Inklingo – Printing out My Hexies from my Printer

by Karen on January 29, 2013

in Diamonds Are Forever, Inklingo, Lucy Boston--Patchwork of the Crosses, quilts

Printing on fabric can be a pain in the you know what at times – but most times it works out ok.  Yesterday I started with problems getting my printer to start – I finally had to reboot the computer and then the printer worked.

I was preparing more hexies – which as I have told you all I am using Inklingo – printing on fabric.  First I press my fabric and cut it the right size for the hexie’s that I am using.  Linda gives much better instructions on her Inklingo site (U Tube videos) then I can give you so if you are really interested in using Inklingo please go see her good directions – maybe my simple directions can get you interested in using this method.

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In this case I can fit 3 x 4 rows of hexies just about perfectly on a piece of fabric that is 7 x 10 1/2 this gives me very little waste.  From a fat eighth (the fabric that I am using right now) I can cut two pieces of fabric that size and have two pieces that vary in size – no fat eighth seems to be cut the same!!  I some times have 2 pieces left over that are 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 and some times they are not quite wide enough for that.  I iron those strips onto another piece of freezer paper trying to line them up exactly right to get the most out of them.

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This is looking at the tray of my printer which loads from the front.  The fabric is ironed onto the freezer paper – the fabric side goes down the freezer paper up.

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If you have a legal size printer you can print out all of this that is on  the screen – my printer and few that I know of are like this so you just get a portion of what is on the screen.  I can’t for the life of me figure out custom sizes so I just custom size my paper instead to feed through the printer.  I would love to find a legal size printer just to use with Inklingo!!

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Well this was blurry – I am trying to point out here that you select current page to print and Actual size (do not shrink to fit)

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this is what you get when you print out your 1 inch hexies – see how I have learned exactly where to place my fabric to get the most out of this sheet.  You can then cut these out with your rotary cutter – go by rows and then trim the edges.  You can print in a lot of different colors – try to choose something that goes with your fabric and is dark enough for you to see to stitch.

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A lot of times I just trim the edges with the scissors while I am watching tv but you can do this by rotary cutter as well.

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My new storage box that I picked up for this project.  The diamond hexies can fit in the bottom container – hexies in the middle and sewing supplies on the thinner top container.

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Seeing as I finished a Patchwork of the Crosses block the other day I thought I better get another one ready.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Teresa January 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

Karen ~ I love your blog and love Inklingo! Thanks for all the information you share. I need to get one of those boxes (-:

Miri January 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

I just love your hexi design quilts…both are fantastic. Thanks for showing how you use Inklingo.
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Kim January 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

Does the container have 2 or three areas for storage? Where do you get them?

Love the new block!
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Cindy January 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

Okay so now I AM impressed. But, you can still have those 100’s of hexes. I can’t even donate any because I don’t have any. LOL
Happy cutting , happy hexing (no, I didn’t say “sexing”, LOL)
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Melanie Goad January 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

Wow, how cool to print on the fabric.
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Cathi January 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

Setting custom sizes really is easy, once you get used to it and if you have a printer that supports custom sizes. Have you checked out the updated “Custom Page Sizes” pdf download on the Inklingo website? Maybe that might help — if your printer does support custom sizes.
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CJ Tinkle January 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Karen, is the sole purpose of Inklingo paper templates? If one had a die to cut hexies, would it serve the same purpose or is there more to Inklingo? I think I asked you this at our quilt group but I’ve forgotten.
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Karen January 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

No paper templates – your fabric is your “template” with the seam lines printed directly on it – you do not cut any paper rather iron the fabric directly to the freezer paper and the pattern prints onto the to fabric.
If you had a die cutter the shape you needed you would have the piece cut out but not the seam line for hand stitching

Penny January 29, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Thank you, Karen. Inklingo looks interesting, and having a stitching line would help accurate piecing.

Your next “Patchwork of the Crosses” is pretty.

Nedra January 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm

This is the coolest technique! I wish I could lock myself away for a week and play with Inklingo. Thanks for the tut :)

jmniffer January 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

You make this technique sound so doable. I love that the stitching line is there, a must for a hand stitching beginner like myself. My question is where do you begin to sew a diamond shape together? From the middle hexie? From the top point? I will have to do some research, thanks for the idea.

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