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OK, so I got all the blocks cut out for our bedroom quilt. (Midnight Jewels, if you wanna google. I'm pissed at the pattern, so I'm not linking) I sat down about an hour ago and started marking up the blocks (it has you cut out 6 blocks of colors A,C, and 12 blocks of E. You pin them right sides together, mark the diagonal, the stitch 1/4" from the mark, then slice the 2 new squares apart). I'm cruising along, humming happily.....the instructions say "Make 12 A/E units, 12 C/E units and 44 B/E units"

Umm...WHAT? The CUTTING instructions told me to cut *6* A and C, and 12 E, and 22 B and E (smaller block) - I, wanting to end up with a larger quilt, doubled all the numbers (I didn't expect to use all of the resulting blocks on the quilt itself; I was going to use the extras to make matching pillowcases)....

Since I had doubled the squares, I will end up with just enough blocks to make the quilt AS-IS. :bangs head: (It says the finished quilt is 50 1/2" x 70 1/2".....not quite large enough to cover our queen-sized bed. I want to cover the bed, so....I gotta add blocks. :shrug:)

I've emailed the company (Kaufmann fabrics).....and I'm grumpy. It took FOREVER to cut out all these squares...now I have to cut even MORE out. :sigh:

I think I'll make up what I have, and see how large it actually ends up after it's assembled. I *might* get lucky and not have to cut any more out for the top itself (but I would still like matching pillowcases.....) :grumble:

I wish people would proof their patterns before publishing them - even free ones! This is frustrating! (If I had cut only what the instructions said, I'd HAVE to cut out more blocks just to get the size the pattern claims it is. :grump:)

EDIT: And [profile] ghislainedel has pointed out my blondeness today: this DOES work, because each sqare ends up making *2* blocks, because I sew 'em together along the diagonal and then slice the 2 new squares apart along that line :doh!:

Some days it's not worth getting out of bed.....I swear!

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Date:October 7th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I think it works, but you have to sew a quarter of an inch away from both sides of the diagonal line. Then you cut on the diagonal line. When you open up each side you get two new blocks that are identical. So six blocks of A sewed to six of E should get you 12 all together.

I can try to find a visual tutorial online if that would make more sense for you.
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Date:October 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait - you mean I"m being stupid again? Doesn't surprise me........

And, you're right - I really AM blonde today! Thanks for the whack - I needed it!
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Date:October 7th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
You hadn't mentioned sewing on both sides of that diagonal line so I thought the directions in the pattern hadn't specified.
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Date:October 7th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
You're right - I forgot to specify that. :sigh: It's been a VERY blonde day today....which is why I decided to spend the rest of it far, far AWAY from things that could possibly cause damage to me.
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From:Ali Snowdale
Date:October 8th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
what you need to do is post pictures so all of us can see what a beautiful job you are doing!
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