Printing Shape Templates on Fabric with Inklingo

I’ve stitched together all the .25 hexagons that I had ready, so I’ve printed bunches more tonight (current project referred to here):

If I’ve figured my pattern correctly, these should be more than enough for the project.

When I first read about the concept of Inklingo I was thrilled and awed by its brillance. But using Inklingo took me awhile. It turned out I was thrown by doing all this unfamiliar new stuff. Pressing pieces of fabric onto freezer paper and running them through my precious copier made me break out in a cold sweat. What if I did it ‘wrong’? What if it broke my only printer? What if I wrecked my precious fabric?, etc., etc., etc.

Those ‘what ifs’ stopped me cold. What finally got me going was that I had signed up for a  ‘shape swap’ at the Inklingo yahoo group that Cathi was hosting. If I hadn’t been pushed by that swap deadline I think I may still be stymied in the what if’s mud. I laugh to myself about my trepidation every time I prepare a new batch of fabrics to print ‘cuz none of my ‘what if’ fears have ever materialized.

I now own two all-in-one printers that feed from the back, my ole faithful Canon PIXMA 550 and a Lexmark X4530. After using both for Inklingo projects, I have dedicated the Canon as my printer of choice. The primary reason is that if I am printing a fabric nickel (5 x 5 inches) I can still press it onto a 8.5 x 12 inch piece of freezer paper. With the Lexmark, if I choose a print size of 5 x 5 inches, the paper must be 5 x 5 inches. The Canon has made me lazy. I have cut a bunch of 8.5 x 12 inch freezer paper sheets that I use if the fabric piece is 3 x 4 inches or 8.5 x 12 inches. With the smaller pieces of fabric I can press one on each end of the freezer paper sheet and just turn it to print:

For the official how-to on printing with Inklingo, download the FREE first chapter of the Inklingo Handbook.

’til later,



About DakotaEssence

Piecing and quilting in the northern Plains.
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5 Responses to Printing Shape Templates on Fabric with Inklingo

  1. Joan says:

    Good explanations Jillian. How many hexagons do you intend to do? I like your colours.

  2. Diane H says:

    What a great idea to let others know about the ease of using Inklingo! I hope this encourages many to see the benefits of using Inklingo! I love your little flowers!

  3. dakotaessence says:

    Joan, if I counted correctly, my wall hanging will need 1,400 .25 hexagons!

  4. Subee Mohr says:

    I can see the fabric but not the printed lines.
    I also have a Lexmark that feeds from the back.
    I have all the INKLINGO programs and all my worries about preparation!
    XOXOOx Subee

    • DakotaEssence says:

      Subee, Before I printed my first Inklingo shapes I imagined all sorts of worries! I really made it much more difficult than it is. After I printed on a few fabrics it became second nature. It especially helped in the beginning to always do a printer ink test on the different fabrics. I got a feel for my printer’s ink and how it printed on the fabric–and I saved the tests for reference. Now I usually just look at a similar fabric that I have a test for and pick the ink color from that. I rarely do ink tests (except always with new ink cartridge) as I have enough experience to have an idea of what ink works with what. As you’ve seen, it’s very frustrating to print too lightly!

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