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Pattern help needed, please - have I counted wrong?

Old 08-10-2011, 04:13 PM
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I have to be missing something and need your expert eyes to help me.

I am working on the Crossroads quilt from the Moda Bake Shop, here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/05/...uilt.html#more

My blocks are coming up 14 1/2" in one direction (width on the drawn sample), but only 14" in the other (height). I checked my seam allowances and they appeared to be fine, so I did the math on it to see if I just cut it wrong but sure enough, it only adds up to 14"! BUT, it's been a long time since I've had a math class so I'm hoping someone can please tell me what they see the block size should be after the block itself is assembled (not the final size after sashing and binding is added).

If it is actually only 14" on that one side, would you trim the longer one to match? How can I not get my head around this?

Thanks so much in advance for your help. I've been doing a block here and there for a month, as much as I could with a nightmare going on at work. Now that the work project is over I have two weeks to get this finished and I'm...really ready for that. LOL

Thanks again!
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:31 PM
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I haven't studied the sizes in the pattern, but it looks like a square block to me. Measure each section of your block. The patches that started out as 2.5" should measure 2" after your seams are in. You may be able to find out what's wrong that way.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:02 PM
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your block should measure 14 1/2 unfinished (square block)

so that would be 14 1/2 in width plus14 1/2 in length.

once you attached the sashing it should measure 14" square

hope that helps
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:08 PM
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Thanks to both of you for confirming it's me, and not the pattern.

I have no idea how I managed to have a perfect 14 1/2" x 14" block every time. Go figure it would be wrong. :P

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Old 08-10-2011, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by JulieR
My blocks are coming up 14 1/2" in one direction (width on the drawn sample), but only 14" in the other (height). I checked my seam allowances and they appeared to be fine, so I did the math on it to see if I just cut it wrong but sure enough, it only adds up to 14"!
The UNFINISHED blocks should measure 14.5" square PER the instructions.

So it's either a cutting, sewing or pressing problem (or a combo).

The sections that make up the UNFINISHED block should measure (from top to bottom in the block):
2.25"
3"
4"
3"
2.25"

How do your sections compare?
Can you post a picture - front and back?
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:10 PM
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According to the pattern, it should be 14.5" square. Maybe some of your seams are a tad over 1/4". If I were making it and already had the blocks assembled, I'd cut it down to 14x14. I don't think it will change the design much and it sure is a lot less hassle than ripping out and starting over.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by JulieR
My blocks are coming up 14 1/2" in one direction (width on the drawn sample), but only 14" in the other (height).
If necessary just line all of them up in the same direction and sew together.
It may not be what you intended but it will look fine.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:48 AM
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Its pretty easy to lose a half an inch on a block where there are 8 seams. I bet the direction you are off on is top to bottom - there are 8 seams in this block in that direction. Make your seams a "scant" quarter. Don't push up against the mark you usually use for a quarter inch seam. Stay a thread or two away from it. Being off a sixteenth of an inch over 8 seams amounts to a half inch.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:54 AM
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Look at your two sewn blocks: did you add one white sashing? That would widen one block.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:35 AM
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Thanks for the support, everyone. I was pretty down yesterday about the darned thing, but I'm feeling a bit more prepared to rip and re-sew today. After work, that's exactly what I'm going to do - with an especially scant 1/4" this time.

Well, I'll do one block anyway. See how it goes. :P
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