OK, those who follow my blog know that when I start a quilt and run into problems it means that there is a BIG problem with the pattern. If you read my previous post you know that I had issues with the small templates that come with the pattern so I reversed engineered the templates for rotary cutting. It took a some time to make a few samples until I achieved perfection! I was on a roll! Well, little did I know I was on a roll like a large ball of twine that was heading downhill.
This is where I was yesterday, after I called a quilting buddy for some guidance and tips Thursday evening on attaching the first ring to the middle hexagon!
Notice I stopped working on the melons….. I realized that there was a problem with this pattern. Not sure what, but a problem. Puckers, star points cut off, and the hexagon not matching up with the seams on the triangles!!!! Grrrrr
This morning I decided to do an early morning house cleaning and then I am free to work the problem out! Well, it has taken me 3 more hours to work on the problems. In order to find the problem I cut out 6 each 3 1/2″ squares, marked the 1/4″ seam line, and 6 each setting triangles and marked the 1/4″ seam line. NO PROBLEM – right – WRONG. When I pinned the first square and triangle together the triangle was about 1/8″ larger than the 3 1/2″ square. But I worked around that for the purpose of just getting this test started! Here is the ring made from the background fabric! Looks good doesn’t it – well now the problem is on the outside of the ring – the triangles are off about 1/8″ or 1/16″ of an inch and we all know what that will do if I continued on with the 2nd ring of the Medallion.
After sewing the test ring, I thought – OH BOY – time to sew the test center hexagon on my new improved ring! WRONG AGAIN. I went to the pattern and started checking the pattern for the large hexagon – and it is off at least 1/8″ or 1/16″ on 2 or 3 sides. I called for my Engineer and he brought his protractor and caliber and I pulled out Marti Michell’s large hexagon template and between us we now have a perfect Hexagon pattern for the center that should patch all points! But that does not help the fact that we still have an issue with the lovely triangle template that came with the pattern. Now the issue is the outside of the ring – to try to continue on without resolving that issue the entire Medallion will be a total disaster. Thank goodness I stopped working on this quilt at this point because to continue on would be another total disaster. Here is the hexagon pattern that was provided. IT has the problem. All sides should have been 3″ but the are not! Another Grrrr!
This is the one that Clay and I worked on and it is perfect – 3″ on each side with 1/4″ seam allowance added.
Here is what I am working toward:
I have now turned over the triangle template problem over to the Engineer – good project for him to work on in the morning! ME – I am headed for my chair and watch a movie and forget that I have put a lot of hours into a quilt pattern that has problems. Jaydee sent me a picture of Robin’s Nest being made by another quilter and it is easy to see that they had issues but kept going – Good Luck to them! Maybe I am just too much the perfectionist, but when I pay good money for fabrics and patterns and have to totally revamp the pattern by making corrections that the Designer should have caught, it tends to be upsetting.
Tomorrow is another day and I will be ready to move on and hopefully it will work out. I will have to remake by 6 red stars – too much ripping on the current ring! When will I ever learn to double check anything these Designers publish?
Have a great week-end.
POST SCRIPT: Quilter Error – I double checked the triangle template against the ‘test’ piece this morning with a fresh look. I think I may have picked up 3 of the triangles where I did not cut them accurately – So now I have CAREFULLY cut out a new batch for the ‘start over’! I will also be making my notes that I have to pay close attention to when cutting, sewing the ring together.