Friday, November 21, 2014

Most recent Projects

It's cold here in NW Ohio.  I think we are in for an awful winter.  Even my GG Marie would rather be sitting by the fire.  Most days my little Chihuahua mix won't come inside the house.  Oh, she comes in if I ask her to.  She runs in to see what I want,  gives me a nose bump and a kiss and runs out again.  Today is different.  Today she's inside.  Temperature on the back yard thermometer showed 23 degrees F. this afternoon.  Even lower now.

For the last two days I've gotten very little hand piecing or any part of the quilt making process done.  Computer issues.  Or not really computer issues.  Pop up ad issues.  Malware Issues.  If I ruled the world, I'd exact my revenge.  Maybe sit these small minded people (who force these adds on the computing public) in a locked room and make them listen to elevator music all day.  That would be oh so nice...and satisfy my revenge quotient in part.  I have more evil revenge scenes rolling around in my thoughts but oh well never mind.

So now all is fixed and working as it should, but the last two days are a bust for my quilt work. Last two days aside,  I have managed to do some piecing and finished two little tops over the last month. 

The Patchwork of the Crosses in Red and White is a small table topper I made using the Inklingo 90 degree 0.5 Inch Hexagon Collection.   The last time I posted about this top, a quarter of the blocks were pieced together.

One Quarter of  POTC in Red and White
Patchwork of the Crosses in Red and White
Now it's done as far as I plan to go.  The blocks went together nicely.  My friends are encouraging me to add to this quilt top making it larger but I want to move on to something else. There are so many potential quilts running around in my head.

My Prairie Women's Group is working on an English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt using one inch hexagons.  I used to piece my hexagons the EPP way.  I did a few quilts using this method, but so combersome.  I think the reason EPP is used is for accuracy plus all those Y seams make a Hexagon Quilt Top difficult to machine piece. 

I hand pieced my top using Inklingo's One Inch Hexagon Collection .  Accuracy is a snap and there are no Y seam problems when you use Inklingo.  Lots quicker and a lot more enjoyable for me. So while the group is still working on their EPP, wrapping their little bits of fabric around their little one inch  hexagon shapes,  I have finished my top and I can move on to quilting it or maybe make another top.  The top does call for some wool applique on the light center hexagon flowers, but I will do this after I quilt the top...this can be easily done with hand applique.

Hexagon Quilt Top
Made with Inklingo 1 Inch 60 Degree Hexagon Collection

So what next?  With EQ7, I've created a Rainbow Quilt top using 2 inch squares.  I can hand piece this a bit at a time very easily using 2 inch squares from one of the Inklingo Collections.  I already have the 90 degree 1 inch hexagon collection.  The 2 inch square is a bonus piece in this collection.

Bonus Pieces in the 90 Degree 1 inch Hexagon Collection
Or, our Prairie Women's Group will be working on a flying geese wall quilt.  I'd like to try this with Linda Franz's method of machine piecing flying geese using Inklingo.   (Sewing Flying Geese the Inklingo Way)

And I recently became inthralled with Dresden Plates. Using Inklingo  Dresden Plate Fancy Pieced Collection, would make doing one of these quilts so much fun.

So many possibilities.  I don't see how some of my  fellow quilters can stick to just one quilt project at a time!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Portable HP Printer and Custom Sizes


Not long ago, I went searching for a laptop.  I need one when I go on little trips or vacations.  I have an IPad, which I love, but it has some limitations.  So I purchased a little lap top.  I weighs less than 2 lbs.

I also needed a small portable printer.  This would be great for travel and I thought I could use it to teach an up coming Inklingo class..... but as it turned out, I didn't get to it on class day....and that's another story.  So I purchased an HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer because that's all they had in small printers.  I could have just not purchased any printer that day and gone on line to find something elsewhere ( I need custom sizes and HP wasn't likely to allow for it.) but I'm the impulse sort so I bought it.

HP Officejet 100 Mobile Printer
I took it home and all worked OK.  Putting in the cartridges proved a bit of a chore, but I got it print ready.  Custom sizes was grayed out just as I expected. (My old printer was an HP).. The printer comes with a little bit of instructions but even though it appeared to allow custom sizes, I couldn't figure it out just how I was expected to do I went on line and up pops a number of possibilities... most of them from people asking the same questions I had with no good answers.  The best one I found after a Google search was for a totally different HP Printer, but it gave me enough information so I could work it out.  I can now print custom sizes on my HP.  I'm thinking if it worked for me, it may work for other Inklingo enthusiasts with HP Printers.

So HP owners who want to print custom sizes give this a try.

Let's say you would like to print 7" x 7"....

1. Go to the page you want to print...current page...actual size.
2.  Go to Properties then Features.
3.  Down in the middle of Features pick custom.
4.  At custom at the top of the page you will see the word will have to rename it...I'm printing a 7" x 7" sheet of triangles so I rename it Triangles 7 x 7.  Then click Save.  Click OK.
5.  You are now directed back to features.  Your size is displayed.  ( I would check "show preview before printing") Click OK.
6.  You are now back to your main print page and you have your correct size.

