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Key West Beauty Dresden Plate

This Dresden Plate has folded blades and is made with the Large Triangle in the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection.

It measures 6 inches across, so it is small and sweet. Maybe I should call it a “Dessert Plate.”

Monkey says we just need small plates and large glasses for Margaritas in Key West.

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Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Fold the triangle in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew the 0.25 inch seam long the top edge.

Dresden Plate Folded Blade

The Inklingo Dresden Plate Applique shape collection includes a larger blade (not a triangle) and the instructions for a folded blade are in the Inklingo Dresden Plate Design Book on page 32.

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Finger press the seam open and turn right side out, so the seam is aligned with the center of the blade. Press.

The blade can be used just like any other Dresden Plate blade, except that the top may be left un-stitched for a three-dimensional effect!

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Assembling the plate is just like sewing Key West Beauty by machine (or by hand) in the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville!

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Isn’t that cool?

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Of course, I could not resist a little virtual fussy cutting.

 

Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

This is especially cool for all of the machine piecers who have been drooling over the spectacular effects in Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses but who prefer bigger pieces and sewing by machine.

With the Key West Beauty isosceles triangle I can have all the fun of fussy cutting but with bigger fabric designs than POTC and sewing by machine!

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Key West Beauty for Dresden Plate

Part 2 of Dresden Plates in Key West will show some of  my best “Dresden Plate” design ideas using the Key West shapes, so you might want to subscribe.

Hint: 8 isosceles triangles form an octagon and there are larger and smaller isosceles triangles in the Inklingo Index of Shapes.

 

Key West Beauty Templates

You can print 8 Large Triangles from the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection on a scrap only 7.25 x 9.25 (landscape), as shown in the Catalogue of shapes.

Print 8 identical sheets of fabric for fussy cut Dresden Plates! This is similar to Stack n Whack™ but without the stacking. (Of course, you can use traditional Swiss Cheese fussy cutting with Inklingo templates too.)

Love the lines. Quilt more!

 

Key West Beauty Dresden Plate

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #3
  • Dresden Plates in Key West – Part 2

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If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the COTSIM case file:

 

COTSIM Clue # 2 on Quilt Obsession

Cathi has shared photos of her fabrics and the finished blocks from COTSIM Clue #2 on Quilt Obsession. I would love to see your blocks too. If you don’t have a blog (or even if you do) please share photos of your fabrics and blocks on Facebook and in the Inklingo Yahoo Group. Thank you!

I will be posting more of my fussy cut Dresden Plates on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/inklingo  You don’t have to have a FB account to see them, but if you do, please like, comment and share my photos! It helps.

We’re taking the mystery out of Inklingo in Margaritaville.

Linda & Monkey

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

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Inklingo Mystery Quilt

Monkey thinks it is mysterious that none of the blocks in Clue #2 are Key West Beauty!

The Key West Beauty shapes are cleverly disguised in this clue. (In other words, these shapes are very versatile. See the free Key West Beauty Electric Quilt project file for examples.)

 

Inklingo Mystery Quilt

This clue describes how to sew your first block and print more fabric with the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection. You can chain sew by machine or hand sew while you watch TV—or a little of both.

Download Clue #2 (PDF, pages 18-27)

 

Inklingo Mystery Quilt

We also reveal a secret. You’ll see why printing FIVE identical diamonds for 8-pointed stars can be a good idea for those who are fussy cutting (optional for the diamonds).

 

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Download Clue #2 (PDF, pages 18-27)

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

SALE ENDING

The special intro price of $20 for the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection was extended but it ends tonight at midnight.
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Print on fabric with Inklingo

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #3

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the case file:

Some quilters have been sharing photos of their fabrics and the triangle/diamond units on Facebook and in the Inklingo Yahoo Group. Thank you!

We’re taking the mystery out of Inklingo in Margaritaville.

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page 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

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Fabric for Fussy Cutting

I did not fussy cut any of the shapes for my version of the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville mystery quilt because I did not have a fabric in my stash that I thought would work.

The key to Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting is finding the right fabric!

This method is similar to Stack n Whack™ and One Block Wonder. The fabric determines how happy you will be with the results.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

This is an old Kona Bay design. (2012)

I love fussy cutting, so I decided to audition it for the Key West Beauty 6 inch diamonds.

 

Measure the repeat in the fabric.

First, I measured the repeat in the fabric parallel to the selvage. This one is 11.375 inches (11 3/8) after washing.

Then I checked the Catalogue of Shapes to see if any of the diamond layouts for Key West 6 inch diamonds would fit in the repeat without a lot of waste.

 

Key West Beauty 12 diamonds

Hooray! If I print 5.5 x 11.25, I get 12 diamonds, so I could print 8 identical sheets to get 96 diamonds (12 sets of 8 identical diamonds).

There would only be a tiny sliver (1/8 inch) between the identical sheets of fabric if they are laid out parallel to the selvage.

(There is an article about fussy cutting on QuiltingHub with more illustrations, if you need to visualize this.)

I need to make sure I have at least 8 repeats. If I cut them all in a row, (8 sheets of FP parallel to the selvage), I would need about 96 inches or about 2.75 yards. If I have less than that, I would look for identical repeats across the fabric too. (There may be more variation in the printing of the fabric, so it is nice to keep them all in a row, if possible.)

 

Inklingo Window Template

Next, I printed the Diamond A layout on scrap paper to make a window template.

I think this could work but a few of the diamonds might be a bit boring because there is quite a bit of background between the flowers.

 

Variation with Key West Beauty Shapes

I could print 8 identical sheets of fabric for blocks like this . . .

