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Thread: Do you ever try a quilt pattern that frustrates you from beginning to end?

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    Senior Member JANW's Avatar
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    1. I recently sewed a quilt that was in one of my magazines and I actually collected the fabric and all about 3 years ago. Big problem, the waste of fabric ment I have about as much left over as the amount in the quilt and measurements given couldn't possibly be made from the fabric that was used so I had to figure that out for myself. done and is pretty but now I have to make another to use up all the triangles, so very specific leftovers.
    2. The next quilt was from a pattern I paid good money for but directions didn't fit the size choice given in the pattern. I finally called the company and they had to revise the pattern because of this and now are selling the revised pattern. The designer was very nice and emailed me the corrected version, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that and the new directions were not clear. The pattern lacked pictures that could have clarified it.
    Am I the only one with this problem.

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    I have had problems with patterns. Especially applique. I hate it when all they include is a line drawing. That means I have to make copies, cut it apart, add seam allowance and mark it for where it overlaps or gets tucked under. That lack of detail drives me crazy. I learned the hard way not to buy a pattern I couldn't open and check those details ahead of time. The other problem with patterns is that the designer always assumes that you will know everything there is to know about quilting and quilt terms. I have just as good a luck just looking at a pieced quilt. It works best if there is high contrast in the various pieces. There is a reason I love wholecloth or very simply pieced quilts.

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    I'm a visual learner and when there are no (or few) pictures or diagrams in the pattern I get lost. Show me and I can follow. Just like the pillow case pattern. I must have read the pattern multiple times - even turning the page upside down - then someone did a quick show and tell and the lightbulb went on.

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    Me too on the visual learning. That is why I checked out a quilting DVD to do my first quilt. The poor thing is all crooked and awful, but hey, the lady on the DVD got me through it. Experience is often the best teacher.

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    I did a Fons and Porter quilt that I made a crib size quilt with all the left over triangles. That was too much waste.

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    For as experienced as I am, I have trouble with the Puzzle pattern. I cut all the pieces, and still had trouble. never have made the quilt yet.

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    I get really irratated with errors in patterns. I went to a class and the gal teaching it had written the pattern but had to tell us all the corrections. What was even worse I decided to make one of her other patterns and it was just as bad. What do they think we pay all that money for?

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    I am a visual person as well. But when I buy a pattern or decide to make something from a pattern and nothing fits it really makes me mad. So yes I agree with you, pattern should be percise.

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    yes I doing one right now.
    It's this pattern the Josephs Coat Quilt and I'm making a real disaster out of it.
    http://maksitaksi.blogspot.com/2010/...oat-quilt.html
    I did some applique and then did applique-yng backwards....and will redo it all over again.

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