This is much more complicated then the Canon I use with my Desktop PC, but it's do-able.  So big smile here.  I can now take my printer on vacation or to class along with my little laptop and I'm all set to print out my Inklingo custom size pages.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hexagon Table Topper

Hexagon Table Topper
The Pioneer Women (I've mentioned before) meet once a month at Quilt Heaven (LQS) in Lambertville Michigan.  Some of our projects use English Paper Piecing.  I enjoyed English Paper Piecing at one time but once I started to use Inklingo I saw how much faster the projects got put together.  

 Allie's Garden from Cut Loose Press is an optional project.  Rather than follow the instructions, I looked at the project and saw that the pattern called for one inch hexagons.  Using Inklingo's 60 Degree One Inch Hexagons shape collection,   I put this  little project together while watching programs on TV with my hubby in the evening.  It came together very quickly.  The part that took the longest was choosing the colors from my stash.  The pattern calls for adding a row of hexagons after the colored hexagons and then cutting them off to make a straight edge.  With the One Inch 60 Degree Shape Collection, I could add half house hexagons all around.  

From Left to Right: From Linda Franz' Inklingo 60 degree 1 inch Hexagon Collection.
 One Inch Hexagon with the additional shapes
half house, other half hexagon, quarter corners, and third.

On each corner I added a half hexagon.  

Corner showing the use of Inklingo other half hexagon plus the colored strips
When I added the Hexagon other half to the corners, the size was large enough to allow for the use of strips.  I cut the strips 1 inch wide by 9 1/4 inch long and then drew my stitching lines in a quarter inch.  Worked beautifully.  I don't care for the idea of cutting off hexagons after sewing and I think those strips add that little extra touch of color.  

Embroidered Center
The center of the table topper is hand embroidered.  I used some hand dyed no. 12 embroidery thread that I've had around for over 10 years.  I think it came out too light.  If I do this topper again, I'll use a darker thread.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Autumn Pinwheels

Autumn Pinwheels - the quilt
Autumn Pinwheels - the block

Linda Franz posted on facebook today showing us a block from Quiltmaker Magazine 100 Blocks Volume 6.  It was called Pecking Order and was created by Laurie Baker.  Laurie made her block with scraps.  I called up my EQ7 and recreated the lines of the block so I could play with it for color arrangement and quilt possibilities.  This quilt is one of the color and block variations I came up with.  Look what can be done by just rearranging color!    I have dozens more.  This one is for fall.  It is totally do-able using Linda's HST Collection B (Which I have.)  You need 2 sizes from that collection (which has 12 sizes).  If the larger size is 2 inch then the smaller would be 1 inch.  You could use any size variation that you wish as long as the larger size is 2 times the smaller size.

Creating with Inklingo is just so much fun.  If you have the HST Collection B, you can make this quilt so easily by hand piecing or machine piecing.  I myself prefer hand piecing.  Now just to find the time.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


In the 90's I started to put my sewing skills to quilting.  I enjoyed piecing and spent hours in my sewing room. Then I discovered Appliqué.  Back then there wasn't much machine appliqué.  That came later, so I was lucky to find people with hand appliqué skills to help me along.  I took classes from my local quilt shop and fell in love with the process.  So much can be done with hand appliqué. Like hand piecing, it's portable and social. Most recently, I discovered Dutch Treat by  Judy Garden.  A very inspiring book.  If you have an interest, it can be purchased on Amazon. The blocks are done in reverse appliqué.

I have this beautiful fabric. It's black with shots of green, red, white.  It has metallic silver shimmers.

Hoffman Winter Wishes
I love it but I don't have a lot of it.  I decided to make a small quilt using some of Judy Gardens Dutch Treat blocks.  I'll also make some blocks of my own.  Here's what I've done so far.

I'll continue to make these blocks until I run out of fabric.  I love the hexagon.  So many possibilities come to mind.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014




Made with Inklingo 90 degree .5 inch Hexagon collection, these small hexagons would be impossible for me without Inklingo. The crosses are made with a red Thirties fabric I've had around for many years plus another small print red I've had around just as long. This will be a small quilt.  I've got no more of these red fabrics left. I've got enough pieces printed and cut for another 12 POTC Blocks.  I'm joining them with tan fabric that has tiny red leaves to match the red of the crosses. So this little project can't go very far but it's great practice for the next one.

A Single POTC Block made with 1/2 inch Hexagons
I am thoroughly enjoying working with these little pieces.  I'm having a lot of fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dear Jane Row A Continues

My Dear Jane Journey

I've finished all the blocks in Row A.  Here are photos of A-11 through A-13


This hand piecing continues to be quite satisfying

Below is a collage of all the blocks in A