Inklingo™ Shape Collection #3

Inklingo Shape Collection 3 - by Linda FranzWhen Linda produced Inklingo™ Shape Collection #1 and later, Inklingo™ Shape Collection #2, we quilters rejoiced at how much easier quilting became whether we piece by hand or by machine.

The reason for the rejoicing was, and is, that Inklingo makes things so simple! You need only print your desired shapes on your chosen fabric, layer the printed fabric over several others (depending upon how many you need) then cut out your shapes. No templates or special rulers are needed! You don’t have to deal with stretchy bias seams, you don’t need to copy or trace to size, nor do you need to draw lines on fabric or stitch on paper! Inklingo also saves on fabric! An added bonus is that you can cut with scissors if that is your preference.

Inklingo™ Shape Collection #3 includes 30 shapes and sizes. Hexagons, the triangles that go with them and related shapes such as Hexagon halves, quarters, thirds and star points. Elongated Hexagons are also included along with their related shapes – thirds, quarters, and halves. There are also triangles and their halves, and pentagons.

Inklingo™ only uses tiny amounts of inkjet ink and you can choose from 20 colours which will show up on the back of most any fabric. The inks can be allowed to fade or be washed out of the finished quilt. The shapes in Inklingo™ can be used with any quilt pattern that uses the same shapes and sizes.

Linda’s books and tools are always of the best quality. Her books qualify as “eye candy” and they contain everything you need to know. The directions and illustrations are complete. Nothing is missing from them.

You will also appreciate the fact that there is a Yahoo Inklingo™ group which you can join to discuss Inklingo™ and your projects, and to ask questions. For those of you who are new to Inklingo™ Linda even has a demo video on her website. Click here to see Sample Pages of Inklingo™ # 3.

If you have Inklingo™ Shape Collection # 1 and # 2 you will be pleased to know that Linda is adding new Shape Collections quickly. To see the choices available, click here.

If you do not have them and would like them in book and CD form be sure to buy them right away because once Linda’s current current inventory is sold, they will no longer be available. They will however, be replaced with smaller downloadable collections which are wonderful too and have many advantages. To state a few – they enable more choices to be made available, there is immediate delivery, there are no shipping costs, they contribute to the Greening of our planet, and they are compatible with both Macs and PCs. There is a summary PDF at the bottom of the page for each Shape Collection which is a very useful resource.

In the past three months Linda has published not only The Inklingo Handbook but also five more Shape Collections, all of which are available as downloads. The newest one is for the Jane Austen Patchwork Quilt which is on sale right now for only $25 – an introductory special! It was just published last week and there is a companion book that will be available in the New Year. Watch Linda’s website for it!

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The Inklingo™ Handbook – by Linda Franz

iinklingo_handbookThis review goes hand in hand with my review of the Inklingo™ Shape Collections which can be found below in the Tool Review. Be sure to read them both!

This Handbook is a great reference book for making quilts with any Inklingo Shape Collection of which there are 8 now, with many more to come! You can start with any collection, depending on the shapes and sizes you need, but Linda recommends the FREE download first, because it includes the first chapter of the Inklingo™ Handbook too!

The first three Inklingo™ Collections were published on CD (# 1, # 2, # 3) but since September, Inklingo™ Collections are downloads. So far, there are five with several shapes each: LeMoyne Star (free) (triangles and squares), The Jane Austen Patchwork (On sale! – Make an authentic replica!), 1.25 inch Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) (hexagons and related shapes), 0.5 inch for GFG, 0.5 inch for Seven Sisters (diamonds and related shapes).

There are 5 chapters included: Printing with Inklingo, Piecing with Inklingo. Appliqué with Inklingo (including the back-basting and needleturn methods) Pressing and Trimming, and Using Patterns with Inklingo.

Like all of Linda’s books and work, it is extremely well done with wonderful colour photos and illustrations on just about every page – clear, well-written, complete directions – yardage calculations – and it has holes already punched in for placing in a binder for easy use and access. When I think of Linda, I think of quality and perfection! Her books and tools are a joy to own and use!

You can take a peek inside this Handbook and buy it on Linda’s website. You can also download the free LeMoyne Star here. If my review isn’t enough to convince you of how great Inklingo™ Shape Collections are, this free sample will!

Pages: 128 
ISBN: 978-0-9730304-7-1
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Linda Franz

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Mary Pauline Laughlin

Mary Pauline LaughlinAlmost two years ago, in our January 2006 newsletter, I introduced you to a very special lady – Mary Pauline Laughlin. Miss Pauline was 93 at the time and is now, of course, 95.

I ended her feature with these words: Pauline has no plans to retire from quilting and crafting. Her business is thriving and she likes the people she meets at craft shows. She plans to give lessons and to quilt as long as she is able. She is doing just that and continues to be an inspiration to us all!

Her feature generated more email messages than I’ve received from any article before or since. Quilters were
as delighted as I was to meet Miss Pauline via these pages.
A few months ago, I happened to learn that Karen Musgrave of The Alliance for American Quilts interviews quilters for the Quilters’ SOS – Save Our Stories. Her interviews are added to the Alliance’s website and here original audio recordings and photographs are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. I was delighted to have the privilege of introducing Karen and Miss Pauline to one another.

The photos of Miss Pauline’s quilts and the interview will be added here soon. Then you’ll be able to learn more about Miss Pauline’s story, and to find out what has been keeping her busy during the last two years.

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Home: A Heartfelt Nap Quilt by Kay Mackenzie

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This is another in a series of beautifully done books by Kay!

Not only can you make this fun, cozy, homey, 38″ x 48″ quilt, you can use the great appliqués in other projects as well – a treasure times two!

Kay’s books are always a feast for the eyes as well as inspirational! The colour photos and images on the front and back covers are bright and attractive. The appliqué patterns are full-sized – which saves quilters lots of time – plus, you can use your favourite appliqué method. Kay’s directions for making the quilt are clear, easily understood, and complete from start to finish.

This quilt is sure to become a family favourite!

You can purchase it from Kay’s website or through Amazon.

Pages: 16 
ISBN: 978-0-9725852-7-9
Cover: Soft
Publisher: Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs

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Introducing Maria’s Quilt Scraps

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Maria’s Quilt Scraps takes the place of our Maria Michaels Designs Newsletter which has been going strong since its inception in June of 2002.

It will include all of the same features:

    -our new quilt patterns as they are developed.
    -our reviews of quilt books and a list of quilt books of interest.
    -our reviews of quilt tools and a list of quilt tools of ineterest.
    -the stories of a variety of interesting quilters.
    -links to quilt-related websites and blogs.
    -quotations, humour, and special thoughts
    -photos of quilts.
    -monthly draws for a free pattern.
    -and more as ideas and suggestions come to mind
      and are proposed.

As time permits, all previous newsletters will be archived with each article under its own category. Once I have the blog all set up and ready, I will begin adding new material.

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