I often hear from quilting friends who have started English Paper Piecing (EPP) a Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) which is not finished, and which is likely to remain an unfinished object (UFO).
We call these EPP GFG UFOs.
(This situation also arises with octagons and other polygons, but Monkey says, “EPP GFG UFOs are the most ubiquitous.” Someone must have given him a dictionary, a library card, or the link to wikipedia.)
Quilters tell me they wish they had known about Inklingo before they started EPP. They love a portable project but would rather sew with a running stich than use a whip-stitch, for many good reasons.
If you enjoy EPP, and finish your projects, that’s great. Stop here. Enjoy your favorite technique and feel happy about it.
However, if you are looking for a more precise, simpler, faster way to finish your quilt, Inklingo is the answer. You can add Inklingo hexagons and flowers on to your EPP GFG UFO. Print the shapes on fabric and sew with a running stitch instead of whip-stitching. You can even do some machine stitching in a hybrid.
There is a new PDF called English Paper Piecing Rescue under the Hand Piecing tab on the web site. It describes why EPP appeals to so many of us, the ubiquitousness of unfinished GFGs, and instructions for adding Inklingo hexagons to an existing EPP UFO.
It is amazingly simple, but you will want to see the photos. There are too many to include here.
Advantages of a Running Stitch with Inklingo
• More portable and relaxing than whip-stitching with templates
• Efficient use of fabric (especially with layouts to cut with scissors)
• Cut with scissors or a rotary cutter—your choice
• Stitching lines, matching marks, and crosshairs on each piece
• No basting
• No templates
• No matter how closely you look, the running stitches are hidden
• Combine hand and machine piecing in the same quilt (hybrid)
• Compatible with fussy cutting
• Seams are pressed to the side, not open
Try it now!
If you haven’t tried printing Inklingo shapes on fabric yet, see the Quick Start and order the free shape collection ($20 value). You will be able to print your first shapes in the next few minutes, and sew them by hand or by machine.
We hope you will enjoy finishing your EPP quilts, with or without Inklingo.
Linda & Monkey
PS From Mirriam-Webster online: Main Entry: ubiq·ui·tous
Pronunciation: yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs Function: adjective Date: 1830
: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread <a ubiquitous fashion>