Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Welcome my Guest Blogger - Linda Franz


I am so excited to introduce my Guest Blogger today. Please welcome Linda Franz. I have known Linda for quite awhile and I love what she has created for quilters - Inklingo! I love to hand piece and Linda has made it so easy for us. She has had some help along the way from a little guy (Monkey). You will see him in this blog.  So Linda - take it away!


Thank you very much for the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers, Nan!

The world of quilting has been wonderful to me. My first bed quilt won a first place ribbon in Paducah in 2000 and resulted in my first book. I self-published Quilted Diamonds early in 2002, and I have published dozens of books since then, most of them related to Inklingo. It has been a long journey, mostly uphill, but the view has been wonderful!

Before Inklingo, I was teaching hand piecing using freezer paper templates and drawing the stitching lines with a mechanical pencil. Quilters love the idea of a portable project, so classes filled all over the US and Canada.


I loved teaching. I met many wonderful quilters and made some life-long friends. There was a huge demand for classes but traveling to teach was taking its toll, so in 2003 I hired movie professionals from Toronto to come to the house to film a two hour lesson for a DVD. Quilting DVDs were not common back then, but it allowed me to teach students all over the world without ever going through an airport again.

Many quilters wanted a portable project but found drawing the lines too slow or too difficult. I saw enough thick, heavy, inaccurate lines to convince me that I had to find a better way.

English Paper Piecing sounded like a good idea in theory but it was not precise enough, hard on the hands/wrists, and incredibly slow—even slower than carefully drawing the stitching lines around templates. 



These two book covers might surprise you on a quilting blog. Did you take Latin in high school? Do you remember translating stories a few lines at a time in class? It went so slowly that we lost the plot. That’s how I think of English Paper Piecing. It takes so long that we often we lose the plot—and the motivation to finish. I came, I saw, I created a UFO. (Veni, vidi, vici ufo.)


The Little Engine That Could was one of the first books I could read to myself as a little girl. The story of optimism and persistence stayed with me. I had to get over the mountain, so I kept experimenting. I tried rubber stamps (not one of my best ideas) and then printing on fabric with Inkjet printers.



The result is Inklingo, a wonderful method of printing on fabric with any ordinary Inkjet printer. I draw layouts of shapes and deliver them as PDFs, so quilters can print the shapes on fabric and have a line to cut on and a line to sew on.  No more templates. No more measuring. No software to learn. Inklingo makes it possible to combine hand and machine piecing in the same quilt for the best of both worlds AND it uses the printers that quilters already have.



Inklingo is so innovative, this little engine (and Monkey) succeeded in getting a patent! There are 3 key ingredients to make Inklingo work. They are described in the Quick Start Guide under the Support & Goodies tab on inklingo.com.


In the beginning, I was looking for a solution for hand piecing but it only took a nanosecond to realize that printing on fabric is even better for machine piecing and appliqué!

The best thing is that Inklingo has made quilting more accessible to quilters of all ages. Also, my business model is designed to ensure that Inklingo is good for fabric manufacturers, shops, magazines, teachers, designers, beginners, experts—almost anyone associated with quilting.

Seeing is believing. You can order, download and start printing on fabric in the next few minutes because I published two FREE Inklingo shape collections ($20 value each), one for piecing and one for appliqué. They are under the Shop & Freebies tab.

The first Inklingo shape collection was published in May 2006—8 years ago already. You may wonder why you haven’t heard of it before, but Inklingo has been growing by word of mouth from one quilter to the next. I am just “one little engine” but there are thousands of quilters in more than 60 different countries using Inklingo and they are the best advertisers! You haven’t seen full page ads in magazines or received spam from Inklingo. Thanks to a loyal following and a generous affiliate program, the train is chugging over the mountain delivering Inklingo to one quilter at a time. We think you will love it too and will want to tell your friends.


Almost all Inklingo books are downloadable from inklingo.com. Some exceptions are Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC), Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery and The Inklingo Handbook. Those are also sold in quilt shops.



By the way, I apologize to anyone who has started sewing POTC blocks with English Paper Piecing!



I only included instructions for English Paper Piecing in Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses because that is the method Lucy Boston used to make her quilts in the 1950s and 1960s. It is by far the slowest and most difficult method in the book. I did not think anyone would sew POTC that way!

Lucy Boston was famous for the way she used the designs in the fabric, definitely not for her sewing method. She never took a quilting class and did not know about faster methods that are more precise. I am haunted by “the lost quilts of Lucy Boston”—the other quilt designs she had dancing in her brilliant, artistic mind but that she did not have time to finish, even though she lived to be 98 years old.

