Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design – Rotations

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I was in a bit of a hurry yesterday, and only noticed some imperfections in yesterday’s design after I hit ‘Publish’.

I should have used EQ’s ‘Fussy cut’ tool to align the stripes of the border fabrics. (Check).

I could have mirrored the Mariner’s Whirl blocks to align the direction of the overlapping patches with the Waltzing Matilda blocks (Something went wrong, and only the top left block is mirrored :-(. (But hey, this looks cool already, and I really don’t want to click several dozens of times to rotate all these striped fabric patches AGAIN)

Inklingo provides the necessary mirror image shapes for Mariner’s Whirl so you can combine these blocks in the most harmonious way.

And, just for fun, I rotated the striped fabrics some more. The Mariner’s Whirl blocks now each show different rotations of the focus fabric. I also rotated the stripes in the Waltzing Matilda blocks. I like this version better than yesterday’s.

Now the really cool thing is that EQ scales the fabrics to the size of the block. So, (if you don’t mind a bit of bias edges on your patches), you can make your blocks look exactly the same in fabric.

The wider red and white stripe is a quarter inch [0,6 cm.] stripe, and here it is set in the 12″ Mariner’s Whirl block. This particular fabric is by Riley Blake Designs, C-555 RED. And, when I just checked, I found it available online!

And of course, using a diagonally printed stripe would yield very similar results, and easier printing and piecing for some of these options.

Now, what are you waiting for? Go get some striped fabrics and download Inklingo’s Mariner’s Whirl shapes!!

XXX Annika

 

 

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Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design

Inklingo Mariner’s Whirl Quilt Design. Original block designs by Jinny Beyer and Judy Martin. Quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Linda Franz has issued Inklingo shapes for three sizes of the Mariner’s Whirl block, designed by Jinny Beyer. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to play with it in EQ! But before I got around to that, Linda was already offering a free EQ project on her blog. So I downloaded and started playing right away!

I agree with Linda that striped fabrics are perfect for this block. On screen the stripes create an interesting glowing effect in the valleys between the compass points. I wonder if this would also happen in actual fabric, if the stripes are narrow enough.

I found the improved ‘Rotate Fabric’ options in EQ8. Wow, it is great to align a striped fabric so easily and perfectly in each point! I did this by using the Advanced option, and opting for 16 rotations.

16 rotations is the maximum number, so we have to thank Jinny Beyer for limiting the Mariner’s Whirl to 16 points :-)!

Next, you just click each patch the number of times you want your striped fabric rotated. No calculating degrees for each rotation! Perfect. Thank you Electric Quilt company!

I put four 12 inch [30,48 cm.] Mariner’s Whirl blocks in an on point setting. I submitted a 6 inch (inklingo size) Waltzing Matilda block to the ‘serendipity’ block tool ‘shrink and flip’, creating 12″ blocks with 4 Waltzing Matildas each, to put in the alternating 12″ block spaces.

I chose Waltzing Matilda, because the overlapping star points visually echo the overlapping patches at the base of each compass point in the Mariner’s Whirl.

Including three 2″ borders, this quilt finishes 46 inches square.

Starry Path Quilt Designs

Starry Path Quilt – blocks On Point – Inklingo block sizes 6, 8 and 9 inch available

Linda Franz keeps releasing new Inklingo shapes! I just can’t keep up. Not all of them are easy to draft and play with in EQ, so I am not showing designs with shapes from Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori books.

I have been playing with the recently released Starry Path blocks. Inklingo shapes are currently available for 6, 8 and 9 inch blocks. They are very nice just by themselves, in an on point setting.

If you add plain sashings in the background color, the stars have a little more space.

Starry Path Blocks on point. Same as above, but with plain sashings – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

And of course, then you can add a small block in the cornerstones.

Starry Path Blocks On Point, with plain sashings and nine patch blocks in cornerstones. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I combined the Starry Path blocks with nine patch blocks, double nine patch blocks and the ‘bordered nine patch’ block. All these blocks are in EQ, so I did not have to draft anything. The Starry Path block is under the name of Interwoven Star.

Below are some more examples of the blocks in a straight set. Check the Inklingo Index of Shapes for the available squares, depending on the block size of your choice.

Starry Path Blocks in horizontal set, alternated with ‘bordered nine patch’ blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Starry Path blocks in horizontal set, alternated with double nine patch blocks. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Well, I hope you are inspired to make an Inklingo Starry Path quilt!

XXX Annika

Merry Christmas!

