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The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 5 (4 pages, PDF to download)

This time, the is a little more printing and some lovely “continuous stitching” to make these half hexagons.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

Print the shapes on fabric, cut rows (single layer), and then stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

You can re-use the freezer paper for more diamonds too.

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Introduction to Inklingo

You might want to review the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website if you are new to Inklingo.

Please tell your friends about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

It has been another busy week on Facebook. I hope you have seen the photos and videos posted on the Inklingo Facebook page.

Please stay tuned for a new article about fussy cutting with Inklingo too.

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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A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Diamond Heist

Inklingo makes this clue so easy, it almost feels like a classic diamond heist—well planned, quickly executed, clever and fun.

COTDN Clue # 4 (5 pages, PDF to download)

In fact, this clue is just like A Fish Called Wanda but with a slightly simpler plot, fewer fish, and a G rating.

 

Print diamonds on fabric

Print the shapes on fabric, cut rows (single layer), and then stack the rows to cut several layers at a time.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

The sewing goes fast (hand or machine), so you will have time to watch . . .

 

Two movies

. . . A Fish Called Wanda and the Quilted Diamonds 2 hand piecing lesson!

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Introduction to Inklingo

When you finish A Fish Called Wanda, you might want to review the video on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website too.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know about the COTDN mystery quilt. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

Cathi is ready for Clue # 4. Are you?

HAND OR MACHINE

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

I would love to see and share photos of your Clue # 4. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the Case of the Diamond Necklace. The next clues are fun too.

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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NEVER BUY ACRYLIC SHAPES AGAIN ? 

This is a long article but if you read it, I don’t think you will ever buy acrylic templates and shapes again. Ever!

This info makes quilting more fun, more creative, and sets you free from expensive acrylic.

Almost anything you can draw, you can turn into templates that are better than acrylic!

Spend your money on precious gems (or fabric) instead.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

COTDN Clue # 3 (10 pages, PDF to download)

This is not the clue I originally planned.

 

Print quilt shapes on fabric with Inklingo

TWO OPTIONS

I re-wrote the whole clue when I decided to give you a second option.

Now you can

(1) print all of the shapes on fabric with Inklingo

OR

(2) print most of the shapes and prepare the rest with freezer paper templates.

MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH FREEZER PAPER

My friend Mary taught me how to use freezer paper templates almost 20 years ago and I still prefer FP to any other template material, including acrylic shapes.

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Freezer Paper Templates

Freezer paper (FP) templates are the BEST templates in the history of quiliting AND the least expensive!

Businesses that sell acrylic shapes or plastic sheets don’t want you to know how fantastic freezer paper is!

 

It is worth learning about freezer paper for hand piecing AND machine piecing—any shape, any size, straight lines or curves..

 

Freezer paper templates with acrylic edge

THE ULTIMATE IN FLEXIBILITY

ANY freezer paper shape can have an acrylic edge.

An ordinary acrylic ruler with a piece of masking tape marking the seam allowance turns any FP shape into a better “acrylic template!”

 

I have always included layouts of shapes without seam allowances in Inklingo shape collections, so you can print on freezer paper if you need templates.

If you are making templates, it is silly to include the seam allowances!

Anything you can draw, trace, or print on freezer paper works better than an expensive acrylic template because FP does not slide around before you finish cutting.

The plastic coating on freezer paper sticks to the fabric when pressed with a hot, dry iron, and it stays in position until you peel it off to use it again.

Draw, trace or print any block or shape on FP and cut the shapes apart.

Quilted Diamonds 2 page 55

Adding acrylic edges to FP templates is a huge concept but it is not new! 

I have been teaching how to use FP templates since my Quilted Diamonds books in 2002 and 2004.

In those books, I taught drawing the sewing lines on the wrong side of the fabric for hand piecing because the shapes are very small. However, the same method works for machine piecing and you don’t usually need to add the sewing lines!

Turn every edge of the FP into an acrylic edge that you can rotary cut—with the rulers you already have.

 

Inklingo shapes with and without seam allowances

INKLINGO OR FREEZER PAPER?

Printing the shapes on fabric with Inklingo is always my first choice, of course!

When a shape is not available from Inklingo, FP templates are the perfect choice!

Inklingo has  more advantages, of course, but FP templates work very well–BETTER than acrylic or plastic templates—whether you are using scissors or a rotary cutter.

I feel so strongly about the benefits of using FP templates that I re-wrote Clue # 3 this week to add a shape in the Case of the Diamond Necklace mystery quilt—one that you cannot print with Inklingo.

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Freezer paper has every advantage and is very inexpensive.

