Friday, May 20, 2011

Easy Half Square Triangles with Inklingo

I haven't done a lot of machine sewing lately, so today I decided I'd make some half square triangles. I'm using Inklingo. In case you aren't familiar with Inklingo, it is a great quilting tool by Linda Franz. You download shape collections from her web site to your computer. Then you choose your fabrics, iron the right side of the fabric to a sheet of freezer paper, and run it through your printer to print the shapes directly onto the back of your fabric.


First I ironed my light colored fabric with the right side down onto the shiny side of the freezer paper.

If you look close you can see the lines that are printed on the fabric.

I just realized today that if you print using the rectangle layout you can use a jelly roll (or any 2 1/2" strip). After printing, I cut my backgrounds on the vertical solid lines. This is like using Thangles, but I won't have to tear the paper off after I'm finished sewing. (You find out those kind of things if you read the directions!)

From one strip I end up with 6 half square triangles. Or you can cut a piece of fabric 8 1/2" X 11 and sew an entire sheet of half square triangles from one fabric.   I just cut my background fabrics printed with Inklingo into strips to give more variety to my triangles. 

I've had this book by Edyta Sitar for over a year and still want to make a couple of the quilts in it. All of the quilts in this book use 2 1/2" half square triangles and most are scrap quilts. Soooooooooo....I'm not really starting a new project - I'm taming my scraps.
I hope you are all finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!!

11 comments:

Dawn said...

I've used similar sheets and I agree it is a great way to piece HST's.
Wishing you 100's of HST's this week!!

Editfolt said...

This will be very nice if it will be ready.

Quiet Quilter said...

HSTs are scrap tamers!

Susan said...

HST's are the greatest block ever. So many ways to put them together.

I am getting a wee bit of sewing done today....At last.........

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

I like that - taming the scrap collection. It's good to change things around a bit and do a bit of machine sewing, then applique, then quilting, it helps me to keep interested in different projects.

Kathie said...

I like your way of thinking, taming your stash!
I love making hst and make them from bits and pieces !
looks like a great book, one I need?
Kathie

Stephanie said...

Fantastic quilt and I love that...taming your scraps!

judith lockhart said...

Well that is an interesting technique that I have never heard of. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Taming your stash, love it! I have yet to try Inklingo, it is an excellent idea.

Staci said...

LuAnn, I'm so pleased you showed the Inklingo in detail, I just didn't quite understand it. I'll have to give it a go.

And of course this isn't a new project--it's just using up bits from all the old projects, right?? HST are such handy little block builders, but can be so tedious to make, I'm glad you've found an easier way.

Mama Pea said...

I have an inklingo pattern, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to use it yet. LOL. I love that book by Edyta and am wanting to start another project out of there. I am collecting triangles now. I'm thinking about organizing an exchange later this summer!

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