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection – original design by Annika Kornelis

 

I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, or other Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2019!
I have not done much blogging, EQ-ing or quilting in 2018, but I felt I had to at least put up a Christmas quilt design. And if you have followed me for a couple of years, you know my Christmas quilts usually have stars. And, I have a problem with the traditional Christmas red and green! It has to have at least a third color, or be a very soft green or something.

This design is inspired by a spectacular, scrappy antique quilt from the collection of the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Michigan, USA. I think I first saw it in a blog post by Barbara Brackman, and I saved a picture of it.

Edyta Sitar’s Stars Upon Stars Quilt

Edyta Sitar did a reproduction pattern, which recently also was in Quiltmania issue 128.

While I love this quilt, I would not make an exact reproduction.

  • First, I prefer symmetrical quilts.
  • Second, the relative proportions of the differently sized star points (diamonds) did not look harmonious to me.
  • Third, and perhaps, most important, not all sizes of diamonds are available as Inklingo shapes.

So, I tried to remedy all of that in EQ8. I came up with a design that is based on one size diamond only, using the 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Star shape collection as my starting point.
The original star block is 12 inch [30,48 cm.] with 5 rows of diamonds, and 3.5 inch [8,89 cm.] stars in the corners.

My design (center measuring about 64 x 64 inches [163 x 163 cm.]) has four rows of the 0.88 inch [ca. 2,2 cm.] diamonds, which also makes the large star 12 inch. By adding 0.5 inch [ca. 1,3 cm.] strips to the outsides of the smaller stars in the corners, I could use the 3 inch [ca. 7,6 cm.] star there, too. The stars in the corner stones are also 3 inches.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt Peach, with sashings like the original antique quilt – original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

I drafted both the original sashings, and a sashing block of my own design, using the 0.88 inch diamonds there, too. You would have to make it so that you add about 1/8 of an inch [2 millimeters] somewhere along the length of the 12 inch sashings. I think that’s doable by piecing slightly scant seams.

The original sashing can also be made with Inklingo shapes, if my mushy brain is correct. It uses 1.5 inch QST’s and 1.06 inch squares. Check the Index of Inklingo Shapes for availability.

2018 Christmas Stars Quilt based on the Inklingo 3 inch LeMoyne Star shape collection, color variation of the picture above – original design by Annika Kornelis

Merry Christmas! XXX Annika

Drawing a Morse Star Block in EQ – Video

Medallion quilt with 18 inch Morse Star block in the centre, surrounded by a border of 9 inch Inklingo Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis – Medaillon quilt met 18 inch Morse Star in het midden, en daarom heen een rand van 9 inch Inklingo Stars. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

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In mijn vorige post (alleen in het Engels) heb ik laten zien hoe ik het Inklingo Star blok heb getekend in EQ7. Vandaag gebruik ik Inklingo Star als basis voor het tekenen van het complexere Morse Star blok in EQ.

Het blok is complexer, maar het tekenen zelf is eenvoudiger. Het is eigenlijk vooral kopiëren en plakken. Als je het EQ projectbestand met Inklingo Star van Linda Franz (gratis!) hebt gedownload, kun je het Morse Star blok eenvoudig zelf creëren, zonder echt te tekenen.

18 inch Morse Star blokken in een horizontale setting, met 4.5 inch LeMoyne sterren. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis

Voor het tekenen van complexe blokken in EQ heb ik een paar ‘trucjes’. De belangrijkste:

  1. Importeer een afbeelding van het blok in EQ, en zet het op je ‘drawing board’ om over te trekken. Het kan je helpen het juiste raster en de bijbehorende snap settings te vinden.
  2. Zoek in de EQ Block Libraries een blok dat lijkt op het blok dat je wilt tekenen.

Vaak vind je er wel een. Importeer dat in je Schetsboek om te bewerken. Met een beetje geluk hoef je alleen de kleurverdeling van licht en donker aan te passen, of wat lijnen weg te halen of toe te voegen.

Trucje 2 heb ik hier gebruikt. Door in de EQ Block Libraries te zoeken in de categorie Classic Pieced: Eight-Pointed Stars, vond ik twee blokken die genoeg op Morse Star lijken om bruikbaar te zijn (Dutch Rose en Carpenter’s Wheel).

EQ Schetsboek met, van boven naar beneden: Inklingo Star blok, Dutch Rose blok, Carpenter’s Wheel blok

De video begint met deze twee blokken in mijn schetsboek, plus het Inklingo Star blok dat ik in de vorige video heb getekend.

