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Why hand piece?
The Ten Advantages of Hand Piecing on QuiltingHub explains some of the reasons.

Quilted Diamonds 2

If you have been following along, you know that Quilted Diamonds 2 has been reprinted—by popular demand.

More and more quilters want to learn to hand piece.
The two-hour QD2 lesson has made it easy for quilters all over the world. (FAQ about Quilted Diamonds)

Hand piecing is popular—even now, when many quilters have fancier sewing machines than ever before, and less time!

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Joan in Australia loves to hand piece and fussy cut with Inklingo!

She sews with a running stitch, not English Paper Piecing, so none of the stitches show on the front! (Precision is # 2 on the list. You can guess # 1 or read the article on Quilting Hub!)

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses   Millefiori Quilts

You don’t have to be a hand piecing snob to appreciate the benefits of sewing by hand for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts.

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

There is a complete list of Inklingo articles on QuiltingHub on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

How to sew hexagons by hand

I could go on and on . . .

REMINDER – INTRO SALE PRICE

I introduced two new shape collections this week and they are at a low intro price for a limited time only. $25 is a great value but Monkey says $20 is amazing!

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

FEEDBACK FOR QUILTINGHUB

If you log in to your free account on QuiltingHub, you can “rate” my article too.
Ten Advantages of Hand Piecing
I hope you like it!

Hand piecing? Yes!

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

Pieced Hexagons! We love them, don’t we?

<drum roll> There’s a new size today!

Several quilters requested 7/8 inch hexagons and diamonds. We listen.

7/8 inch = 0.875 inch

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

All of the designs I am showing today can be made in several sizes, using matching sizes of diamonds (and parts) and hexagons (and parts).

If the diamonds and hexagons are the same size, they fit!

  • Use 0.5 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • Use 0.75 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • USE NEW 0.875 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • Use 1 inch 60º Diamonds and 60º Hexagons together.
  • etc.

 

300 Pieced Hexagons VIDEO

You can make at least 300 Pieced Hexies with just 8 Inklingo shapes!

The choices are summarized in 300 Pieced Hexagons under the Shop & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

NEW TODAY!

How do you know what other sizes are available?

All of the 60° shapes are listed in several places on the website, especially under the Shop & Freebies tab:

Cross-referencing is my life! It really cuts into my sewing time.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

With just two shape collections (matching sizes of diamonds and hexagons), you can sew at least 56 of the designs in 300 Pieced Hexagons!

Sorry, we lost count!

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

With the new shape collections, the Pieced Hexagon examples (above and below) have 1.75 inch sides (finished size) and are 3.5 inches across the middle from point to point.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Inklingo Diamond and Hexagon shape collections include the partial shapes too, like this “half diamond” (triangle) so they are even more versatile!

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

Print a variety of shapes on scraps to mix and match.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

No basting, no measuring. Just print, cut and sew.

Easy, portable, fast!

You can see how we sew these shapes with a running stitch in the videos on the Main Hexagon Page.

A running stitch is the easiest, most precise, most portable method but if you prefer English Paper Piecing (EPP), there are 8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for that too.

 

Inklingo Pieced Hexagons

The design possibilities are endless! In fact, 300 Pieced Hexagons includes 336 designs and we could have added more.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

INTRO SALE PRICE

The new shape collections are at a low intro price for a limited time only. $25 is a great value but Monkey says $20 is amazing!

Pieced Hexagons could keep us all busy forever, don’t you think?

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.

In Part 1, I collected some Fun Facts about 8-pointed stars for Midnight Fireworks.

In Part 2, I’m sharing my best tips for sewing stars BY HAND. Many quilters want to learn how to sew 8-pointed stars by hand because they love a portable project and absolute precision!

Machine piecers sometimes avoid inset seams (not with Inklingo!) but inset seams are an opportunity for “continuous stitching,” so hand piecers love them.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see how I piece stars by hand.

 

VIDEO How to sew stars

Click above to see close-up detail of the technique for “circling the intersection.”

HOW MANY STAR POINTS?

The example in the video shows 6-pointed stars, but the technique is the same for 8-pointed stars.

Some of the other designs in Millefiori Quilts and Millefiori Quilts 2 use 5-pointed stars, 6-pointed stars and even 10-pointed stars! Willyne teaches hand piecing with a running stitch too, not English Paper Piecing, as I originally thought.

These two videos and the basic instructions for sewing AND pressing a LeMoyne Star in the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection (pages 40-44) will get you started with your stars, but there is more too!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

MORE VIDEO?

Quilted Diamonds 2 is back in print and it includes a comprehensive 2-hour hand piecing lesson on DVD. It is like taking a workshop with me, and even better if you are a visual learner because you can watch it over and over again.

(Note: Millefiori Quilts and Quilted Diamonds 2 fit in the flat rate envelope, so you save on postage if you order both at the same time.)

There is also video for Passacaglia on the Main Millefiori Page on the website.

Next time? Part 3 is for 8-pointed stars BY MACHINE!

 

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!

Part 3 about 8-pointed stars will be ready soon.

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

Print on fabric with your Inkjet

INTRO SALE PRICE

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks shape collection is only $20—but only until tomorrow night, July 15 at midnight.

You can subscribe to receive an email when Part 3 is ready (top of right sidebar).

Thank you for visiting!

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Willyne Hammerstein's Midnight Fireworks

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks is one of the exquisite designs in Millefiori Quilts.

