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Thread: Mistakes in Patterns or Kits

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    I raised this question on another board, and would like to get your input on this subject also.

    I am sure many of us have found mistakes in a pattern or kit when we are deep in the middle of a quilt. What are your experiences and how did you work around it? Here is mine.

    I am enrolled in a BOM at an LQS called Flower Pots by Cindy Lammon. I enrolled because it involves a lot of techniques and blocks with construction that I am not familiar with or haven't done a lot of. There is applique and then lots of HST and points (I always seem to cut them off!) Anyway, this started at the beginning of this month and I was very excited when I picked up my book and first block kit. This kit includes 3 versions of the same block (with points) and I jumped right it. On of the 4-1/4" squares was off, but was a little large, so no problem, just squared off and got 1st block made. Started second one last night and 2 of my fabrics that were supposed to be 4-1/4 in sq were cut too small...4-1/8" doesn't sound like much, but that is 1/4 inch each side and when making HST out of these, definitely caused more challenge than I had anticipated. In addition, the center was to be a 6-1/2 square and that wasn't square! Need to start 3rd block tonight and am hoping that the blocks are cut right. So, do I mention this when I pick up Septembers blocks, check them before I leave the shop? What do you suggest?

    I am sure I am not alone in my frustration with these things, please share your experiences and solutions or work-arounds.

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    I think I would mention it. Nobody wants customers struggling with BOMs. If it were my business, I would want to know so I can correct the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats
    I think I would mention it. Nobody wants customers struggling with BOMs. If it were my business, I would want to know so I can correct the problem.
    That is a good point.

    Have you ever encountered this problem or a mistake in a pattern?

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    Are the fabrics in the packs cut too small for the pattern pieces to fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Are the fabrics in the packs cut too small for the pattern pieces to fit?
    The fabric in the packs is precut. These particular blocks call for HST and QST so start with a square of material a certain size. These were off, so the result was not the best, although I tried to compensate with narrower seams. The squares for the first of 3 blocks was bigger which was ok (they are all different coordinating fabrics), but the blocks for the 2nd block were really too small. Haven't worked far enough on the 3rd to have discover and discrepancies yet, but hopefully there will not be any. :shock:

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    GRRRR

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    IMHO BOM's are typically over priced anyway. So, if it's not correct, I'd be sure to say something to the owner!

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    I'd definitely say something and maybe they'll give you new pieces of the fabric that was too small. It doesn't hurt to ask and also check out the next BOM kit before leaving the store. Let us know what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats
    I think I would mention it. Nobody wants customers struggling with BOMs. If it were my business, I would want to know so I can correct the problem.
    That is a good point.

    Have you ever encountered this problem or a mistake in a pattern?
    I ran across a mistake in the pattern when working on my first "real" quilt just a few weeks ago. I emailed the designer and got an extremely prompt response. She arranged for me to get more fabric and sent me the amended instructions.

    I would feel very frustrated to find that pre-cut pieces were wrong.

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    I would have stopped and returned the whole thing the next day. Definitely tell the shop owner and check it out before you leave the shop next time.

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