Posts Tagged ‘Inklingo’
When I ordered Christmas fabric online to make a tree skirt, I had to order 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics I planned to use. I had about 1/4 yard of each left after I cut out the tree skirt. The stripe caught my eye as a great fabric to fussy cut using the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses [POTC] collection. The main shape in the collection is an elongated hexagon. When you fussy cut using a striped fabric, it’s easier to get a kaleidoscopic effect. Here are the 3 blocks I was able to create with the leftover fabric.
Instead of printing onto the back of the fabric like you would normally do with Inklingo, I printed the hexagon and square shapes onto freezer paper and cut them out. Then I ironed the freezer paper to the front of the fabric to make it easier to fussy cut each shape exactly the same.
I needed 2 sets of 4 and 1 set of 8 matching hexagons for each block. Also some squares were needed for the corners and connectors. I wasn’t as excited about the kaleidoscope effect the squares made and some of the hexagons that I cut. I discovered the in order to get the best effect, the hexagons should be cut perpendicular to the stripe and the squares need to be cut on the diagonal. [But I didn't discover that until I started sewing the shapes together and by then I was out of fabric.]
Pretend that the stripe runs horizontally all the way across the fabric here… This is how to orient the hexagons — at least for the center and next row of the block. You can see in the second and third blocks that the last row of 8 hexagons also looks okay with the stripe running through the length of the hexagon. In that instance, iron on the freezer paper with the hexagon points going horizontally instead of vertically.
The squares look best when you iron the freezer paper on to fussy cut them this way… Once again, imagine that the stripe runs horizontally all the way across the fabric. [This was the only fabric I could lay my hands on this afternoon that had any sort of stripe to show what I'm trying to explain.]
After the blocks were done, the design dilemma monster reared its head. What to use for the border around each block?? The red and green in the Christmas fabric was hard to match. For the tree skirt I ended up with some Fairy Frost Glitz fabric.
Not totally jazzed with the square sections all being different and wondering how this might look as a table topper, I played around in Paint Shop Pro. I’m thinking I need to order a bit more of this fabric. The fabric is Holiday Flourish III Elegant Stripe Crimson by Peggy Toole.
The edges might look better in black only although I do like the design effect in 3 of the corners. The center squares might be nicer surrounded by black much the way the original POTC looks. More playing with Paint Shop Pro ensued. Oh, and imagine that each block looks different here… [teehee]
Is it possible that the Floral Winding Ways quilt top snuck off with the Plaid Streak of Lightning quilt top when my back was turned and reproduced? How else could 2 projects become 7? It defies logic and probably most known laws of the universe. At least this is the way it happens at my house…
I’m asked to teach a class at the LQS. I decide to kill two birds with one stone (probably should have left the bird killing out of the equation) and make a class sample that I can give to my mom as a birthday present. I decide to use floral fabrics. Florals are nice but not really my thing so I have to buy fabric. I create this…
Then I have leftover floral scraps to deal with.
I think back to this project and I remember the boo boo I made with the setting triangles for this Plaid Streak of Lightning and think, “Hmm, these floral scraps would look good with the brown setting triangles I cut wrong. Perhaps with a nice antique-y pink tone-on-tone for the other half of the HST blocks.” Since I have to buy that pink tone-on-tone, I add a few (cough) more floral fabrics to the cart. [Side note: If you followed the link to the post about the boo boo, did you notice that I mention that the Plaid Streak of Lightning also morphed into Bold Streak? Yeah. Projects. Multiplying. Exponentially.]
The lovely floral scraps and the antique-y pink tone-on-tone became these. Oh, how hard I have fallen for these floral HST blocks! I thought I was in love with the Plaid Streak of Lightning. Oh, no. That was just a passing fancy. It’s a good thing I cut enough floral HST for 2 quilt tops. Yet I still have enough floral fabric to get a head start on another project. Hmm.
I dream up this in EQ7…
Sixty pretty floral Dresden plates swirling across a 5-step gradient gray background. Lovely. Sixty different floral fabrics ought to be enough variation, right? Let’s go with 80 just to be sure. I can always use the extra petals in another project… Oh, and the scraps! Enough to make at least 2 more Floral Streak of Lightning quilt tops, I’m sure.
I’m not even going to bother explaining what happened with the plaids. All I did was buy a few plaid shirts at the thrift store. Really. It’s worse than the floral fabrics. I need an intervention.
Okay, I still need 40 Flying Geese units. Using Inklingo to make flying geese units is also very easy. This technique makes 4 Flying Geese units from one large square and 4 small squares. Using Inklingo I have printed my HST on the red fabric — 4 sets of 2 HST are needed. Figure the size of the large square by multiplying the size of the HST by 2 and adding 1.25″.
Step One: Place 2 sets of HST on opposite corners of the large square, right sides together.
Close up of HST with stitching and cutting lines printed with Inklingo.
Step Two: Sew on dotted diagonal lines.
Step Three: Cut apart on solid center line and finger press seam open.
Step Four: Line up remaining HST in corners, RST and sew on dotted diagonal lines. Cut apart on solid center line.
Step Five: Trim dog ears and press.
Two hundred sixty-two half square triangles and forty flying geese units? No problemo. It’s easy with Inklingo. Let’s start with the HST shall we?
Step One: Iron freezer paper to right side of lightest colored fabric.
Step Two: Print triangle shapes onto the wrong side of fabric in a contrasting color. I used a bit darker red than I would normally so it would show a little better in the photos.
Close-up of printed HST
Step Three: Layer printed fabric with a second fabric, right sides together.
Step Four: Sew on all the DIAGONAL DOTTED lines.
Step Five: Rotary or scissor cut all the SOLID lines — including the dog-ears.
Step Six: Press.
Voila! Perfect HST without papers to remove and even better — NO SQUARING UP NEEDED.
If you’re like me, you have a project or two with a half a million HSTs to square up and you got bored with the job and stalled. So now the project is hiding in the closet. I know your secrets! [I've got a few of those myself. . .] Next up, that gaggle of flying geese!
I didn’t do this week’s Inklingo Sampler block and chose instead to do the bonus block that is posted twice a month. I have Inklingo Collection #3 which is what is needed for the 6 pointed Star Hexagon.
Because I wanted this block to play nice with my others, I added the bits around the Star Hexagon so the block would measure 6″ square when finished.
These are the fabric bits for my first challenge block that I’m adding to my Inklingo Sampler Quilt.
I chose to make an Aunt Sukey’s Choice block because it had flying geese units and I wanted to try them with Inklingo. I used the instructions that Linda provides in her Triangle Tips PDF to make 8 flying geese units. Yeah, I know I sound like a walking ad [or broken record] for Inklingo but I really do love using it.
This is the block laid out for sewing after the flying geese units are made.
Next I made the 4 patches and sewed the flying geese units together. [Man, are my photos blurry.]
The finished block. [It looks a little wonky. I need to do a better job with my photos or my pressing.]
I did make myself a little crazy unsewing a seam or two several times trying to be sure my seams lined up. I seriously won’t be doing that any more if I want to get a good number of challenge blocks completed for my quilt. I realized I’ve been spoiled by the precise seams I can get when I’m hand piecing. I’ve never been able to sew by machine and get precise seams which I’m attributing to the way I pin because I’m a leftie. [Any excuse will do, right?]