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    worst instructions ever

    I went on a shop hop about 6 years ago. I saw one finishing kit I totally loved and got it. One of my friends loved the same finishing kit too. She had all kinds of trouble with the thing. The instructions are bad plus at least two of the fabrics were short in the kit. She had additional fabric mailed to her for both of us. I remember three of us getting together to help her put that quilt together and we still scratched our heads several times over the instructions. They're just two short pages and mostly a picture.

    This'll teach me to wait 6 years to put a quilt kit together!! I was still short on a couple of the fabrics. For one I just dug thru my stash and found a better substitute and for the other I had a couple of yards of the same fabric in my stash. Hopefully the rest of it goes together like it should. But I'm not counting on it!!

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    Some patterns really assume you know a lot about quilting. Anymore I take the instructions out of the package and read them completely to see how complete the instructions are.

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    somewhat like the four patch posie pattern. in black and white and made no sense to my brain. I actually made one after listening or reading other quilters saying how to make it. then I sold the pattern or gave it away. all quilters should make sure their patterns are well written and easy to understand and has some color pics. Otherwise why sell them? to make people unhappy? good luck!!

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    I too have bought patterns which I swear must have a page or two missing of instructions or it's written with the wrong measurements. Good think when I first started quilting not trusting myself to always cut right I alway bought extra fabric such as if it said 1/4 of a yard I got 1/2 to be safe. Also not wanting to make a mistake I would use scraps to make a test block first, which I still do when I pick up a pattern and after reading it I get that gut feeling something is not right. I still to this day will buy a little bit more then what the pattern calls for of fabric since it may have a mistake of the amount. I also learn a long time ago that so often if the fabric amount was wrong when you need to go back to get the extra amount chances are the fabric was sold out and you are out of luck where you first got the fabric from, then on a hunt for it searching the internet. Once you finally find the fabric you need and may only need 1/4 of a yard or less but you only find it at a place where it's 1 yard min. so you end up with left over (sometimes not a bad thing) but you have shiping cost.

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    I have also learned the hard way to buy extra fabric. I made a rail fence quilt and was instructed to sew four strips, width of fabric, and I would be able to get five blocks out of it. Now this was an Eleanor Burns pattern. I found out the hard way that fabric can be anywhere from 40" to 45" in width and I was only able to get four blocks not five for each strip set. When I went back to get more fabric they were out of some of it. I was lucky to find one fabric with enough yardage to make a wide border to make up the difference.

    I wonder how companies can get away with advertising 44 - 45" width when it's closer to 42" or less.

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    I'm going to try and get this quilt together today. Because of the way it's set there are lots of mitered corners though.

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    Not too long ago, my guild was asked to make scrappy blocks to be combined into a very special fund raiser quilt. I found this neat block pattern from a quilt book. I read the instructions and followed them carefully. You can imagine my chagrin when the block ended looking like a bowl instead of lying flat. I doublechecked the instructions and templates. That was when I discovered measurements of one template piece were actually off. I had to take apart the block and draft out a template with correct measurements. It worked, but I was wondering why the instructions were apparently not doublechecked or have someone do the projects first before publishing the book.

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    The Spiral Tablerunner pattern is another that has lousy hard to understand instructions.
    Got fabric?

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    Oh boy can I ever relate to this thread! I have had these problems before myself and you don't want to know the bad words I called the designer and kit assemblers .... LOL!

    The smart thing to do is like everyone said, check those blocks first by making one up in stash fabric and check the fabric contents when you buy it. A lesson learned the hard way really sucks!

    I hope you gals are able to get your nice projects together ok. It sounds like it is really cool if you like it so much. You have good taste scissor queen.
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    I'm beginning to think it wasn't such a bad thing I waited 6 years to do this quilt. The instructions say to cut 4 10 inch squares and cut them once on the diagonal. But to make the stripes go the right way and to make them fit they have to be cut twice on the diagonal. No wonder my friend had such trouble with this quilt!

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    Ugh. I know how you feel. I had one pattern for a fat quarter quilt that had the wrong measurements for 1/3 of the blocks, then when I figured out how to fix that and got to the block assembly it didn't say what side to stitch one of the blocks onto. When I went to assemble the quilt I found that for the pattern to work I had to pull apart half of the blocks and sew them to the other side of the block!