De belangrijkste dingen die ik in de schermopname laat zien:

  • Wat er kan gebeuren als je lijnen verwijdert uit een blok.

18 inch Morse Star blokken op de punt, met 9 inch Inklingo Stars en 4,5 inch Lemoyne Star blokken. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Korneils.

Nadat ik de overbodige lijnen uit het Carpenter’s Wheel blok heb verwijderd (inclusief een lijn onderin het blok die ik wel nodig heb, ipv een overbodige… Sorry!), kijk ik ter controle naar het blok op de Color tabblad, voordat ik tussentijds opsla.

Daar zie ik dat de verwijderde lijnen nog steeds in het blok staan. Op de een of andere manier heeft EQ de verwijderde lijnen niet ‘gepakt’, dat gebeurt vaker. Als je het blok nu zou opslaan, krijg je de melding dat het blok al in het Schetsboek staat.

Als dat gebeurt, weet je dat je nog iets extra moet doen om de verwijderde lijnen echt weg te halen. En dat is, een willekeurige lijn toevoegen!

18 inch Morse Star blokken op de punt etc. Zelfde quiltontwerp als hierboven, kleurvariatie. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

Dus, ik ga van het Color tabblad weer naar het EasyDraw tabblad. Vervolgens haal ik een lijn weg die ik eenvoudig weer opnieuw kan tekenen. Ik voeg dat lijntje weer toe.

Nu kan ik het blok veilig tussentijds opslaan, zonder dat ik overnieuw moet beginnen met het verwijderen van de lijnen.

Als ik daarna op het Color tabblad kijk, zie ik een ongekleurd blok, waaruit alle verwijderde lijnen ook echt verdwenen zijn. 

Morse Star blokken op de punt, met 4.5 inch LeMoyne sterren. Origineel quiltontwerp van Annika Kornelis.

Wat de video verder laat zien:

  • Dat je lijnen uit het ene blok kunt kopiëren en dan in een ander blok kunt plakken.
  • Dat je lijnen tijdelijk naast je blok kunt parkeren.
  • Het gebruik van de Pick Tool, en dan de Symmetry optie.

Ik kan zelf maar niet onthouden wat elke ‘Flip’ optie precies doet. Daarom laat ik het effect van alle ‘Rotate’ en ‘Flip’ opties achter elkaar zien.

Je ziet dat ik 1 set lijnen kopieer uit het Inklingo Star blok, en die vervolgens 8x naast het Carpenter’s Wheel blok plak en 7x roteer of flip. Voor een achtpuntige ster heb je dan precies alle symmetry opties nodig. (De eerste, ‘Clone’, doet hetzelfde als ‘kopiëren’ plus ‘plakken’.)

De video duurt bijna 12 minuten, maar na ca. 5 minuten heb je alle stappen wel gezien. Daarna is het alleen nog een herhaling van het plaatsen van de diverse sets geroteerde lijnen.

De video heeft geen geluid.

Ik hoop dat je de video met bovenstaande uitleg duidelijk vindt, en dat je, net als ik, geïnspireerd bent om met Morse Star blokken te gaan spelen!

XXX Annika

ENGLISH

In my previous post I showed you how I drafted the Inklingo Star block in EQ7.

Today I am using the Inklingo Star block I created in the previous video, as the start for drawing the more complex Morse Star block in EQ7.

While the block is more complex, the drawing is actually much easier. It is mainly copy and paste!

If you have downloaded Linda Franz’s (free!) EQ project file with Inklingo Star, you can easily create the Morse Star block in EQ, without any actual drawing.

18 inch Morse Star blocks in a horizontal set, with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

I have a couple of tricks for drafting complex blocks in EQ. The main ones are:

  1. Import a picture of the block into EQ, and put it on your drawing board for tracing. It can help you find the right grid and snap settings.
  2. Search the EQ Block Libraries for a block that is similar to the block you want.

Often you will find one. Add that to your Sketchbook, to edit. With a bit of luck you only need to change the light-dark color distribution, or to delete or add some lines.

I used this second tip for Morse Star. Through a search in the Classic Pieced: Eight-Pointed Stars block section of the Block Libraries, I found two blocks that look enough like Morse Star to be usable (Dutch Rose and Carpenter’s Wheel).

EQ Sketchbook with, from top to bottom: Inklingo Star block, Dutch Rose block, Carpenter’s Wheel block

The video starts with these two blocks in my Sketchbook, plus the Inklingo Star block that I drafted in the previous video.

