Process Pledge: oh drat!

You know all those lovely half square triangles I showed you yesterday?  Well, I sewed them up into the required pattern and

WHOA !!!

The block came out way too big… all that perfect matching of points – toast, total waste of time.

WHY?

Because from across the room I was picture reading the instructions off of my computer screen and couldn’t read the print instructions…

The important one which told me: 

You need to trim each half square triangle to measure 2 3/4” square . . .

RATS.

I should’ve known better.  You always read all the instructions through before tackling a project, but I got in a hurry.  The old saying still applies,

“the hurrier I go the behinder I get.’

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Got it!

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21 thoughts on “Process Pledge: oh drat!

  1. katechiconi says:

    Ah, no! I knew what you were going to say before I scrolled down… Patterns almost always get you to make HSTs too big so you can trim them to size. You’ve got two choices at this point: unpick very, very carefully… or just remake the squares. Does the pattern have you sewing triangles together, or doing it the quick way, stitching two squares face to face and then slicing down on the diagonal?

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, these are sewn face to face. However, I have decided to make this oversized block into a pillow! ALSO: I went to the FB page tonight and have discovered that this block now has a pattern for paper piecing it. 😀 I am not above PP this particular design, nope, not a problem. 😉

      • katechiconi says:

        If I had the choice, I’d paper piece anything with bias edges and points that needed to match. Go for it! And an excellent solution for your Big Block. A sunny quilt like this needs additional lounging materials 🙂

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    While attempting to remove the ‘flying turtle’ from the magic carpet today, I realized I should not be trying to use a box cutter in a darkened room – way beyond my eye’s best field of vision… there are times when strong light and careful attention to detail are important..

    you and i both learned lessons!!!!

    The box cutter did not destroy the art, but it nipped my left index finger!!!! Sigh…

  3. shoreacres says:

    Oh, phooey! Well, it happens. If I understand the problem, though, you’re in good shape because you need to go smaller, not larger. It’s the old “measure once, cut twice” syndrome.
    I’ve certainly been there, and done that.

    • Lynda says:

      Yup, but this time I get a pillow out of my mistake and that makes it much more bearable. Also, there is a new pattern for this block that will make the sewing less tedious. I’m taking the easy way out for the replacement. Same design, but less cutting and sewing involved. 😀

      Sorry you’ve been there, Linda, but glad to know I’m not the only one to do so!

  4. Steve Schwartzman says:

    “The hurrier I go the behinder I get” reminds me of my Russian-speaking grandmother, who often spoke in proverbs. One I remember (and I can still hear her saying it in Russian) puts it the opposite way; it translates as “The slower you go, the farther you get.”

    • Lynda says:

      ❤ ❤ ❤ Grandmas ❤ ❤ ❤
      I like her wording better. Slows you down and makes you ponder the meaning of the statement: Less mistakes, mishaps, do overs, etc. Which means faster progress and a better job of it.

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