Luckily, if you are bogged down with EPP, you can switch to an easier method and get better seams, better intersections—and finish sooner! I have heard from many quilters who are finishing their quilts thanks to English Paper Piecing RESCUE on the All About Inklingo blog.

As a little thank you for reading this far, Monkey and I are hosting a draw! If you leave a comment on this blog post, you will be entered in a draw for a $25 Inklingo Gift Certificate. $25 is enough for Hexagons, Triangles, Winding Ways, Storm At Sea, Baskets, Castle Wall, Clamshell, Hunter’s Star, Log Cabin, Rose Dream, Yin Yang or another shape collection listed under the Shop tab. And $25 is almost enough for Double Wedding Ring, Dresden Plate, Orange Peel Deluxe and other designs too. You have until midnight on April 28th to leave your comments.

You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Even the pricing makes quilting more accessible to everyone.



Inklingo is growing. I can see the day where a big company will buy the patent and I will sew just for pleasure again. In the meantime, I am introducing new Inklingo shape collections almost every month, sharing lessons and videos on the blog, and having fun with quilters on Facebook.

Aren’t we lucky to be quilters in the twenty-first century? I hope you will subscribe to the All About Inklingo blog and like Inklingo on Facebook. Let’s take the rest of the journey over the mountain together.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story, Nan.  


Linda,  thank you so much for being a Guest Blogger. I made a quilt using Inklingo and it was featured in the February 2014 issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. You can view a picture of it as I have posted it as my cover page on my Facebook page. This is all wonderful information and I know one lucky reader is going to enjoy winning an Inklingo Gift Certificate. How cool is that? So everybody, it is time to start talking and leave those comments.

 I will be introducing May's Guest Bloggers in my newsletter so sign up. There will also be specials offered with every newsletter, so add your name to the list.
Until next time...

Nan 

199 comments:

  1. I've been a fan of Linda and Monkey and Inklingo for some time and I'm here to tell you it is the best thing to happen to quilting since the rotary cutter!! Thank you, Linda, for a great post. It is inspiring to know the history behind Inklingo.

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  2. Someone recommended POTC as a hand sewing project, but I did not want to have anything to do with any type of paper piecing. I am so thankful I found Inklingo! I haven't started the project yet, but I am looking forward to it!

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  3. Well done Linda! You are an inspiration!

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  4. Love Linda innovative and easy Inklingo shapes. I am a convert! I have triedd epp and found inklingo to be much faster!! be sure to follow her on face book to see what all the peeps are doing with it.

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  5. I love the idea of hand piecing, but I balked at tracing sewing lines on fabric. Inklingo is an amazing why-didn't-anyone-think-of-this-before idea.

    C.B.

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  6. I'm retired, and a relatively new quilter (5 years). I found Inklingo just in time to realize that I can STILL become an accomplished quilter at 71, in spite of never having made a quilt until I was 66! My very first Inklingo quilt will be proudly entered in the Wisconsin State Fair this year...THAT'S the level of perfection even novice quilters can achieve with Inklingo! LOVE those lines...

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  7. Nice job, Linda. As a fairly new user of Inklingo, I can say with conviction that it is the only way to go. I am primarily a machine piecer, and to not have to measure, use special rulers or templates is a dream come true!! Am anxious to get started on my own POTC quilt. (The book is in the mail!!).
    Betsy Cobbs

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  8. Inklingo is the best thing to happen for quilters since the rotary cutter! It makes patterns like New York Beauty and Yin Yang fun to do. I've been using Inklingo since it first came out and can't imagine making quilts any other way now.

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  9. Thanks Linda for Inklingo and thanks Nan for having Linda on your blog. Inklingo is a great method and Nan's blog is a great way to find out about it.Happy stitching everyone.

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  10. I enjoyed the post, Linda! You are very creative!
    I've been a follower for a while now, and have found Linda to be most helpful and encouraging to anyone who seeks a better way to hand piece. Hmmm...and Linda's lines are easy to follow by machine too!

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  11. Oh ,Linda! Great reading it all again here! I came to love Inklingo although first I was afraid to try! Wished I had overcome that fear much quicker! Can't wait to try new projects soon!

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  12. Interesting reading the background of your ideas. Love it.