The most important things I am showing in the screen recording:

  • A thing that can happen when you remove lines from a block.

18 inch Morse Star blocks on point, with 9 inch Inklingo Stars and 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

After I deleted the lines I don’t need in the Carpenter’s Wheel block (including one line that I actually did need, instead of the one I intended to delete… Sorry!), I check what my block looks like on the Color Tab, before I save.

There I see that my deleted lines are still visible in the block. For some reason, EQ did not take my changes. It sometimes happens with deleting lines.

If I would save my block at this stage, EQ would say that this block is already in my Sketchbook.

When that happens, you know you have to do something extra to actually remove your deleted lines. And that is, to (randomly) add a line!

18 inch Morse Star blocks etc. Same quilt design as above, color variation. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

So, I return to the EasyDraw tab. There I delete a line that I can easily draw in again. Next, I draw that line.

Now I can safely save my block, without the risk of having to start over with deleting my unwanted lines.

When I check my Color tab after that, I see an uncolored block, from which all of the deleted lines have actually disappeared.

Morse Star blocks on point, with 4.5 inch LeMoyne Stars. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis.

Further, the video shows:

  • That you can copy lines from one block, and paste them into another block.
  • That you can temporarily park lines outside your block edges.
  • The use of the Symmetry option of the Pick Tool.

I seem to be unable to memorize what each Flip option actually does, so I am showing the effect of each Rotate and Flip option in a row.

You will see that I copy one set of lines from the Inklingo Star block, and paste it 8 times next to my altered Carpenter’s Wheel block, with 7 different rotations or flips. For an eight pointed star, you need exactly all symmetry options. (The first one, Clone, does the same as Copy + Paste.)

The video is almost 12 minutes, but after five minutes you have seen most of the steps. After that it is just repetition of placing the sets of rotated lines.

This video has no sound.

I hope you will find the video clear with my explanation above, and that you will be inspired to play with Morse Star blocks, just like I was!

XXX Annika

Drawing Inklingo Star in EQ7 – Video

Inklingo Star Block - designed by Linda Franz of www.inklingo.com

Inklingo Star Block – designed by Linda Franz of http://www.inklingo.com

A very pretty Inklingo block is a design by Linda Franz, which she named Morse Star. It is based on another beautiful star block design of hers, Inklingo Star. It is a 9 inch block, which uses the free Inklingo shape collection for the 4.5 inch LeMoyne Star in the center. Both date from 2014. Ever since, I have been meaning to show you how I drafted Morse Star in EQ7.

Morse Star Block - block design by Linda Franz of www.inklingo.com

Morse Star Block – block design by Linda Franz of http://www.inklingo.com

There already is a great tutorial by Erin, but I did it a bit differently. Since there are usually several ways to do something in EQ, I thought I would show you my way, too. Erin’s starts using Linda’s EQ7 file as a basis. You can do that, too, and skip my tutorial altogether :-).

Purely for educational purposes, I am starting with drafting Inklingo Star from scratch. It shows both ways of drafting an eight-pointed LeMoyne star in EQ’s EasyDraw. (You can also draw eight-pointed stars in Pieced PatchDraw in EQ).

For beginners, an eight-pointed star is a bit tricky to draft on a square grid, since it is actually based on a circle. You can draw it on a regular square grid, if you know what particular grid to use, which is 24 x 24.

Tip! Remember the ratio between the squares and the triangles, so you can always draft an eight pointed star.

Tip! Remember the ratio between the squares and the triangles, so you can always draft an eight pointed star.

Now, it does not matter what size you want your final block to be, you start with a 24 by 24 grid. To make that easier, we start with a 12 inch block on the drawing board, instead of a 9 inch block, which is the actual size of Linda’s Inklingo Star. 

Remember, once you have drawn a block in EQ, you can resize it to any size you want. In the video below, I will start by showing you the drawing of a grid based LeMoyne Star in EQ.

Next, I will show you the second way, and draft an additional eight-pointed star, based on a circle.

I hope the video shows you clearly why I did that. The easy thing to do would be to copy the first star, resize it to 50% (because I know the inner star is 4.5 inches in a 9 inch block), rotate it 27.5 degrees, and set it in the center of the first star.

Unfortunately, you can only rotate blocks in EQ by whole degrees. I do that in the video, and it clearly shows that a 27 (or 28) degree rotation just does not do the trick!

