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How I print Inklingo for scrappy quilts

The instructions for printing on fabric with Inklingo are very good and extremely detailed – but of course I don’t do it the normal way.

Betty on the Inklingo Yahoo group asked me to explain in more detail after I posted this message:

I NEVER use a small piece of freezer paper – I only print with 8.5″ x 11″
paper. I make custom sizes for printing in my computer and I print a sample on
plain paper and then position my fabric where it needs to be. You must make the custom size because you don’t want the extra pieces to print on the freezer
paper just the bits you need on your fabric – leaving your freezer paper clean
for many more uses.

I only make scrappy quilts and often just need one or two pieces of the pattern per fabric – so I’ve gotten pretty good at this method. I know written instructions can be confusing – let me know if you need more help. I have been thinking of doing a blog post with pictures on this – but for now I hope you understand.

I am going to try my best to explain what I do. There are a lot of pictures and a lot of instructions/explanations for something that is really very simple. If you were here in my studio with me it would take a just a few minutes. But long distance it is more difficult – here goes:

This is the screen shot of the background that will print on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

This is the pie and tarts background printed on a plain piece of paper.  I always mark which end of the paper is the bottom when it comes out of the printer – because occasionally it will make a difference where I place my fabric.

I only want to print 4 backgrounds so I make a custom size in my printer.

This is the custom size – I name it and save it as Pie & Tart background 4 up.

Now I print a test on plain plain paper choosing the custom size but I print on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

This is what it looks like.

Now I make a template (I use old file folders) to cut my fabric. I layer 5 or 6 fabrics and cut them together – for this demonstration I am only cutting one. I draw around the template with a ultrafine black Sharpie or a white colored pencil on dark fabrics.

Then I iron my fabric to the 8.5″ x 11″ piece of freezer paper. In this example the fabric covered half of the freezer paper – often it is just a small piece in the lower right hand corner – or sometimes the upper left. The fabric size doesn’t matter because you are always printing on a full sheet of freezer paper.

Here is the fabric printed. Pull it off and use the paper many more times.

Here are the rest of the shapes. See how the 4 tart wedges fit into the lower right hand corner. Many printers don’t handle small custom sizes very well – this template is only 4″ x 5.25″.

I keep all my pieces together in a folder in my filing cabinet. A folder for each pattern. If you ever want to make the quilt again all the prep work is done.

By the way my printer is an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 – it prints 13 inches wide. But I only ever use 8.5″ x 11″ for Inklingo. No that’s not true. I am using my 12″ x 15″ Jenkins freezer paper to prints hundreds of white elongated hexagons for the background for my Patchwork of the Crosses.

I have to import all of my fabric from the US. After countless importation fees are paid it ends up being very expensive fabric. Most of my stash is fat quarters, regular quarter yards and fat eighths. I cannot waste even an inch of my precious fabric – this method works out very well for me because I only print exactly what I need.  ZERO waste.

When I cut the shapes out with scissors I even save the off cuts if they are more than a sliver. Waste not want not :-)


One thing I did not mention – when you make your custom size you have to print out a test sheet on plain paper until you get the size right. I try and cut it as close as possible because I don’t want to waste fabric. I want just the pattern lines and the least possible margin.

Often when I make the custom size by measuring the pieces I want to print it turns out to be too small – bits get cut off. So I enlarge it in 1/4″  increments until the pieces fit. Every printer is different – you just have to spend the time experimenting until you get it right.