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    Posted Pattern is wrong!

    Hi everyone, I have lurked for soooo long and I am soooo mad that I must now actually join the group. Usually I make up my own patterns, but I wanted to throw together a quick project for my friend, and low and behold THE PATTERN IS WRONG! So, after cutting all the pieces, and mindlessly putting them together- the corners are 1/2" off, and I'm sooooo upset. the pattern is hopscotch quilt by laura jones (http://www.studioefabrics.com/docume...lle_Quilt1.pdf) and the picture of all the lines meeting up perfect looks so nice on the pattern! UNTIL you sew it! Ugggh. I posted some pics to show the disaster, and to prove I followed the directions on the link. Hopefully this will save someone else! Anyway, now that I'm done - I love this site! Sarah
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    oh no!!! what a bummer. is there a way to fix it other than ripping it all apart?
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    nope!!!!!!!

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    Well, the corner peices have to be bigger, so I could sew the larger triangle on, and cut off the smaller ones- but the one shown will have to be ripped. hopefully I have enough of the fabric I want to use! Ha!

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you too. I had this happen to a quilt I put together and I was so upset when I tried to join the sections together and they were completely wrong. In order to fix the pattern's mistake, I need to rip out every seam and cross seam of this quilt and make each 5" block 1/4" smaller. They should have said 4 3/4". But no, they said 5" charms would be perfect...which I used. They need to actually put together the whole quilt before selling the pattern. My quilt that had incorrect info in the pattern, is now sitting under my cutting table, in sections. I have no desire to rip out every seam and cut each piece smaller. There are hundreds of 5" charms. So, I wasted a lot of time and money that I can't get back and I'll never redo it.
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    I am so sorry this happened to you! Pattern designers really do need to make the entire quilt, not just parts of it, after they write up the pattern, by following that pattern. And we need to remember to sew together an entire block or quilt section before cutting out all the pieces. Something similar happened to me once. Hard lesson learned.

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    I'm sorry this happened to you! Thanks for the heads up!

    As a pattern designer, I not only make the quilt myself but then I make it again after I have written the final hard copy. After that it goes out to five pattern testers before hitting the market.

    Have you let Studio E know so they can fix it or take it down?

    As for fixing it, have you considering using a strip of applique? It would straddle the long seam.

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    So sorry the pattern was wrong. I would not rip out the whole seam. I would snip the threads between the block bottom and the section under it and about an extra inch on each side. I would then cut squares of the blue fabric and sew them on like a snowball block. I wouldn't even remove the blue triangle underneath until I checked the fit. If everthing looked good, I would them cut away all the underlaying fabric back to just the 1/4 inch seam. Then it would be simple to resew sew that section of the seam. I know that doesn't get the perfect fit you were hoping for with the light blue and dark blue but if the blue and tan is fixed to line up, I don't think it will be noticeable. Of course this will only work if you have enough of the blue fabric left. Good luck.

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    I suspect the designer just made a block and was in a hurry to put it up. What a shame to not come up with something that could be made and turn out as it should.
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    Bummer! That is a cute pattern too. We all hope you will continue to contribute to this site. I lurked for a long time too, but it's more fun posting.

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    As for fixing it, have you considering using a strip of applique? It would straddle the long seam.

    That's what I do even with tiny points that get cut off. I applique fabric to make points. I do what makes it work, not fret about why it didn't which is usually my own mess up.
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    the fix

    thanks everyone! I feel better after jumping up and down and letting it out!! then I thought about it, and I should have caught the mistake right away. Well, you can do the pattern, but instead of cutting out 36 4" x4" squares, it would be 4.5 by 4.5 inch squares- or what I did was cut 4 7/8 in squares and cut in half, marked 1/4 in seam allowance, and stiched on the line (less fabric waste). big sigh..... looks much better now!!
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    before cutting out a whole quilt with a 'new to you' pattern it is always a good idea to cut out 1 block & put it together to check the sizes, construction, instructions----everyone makes mistakes sometimes- sometimes a designer has it right & the editor changes something- also when getting a pattern from a website it's a good idea to check the (pattern update-fix) page which is generally available that posts when errors that have been found & the 'fix'. i've bought really expensive patterns to find there are errors & had to visit the site to get the corrections- i've learned to never cut out a whole quilt before checking the math/doing a practice block. no point being angry with the source- it is a good idea to send a comment & your pics to show them the error so if it is not on the 'fix' page yet it can be.
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    Congratulations, it looks perfect now!

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    Well Granddaughter, I'm so glad to see you here. As always, your work is great. Now that you are here I will have to come back more often. I must admit I've been spending more time on knitting sites lately. Didn't realize how much I missed this group. This is the greatest bunch in the world.
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    Boy oh boy... has this ever happened to me before too! I guess that is a good lesson learned for both of us, huh? I hope you can take it apart and reclaim the project by fixing the errors. The red rooster fabric cost was too much not to fix it. That is what I had to do with my rythum and blues quilt. It was worth it in the end, but I will never use any of that designer's patterns again!
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    I run across this alot of times in my crochet and knitting patterns.... I tend to follow my own path in quilting... so I haven't ha da major problem.... I know this is frustrating..

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    one reason i prefer pattern designers to tell you the finished measurement for each section. that helps tremendously!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StOngeDesigns View Post
    thanks everyone! I feel better after jumping up and down and letting it out!! then I thought about it, and I should have caught the mistake right away. Well, you can do the pattern, but instead of cutting out 36 4" x4" squares, it would be 4.5 by 4.5 inch squares- or what I did was cut 4 7/8 in squares and cut in half, marked 1/4 in seam allowance, and stiched on the line (less fabric waste). big sigh..... looks much better now!!
    Since you actually changed the pattern, you can't blame the pattern. Folded corners are sewn on the line from corner to corner, not a quarter of an inch from the diagonal.

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    I know what you're feeling !!! I ordered the panel, pattern and fabric for a "quick" quilt gift, Hoffman fabric Stonehenge fabric. The panel and directions didn't match. Fortunately I read my pattern several times and measure my fabric before I cut. I had to measure every piece before I cut anything. I went to my LQS yesterday and complained about the pattern and he said he had a problem too and called the designer. She told him that if he washed and dried ONLY the panel that the pattern would be fine !!!??????? He did and it was !!! Is this what we have to deal with ?? I'm sorry, be I have had soooo many patterns with mistakes in them lately I figure I could make up a pattern and make money too !!! It wouldn't be so bad if patterns weren't so expensive!!! The publishers need to proof read and know quilting before publishing a pattern.

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    Good fix job!

    I had a pattern that called for 1/3 yard of fabric, 12" right? Then in the cutting instructions, said to cut 13" squares. I was so upset, but it was for setting triangles, so finagled it and made it work the best I could.
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    Awe, what a bummer!
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    What a bummer.
    I second LyndaOH's suggestion that you contact Studio E

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    wow...so glad you caught that and could fix it....hope you let them know!

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    Doggone it anyway .. maybe see if the site can help you out ? with more specific directions ? That just stinks ! I have had problems like that on patterns (clothing and quilts),either called or written even emailed to ask for help some sites didnt want to get back with me so that is why I will never use them again, others were very happy to help out.
    I hate to rip things out and lord knows how many seam rippers I have thrown across the room !LOL
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