So, I am drawing the inner 4.5 inch star, starting with two circles, which I use as my guide for drawing the star points. This way, I can easily put the outside points of the star at any orientation in the block.

I eyeball the placement of the circles, and after drawing them I check the placement by using the guidelines of the star that have the wrong orientation, because I know the size is correct. If I placed my circles correctly, the tips of the star points should touch my outer circle, and the lowest points of the ‘V’s between star points should touch the inner circle.

Design for a Spring Quilt with Inklingo Stars alternated with a non-Inklingo block. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

Design for a Spring Quilt with Inklingo Stars alternated with a non-Inklingo block. Original quilt design by Annika Kornelis

If I just started by drawing a 4.5 inch diameter circle in the center of the block, my star would be too small! Once that inner star is drawn correctly, the circle lines are deleted.

In the video, you can see me change snap settings half way. I increase them to 48, because I need additional snaps for correct placement of my circles. You can always change snap settings half way during drawing. 

But, remember, too many snap points increase your chances of your lines not connecting correctly. You see that happen in the video. That is why I decrease the number of snaps back to 24, after I have drawn the circles for which I needed 4 snaps to each inch. I hope this is enough explanation with what’s happening in the video.

The video is 6.5 minutes, and has no sound. I recommend you watch it full screen, so you can read my settings etc. If you have questions, let me know, and I will answer them!

Now that our Inklingo Star is drafted and saved in EQ, we use it as a basis to draw the more complicated Morse Star in EQ. I will show you that in a follow up post!

XXX Annika

Star Sampler Quilt for Inklingo’s Anniversary

Inklingo Star Sampler - original design by Annika Kornelis, to celebrate 10 years of Inklingo!

Inklingo Star Sampler, original design by Annika Kornelis, to celebrate 10 years of Inklingo! – Inklingo Star Sampler, eigen ontwerp van Annika Kornelis, om 10 jaar Inklingo te vieren!

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Dubbel Hoera! Inklingo bestaat deze maand dus tien jaar, en uitvinder Linda is vandaag jarig. Gefeliciteerd, Linda & Monkey!

Natuurlijk moest ik een quilt ontwerpen voor deze gelegenheid, en het resultaat zie je hierboven (en onder). Ik ben er lang mee bezig geweest, het wilde maar niet lukken. Ik denk dat ik eigenlijk te veel wilde. Linda heeft al zo ontzettend veel Inklingo Shape collections gemaakt in die tien jaar, dat het onmogelijk bleek om een representatief overzicht te geven in één quilt.

Ik heb me dus maar beperkt tot sterrenblokken. Die zijn geliefd, klassiek en ze vervelen me nooit. En ik vond het wel toepasselijk om Linda in deze vorm de sterren te geven die zij en Inklingo verdienen!

Toen ik een tijdje bezig was met een zo breed mogelijke selectie van alle mogelijke Inklingo-sterren kwam ik er achter dat ik met alleen de achtpuntige sterren al een grote uitdaging had. De zespuntige sterren, de tienpuntige etc. vielen dus af.

Het is nog best lastig om van blokken met verschillende afmetingen een harmonieus geheel te maken. Om die reden heb ik ook maar een beperkt palet gebruikt, 5 kleuren in de blokken.

Daarbij had ik mezelf nog een uitdaging gesteld; ik wilde graag precies 35 verschillende sterren in de quilt verwerken, terwijl de quilt wel nog een normaal formaat moest hebben. En het is gelukt!! :-)

Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

De 35 sterren zijn omdat dat precies het aantal sterren is dat Linda en Inklingo volgens mij verdienen, in plaats van het normale maximum van 5 sterren. Waarom, kun je lezen in deze grappige review van een anonieme Inklingo gebruiker ;-).

Ik zal later meer informatie geven over de blokken, maar hier alvast wat algemene informatie over de quilt.

Het middendeel, zonder de randen, meet iets meer dan 76 x 76 inch [194 x 194 cm]. (Om de meeste variaties heb ik randen van 1 inch [2,5 cm.] en 1.5 inch [3,8 cm.] getekend).

Een zelfde blok maar van een ander formaat reken ik als verschillend, dus het is een echte sampler.

De blokken meten:

  • 3 inch [7,62 cm.],
  • 4,5 inch [11,4 cm.]
  • 6 inch [15,24 cm.]
  • 9 inch [22,9 cm.]
  • 12 inch [30,5 cm.]
  • 13,5 inch [34,3 cm.]
  • 18 inch [45,7 cm.]
  • ca. 30 inch [76,2 cm.]

