I’m getting backing into the swing of things and I have the sewing machine busy. But after I made two blocks that didn’t turn out when we were traveling from the Large Block book I thought I better look the pattern over again and see what the problem was – I hadn’t brought along a ruler or rotary cutter along on the trip and after the first two blocks didn’t turn out right I set it aside.
this is the quilt pattern – the long strip that goes down the middle and the two end pieces that are cream color – the book says cut the color strip 2 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches and the cream pieces on the end 4 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches – that should have told me right then what the problem is – because the squares are to be 18 inches finished sized – so 18 1/2!! 1/2 inch too long right off the bat! wrong right there. Also the pieces that run in between them – the ones with the shorter color and cream – finished measurement is 17 3/4 inches – I have an accurate 1/4 inch foot – I think someone didn’t test the pattern correctly or the measurements in the pattern are wrong – so I am now correcting everything and I have perfect 17 3/4 inch blocks. This is the second pattern in a new quilting book – 2 different books – in the last 6 months that have not been correct in the book. Who test these patterns and who writes the patterns and then make sure they are correct – are quilting books being printed out too quickly without proof reading? (I no not all sewing foots are the same but this was a bit off).
4 blocks so far – I’m using up an “ugly” jelly roll that I have. It turned out not to look like I thought it would when I first got it. I’m hoping with all this cream color that it will be ok when it is done. Maybe a thin sashing of red in between the blocks will be called for to jazz it up a little? Or I have a brown paisley that has a little red scattered though it – just a thought
Are others having problems with the patterns in books not always being accurate? Surely it can’t be just me.