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Inklingo Tech Support

Keep Calm and email Linda

If I’m awake, I’m on duty. When anyone is having trouble opening an Inklingo PDF, I stop what I am doing and do my best to help.

When I published the first Inklingo downloads in 2008, it was pretty scary. Would my life would be overtaken by Tech Support?

I chose the most user friendly method of copy protection I could find, but even at that it was surprising how little Tech Support is required.

No matter what I am doing, I stop and answer.

And I don’t mind—because there is always a simple answer and I can always help. It gives me a good feeling.

Tech Support comes first. Usually one email is all it takes.

 

Adobe Reader

THE TOP 3 TECH SUPPORT ISSUES ARE:

1. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

2. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

3. Not opening with Adobe Reader.

Actually, not opening with Adobe Reader is the top 99 issues out of 100.

Inklingo will not open with Mac Preview or the default PDF viewer that is installed on some Windows 8 computers. That is why Adobe Reader is called a “system requirement.” It’s free. Easy, eh?

 

Inklingo Tech Support

WHO NEEDS HELP?  IT’S SURPRISING!

This might be the opposite of what you would expect.

1. The quilters who have the least trouble opening Inklingo PDFs are those in their 70s and 80s. They did not grow up with computers, so they Read The Instructions.

2. The quilters who have the most trouble opening Inklingo PDFs are the self-identified “geeky types” because they don’t Read The Instructions.

3. For other quilters, if all else fails, they Read The Instructions.

The quilters I worry about are the ones who become confused—but who don’t ask for help.

 

Wireless at Downton Abbey

Yes, I even answered during Downton Abbey last night! And I really don’t mind.

 

Love the lines. Quilt more.

I want every quilter’s introduction to Inklingo to be smooth and for everyone to start printing on fabric.

I go into more detail in one of the Top Ten Tutes on the blog: How to Print on Fabric.  (The other Top Ten Tutes are good too.)

 

I could sew here.

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day, so I hope you will Like Inklingo on Facebook and choose Get Notifications.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can.

I love it when you LIKE and SHARE.

 

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TEN THOUSAND LIKES!

More and more quilters are checking Facebook for Inklingo photos, but there are even more Inklingoists who don’t. If you have a Facebook account, please join us.

Can you help us zoom through the next milestone of 10,000 likes on the Inklingo FB page?

 

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If you have questions, please ask. I always answer as quickly as possible and I am happy to help.

Thank you for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

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

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Print shapes on fabric with your ordinary Inkjet printer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could print shapes on fabric?

That’s what we do with Inklingo, and it works with the ordinary Inkjet printer you already have.

 

Print hexagons on fabric with Inklingo

Kerry used to sew hexagons with English Paper Piecing (EPP).

She has a wonderful article on her blog with excellent photos showing why she prints hexagons on fabric with Inklingo now.

Quilters who use Inklingo are always the best ′advertisers′ but Kelly′s photos are exceptional.

(There is also video on the Main Hexagon Page.)

 

Smart Shopper's Idea Book

And it′s not just for hexagons! I am working on an update to the Smart Shopper’s Idea Book and even I am amazed by the number of shapes that are available now in the Inklingo Shop and in the Index of Shapes.

The beautiful thing is that once you learn how to print on fabric (start free), the printing method is the same no matter what design you are making!

 

Print Dresden Plate shapes on fabric with Inklingo

There is a choice of several pretty Dresden Plate blades to print and sew by machine or to appliqué. They were published in 2010.

 

Print Orange Peel shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Ever considered Orange Peel? It is easy to sew perfect curves when you have have a line to cut on and a line to sew on. It was published in 2009.

 

Print Double Wedding Ring shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Imagine how easy it is to sew Double Wedding Ring without templates! (2009)

 

Print Winding Ways shapes on fabric with Inklingo

Winding Ways is amazing and you can rotary cut all the curves! (2010)

These are just the tip of the iceberg.