Die laatste is de Feathered Star in het midden, die is iets kleiner dan 30 inch. Dat heeft Linda gedaan zodat je de optie hebt om in het midden een 9 inch [22.9 cm.] blok naar keuze te zetten. Dat is echt zo slim!

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

Inklingo Star Sampler, lila achterground, blokken anders gekleurd.

Ik heb er de 9 inch Inklingo Star geplaatst. Dat middenblok telt dus als 2 blokken, en zo kwam ik precies tot het gewenste aantal van 35!

Drie blokken heb ik met extra strips rondom afgemaakt op een veelvoud van 1,5 inch [3,8 cm.], zodat ze mooier in mijn layout pasten. De Feathered Star in het midden is daardoor 31,5 inch geworden [80 cm.]. 

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken nog steeds hetzelfde gekleurd.

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken weer  hetzelfde gekleurd als in de rode, de blauwe en de dambordversie hieronder.

Wat namen van de gebruikte blokken: LeMoyne Star (variaties), Blazing Star, Polk Ohio, Star Flowers, Waltzing Matilda, Key West Beauty variaties, Inklingo Star, Morse Star, Midnight Fireworks, Diamond Star.

Sommige blokken stonden kant en klaar in EQ, andere heeft Linda voor ons getekend en sommige heb ik zelf getekend. Het was nog een hele administratieve klus om te inventariseren welke blokken in welke maat gemaakt kunnen worden in Inklingo, maar ik geloof dat ik ze nu allemaal goed heb.

(Ik kwam er vanochtend, nadat ik alle plaatjes voor dit blog al gemaakt had, pas achter dat ik een van de blokken in een niet-bestaande maat had opgevoerd! Dus dat moest allemaal weer gecorrigeerd worden.) 

Hoe je al deze sterren nog enigszins hemels in een achtergrond genaaid krijgt, daar moet ik nog even op puzzelen. Als je heel ijverig bent, zou je in elk geval de achtergrond kunnen maken van patchwork van 1,5 inch vierkantjes [3,8 cm.].

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1.5 inch.

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1,5 inch. De gele driehoekjes langs de rand zijn 1,5 inch HST’s, en in de hoekjes zitten 1,5 inch QST’s.

Al de benodigde vierkantjes en driehoekjes zijn in elk geval beschikbaar als Inklingo patroondelen. Het voordeel is dat je dan zonder aftekenen de achtergrond machinaal in een schuin rasterpatroon kunt quilten (cross hatching), met een boventransportvoetje met een naadgeleider, evenwijdig aan de naden.

Binnenkort meer! Zingen jullie ondertussen het speciale Inklingo-verjaardagslied mee voor Linda? Pom, pom, pom…Print, Cut, Sew…!

XXX Annika

ENGLISH

Inklingo Star Sampler met rode achtergrond. De blokken zijn precies hetzelfde gekleurd als in de lichtblauwe versie bovenaan. Een andere achtergrondkleur geeft een heel ander effect!

Inklingo Star Sampler with red background. The blocks are colored exactly the same as in the blue version at the top of this post. A different background color has a very different effect!

Hurray! Hurray! As you know, Inklingo has been around for ten years this month, and today is inventor Linda’s birthday! Congratulations, Linda & Monkey!

Of course, I had to design a quilt for this occasion, and you can see the result above. It took me a long time to design this, I just could not get it to work. I think I wanted do do too much in one design. Linda has already published so many Inklingo Shape Collections in those ten years, that it soon turned out to be impossible to give a representative overview in one quilt.

So I limited myself to star blocks. They are well loved, classic, and I can never get enough of them. Plus, I thought it would be fitting to award Linda all the stars she and Inklingo deserve, in this way.

When I had been working a while to find and create a broad overview of all the available stars in Inklingo, it dawned on me that I would have my hands full with just the eight pointed stars. So the six pointed and ten pointed stars etc. had to go!

And it is tricky to create a harmonious whole with differently sized blocks. For that reason, I also limited my color palette, to just 5 colors for the blocks.

On top of that, I had given myself another challenge; I wanted to use exactly 35 different star blocks in this quilt, within a reasonable size limit. And I did it! :-)

The 35 stars are because it is arguably the number of stars Linda and Inklingo deserve, instead of the regular maximum of five stars. You can read why, in this funny review by an anonymous Inklingo user ;-).

I will provide more info on the blocks later, but here is some general information on the quilt.

