Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 37

Thread: What Did I Do Wrong?

  1. #1
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,211

    What Did I Do Wrong?

    I downloaded a placemat/runner pattern that said it was "easy" for beginners, and I consider myself an intermediate/beginner. It consists of a trapezoid shape, two rhombus shapes put together to form a chevron, and squares that attach to the chevron and trapezoid, and they all go together in a pattern. I was very careful measuring the pieces making sure the size was correct. The shape pattern was provided to use for cutting. I made sure the seams matched on the squares. When I put it all together the diagonals on each side of the center were way off.

    I've made four quilts but they've been strips, squares, and log cabins. Now I'm hesitant to try different shapes.

  2. #2
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    Sometimes the patterns listed as easy are not quite so easy... as the pattern may have a mistake or missing a step or other vital peice of info. I bought a book and then I went to the internet only to find 45 pages of corrections. Some were huge mistakes ..
    So it may not be you.. Did the pattern have you add the seam allowance ? sometimes I have seen templates on patterns and they do not have a seam allowance.
    CAn you post a link to the pattern?

  3. #3
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,199
    Blog Entries
    1
    show us pictures- we may be able to tell what went wrong- & help-
    don't feel like you can not move forward& try new things just because this one project didn't go quite right.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,917
    Sometimes the pattern is wrong. If you have a LQS bring in your project and see if you can get some pointers. You can also post pictures here and someone may be able to help.

  5. #5
    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    8,213
    Did you allow for seam allowances ("the shape pattern was provided to use for cutting") on the fabric you cut from the shapes?

    Personally, as a long-time teacher, I do not consider anything with bias angles/set in seams to be "easy for beginners" and without specific instructions I do not include them in my beginning quilt design classes. It's easy to get discouraged at first and I try every way possible to eliminate that possibility for my students while still making the design/construction process fun and enlightening!

    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums19552.html

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Halls Cross Roads, TN
    Posts
    944
    Blog Entries
    133
    Go back to the site and see if there are any corrections posted for that pattern.

  7. #7
    Super Member GEMRM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    South West Ontario
    Posts
    1,377
    Is it possible that one or some of the shapes got rotated or flipped?

  8. #8
    Super Member margecam52's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Littlefield, TX, USA
    Posts
    1,088
    Can you post a link to where you got the pattern, or at least the name of the pattern? Also, a picture of your result...that way we can maybe offer some ideas as to what happened.


    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I downloaded a placemat/runner pattern that said it was "easy" for beginners, and I consider myself an intermediate/beginner. It consists of a trapezoid shape, two rhombus shapes put together to form a chevron, and squares that attach to the chevron and trapezoid, and they all go together in a pattern. I was very careful measuring the pieces making sure the size was correct. The shape pattern was provided to use for cutting. I made sure the seams matched on the squares. When I put it all together the diagonals on each side of the center were way off.

    I've made four quilts but they've been strips, squares, and log cabins. Now I'm hesitant to try different shapes.
    Marge Campbell
    TL18LS/Qbot automated quilter
    http://www.Lmcampbel.com

  9. #9
    Super Member virtualbernie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    3,588
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I do not consider anything with bias angles/set in seams to be "easy for beginners"

    Jan in VA
    I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bernie

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    Give us the name of the pattern so we can see what it looks like. Without this we are just talking "out of the dark" and with no reference to go on.

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    1,211
    I've attached a copy of the pattern. Is it an "easy beginner" pattern? My squares are fine, but when trying to attach the angled pieces, they didn't match up well. I wasn't able to get a picture of my results. When looking at it, the angles are not symmetrical on each side. I appreciate any help.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  12. #12
    Member JaneH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    59
    Just want to say thanks for the pattern ..... the link wouldn't let me open it until I saved it on my computer. Sorry I haven't got any answers for you, but I certainly don't think it looks like a "beginner" pattern!! It's beautiful but looks complicated. I see that the seam allowances are built into the pattern, so don't think that had any bearing on the problems. I'd guess that maybe one or more pieces got flipped somehow, but I'm a beginner myself, so like Sgt. Schulz ("Hogan's Heroes" if you're old enough to remember that show), "I know nothing!"

  13. #13
    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    8,838
    I would not consider that an easy beginner pattern, especially the way it is written and especially if you are not familiar with set in "Y" seams. There templates do not have your start and stop dots clearly printed for set in Y seams. Also are working with bias edges on your trapazoid. I would call that pattern intermediate to advanced. There are easier ways to acheive a very simlar look using HST where your diamonds and trapazoid meet and where your chevrons meet. Draft it out on graph paper you will see. For your A-AR-C unit make a 4 square consisting of 3 HST units which make up your two diamonds creating the chevron. This way your middle pice can simply be 5 squares pieced together. I would redraft the entire pattern into easier shapes of just squares and HST.

    Chances are, your attachment will not stay up here long because it is copyrighted. I suspect the post will be pulled very quickly.

  14. #14
    Anonymous
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    150
    Your printer may not have printed the templates at quite the required size. A tiny variation on each piece would put the whole set of measurements out.