Printing on fabric with Inklingo allows you to spend less time preparing shapes and more time sewing.

  • machine piecing or hand piecing, or both in the same quilt
  • appliqué
  • fussy cutting
  • curved seams
  • inset seams
  • partial seams
  • scissors or rotary cutting
  • fabric requirements at a glance
  • mystery quilts
  • designing with Electric Quilt
  • and anything else you can think of!

I have prepared dozens of shape collections in the past 8 years. Updating the Smart Shopper′s Idea Book makes me realize how far we have come.

I am very grateful to all of the quilters who have become Inklingoists since 2006. I couldn′t do it without YOU. You have been the best ‘advertisers’ but even now, there are hundreds of thousands of quilters who have never heard of Inklingo.

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FOR BEGINNERS! Try Inklingo FREE.

If you are one of the quilters who has not tried Inklingo yet, why not order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes! There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day, but just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can. I hope you LIKE and SHARE too.

I think you will love all the new things planned for 2015.

Happy New Year!

Linda & Monkey

$10 Coupon!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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DWR-6x6-one-red-green-01

We’re excited about Christmas. Can you tell?

 

Inklingo Double Wedding Ring

QuiltyGal in Mesa AZ is going to have a good Christmas. She is the winner in the draw for the $50 Inklingo Gift Certificate!

What a lovely comment!

I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity!  Your inklingo is saving some of my sanity over the next few days.  Traveling and long flights to come but I’m busy as ever right now printing up my fabrics to take along.  Thank you for everything you do for us!

Congratulations, QuiltyGal! I will email your prize to you tonight. Enjoy!

 

DWR-6x6-one-red-green-border-filled

We tried to ensure that everyone is a winner—even without winning in the draw for the lovely Northcott red and green fabric or the Inklingo Gift Certificate—so the DWR Design Book is free until midnight on December 31.

There is also a free EQ7 project file for Inklingo Christmas Rings. (Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown, details here.)

If you don’t have it yet, be sure to order the Double Wedding Ring Design Book while it is free, okay?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Are you following Inklingo on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check “Get Notificatons” and like and share my photos.

EU VAT LAW

This information only affects Inklingo quilters who are in the 28 countries of the European Union.

Effective January 1, 2015, it is illegal for Linda Franz to sell Inklingo downloads to anyone in the EU due to new EU VAT laws.

If you are thinking of ordering an Inklingo shape collection or design book (any paid download), you might want to buy before January 1.

Effective January 1, the information below will appear in the shopping cart on the website too. It will be translated into as many languages as possible as soon as possible. (I’m looking for quilters willing to check the translations!)

There is one legal alternative (# 3 below).

I am sorry this is necessary. I will update this page if anything changes.

Thank you for understanding.

Linda

IMPORTANT
PENALTY FOR ORDERING DOWNLOADS AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2014!

If you are in the EU and you buy even one download from the Inklingo website after December 31, it will put Linda Franz in violation of the law.

The EU penalties are so severe that if any ONE piece of information indicates that you (the purchaser) are in the EU, your entire Inklingo account will be suspended without a refund. Please don’t make me do that!

I cannot determine where you are located—but you do know where you are—so you are in the best position to determine whether you can buy Inklingo downloads without jeopardizing my business.

This is an unfortunate situation for everyone but there are alternatives which I hope you will find acceptable.

PERMITTED

1. Quilters in the EU are permitted to use the Inklingo downloads they already have. Nothing changes.

2. Quilters in the EU are permitted to buy FREE downloads and physical goods like books and kits.  The new EU law only affects automatic downloads.

Your orders can legally include free downloads and/or books to be mailed.

 

Inklingo Yin Yang 6 inch shapes

3. NEW Limited Edition Custom Kits Available starting January 1, 2015

The new EU VAT law only applies to paid downloads. I can still legally sell physical goods to be mailed to quilters in the EU, so if you would like to buy a kit from me, I will include the download for free!