Inklingo star Sampler met neutrale achtergrond. Blokken nog steeds hetzelfde gekleurd.

Inklingo star Sampler with neutral background. Blocks still colored the same as in the blue and red versions above.

The center without borders measures about 76 x 76 inch [194 x 194 cm]. (To most variations I added borders of 1 inch [2.5 cm.] and 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.]).

I count blocks with the same design but in a different size as different blocks, so it is a true sampler quilt.

Block sizes are

  • 3 inch [7,62 cm.]
  • 4.5 inch [11.4 cm.],
  • 6 inch [15.24 cm.]
  • 9 inch [22.9 cm.]
  • 12 inch [30.5 cm.]
  • 13.5 inch [34.3 cm.]
  • 18 inch [45.7 cm.]
  • circa 30 inch [76,2 cm.].

The latter is the Feathered Star in the center, which is slightly smaller than 30 inches. Linda made it like that, to provide us with the option to put any 9 inch block in the center of the Feathered Star block. That is so clever!

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

Inklingo Star Sampler, lilac background, different block coloring.

I put the 9 inch Inklingo Star block in the center. So I am counting the center block as two blocks, and that’s how I got to the desired number of 35 blocks!

Around three blocks I added plain strips, to finish the blocks to a multiple of 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.] so that they would fit into my layout a bit nicer. The Feathered Star in the center ended up being 31.5 inch [80 cm.] with the strips.

Some names of blocks used: LeMoyne Star (variations), Blazing Star, Polk Ohio, Star Flowers, Waltzing Matilda, Key West Beauty variations, Inklingo Star, Morse Star, Midnight Fireworks, Diamond Star. 

Some of the blocks were waiting for me in EQ7, some of them were drafted in EQ by Linda for us, and some of them I drafted myself in EQ. It was quite a bit of administration to keep track of which blocks can be made in which size with Inklingo, but I think I have all of them right.

(Only this morning, after I had made all the pictures for this blog, I found I had used one of the blocks in a non-existing size! So I spent some time correcting that.)

I still need to puzzle on setting all of these stars in a background at least somewhat heavenly. If you are very zealous, you could make the background with 1.5 inch [3.8 cm.] squares patchwork.

Inklingo Star Sampler met dambord achtergrond. Elk vierkantje is 1.5 inch.

Inklingo Star Sampler with checker board background. Each square measures 1.5 inch. The yellow triangles along the border are 1.5 inch HST’s. The small yellow triangles in the corners are 1.5 inch QST’s.

All the necessary squares and triangles are available as Inklingo Shapes. The advantage of this is, that you could easily do some cross hatch quilting in the background without marking. Just quilt by machine with a walking foot and attached seam guide, following the seams.

More to come soon!

In the mean time, are you singing the Inklingo Anniversary song along with me, for Linda’s birthday? Na, na, na… Print, Cut, Sew!

XXX Annika

New: 3 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars

Inklingo 3 inch and 9 inch LeMoyne Stars - Inspired by Dawn Heese's design 'Winter Blues' from 'A Year of Cozy Comforts'

Inklingo 3 inch and 9 inch LeMoyne Stars – Inspired by Dawn Heese’s design ‘Winter Blues’ from ‘A Year of Cozy Comforts’

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Ja, ik leef nog, en er gebeuren ook nog quilterige dingen hier! :-) Linda Franz heeft deze week een nieuwe Inklingo collectie gelanceerd, voor 3 inch [7,6 cm.] achtpuntige sterren.

En op Barbara Brackman’s blog Civil War Quilts http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.nl/2015/05/stars-in-time-warp-19-serpentine-stripes.html kwam deze week een mooi patroon met (andere) achtpuntige sterren voorbij waarvoor die 3 inch LeMoyne sterretjes precies van pas komen. Als je er nine patches van maakt, en die afwisselt met 9 inch LeMoyne sterren, kun je dit maken!

Hieronder nog een variatie die je kunt maken met deze Inklingo download collecties. Als je de 3 inch versie koopt voor maandag 25 mei, bespaar je 5 US dollar! :-)

LET OP! Als je je in de EU bevindt. Vanaf 1 januari 2015, mag www.inklingo.com door de nieuwe EU BTW-regels, betaalde ‘directe’ downloads alleen nog via een omweg verkopen. Lees hier meer.

 Veel plezier ermee, en een fijn Pinksterweekend!

