Who is Linda Franz?
Linda Franz is an award-winning Canadian quilter. You may recognize her from Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson or from her appearances on qnnt.com Her firsthand pieced bed quilt won a First-Place ribbon at the AQS show in Paducah, among other awards.
Linda has a BA in English Literature and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School with an LLB. She has published two Quilted Diamonds books and DVDs and has introduced hundreds of Inklingo shape collections with more to come. Some of her self-published books include Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery and Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses. The newest is Winding Ways, Quilting the Inklingo Way (2021).
Linda’s love of photography, quilting, Jane Austen’s novels, and her involvement with online quilters led her to start her first web site in 1998. From the beginning, she showed her blocks from the front AND the back, and she is well known for her pressing techniques. Her famous directions for a scalloped binding have been available free online for over twenty years.
Linda has been on the leading edge with her self-published CDs, DVDs, books-on-CD, downloadable books and books, but Inklingo (US Patent 7,814, 832) is her proudest achievement. Her love of hand piecing inspired her to invent Inklingo—but its most profound effect will ultimately be on the way quilters machine piece and applique. Linda’s lovable sidekick Monkey is still a hand piecing snob.
Linda enjoys the friendship and enthusiasm of quilter on the IO group for Inklingo (previously Yahoo Group), Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Linda and her husband, Russell Bays, live in Burlington Ontario, Canada.