Example:
Inklingo Yin Yang Kit

  • One Piece of Fabric and Freezer Paper 7 x 8.75 inches printed by Linda Franz with 2 Yin Yang shapes $30.00 US
  • Bonus – Yin Yang 6 inch shape collection (PDF, $20 value) Free

Total $30.00 US  (includes First Class International postage)

UPDATE 23 DEC 2014 – See my comment below. If the law requires it, the shape collection will be snail-mailed on a CD to eliminate the need to download at all. Unfortunately, this will mean quilters in the EU will have to wait for delivery of the CD instead of having instant access. I hope this step will not be necessary.

After December 31, if you would like to order a kit, please email me at linda@lindafranz.com to let me know which Inklingo PDF(s) you would like to buy and I will send you the Special Order payment link with the total including postage. I will manually add the related PDF(s) to your account as soon as I see your payment and will mail the Custom Kit within 14 days.

INKLINGO AND THE NEW EU VAT LAWS

The Inklingo website may be adapted in the future to collect taxes on behalf of the governments of Europe but at this time the cost of changing the software on the website, changing accounting procedures, and administering the tax for 28 European countries is prohibitive. It is a very big burden for a small business.

Part of the difficulty is that it is the responsibility of Linda Franz to collect two pieces of non-conflicting evidence verifying the location of EU consumers to identify which of the 28 countries is entitled to the tax and to store than info for 10 years. Each country has its own tax rates.

Any or all 28 EU countries can require my financial statements to be audited if they think the country entitled to the tax or the tax rate (all different) has not been accurately submitted. Believe it or not, there are rules to determine whether England or France is entitled to the tax if a consumer downloads while traveling in the Chunnel! It is beyond complicated.

If circumstances change, this information will be updated.

I hope it will be possible to make Inklingo downloads instantly available to quilters in Europe again some day.

Thank you for understanding. I am sorry this is necessary.

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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Lucy Boston started by mending old quilts but eventually created masterpieces that inspire us today. She was an artist through and through.

The Patchworks of Lucy Boston by Diana Boston

Diana Boston’s wonderful book, The Patchworks of Lucy Boston, includes descriptions and photos of more than 20 patchworks, but Double Wedding Ring is NOT one of them.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Lucy Boston used simple shapes and home-made templates for hexagons and squares in her brilliant Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC, above). (Photo used with permission. Please do not pin or copy.)

The patchworks of Lucy Boston are compelling because of the way she challenges us to look at fabric with the most ordinary shapes.

 

POTC by Lucy Boston
(Photo used with permission. Please do not pin or copy.)

As you can see in this example of Lucy Boston’s work, she did not cut with mechanical precision. Little variances are part of her appeal. I especially like the variations in the squares on the inside cover of the book.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses POTC

She did it all with the limited fabrics available in post-war Britain and she did not settle for the obvious.

LUCY BOSTON’S DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILT?

I cannot help but wonder what Lucy Boston could have done with the amazing fabrics we have today and a tool like Inklingo!

All those hours that she spent tracing templates, basting, and whip-stitching could have been spent hand sewing fabulous designs. It’s as if Picasso had to collect animal hair to make his own brushes before he could paint his vision.

If Lucy Boston had been able to print shapes on a wider selection of fabric with an ordinary Inkjet printer and Inklingo and sewn with a running stitch (or even by machine), what would she have made?

I photographed some of my favorite fabrics and Photoshopped a few ideas for a Lucy Boston style DWR.

 

Timeless Treasures Kabuki

I have used this for No Waste Fussy Cutting LeMoyne Stars too. (Examples here.)

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Do you think Lucy Boston would approve?

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

This fabric works well for Ìnklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting, but I prefer a fabric design with more movement and less background. With No Waste Fussy Cutting, the designs in the fabric shapes are identical but random, similar to Stack n Whack™.

Cutting flowers or stripes with mechanical precision may not create the same magical effect. Random adds excitement and wonderful little surprises.