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  13. I have used inklingo for hand and machine piecing and I love using it, so quick, easy and accurate

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  14. I'm enjoying the process of piecing a lot more since starting to use Inklingo. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

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  15. Inklingo is spectacular! Love the lines. So easy and such accurate results. Linda is a genius! Hand piecing or by machine..... it is a fabulous way to have incredible accuracy in your quiltmaking. Love it!

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  16. I love Inklingo, and have 'known' Linda for a long time! Maybe someday we'll get to meet in person, for I am certainly a fan! :) I treasure the Inklingo collections I have and I promise you will too. karen

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  17. I just started using Inklingo and I don't know what took me so long! I love using Inklingo.

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  18. There are so many neat patterns available that I would love to make, and I love the fact that you can get them done so much faster than EPP.

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  19. Even though I am a long time fan of Inklingo is was so nice to read your post Linda! I hope that if you are one of those who have never heard of Inklingo will check out how wonderful it is for both hand and machine sewing.

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  20. Great blog read there.. Thanks Linda :)

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  21. I have been using Inklingo for about a year. I love the way you can go from machine to hand piecing on the same project without having to do anything extra. I just finished Storm at Sea using Inklingo, piecing by machine and by hand.

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  22. Every time I read something about Inklingo I learn something new. Thanks, Linda!

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  23. I loved reading your visitor blog, inklingo is great. Thanks for the chance for the gift certfificate.

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  24. I am new to inklingo but an so excited about POTC I cant wait to start it! enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for opportunity to win more inklingo!

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  25. Going to have to give this a try. Thanks!

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  26. I love Inklingo so much! I have been using it since it began and it only gets better with time. I do love to hand piece, but also on the machine. Such precise lines and crosshairs for intersections. No more guessing where that corner is.

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  27. It's is the best thing because it is way easier to sew the pieces and then there is no removal of paper pieces. Pressing is easy and makes for a very neat back!

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  28. I like to hand piece, but hate drawing the lines. Inklingo makes piecing so much easier!

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  29. Very new to inklings still getting the printing of fabric right but love the concept. Trialling POTC so ADDICTIVE

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  30. I want to make Patchwork of the Crosses as my next hand piecing project. Can't wait to try Inklingo.

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  31. I enjoy quilting with Inklingo as well. Great for hand piecing as I take it with me and get a lot of questions every time. Thanks for the chance to win the gift certificate. I've had to cut back on what I can get and there are so many more I'd love to have!

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  32. Although I am a machine piecer exclusively, I am so hooked on Inklingo! Now when the creative mood strikes, I look through quilt patterns both online & in my books to determine which patterns are Inklingoable first. Inklingo collections are kinda like potato chips—it seems like you can’t have just one… they are all calling my name!

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  33. Love your techniques, really need to give it a try!

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  34. I love the fact that Inklingo offers so many different shapes (I could go broke buying papers for all of them). One of the criteria for my next printer is for it to be able to feed fabric, my current one will not do this. Would love to receive a gift certificate. Thanks Nan and Linda.

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  35. Patchwork of the Crosses is a beautiful book, as are all of your books! I remember when you first published Quilted Diamonds with the instructional DVD. It was groundbreaking then, and you continue to break new ground with everything you do! Inklingo is the best idea and practical tool I've seen since the rotary cutter! Actually, if I had to choose between the two, I'd pick Inklingo!

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  36. Thanks Nan and Linda for reaffirming why I like Inklingo. Enjoyed the background history. Would love to see those original DVDs.

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  37. Love the "dust bunnies". They would have plenty of company at this house, as they are the last thing quilters care about. Leave them undisturbed is my motto. And, yes, I have a few of these: Veni, vidi, vici ufo.

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  38. I have been a fan for years. great, informative post, Linda.
    zanalou999@gmail.com

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  39. Inklingo is sew much easier than paper piecing! Thanks to Linda and Monkey! Love Ya

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  40. I love how POTC look. They are so beautiful. I've been making done the old fashioned way but if I win I would love to try the Inklingo way.

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  41. I love hand piecing, and Inklingo makes it so much easier to get going, I no longer have to mark or eyeball seam allowances. If you haven't tried Inklingo, download the free collections and read Linda's clear instructions, you'll never look back.

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  42. New to Inklingo. Used it for celtic Solstice. Would like to get more.

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  43. I too, took Latin and enjoyed the Little Engine That Could book, too! Kindred spirits are we. I love that you've made quilting so much more fun and precise for us. Keep up the awesome work Linda and Monkey! :-)

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  44. I have loved and followed Linda and Monkey since I first saw her on QNNTV when she published QD2. I love the diamonds and wish I could do them with Inklingo.

