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Thread: BOM pattern mistake-Math help

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    I have to supply the BOM pattern for guild this week. I got this pattern on the online Shop Hop site for free. I thought it was really cute and would be popular. Well I made a sample block today and the pattern has numerous mistakes. The biggest is it ends up being 12 1/2" x 11 3/4" unfinished. Ugh, do I try to figure out how to resize the pieces or just let it go and do odd sized blocks?

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    a copy of the instructions would help.

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    If it's Block of the Month, I think it is really important that the block be the correct measurement. I would either look for a different block or fix this one so it measures square. If I am gauging your photo correctly, all you would need to do is add a strip to the bottom of the machine to square up the block.

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    It's a cute block but I can't help you with the math. :cry:

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    Yes the easiest would be to just add a strip to the bottom but I don't think it would look right. To fix it I would have to change the sizes of the blocks in that direction. I have attached the directions. The other problems were the dimensions of the corner triangles, not sure if that is what you call it. They were not the right size to meet the corner or on the spool look right.

    Thanks for your help.

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    I appreciate you mentioning this as I downloaded this pattern too. If there's a bunch of boo-boos it's not worth the effort:<

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    Is this going to be just one block in a quilt that is made up of many different blocks? That's what BOM usually means to me. If so, the block has to be the same measurement as the other blocks.

    Given all the problems you had with the six pages of directions, I would either re-draft the entire pattern or find another pattern to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Is this going to be just one block in a quilt that is made up of many different blocks? That's what BOM usually means to me. If so, the block has to be the same measurement as the other blocks.

    Given all the problems you had with the six pages of directions, I would either re-draft the entire pattern or find another pattern to use.
    Our BOM, everyone that participates makes the same block. Then we draw a winner that gets all the blocks. So they would all be the same. The pattern shows a sashing used for a setting but it is up to the winner what they want to do with them.

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    okay, on second look, I would eliminate the triangle spool at the top. Do empty spool.

    I'm hoping this is just your sample and you haven't cut and made bunches. Sorry, rereading your thread, this probably makes no sense.

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    In that case, I wouldn't worry about the size. However, I would definitely correct the directions for the triangular pieces.

    I agree with leaving the spool off. This simplifies the block, plus the spool doesn't add anything much to the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    If it's Block of the Month, I think it is really important that the block be the correct measurement. I would either look for a different block or fix this one so it measures square. If I am gauging your photo correctly, all you would need to do is add a strip to the bottom of the machine to square up the block.
    That's exactly what I was thinking!! Just cut a 1" strip to sew on the bottom.

    Good Luck!!

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    Make the bottom strip wood grain material or a dark color to represent a table or desk. I did an applique block of a sewing machine, and it did have the "table" piece on the bottom. or sew a strip across the top the same color as the background. Sew it so that the top and bottom of the spool come out the same. Quite a complicated block.

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    It's a nice block! Mind if I steal it?

    If it were me, and I needed that 3/4 inch more, I'd break up the machine into sections, top, throat area, and bottom-
    then add 1/4 inch to each section
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    If you were omitting the spool at the top, you could just add your additional 1/2" to the width of the white fabric there, and cut the white side piece a 1/2" longer too.

    If I was going to keep the spool, I would add a 1/2" to the pieces in the center, in the throat area of the machine. Add a 1/2" to the 2 white pieces, the purple square, and the white strip on the side. I don't think that would compromise the look of the block.

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    I am surprised you got 11.75"
    When I do the math, I only come up with 11" on the overall height. Add the components that make up the height: L+A+K+A=2+3.5+3.5+3.5 = 12.5 Subtract the seam allowance for 3 seams @.5 ea = 1.5

    12.5-1.5 = 11

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    Are you sure you've got 1/4" seam allowances?? Double check your block for accuracy.

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    Beth 33, I don't mind if you use it.

    Madquilter, I added it up too and did check my seam allowances. So it is an error in the pattern.

    I think I will go with the simplist which is to add a piece to the bottom as suggested to look like the table.

    Thanks for everyone's help and suggestion. Can always count on this board! :D

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    :shock: You guys are making me dizzy..:shock:
    :hunf: Waaaaaay over my head. :hunf:

    (And I'm lovin it!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict
    So it is an error in the pattern.
    Absolutely! I'd have to redraft it to see which piece I would enlarge. Another option is to add the sashing strip on top as part of the pattern. Throwing hands up in frustration.

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    I guess you get what you pay for! A free pattern I didn't ask for. But it is cute.

    Thank you for everyone's assistance.

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