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Robert Kaufman Esmeralda

This is another one of my favorites—an oldie but goodie. I have used it for several Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC) blocks too. It was in my stash for a long time before I found the perfect use for it. (Examples here.)

 

"Lucy Boston" style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Do you think Lucy Boston would fussy cut the corner squares of DWR?

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

 

Traditional Double Wedding Ring Quilts put more emphasis on the rings but the other shapes are interesting too!

In these examples, I have kept the other elements of DWR as simple as possible.

 

Kona Bay 1999

I bought this fabric in 1999. I wish I had bolts of it for more Kaleidoscope Stars. (Examples here.)

This is my idea of the perfect fabric for fussy cutting.

 

"Lucy Boston" style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

The variety of effects with this fabric is astonishing.

 

Lucy Boston style Double Wedding Ring Quilt

 

All of the corner shapes are from that one Kona Bay fabric!

Lucy Boston pointed us in the right direction and taught us that an artist is not limited by the circumstances of time and place.

The limited selection of cotton fabrics available in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s did not stop her from creating works of art.

Her long, creative old age is an inspiration to us all.

Lucy Boston worked alone and the only sewing method she knew was English Paper Piecing.

We have every advantage—the best selection of fabric in the whole history of the world, better methods, better books and online groups—plus her example to follow!

 

Video with 50 Inklingo Double Wedding Ring Designs

50 designs in only 2 minutes! Click on the video to play.

MORE INSPIRATION FOR DOUBLE WEDDING RING DESIGNS?

Double Wedding Ring is the design I featured in the Electric Quilt Christmas Countdown.

Even if you have watched this 2 minute video before, I think you might see the designs differently if you approach it with the idea of fussy cutting.

The video includes examples with fussy cut centers, but as you know now, you can fussy cut the corners or the rings or the arc ends or the melon shapes.

Let Lucy Boston inspire you to go beyond the obvious!

 

  (Click for a larger view)

The shapes for all of the designs in the video can be printed on fabric with Inklingo!

No templates, no measuring.

The sewing is so much easier than it was in Lucy Boston’s day that you can play with a complicated design like DWR and get beautiful results with the cutting and stitching lines printed on the fabric with Inklingo.

Spend the amount of time you want to spend making a quilt—and make something extra-special in less time than it would take with other methods.

There are several articles about Double Wedding Ring listed on the Main Double Wedding Ring Page on the website. (This is the blog.)

Print shapes on fabric with your Inkjet

As promised, we have a winner!

By random drawing, 16 luscious red and green fat quarters from Northcott will be mailed to Jane S, who wrote

Thank you for the pattern and for the Wedding Ring instruction book!  I’m a big fan of Inklingo because it is a great way to achieve precision in hand and machine piecing both, and your blog and emails are full of helpful hints, too.   :)

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

$50 INKLINGO GIFT CERTIFICATE

$50 buys a lot of Inklingo! Even the fabulous Double Wedding Ring 12 inch shape collection is only $40. Many others are only $20 or $25.

If you have already left a comment on my last EQ article, you are already in the draw.

All comments there or here will be in the draw. Comment by Sunday midnight, December 21, to enter to win.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 22.

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

I post fresh photos on Facebook every day. There is more about Double Wedding Ring to come, so I hope you will Like Inklingo on Facebook and choose Get Notifications.

By the way, just because you have “liked” Inklingo on Facebook does NOT mean you will see my photos in your Newsfeed, so please visit directly when you can. I hope you LIKE and SHARE too.

 

Lucy Boston Double Wedding Ring Quilt

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I will be announcing the winner of the Gift Certificate here and there is more good stuff coming soon. Please subscribe (top of right sidebar), so you don’t miss anything.

Thank you for visiting.

Don’t forget to leave a comment. Good luck in the draw for the $50 Inklingo Gift Certificate!

Merry Christmas!

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!  8 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Are you following Inklingo on Facebook?

You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there, but if you do, please check “Get Notificatons” and like and share my photos.

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