You can

  • draw on it
  • trace through it
  • print on it
  • cut it accurately with a rotary cutter or scissors, even several layers at a time!
  • write on it
  • make as many templates as you want without additional expense
  • re-use them
  • replace them
  • store them easily

Freezer paper is perfect for window templates too.

Acrylic templates only work with a rotary cutter. With FP templates, you can choose to use scissors if you need it to be portable. Acrylic does not have even one advantage over freezer paper for quilters. Acrylic templates cannot do what FP templates do.

(By the way, in case you are wondering, I do not sell freezer paper. No affiliation. FP is a just an amazing product.)

There is more about FP in the Top Ten Tutes on the blog.

That’s all you need to know before you download and start Clue # 3.

COTDN Clue # 3 (10 pages, PDF to download)

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website is a good intro to printing on fabric with Inklingo.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know about the COTDN mystery. It is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

 

COTDN stars by Delores J

Delores made these fabulous stars for her COTDN mystery quilt with Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

I love seeing what everyone is doing with the COTDN mystery quilt clues!

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Barb Clark's COTDN Stars

Driveway Barb has been fussy cutting with Inklingo for years. (Just Sayin’ Sew blog.)

There are more beautiful stars for COTDN on Facebook too.

HAND OR MACHINE

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

This is the 3rd Inklingo mystery quilt. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

I would love to see and share photos of your Clue # 3. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the mystery. There is more to come!

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

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There are two methods of fussy cutting with Inklingo.

1. Traditional – Printing templates to make Swiss cheese of the fabric.
2. No Waste Fussy Cutting – Printing identical sheets of fabric.

In this installment:

  • Choosing fabric for No Waste Fussy Cutting
  • Tips for printing identical sheets of fabric

 

Stack N Whack™

FABRIC FOR FUSSY CUTTING

The key to Inklingo No Waste Fuss Cutting is choosing the right fabric. If you get that right, everything else falls into place.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Any fabric that works for Stack N Whack™, Kaleidoscope Stars, One Block Wonder and similar techniques works for Inklingo No Waste Fussy Cutting.

If you have any of those books, the information about choosing fabric also applies to Inklingo.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

Window templates are a simple, easy, reliable way to determine the suitability of a fabric for fussy cutting a particular shape and size.

For me, a window template works much better than acrylic shapes (and costs nothing!).

If you have a folding mirror, you might find it helpful to see the effect. When you get a little bit of experience, you won’t need the mirror anymore.

 

Fabric for fussy cutting

I can see great possibilities for this fabric! (No folding mirror or acrylic needed!)

If you use a window template, you don’t have to remember any rules but you will probably notice some common characteristics:

  • overall designs without a lot of plain background
  • medium to large designs, depending on the size of the shape
  • at least 3 or 4 colors
  • variety of lines
  • shapes with defined edges
  • high contrast

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Fabric for fussy cutting

FIND THE REPEAT

The next step is to find the repeat in the fabric. This is the same as Stack N Whack™ and other kaleidoscope techniques.

If you have ever hung wallpaper, you are familiar with this idea. A “repeat” is the measurement parallel to the edge (selvage) from one motif to the next, where the design starts over again.

In the illustration above, I isolated one blue flower. No matter what part of the design you choose, the measurement to the next identical motif will be the same, so you can choose any easily identifiable shape as your starting point.

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How to find the repeat in the fabric

MEASURE THE REPEAT

The length of the repeat will determine how much fabric you need.

For example, 6 repeats of 12 inches = 72 inches (2 yards).

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Fabric for fussy cutting

TIP  If you don’t have enough fabric to cut all the repeats along the length of the fabric, you can locate and use repeats across the fabric.

With many fabrics, you can use repeats from anywhere, not just along the lengthwise (selvage) grain. This can reduce the amount of fabric you need to buy.

It might also mean a favorite fabric in your stash will be enough!

(Stay tuned for another article with details for determining fabric requirements.)

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

PRINT IDENTICAL SHEETS

Are you ready for a little miracle? This is it! When you print identical sheets of fabric with Inklingo, you get sets of identical shapes!

In this example, I printed 6 identical sheets of diamonds for the Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery (COTDN).

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

That gives me sets of 6 identical diamonds to make fabulous kaleidoscope stars.

For 36 diamonds for the COTDN mystery quilt, I printed 6 identical sheets of diamonds 4.5 x 8.5 inches. (That is one of the Suggested Custom Sizes in the 60° Diamond 1.75 inch shape collection.)