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  45. I am glad to know more about Inklingo. I get the blog newsletter. I have been wanting to try this for a long time. I am going back to look at and download the samples.

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  46. I am waiting for your book. I am about to try Lucy Boston.

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  47. I enjoyed reading the background of how you created Inklingo.It has changed the way I quilt. As a hand piecer for years I now make quilts faster and am gainging confidence with a sewing machine, I can now sew a straight line with one lol. The video tutorials are a great help too. And we all LOVE Monkey. Thank you Linda

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  48. I'd use the drawing prize to buy the Double Wedding Ring collection. I've always wanted to make one, but I dread all the marking and cutting. Seems like Inklingo would be perfect!

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  49. I really need to take the Inklingo plunge - have been shying away from hand sewing. Thank you!

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  50. I recognize that Latin book cover, Linda! It stirred up lots of dormant memories! I know that everyone new to Inklingo will love it. For those who already use it, no more need be said!

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  51. I found Inklingo a couple of months ago and have been singing its praises to anyone who will listen. I have found that hand piecing is very relaxing when using Inklingo which was not the case before. Thanks again, Linda. Still the best thing since "sliced bread"!

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  52. I just completed my first POTC block I made by the EPP method. I am ready to try Inklingo to make my next POTC block.

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  53. I have an EPP project that's two years old and not worked on very often. Last night I was sewing on it a little and gave up because it was hurting my wrist to hold the pieces and take those tiny stitches. I'm definitely going to look into this!

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  54. I love hand piecing. For me it's relaxing, social (because it's portable), and accurate. I knew about Inklingo from the beginning but didn't really start using it until after I retired. I love it. Wish I had started using it years ago.

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  55. I haven't used inklingo because I have accuquilt and have invested in many dies but it sure sounds interesting. If I won it would be hard to decide among the many offerings.

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  56. I have used Inklingo for many projects. I love the accuracy and the ability to combine hand and machine piecing in the same project. I have certainly stretched my quilting boundaries.

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  57. I only discovered inklingo 2 weeks ago! I downloaded the free shapes and printed off test colours....purchased the POTC book at my local quilting store in Australia. I made templates and hand traced onto fabric to test if if could sew the 24 hexagons together, could stop so now have three blocks made. I am going to order and PDF this week end and start printing and sewing...no waiting weeks for the post to arrive....downloads are instant :)

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  58. I just realized I can finally make the quilt I have been thinking about for 20 years using Inklingo's latest 9" LeMoyne Star collection and the free collection! Oh happy day. I love using the index to see if I have the right size of a shape in one of my collections. Love the lines :)

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    1. Tried to comment but would not work so will try again. Love the hexagons. Linda gerig

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  59. I am also a fan - I am still/currently working on the mystery quilt from last year - Periwinkle. My first hand pieced quilt and I am getting faster. Almost to a point to add some pictures
    Deb Brandt

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  60. I love Inklingo and I am very close to the finish of quilting my POTC I also made Joseph's Coat from Inklingo and loved it too. I have various collections and I am making a hexagon quilt as well.

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  61. I have downloaded and used Inklingo for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice...love how the quilt turned out...Linda will answer questions personally and quickly...Now I'm working on Castle Wall and would love the Hexagon shapes...Thanks Linda for a wonderful product :)

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  62. ❤️❤️❤️ Inklingo!

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  63. It was so nice to hear Linda's whole story. I love Inklingo too. I think Monkey has a lot more to do with it than we imagine.
    Lin

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  64. my next project will be inklingo hexagons,thankyou Linda for taking away the hard work of marking the hexi's and letting us get to the fun of stitching quickly.

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  65. Jeannette HollandApril 26, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I have been using Inklingo since 2008 and I absolutely love it.The ease of printing on my fabrics and the accuracy of my piecing is second to none now.I wouldn't make a quilt without Inklingo.Thankyou Linda and Monkey.

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  66. I speak about Inklingo whenever and wherever I can! Unfortunately, most folks just don't "get it" until you show them! Most will find any excuse, like, "Oh, I prefer to hand piece."... or.... "I don't hand piece". Either way, I've got the reply for both of these.... You don't have to hand piece or you CAN handpiece. Or... you don't have to be stuck in front of a sewing machine or you CAN piece of all these by machine!... Anyhow, I am one of the gals in charge of "programs" this September.... in our Guild. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be printing some (free) patterns and giving them out to our members! :-)

    Rosa Robichaud
    robich @ rogers.com

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  67. Looking forward to trying inklingo ... patches of the cross is on my to do list!

