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Thread: A rant about bad quilt directions

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    If we all would find addresses for these designers, and write letters griping about it and telling them bluntly that no way on earth will we ever buy another one of theirs, that might make them take notice. And write to the publishers of whatever magazine this pattern is shown in, advertised in, and/or suggested we buy/use.

    Also, remarking that we will tell our friends on this world wide quilting forum might make them sit up and take notice!!

    Math was never my favorite subject, and I still am very, very careful when measuring fabrics or wood. Measure 3 or 4 times, then cut, glue on additions or fill in with plastic wood~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    If we all would find addresses for these designers, and write letters griping about it and telling them bluntly that no way on earth will we ever buy another one of theirs, that might make them take notice. And write to the publishers of whatever magazine this pattern is shown in, advertised in, and/or suggested we buy/use.

    Also, remarking that we will tell our friends on this world wide quilting forum might make them sit up and take notice!!

    Math was never my favorite subject, and I still am very, very careful when measuring fabrics or wood. Measure 3 or 4 times, then cut, glue on additions or fill in with plastic wood~~
    HAHA - its a lot easier to correct mistakes with wood moulding or tile than a quilt!!!

    :lol: :lol:

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    If you post a picture of the block or blocks, someone with EQ would probably be able to help you as far as the size and such, but I think you would probably be able to make them whatever size you want and go from there. With pp, I make my blocks 8" because that's what the printer will print. Good luck and don't forget to show us pictures when you're done.

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    It sounds like the author of this pattern should have done it in the paper piecing method! That's not good:<

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    Nope! I am sick of buying patterns and finding they use complitcated antiquated methods. I now look at things and redesign them. My friends even come to me with their patterns and I help them. Really folks, this is the rotary cut age and smart techniques.

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    Anna that is EXACTLY my point!We shouldn't have to look at a pattern and redesign the thing in order to make it work. Ramona is correct in that we should be complaining to the companies that design these patterns to make them more user-friendly - especially since we are plunking down hard earned money for them! I am almost wondering if it worth setting up a virtual section so that people who have converted some of these patterns into more useable forms can post them - but THAT probably violates 5000 copyright rules!(Told you I was ranting....)

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    Rant all you want. I'm just as frustrated!!! Glad you brought up the topic.

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    I thought maybe it was just me. I end up half using directions and half using the pictures of the finished product!

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    I second the idea of writing to the creator of the quilt and the publishing house that printed the pattern. Many patterns are self-published these days and the creator really should be made aware of the difficulty in the directions.
    I've had to do this with some craft patterns and the authors were always helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I'm right there with you, it drives me nuts!! I quit trying to make quilts from a pattern and just use the idea of the pattern. I the only instructions I have been able to follow is Rhonda's!
    Me too! I will buy a book where I can check it out first. And it is cheaper in the long run because you get more for your money.

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