I cut off the selvage (as usual) and rotary cut a 4.25 or 4.5 inch strip long enough to include 6 repeats. Then I cut the strip into identical sections, iron to the FP and trim.

TIPS FOR PRINTING IDENTICAL SHEETS

Printing identical sheets takes a little bit more “fussing” but almost everything is the same as ordinary non-fussy-cutting printing. (Best Tips in the Top Ten Tutes)

For example, I always wash the fabric first. Always! Some say this will distort the printed design. That is exactly my point! If it is going to distort, I want to know about it before I invest my time and creativity!

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

My Canon printer is beautifully jam-free (another Top Ten Tute) if I leave about 1/8 inch of FP without fabric on the leading edge (red arrow).

If you have checked the Top Ten Tutes, you know that leaving the leading edge bare is easy to do for non-fussy cutting. I just position the freezer paper on the fabric at the ironing board with the FP overhanging a straight edge of fabric and trim the other three sides of the fabric to match the FP. (Best Tips in the Top Ten Tutes)

This step is slightly different for No Waste Fussy Cutting: To leave the leading edge of the FP bare and get identical sheets, I need to cut the fabric and the FP separately and then line them up. . . identically . . when I press them together.

 

Inklngo Fussy Cut Star

When I first started printing identical sheets of fabric, sometimes there were small variations in the diamonds. In the star above, you can see that the diamond in the 5 o’clock position is slightly different from the others. It is still a very pretty star.

 

Lucy Boston POTC

Not a problem? In some situations  variations add more charm for me than mechanical precision does. This is a fabulous example from Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses.

 

Lucy Boston POTC

Lucy Boston’s fussy cutting often had variations—and her work is stunning.

In this second example from Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses, the flowers are not positioned exactly symmetrically. In fact, if you look closely, they are not even identical flowers! I think I love it even more for its quirkiness. This happens many times in the POTC quilt.

 

Print identical sheets of fabric

This might be the best tip!

In situations where it is important that every shape is as close to identical as possible, there is a simple solution.

Before you print, double-check that the fabric is positioned identically. To do that, stack the sheets with an offset (above). Repeat for all four sides.

This simple visual check will tell you whether you want to re-position the fabric on some sheets to match the others.

If one sheet just will not match, you can cut another sheet that will—if you have enough fabric.

That brings us to a new topic for a future article: How to determine yardage requirements for fussy cutting. I have written about this before (and the blog is searchable). I have more info about using Inklingo templates for traditional Swiss cheese fussy cutting too.

In the meantime, I hope you are following The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Qult.

The mystery quilt is very pretty without fussy cutting but I hope I have tempted you to try it!

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how Inklingo works.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know. The COTDN mystery is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters too. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, so you can see what to expect.

The new mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Please subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more.

Please tell your friends about Inklingo. The more, the merrier!

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

New Clue!

COTDN Clue # 2 (8 pages, PDF to download)

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

I’m wearing my diamond necklace ($7.50 US and worth every penny) with a sweatshirt instead of a strapless white gown while I print and sew.

You can feel just like Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief while you make a pretty quilt.

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Print diamonds on fabric

If you are new to Inklingo, Clue # 2 will help you print your first 3 sheets of fabric and start sewing stars by hand or by machine.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

This clue includes valuable gems of information in videos of  “circling the intersection” and “continuous stitching.”

 

Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection

You will need the shapes in the Inklingo 60° Diamond 1.75 inch Shape Collection.

The versatility of these shapes makes them perfect for a mysterious mystery quilt.

 

The Case of the Diamond Necklace Mystery Quilt

The new COTDN mystery quilt is very pretty with or without fussy cutting.

Even if you won’t be fussy cutting this time, we think the new notes about fussy cutting with Inklingo are a very good reason to subscribe to the blog (top of right side-bar)..

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Introduction to Inklingo

This VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website includes essential clues.

If you know anyone who is interested in learning about Inklingo, please let them know. The COTDN mystery is great for beginners AND experienced Inklingo quilters.

HAND OR MACHINE

This mystery is NOT just for hand piecers. There are instructions for machine piecing too.

This is the 3rd Inklingo mystery quilt. The clues for the Case of the Secret Garden (COTSG) and the Case of the Stranger in Margaritaville (COTSIM) are still on the blog, so you can see what to expect.

ARE YOU SUBSCRIBED?

Detectives should subscribe to the blog and follow the Inklingo Facebook page for more hints.

I would love to see and share photos of your first stars. linda@lindafranz.com

Please tell your friends about the mystery. The fun is for everyone!

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! 10 Year Anniversary Special on the handbook

Inklingo on Facebook

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