that Kathy’s basket measures 3 1/4 inches. On the smaller blocks, sewing a scant 1/4 inch becomes a lot more critical!

    They are adorable and I’m one tiny justification away from ordering the 3″ baskets myself!!

  4. I saw the stinkin’ cute little baskets on Facebook and ‘Liked’ it right away, and now I’ve looked again and noticed the really cute little flowers tucked under the handle! Soooo cute!!!! Great job everybody!


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