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  68. I am looking forward to trying inklingo!

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  69. Inklingo is so accurate. Somehow when I draw my own lines things don't line up. Well done, Linda.

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  70. I've been using Inklingo since the beginning and think it's the best thing to happen to quilting in decades. Love curved piecing? There are loads of Inklingo collections that involve curved piecing. Like really sharp points? The New York Beauty collections are fabulous. No block is too difficult when you have perfect most stitching lines and matching points printed on your fabric.

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  71. I love the precision you are guaranteed with Inklingo. Knowing that your shapes are precise and that everything will meet up perfectly because of the fine lines and cross hairs you can get right to the sewing and the fun of seeing your fabrics come to life in your blocks.
    Nancy

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  72. Inklingo is the ONE tool that took my quilting to a higher level. I never would have attempted a prize winning quilt with over 3000 hexagons; or a "noonday/sunflower" quilt sashed in HST triangles totaling over 4000 pieces without Inklingo. It enables me to accomplish piecing challenges that I never dreamt I would. It is an awesome tool. Not only is Linda brilliant, she is accessible and helpful.

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  73. Great article. I don't have a lot of Inklingo yet but love it. I would buy the Lucy Boston pattern. I love what you are doing with it.

    suebennett1975@gmail.com

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  74. I have wanted to try Inklingo for ages. I have a few of the designs from Linda but am very intimidated to get started. I will have to just DO IT! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Christine G yulece1957@yahoo.ca

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  75. I love Inklingo! I have worked on blocks I never would have attempted because Inklingo makes it so easy!

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  76. I love Inklingo! It makes precision piecing very easy.... by hand or by machine. Linda is genius!

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  77. I enjoyed reading your article Linda! I have the Celtic Solstice and Handbook - now to give it a try! Thanks for all you are doing for the quilting community! Laurie

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  78. Inklingo blows paper piecing and templates out of the water. I love being able to do handwork with everyone else in the living room watching TV at night, or taking something with me, and Inklingo means quilting can be part of that.

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  79. Wow, thanks Linda for your certificate. Sure hope I win. Inklingo is super and everyone could use your method!!

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  80. Thanks so much Linda for your gift certificate offer. Inklingo is really a groundbreaking method for quilting!!

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  81. I would love to have the POTC book and shapes. This is one of the most beautiful blocks I've ever seen. Thanks for the chance.

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  82. Still learning, but loving it!

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  83. I am looking forward to trying Inklingo soon. I have been toying with hand piecing for a take along project since there are so many quilts to do and so little time.

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  84. A friend recommended Inklingo to me. I am now a HUGE fan. I've printed Hexies and now I'm working on an Apple Core quilt. The prep work was a breeze. I now have all the pieces in my take-a-long baggie, and have been hand piecing on the go!

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  85. I would want to buy hexagons, hexagons and more hexagons!! I don't think I'm addicted, am I?? I love inklingo . thanks Linda and Monkey for this innovative way to quilt!!

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  86. Love the accuracy of Inklingo and pressing is so neat and intersections lay flat too.

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  87. Nice post - I enjoyed reading it! I'm fairly new at Inklingo but not new to hand-piecing. I'm hooked! Inklingo makes it so much easier. I'm working on a Lemoyne Star but reving up for castle wall, possibly. I'm also going to try Storm at Sea by machine using Inklingo. I love having a "take-along" project, so this is perfect for me! Thanks, Linda!!

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  88. I've been addicted to Inklingo for the last year and am now doing a hexi quilt with Linda's 1.5" set ... its soooo easy!

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  89. Would love to try Inklingo! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  90. I have been following Inklingo for quite a while, and have a few of the collections, but haven't done a whole lot yet... YET! LOL I have all kinds of plans, and then Linda comes out with a new collection.... Thank you for sharing with us yet again Linda!

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  91. I would buy the bigger instruction manual, as I have purchased the Celtic Solstice shapes but nothing else so far and am learning how to use it!

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  92. Bonnie recommended these for the Celtic solstice and I think they would help immensely.

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  93. Thanks, Linda and Monkey, for the chance to win a gift certificate! I'd pick Yin Yang and would make a quilt for my granddaughter. ♥

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

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  94. This would be a great way to get started with Inklingo!! Thanks

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  95. If I won the contest I'd purchase all sorts of Hexie's for my quilts. Can hardly wait to get started on my very first hexie quilt.