Thanks to Quiltmania, this fabulous design is Inklingo-able now, so I’ve added it to the Main Stars Page on the website.

Midnight Fireworks is based on an 8-pointed star and stars are fascinating. Let’s start with a star review, okay?

 

Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star

FUN FACTS ABOUT 8-POINTED STARS

  • The diamonds in 8-pointed stars have 45º angles. (The diamonds in 6-pointed stars have 60° angles.)

 

Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star

  • The star points are equal distance from each other, except when a design uses parallelograms instead of diamonds.

 

Inklingo Featehered Star

  • Some 8-pointed star designs include octagons (8 sides), but not hexagons (6 sides).
  • Other 8-pointed stars are available on the Main Stars Page too, including LeMoyne Star, Feathered Star, Hunter’s Star, Inklingo Star, and Judy Martin’s Waltzing Matilda.

 

Fussy Cut 8-Pointed Star

 

Fussy Cut 4 diamonds

  • You may decide to fussy cut only 3, 4 or 6 of the eight 45º diamonds for special effects.
  • “Circling the intersection” ensures your stars will look their best. The sewing technique in the video for 6-pointed stars works perfectly for 8-pointed stars too.  (VIDEO on the Main Diamond Page)
  • The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer includes a fascinating array of 8-pointed stars (pages 276-308 and 343-347, etc.) This is one of my favorite quilt books. It should be in every quilter’s library. No affiliation, just couldn’t live without it.

Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD lesson

  • The DVD lesson with the Quilted Diamonds 2 book includes close-up detailed instructions for sewing sequence, continuous stitching, inset seams, many seams converging at the center, and pressing stars. It is like taking a private hand piecing lesson with me.
  • When you learn how to sew stars with a running stitch, you can sew anything!

 

FREE Diamond Triangle Square

  • I love stars! In fact, the very first downloadable shape collection in 2008 included everything you need for an 8-pointed star (and many other designs)—diamonds, triangles and squares. These very versatile shapes are a great introduction to Inklingo—and you can download for free! Try printing on fabric before you buy anything.

 

Inklingo Smart Shopper's Idea Book

  • Many more stars have been requested. You can see them in the free Inklingo Smart Shopper’s Idea Book, under the Support & Goodies tab on the website. (You are on the blog now.)

COMING SOON!

Part 2 about 8-pointed stars will be ready soon too.

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two almost every day on Facebook.

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

 

Print on quilt shapes on fabric

INTRO SALE PRICE

Willyne Hammerstein’s Midnight Fireworks shape collection is only $20—but only until Wednesday, July 15 at midnight. $25 is great value but $20 is even better.

 

Hand piecing on the front porch, anyone?

Oh! One more fun fact! Midnight Fireworks is a perfect hand piecing project for summers on the front porch—in daylight, probably not at midnight!

You can subscribe to receive an email when Part 2 is ready (top of right sidebar).

Thank you for visiting! I hope it is a good weekend for sewing stars at your house too.

Linda & Monkey

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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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

Midnight Fireworks Quilt in Millefiori Quilts

SEW MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS WITH INKLINGO!

When quilters saw Willyne Hammerstein’s stunning Midnight Fireworks in Millefiori Quilts (the first book), of course they asked for the Inklingo shapes—and Quiltmania graciously agreed.

Inklingo for Midnight Fireworks is in the Shop now!

 

Inklingo for Midnight Fireworks

Willyne’s Midnight Fireworks looks complex but it only uses 5 shapes!

The new Inklingo Midnight Fireworks shape collection does not include instructions. The instructions are in Willyne’s beautiful Millefiori Quilts book. Thank goodness it is available again!

There are also a few Inklingo lessons which you may find helpful for this dramatic design:

 

Midnight Fireworks with Inklingo

For this block, I printed the diamonds with Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting and sewed with a running stitch, using the technique for inset seams and curves in Quilted Diamonds 2 (book and DVD). If you are learning to hand piece, the two-hour lesson on DVD is what you have been looking for!

I am going to sew my next Midnight Fireworks block by machine by adapting the method for machine piecing a LeMoyne Star. Stay tuned for machine tips next time, okay?

 

Millefiori Quilts - Midnight Fireworks by Willyne Hammerstein

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY SALE PRICE

Inklingo for Midnight Fireworks is in the Shop now.

The special low introductory price is only for a few days.

$25 is great. $20 is even better—but only until Wednesday 15 July, 2015.

 

Midnight Fireworks Quilt

I loved working on Midnight Fireworks! Printing on fabric with Inklingo makes it possible to sew this design by hand with a running stitch, by machine, or with English Paper Piecing (EPP).

 

Midnight Fireworks with Inklingo

Midnight Fireworks shows off the advantages of Inklingo, including printing on dark fabric! Combo layouts allow you to save fabric and save time. And of course, you know how much I love fussy cutting!

No templates! No measuring!

FACEBOOK VS THE BLOG—ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED? 

I post a photo or two on Facebook almost every day. It is usually about quilting, but sometimes it is something happening at Inklingo Home Office. I love to share photos of your Inklingo blocks too!

You do NOT have to have a Facebook account to see what I post there if you go directly to
https://www.facebook.com/inklingo

However, Facebook only shows my photos to about 20% of the quilters who have “liked” the Inklingo Facebook Page, so the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to the blog (top of right sidebar).

If you are on Facebook, please post photos of your Inklingo blocks on my page and please “like” and “comment” and “share” my photos. It makes it more fun for everyone.

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! 9 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo for Beginners

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

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