  15. #15
    Super Member Aurora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Somewhere in Time
    Posts
    2,129
    Blog Entries
    2
    I found a pattern similar to that one. Not wanting to do why seams, I used HST's instead and it worked out fine. I am just a shade North of a beginner.
    Aurora

    "A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot." -Robert A. Heinlein

  16. #16
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Reston, VA
    Posts
    172
    I believe you ma have sewed to the end of each fabric piece. When you don't have 90 degree angles, you have to mark the sewing seam intersections on the back of each fabric piece. I call the seam intersection the "dot." Sew dot-to-dot instead of to the end of each fabric piece, and you should get things to line up. I also found that it helps to press the seams open so you can get the seams to line up accurately. Can you tell that I've made this error myself? Hope this helps.

  17. #17
    Junior Member Kazahleenah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Northern Lower Michigan
    Posts
    112
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I downloaded a placemat/runner pattern that said it was "easy" for beginners, and I consider myself an intermediate/beginner. It consists of a trapezoid shape, two rhombus shapes put together to form a chevron, and squares that attach to the chevron and trapezoid, and they all go together in a pattern. I was very careful measuring the pieces making sure the size was correct. The shape pattern was provided to use for cutting. I made sure the seams matched on the squares. When I put it all together the diagonals on each side of the center were way off.

    I've made four quilts but they've been strips, squares, and log cabins. Now I'm hesitant to try different shapes.
    I am there to. (Hesitant to try diffrent shapes) I went and bought some reminants cheap, and am practicing just cutting out triangles and sewing them back together to make perfectly square squares. I may end up with a lot of 9 blocks, but I can practice without much worry of screwing up. So far, so good.

    Is there a chart for what size to make the square to cut triangles from it and have the 1/4 seam allowance?
    ~~Fabric Resource Center...now does that sound more impressive than "Fabric Junkie" ?~~

  18. #18
    Super Member GingerK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,031
    Wow, lovely pattern but waaaay to difficult to be termed "easy". I would definitely follow Feline Fanatic's advice and redraft the pattern using HST's.

    Kazaleenah, cut squares 7/8 inch BIGGER than the FINISHED size of the HST. Put two squares together, wrong side out, and draw a line diagonally on the top square. Sew 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line, then cut the square in half down the drawn line. Open, press and square up, to 1/2 inch larger that the finished size.
    Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down the their level and beat you with experience.

  19. #19
    Senior Member GammaLou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    West Michigan
    Posts
    520
    It appears the seam allowances were on the pattern. Were you careful to follow the straight of grain lines (the arrows)? If you are sewing a bias seam it can easily stretch out of shape. Try starching it to get the bias seams to behave.

  20. #20
    Super Member quiltmom04's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    2,877
    Saw the pattern. Definitely not a beginner pattern! And as your quilting experience grows, you will soon be able to tell what IS easy and what is NOT, and that in itself will will help you choose more "skill appropriate" patterns and lessen your frustration with certain projects. And you will be able to tell when you WANT a bigger challenge. Good luck!

  21. #21
    Super Member catmcclure's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Bay Area near San Francisco
    Posts
    1,219
    Beginner pattern this isn't, as Yoda would say. If I were going to make this, I'd figure it on a 2-1/2" grid, which would yield a 12-1/2" finished block.

    You need four 3" white squares for the outside corners.
    You need one 3" white square for the center of the block.
    Four 3" x 8" strips of striped fabric
    Four 3" squares of dark pink and four 3" squares of light pink - sew one light and one pink to opposite ends of striped fabric strip.
    Four 3" squares of fussy cut flower fabric
    Two 4" squares of dark pink for HST Two 4" squares of light pink for HST Trim HSTs down to 3" square.

    Name:  12.5  finished block.jpg
Views: 273
Size:  88.6 KB

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Southeast Michigan
    Posts
    340
    I agree w/catmclure -- this is not an easy pattern. I looked at it and immediately started redoing it myself, although I would have simply used triangles in the corners instead of Y seams. One thing to remember is when cutting anything on the bias, you get a lot more stretch and therefore length where you may not want it. Honestly, I use a lot of starch when I have bias cuts -- just helps to keep the pieces the size they should be -- or closer, anyway. Don't let this discourage your trying out new things -- we learn more from our mistakes than we do from perfection.

  23. #23
    Super Member callen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Timmins, Ont. Canada
    Posts
    4,669
    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I downloaded a placemat/runner pattern that said it was "easy" for beginners, and I consider myself an intermediate/beginner. It consists of a trapezoid shape, two rhombus shapes put together to form a chevron, and squares that attach to the chevron and trapezoid, and they all go together in a pattern. I was very careful measuring the pieces making sure the size was correct. The shape pattern was provided to use for cutting. I made sure the seams matched on the squares. When I put it all together the diagonals on each side of the center were way off.

    I've made four quilts but they've been strips, squares, and log cabins. Now I'm hesitant to try different shapes.


    That sure doesn't look like a beginner pattern to me. Don't beat yourself up - it's not you - it's the pattern.
    Even some "easy" patterns need some "one on one" help. Keep at it. Don't get discouraged.
    Dance like no one is watching

  24. #24
    Super Member nstitches4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Independence, MO
    Posts
    3,552
    I don't consider any pattern with Y seams to be a beginner's pattern.

  25. #25
    Super Member pamesue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Michgan
    Posts
    1,386
    yep...I agree that is not a beginner pattern...but it is very pretty..thanks for the pattern.
    Pam H.

    "Those that mind, don't matter and those that matter don't mind" ~ Dr. Seuss

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.