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  96. Well I am going to be honest, I have heard of inklingo, but have never tried it. It would be great to be the winner of this giveaway. I mean really what would be better then trying a new skills for free. Thank you for the giveaway. Sew happy to have bounced over here from Bonnie Hunter's post.

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  97. I love all of your patterns and want to do them all at once. I am wanting to get the Inklingo so I can start another project. It will be my first Hexie. I guess I'm hooked ,too.

    Marcella Comans

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  98. With Inklingothe preciseness will always be there, no matter how long the project takes

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  99. I'm already an Inklingo fan and currently working on POTC blocks...love them! Thanks for the opportunity to win the $25 gift certificate. I would love to use it for the new 9" Lemoyne Star collection.

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  100. P.S. I forgot to enter my e-mail for the comment.

    Marcella Comans, mcomans@yahoo.com

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  101. Wow - this really sounds like a great tool! I have made many Storm at Sea quilts, starting with templates, ending with Tri-Recs. I am READY to use the Inklingo tools.

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  102. I haven't tried these yet! This would be the perfect opportunity

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  103. I really like doing EPP & this looks like a great idea to try. I would like the Inklingo Hand Book to start out.

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  104. I've just started a hexagon quilt this weekend thanks to Inklingo. Before I thought there was no was in the world I was going to draw that many hexagons, but in just a little time over the weekend, I have enough hexagons to start sewing. Printing is amazing and simple.

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  105. I've always been intrigued by Inklingo. If I won then I would definitely give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  106. This is the first time I have heard of this technique. I am excited to try it. I think someone even as technically challenged as I am can do this easily

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  107. I have been eager to try inklingo, got my freezer paper (I had no idea how hard it was going to be to find freezer paper in the grocery stores, where I come from it is on all shelved since there are hunters everwhere in MO.) Living in the desert of Southern California there aren't hunters like home. :) So I got some sheets from quilt store and am ready to go. I would love to have all of them .

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  108. Perhaps I should have tried Inklingo before I started my hexago project - but I it's curved piecing which gives me the most trouble, so when I get around to doing my Lover's Knot or New York Beauty, I'll give this a try.

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  109. Would love the chance to get started with Inklingo. Thanks for the opportunity

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  110. What a fabulous idea! I love to hand piece and do English Paper piece but the prep works takes so long! I could definitely spend $25 on Inklingo products easily...and I love the star in the blog!

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  111. What a great idea! I love to hand piece and EPP but the prep work takes so darn long! I could easily spend $25 on your products! I love the star in the blog.

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  112. Man this sounds like something I need to try. I am an EPP and have done some hand piecing using templates. inklingo sounds like a great another option. Thanks for your products and continued persistence.

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  113. Wow, have not heard of Inklingo until now, but it sounds like an interesting concept that I'd like to try. Thanks for the opportunity at a gift certificate.

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  114. This is the only way I would attempt some of the more intricate quilts!

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  115. I started a POTC with a template. Got some blocks done but it did take long and then I lost the template. Started a hexie project, seems like all I do is baste! I may never actually get to the whip stitch. lol. Maybe I should try Inklingo...Thanks for the chance to win!

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  116. It would be fun to shop for anything with free money!

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  117. Would love to win so I can work on POTC! This is such a cool product. Thanks.

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  118. I also started with paper piecing and have done stamps. Unfortunately, I have quite a few hexies cut out (yay for Accuquilt dies) so it will take me a while to get through those. I did, however, assemble a block from one of the free shape templates to try it out, and it was so much easier! I make doll quilts that are given away with cradles at Christmas time through my church (and I hand-sew them on the go when I am visiting in-laws at Thanksgiving), so I see these coming in handy when it comes to making those!

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  119. What a great idea! Inklingo looks like lots of fun.

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  120. I first learned about Inklingo when starting on Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Quilt. I hope to try it with my next quilt.

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  121. Thanks for the chance to win as Bonnie Hunter sent me your way, so count me in.

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  122. I have been following Linda & Monkey for quite a while now.
    POTC is on my bucket list, as soon as I finish my GMFG which I started as an EPP project (D'oh! Wish I had known Inklingo before I basted all those gazillions of hexies...)
    Anyway - as you can guess: I would spend the 25$ gift certificate on the "90° Hexagon 1 inch sides" shape collection, add a bit and buy the book along with it as well (I love love love books!)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  123. Would love to try Inklingo and recieving a $25 gift certificate would be a great way to try it! Took me 5 years (in between many other projects) to put together my Grandmother's Flower Garden, but I enjoyed every minute of it :-)

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  124. I am excited to try the "Inklingo" method. Recently downloaded the trial patterns. Thanks for the chance to win, as I would love to try the "Winding Ways" pattern.