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    So now I've ripped the center part apart. 8.5 + 8.5 + 15.5 is just never going to add up to 30 inches. So I took the flying geese part off the center and trimmed them down to 8 inches and after putting them on the center block it measures 30 inches exactly. Of course once I have that part fixed I'll have to fix the next part since you're supposed to sew a 15 inch block to a 17 inch block. Right.

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    I am working on a pattern that I will never ever make again. It has these trapizoidal shapes to piece together and getting the angles right is so difficult. Here is a picture of the quilt. Instructions are useless.Name:  doll,cat,doll quilt 005.JPG
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    Go to Indygojunction.com if you want to see pattern corrections!!! Go to the bottom of the page and see "Pattern Corrections" and click on it...you'll be amazed! I no longer purchase from them.

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    Always always always, work on your kit, immediately after the quilt show. Not 2-3 years later. It happened to me. I really got upset when I found holes in my material after I had it completely sewn. The holes in the batiks were quite small but holes for sure. Good idea to look over the material before you forget who the vendor was. Lesson learned the hard way.
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    Yes, I can certainly join this club. But it wasn't the instructions so much as the amount of material that was included. There was a list of fabrics (with coloured pictures) and amounts for each, which I never thought to check when I bought the kit. Next time, it will be the FIRST thing I do!!! I was shorted well over a meter of fabric and one piece was so small, that I could not even get half the amount of strips from it.

    I emailed the company because they still had the kit advertized in their catalog. Never heard a word back from them and I have never bought another thing from them, even tho they were one of my favourite sites before.
    Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down the their level and beat you with experience.

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    I am really surprised at how many mistakes there are in this pattern. I wish I knew what book the shop owner used for the finishing setting so I could see if the mistakes were in the book or if they are the shop owner's mistakes. At least all of the individual block patterns were good. I have the center about 3/4ths done now and it's going to be a really, really pretty quilt.

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    I've encountered awful instructions in bag/purse patterns. Some of the ones I have bought are so poor, I can't figure out how to sew the parts together. I usually make up my own patterns for quilts, so if I make mistakes, it's my fault.

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    Because of mistakes in the pattern or my errors, I have learned to buy a little more of the fabric than required. I know that is not possible if you buy a kit but have bought fat quarters of the fabric if they still have it. Scissor Queen is your avatar a scissor quilt or a picture of all your scissors?

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    I took a 1 day class at my lqs awhile ago from a visiting teacher. We did not get the quilt done in that time. I will never buy another 1 of her patterns, even tho the LQS classes she teaches look so pretty. It was a complicated pattern but mistakes! And she said she'd answer all emails and never did. The cutting instructions said to cut 13" squares - from 1/3 yard of fabric. I DID finish that quilt tho!
    Carol in Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramquilter2 View Post
    Because of mistakes in the pattern or my errors, I have learned to buy a little more of the fabric than required. I know that is not possible if you buy a kit but have bought fat quarters of the fabric if they still have it. Scissor Queen is your avatar a scissor quilt or a picture of all your scissors?

    My avatar is a picture of a few pairs of my scissors laid out on a piece of white velvet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrieg View Post
    I took a 1 day class at my lqs awhile ago from a visiting teacher. We did not get the quilt done in that time. I will never buy another 1 of her patterns, even tho the LQS classes she teaches look so pretty. It was a complicated pattern but mistakes! And she said she'd answer all emails and never did. The cutting instructions said to cut 13" squares - from 1/3 yard of fabric. I DID finish that quilt tho!
    LOL!! I wouldn't buy another pattern from somebody that thinks you can get a 13 inch square from a third of a yard either!!

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    Reading this thread has made me decide to NEVER buy a kit! And if I buy a pattern,I'll check the yardage suggestions by putting the design into EQ7. What a bummer to not have enough fabric. I can manage to do that all by myself - I don't need a pattern designer to do it for me!

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    Shortly after I bean quilting, I purchased an accuquilt cutter, the instructions for one of their patterns required TWICE as much fabric as was reallly needed, I still have a lot of those cuts that were not used in the original quilt. BTW sold the accuquilt as I hated it and not for the misitake.
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    I have a friend that workes at a big box fabric/craft store and she is going to teach their quilting/sewing classes. Thank goodness the first set of classes last month, no one took them. She has called me with the patterns that she has to make before the class. There has been mistakes in everyone of them. One called to cut 3" wof of fabric and when it came to use it, the wanted a 5 1/2" of the fabric. The worse is she cannot fix the problems, only their store HQ can. And they charge for the class and the materials. Some people and places sould not be teaching quilting.

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