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. . . and this . . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or I just print 4 identical sheets. . .

 

Fussy Cut Key West variations

. . . or use up the “boring” bits with other sets!

Preparing a window template works better for me than acrylic templates because I can move the window template around before I decide how to position the first sheet of freezer paper, so I can get the most interesting diamonds possible.

 

Key West Beauty 6 inch sample quilt

This design uses 25 blocks, and 12 of them could be fussy cut star blocks.

You can design more quilts with the blocks in the free Electric Quilt project file for the Key West shapes.

Key West Beauty 16 diamonds

Another option is to print 7.25 x 11.25, for 16 diamonds on each sheet instead of only 12. Then I could choose the 12 sets of 8 identical diamonds that I like the best.

The other 4 sets of diamonds could be used for something else. This approach could “waste” some fabric but it could make it possible to use a fabric for fussy cutting despite the boring bits in the design.

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

Reminder: The special intro price of $20 for the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection has been extended but it will end in a few days.
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Print quilt shapes on fabric

Of course, you know that there are other suggested Custom Page Sizes too.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #2

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If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the case file:

Of course, this fussy cutting method works for ANY shapes, including the diamonds in the free shape collection (link below).

I’m still thinking about this fabric. It is washed and draped over the ironing board now.

What do you think?

Linda & Monkey

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

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It’s time to dab a little sun tan lotion (or sun screen) behind your ears to get in the mood for an imaginary trip to Key West!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery (COTSIM) Clue # 1 is ready to download now! Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)
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The smell of sun tan lotion brings back memories of childhood days on the beach when we were eager to get a tan. Remember Coppertone and baby oil?

Now, Monkey wears a big straw hat and sun screen instead instead of sun tan lotion.

Times have changed but we can have fun sewing in the shade of a feathery Key West pine.

Let’s go!

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Clue #1

Monkey was caught on camera with the evidence!

We’re printing Diamonds and Small Triangles so we can start sewing by hand or by machine—or a little of both!

Download Clue #1 (PDF, pages 8-17)

Even if you plan to sew most of the quilt by machine, you can sew these units by hand, and vice versa. Isn’t that cool?

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

We’re printing and sewing with the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection ($20 for a few more days).

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Custom Page Sizes allow us to print exactly what we need without waste.

8 diamonds can be printed on a scrap 3.75 x 11.25, as shown on page 23 of the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection.

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #2

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

Already in the case file:

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Even now that you know what the first units look like, we don’t think you will be able to guess the COTSIM design yet because these shapes are so versatile.

Remember that a good detective has interrogation skills. (That means “If you have questions, please ask.”)

Welcome to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page 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

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

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Sew by hand OR by machine. The COTSIM mystery is for everyone!

Inklingo Print Checklist

Monkey has his shades and his Flip-Flop Sewing Kit ready because the first clue in the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville will be announced “before the end of the month.” Mysterious, eh?

If you enjoy secret surveillance, you can do a stake-out on the blog until you spy the first clue. (Otherwise, you can just subscribe to the blog—top of right side-bar—so you will receive an email as soon as the first clue is released. It’s up to you.)

In the meantime, there is a new print checklist for you. (Download PDF)

Will you be ready to print with the first clue?

FREE Diamond Triangle Square

Do you have the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection? I always recommend starting with the free shapes because it includes the first chapter of The Inklingo Handbook and some very versatile shapes.

 

Inklingo Quiz
Countdown Quiz

Answer any 3 questions in the Inklingo Quiz on the website.
1.__________________
2.__________________
3.__________________
(Answers for Inklingo Quiz.)

If you want to be ready to start printing the minute the first clue is posted. . .

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville

. . .get the Key West Beauty 6 inch shape collection while it is on sale for only $20.

Test Ink on Fabric

Review How to Test Inkjet Ink on Fabric (Top Ten Tutes)

Choose the fabrics, wash and fold neatly. (Fabric Requirements PDF)

Cut at least one sheet of Freezer Paper (FP) for these Custom Page Sizes.

  • 7.25 x 13.5 Portrait for 20 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 7.25 x 11.25 Portrait for 16 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 3.75 x 11.25 Portrait for 8 Diamonds – Layout A
  • 8.5 x 10.75 Landscape for 32 Small Triangles

NOTES
(1) If you are using scraps instead of fat quarters, wait to cut the FP. There are other Suggested Custom Page Sizes for each shape. For example, see page 31 of the Key West 6 inch shape collection for other possible sizes for printing Small Triangles.
(2) If you are using directional fabric or stripes you might want to use one of the other layouts for diamonds, so you will need different custom page sizes.

 

The Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville Mystery Quilt

Eager detectives will set up the ironing board near the computer/printer, so they can react quickly. You don’t have to have a computer in your sewing room.

I like to set up an ironing board to be near the computer and cut 2 or 4 sheets of FP in each size, so I can be ironing FP to one fabric while another one is printing.

My coolest tips for cutting FP are on page H26 of the free Diamond Triangle Square shape collection and there are tips for using scraps of FP on page H41.

 

Print on fabric with Inklingo

Love the lines. Quilt more!

COMING SOON

  • Getting ready for the mystery
  • COTSIM Mystery Clue #1

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

If you subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar), you will always be the first to see the mystery clues.

If you know anyone who has not tried Inklingo yet, please let them know about the new mystery because it is a great introduction to this wonderful quilting tool.

Already in the case file:

Welcome to Margaritaville!

Linda & Monkey

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New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page 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

25 Signs YOU are an Inklingo Quilter

Inklingo on Facebook

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