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  125. I just received my hand book and first pattern. I am excited to print and build by Rose Star blocks

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  126. I am so excited to learn about Inkling. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  127. Yes, I, TOO...was sent by Bonnie Hunter...I have been making Lucy Boston's POTC for 2 years...and all I have done is make pieces !!! NOT put ANYTHING together, just yet...I figured I would wait till all my colors were done, then match them how I wanted them !! YOURS sounds and LOOKS MUCH simpler !!! I would purchase the hexagons template !!! or the one that is the elongated hexie...like ALL my pieces that need to be put together !!! Thanks for letting us play !!

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  128. I am so excited to learn about Inklingo. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  129. If I won, I would start a Lucy/Points of the Cross so fast that I'd be printing and sewing by tomorrow!, Pretty Please?

    Anne Carter Carrington, ayesew58@gmail.com

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  130. Wow! just found about what this is. Great! I will be looking further into this. Thanks.

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  131. Lucy Boston! Would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

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  132. Bonnie Hunter sent me your way. Very informative blog. I love Inklingo.

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  133. Wow! It would be hard to pick. I love to hand piece. I would probably buy diamonds.

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  134. I love your designs! Thank you for the chance.

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  135. I've used Inklingo to piece hexagons and wouldn't mind having another shape collection. Thanks for counting me in for the gift certificate!

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  136. "I love Inklingo! Perfect piecing by hand or by machine every time. Linda is a genius in my opinion! Inklingo is fabulous!"

    This is from Barb in TX.

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  137. Great job Linda and Monkey. Would love to win the gift certificate.

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  138. Inklingo is the most go is the most wonderful thing created. No rulers no measuring just print and cut. Linda you created a fan here. With a 25$ gift certificate I would purchase hexagons, diamonds, and points of the cross.i would get as much as I could. LOL. Plus adding some of mine with it. An early Mother's Day gift to myself. Thanks Bonnie for sending me this way. Thanks Linda Franz for a chance at winning. Happy inklingo & quilting everyone!

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  139. Would love to try piecing quilts with Inklingo. Thank you for the chance to win

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  140. Hij Linda Even in The Netherlands are you well known. I am very glad with tour blog I a subscriber now:-)

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  141. I've tried English paper piecing. I'm ready for a more time efficient option. Thanks! Cindy

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  142. First, I love your Monkey! Second, they say that there is nothing new under the sun, but that's not true, since you have created something wonderfully helpful and new!

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  143. I think this is a great idea, though I have never seen it done...maybe Bonnie Hunter should demo that on her quiltcam or on the quilt show!

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  144. "I don't have nearly as much experience as many Inklingo quilters,
    but this 76-year-old lady absolutely LOVES it and recommends it all
    the time. I did an English-paper-pieced tumbling block quilt (small
    wall hanging size) before I did Inklingo, and I do love hand
    piecing. However, Inklingo is so much faster and rewarding. I
    haven't tried curves yet, but it's really fun to tackle "Y" seams
    with no qualms. Also, I have never seen a product prepared with more
    attention to detail or with a better presentation than Linda Franz
    does with all her products! Her customer service is
    super!! Thanks, Linda!"

    This post is from Glenda Drake

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  145. Count me as another Inklingo-er! I have 3 quilts en progress by this method, and am working up to a double wedding ring by this method. Thanks to Linda's innovation and work, these quilts go smoothly. She makes me look good! :)
    Hazle

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  146. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    syawkey@columbus.rr.com

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  147. I follow Bonnie Hunter and heard about Inklingo from her. I am now very interested in the Lucy Boston book. Maybe for my next project??

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  148. What a great idea! Will have to try them.

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  149. I was a hold out regarding Inklingo until I saw all the beautiful POTC blocks. I enjoy hand piecing. Inklingo makes it a breeze!

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  150. thanks for the opportunity to win---what would I spend it on, you ask? I do not have a clue--I just discovered POTC and have been in love with hexies for about 5 years now--I would have to surf the site and decide then. Bonnie and some others I know swear by Inklingo---I might need that money to get hooked, too! :-)

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  151. I love Inklingo! It has saved me so much time! Thanks Linda.
    debnydegger@hotmail.com

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  152. Bonnie sent me. She knows a good thing when she sees one. Looks like so much fun!