XXX Annika

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Half Star Points 3 and 9 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars - inspired by Dawn Heese's Quilt 'Winter Blues'

Half Star Points 3 and 9 inch Inklingo LeMoyne Stars – inspired by Dawn Heese’s Quilt ‘Winter Blues’

Yes, I am still alive, and there are even quilty things happening over here! :-) Linda Franz has released a new Inklingo shape collection, for 3 inch [7.6 cm.] eight pointed stars.

And, Barbara Brackman’s blog Civil War Quilts http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.nl/2015/05/stars-in-time-warp-19-serpentine-stripes.html this week showed a pretty pattern with (different) eight pointed stars, for which those 3 inch LeMoyne Stars are the perfect Inklingo addition to the 9 inch LeMoyne Stars. If you set the 3 inch stars into nine patches, you can make these!

Here I am showing you two variations that you can both make with these Inklingo Shape Collection downloads. And if you buy the 3 inch version before 25 May, you will save 5 US Dollars! :-) 

IMPORTANT: If you are within the EU. As of 1 January 2015, due to the new EU law on VAT, www.inklingo.com is no longer allowed to sell ‘instant’ paid downloads. There is a workaround for those in the EU. Read more here.

Enjoy, and have a nice long holiday weekend!

XXX Annika

 

 

 

 

 

Free Pattern Log Star Block

Log Star Block - original design by Annika Kornelis

Log Star Block – original design by Annika Kornelis

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Mijn kerstkadootje voor jullie, alle informatie die je nodig hebt om het ‘Log Star’ blok te kunnen maken met de Inklingo collectie patroondelen voor Log Cabin, 0.5 inch Logs. [1,3 cm.].

LET OP! Als je je in de EU bevindt, en de downloadcollectie voor dit blok wilt kopen, moet je dit nog in 2014 doen! Door de nieuwe EU-regels voor BTW, mag Linda Franz met ingang van 1 januari geen betaalde downloads meer verkopen binnen de EU. Lees hier meer.

Het Log Star blok is mijn eigen ontwerp, en ik heb in mijn vorige post een Kerstquilt laten zien met dit blok. In deze post staan nog een paar voorbeelden. Met de Inklingo 0.5 inch logs wordt het blok 11,5 x 11,5 inch [29,2 cm.].

Log Stars Christmas Quilt - Blocks Set Horizontal

Log Stars Christmas Quilt – Blocks Set Horizontal

Door tijdnood is de meeste informatie over het maken van dit blok nu alleen in het Engels beschikbaar. Ik hoop dat de meesten van jullie daar ook mee uit de voeten kunnen.

Je kunt hier gratis een 8 pagina pdf downloaden met een werkbeschrijving. Er staat in welke patroondelen je moet printen, extra tips voor het printen, benodigde hoeveelheid stof, naaivolgorde etc. voor dit blok. 

Veel plezier ermee, en een Vrolijke Kerst!

XXX Annika

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Log Stars On Point Christmas Quilt Variation

Log Stars On Point Christmas Quilt Variation

My Christmas present for you; all the information you need to be able to make the Log Star block, with the Inklingo Log Cabin Shape Collection for 0.5 inch logs [1.3 cm.].  With the Inklingo Log Cabin 0.5 inch logs the finished block measures 11.5 x 11.5 inches [29.2 cm].

IMPORTANT: If you are within the EU, and want to buy this collection, you need to do this in 2014! As a result of the new EU law on VAT, it is illegal for Linda Franz to sell paid downloads within the EU as of 1 January 2015. Read more here.

The Log Star block is my original design, and in my previous post I showed a Christmas quilt with this block. I am giving a few more examples here.

Log Stars Christmas Quilt - Blocks Set Horizontal

Log Stars Christmas Quilt – Blocks Set Horizontal

You can download a free 8 page pdf here, with a cheat sheet. It tells you which shapes to print, with a few extra tips for printing. It’s got yardage estimates, sewing order, etc. for this block.

Enjoy, and a Merry, Merry Christmas!

XXX Annika

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Quilt

201412 Log Stars Christmas Quilt wo lines

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Eindelijk weer eens een quiltontwerp van mij! Ik heb een eenvoudig sterblok ontworpen, van uitsluitend vierkanten en rechthoeken. Heel geschikt voor een Kerstquilt. In dit ontwerp staan 5 blokken op de punt. Later meer informatie/plaatjes!

XXX Annika

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Finally, a new quilt design from me. I drafted a simple star block, with only squares and rectangles. It would make a nice Christmas quilt. In this quilt I put five blocks on point. More information / pictures later! 

XXX Annika