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  153. I would love to win an InkLingo gift certificate! Thanks

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  154. Love, love, love Inklingo. My next purchase will be the double wedding ring set. Linda is a genius for coming up with this method!

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  155. Guess I could try to win and then get hooked on another project to go with the others waiting their turn for my attention!

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  156. I'm finishing my first Inklingo project today. Celtic Solstice and it's coming out great.

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  157. I really want to learn how to do this
    patherren1945@comcast.net

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  158. I would really like to try this. Bonnie sent me also

    patherren1945@comcast.net

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  159. I have yet to try Inklingo. I just learned about it while doing Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice. Definitely am interested in trying it.

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  160. Thank you for all your hard work creating inklingo patterns and and shapes for us. Great time saver for those of us who piece by hand.

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  161. Bonnie at Quiltville sent me to your web site. I love PWOTC and will make that quilt some day. Inklingo will be the way to go. Wonderful web site. Rita
    ritaanneh@yahoo.com

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  162. Bonnie sent me too! I am totally intrigued!

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  163. Been wanting to give inklingo a try...this would be the perfect opportunity! My choice would be a beginner project, for sure. Thank you!

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  164. I am really hoping to win to try the yin yang pattern!

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  165. Thanks for the opportunity. I'd love to make a quilt using inklingo!

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  166. I've been looking for a hand project after finishing a hand pieced sampler quilt that I worked on for 10 years. I'm waiting to be inspired to look at something for that long again… I'm leaning toward something with 60 degree diamonds, and Inklingo sure would make it more fun, AND accurate.

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  167. I have never tried inklingo, but I would like to. I have done some english paper piecing and it is time consuming. Bonnie sent me your way. Thanks for the opportunity to try a new method. Junie Miles

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  168. Yes , Bonnie sent me also, but I have visited your blog and website many times! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  169. Once you try Inklingo there is no going back to paper templates. It's so much faster and less bulky. I don't know how many times I fought with the paper coming out of the shape while trying to stitch, or when they get old and start to curl each shape gets a bit smaller. Inklingo is amazingly easy!

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  170. Just learned about Inklingo. Would love to give it a try someday when I can purchase what I need. Can't give hubby heart attacks too close together lol. Just bought material, need I say more? lol.

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  171. I would love to try this method. It looks like fun.

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  172. I love my inklingo for Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice and would love to get more. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  173. what a neat product! it was nice to read the history of your business, too. this looks fun and i will have to add it to my wish list. thank you!

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  174. Love to win so I could try this.

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  175. What a great idea! I have recently retired and am thinking about starting a new hand pieced quilt - I made a grandmother's flower garden and double wedding ring - both entirely hand sewn 25 years ago, oh I remember hand tracing all of those pieces! I would love to try Inklingo.

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  176. Thanks for the information. I will need to try this.

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  177. Would love to try inklingo. Thanks!

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  178. Been wanting to get going on Patchwork Of The Crosses for over a year. Live doing EPP as a take along project. On a pension and trying to get a budget under control so haven't bought book yet!

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  179. I have wanted to try POTC but am afraid to make a hand sewing commitment like that, I really need to try out inklingo.

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  180. Would love to try Inklingo. Especially the Leaf Sashing

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  181. Still trying to get the hang of this. Another pattern from my list would give me the incentive to try again.

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  182. What a great Concept! I am so excited to try this! I am a new quilter so looking forward to trying this out!

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  183. Enjoyed the story. Love Inklingo! Everything turns out so perfectly lined up! I have a Lucy Boston POTC on my list to do!

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  184. POTC seems to be the most popular of all your shapes and I can't believe I don't have it. Saw a few in Paducah and just fell in love. Guess that will be my next purchase!!!

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  185. I really have to see how this is done. Hope I get that chance.

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  186. Would love to win the g.c. so I can learn how to do this block.

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  187. Just to let you know that the contest is over, but Linda & I love to share your comments. We will be announcing the winners soon.
    Thank you - Nan

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  188. Thank you Nan for the article and opportunity to enter for the drawing for a gift certificate. I just saw that my name was one of the three picked. A first for me. Thanks once more.

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    1. Glenda, it was truly a pleasure working with Linda and congratulations on your win. Thank you for your comment.

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  189. I love English paper piecing. Now I need to look into Inklingo

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