Well, happily assembling away, I was impatient to see one finished block and so instead of being a good little chain piecer I made four quarters into two half blocks and then lined them up to stitch into one block. Uh oh!
|Not looking good!|
In a futile attempt at denial (it will be okay, it will be okay!) I tried to join those two half blocks - yikes! I couldn't even take a photo it was so depressing.
In the vain hope that this problem would only occur with one set of pieces, I tried another four quarters to two halves only to find the same kind of discrepancy! What on earth had I done? I retraced my steps - yes all the seams are scant 1/4", all the pieces are cut to size of templates, template is 6.5" tall - what else? With a little prompt from a friend I checked the template for symmetry - no, not symmetrical at all! How did I miss this? I read all the posts about checking the scaling on the pdf templates, measuring the height of the template to make sure it was right etc, etc. Why on earth didn't I think to check whether the thing was symmetrical? I could have cried. Clearly the issue is mine (or my printer's) as Elizabeth's great instructions and templates are working for so many others. Do I feel like a dummy or what?
Anyway, after an afternoon of despair, I decided not to give up hope and definitely not to let all my precious blue & whites go to waste. So now I'm in the process of adapting a foundation pattern for a kaleidoscope block and making it large enough to make the most of the fabric pieces I have already cut. Yes, the overall block size (and consequently quilt size) will drop a bit but that's much better than wasting all that effort and fabric. Wish me luck as I start to unpick all those pieces and then foundation piece them back together! I guess in essence I'm now departing from Elizabeth's fun QAL in order to rescue my quilt, but fingers crossed I'll still have a kaleidoscope top at the end of it all!
Notes to self: when using pdf templates check, check and treble check everything is exactly as it should be before cutting 360 pieces of gorgeous fabrics AND always make a practice block first to check that I've got it right!
PS If you stuck with this whinge right 'til the end you are truly a dedicated reader of this blog and I thank you for your fortitude and perseverance! Hope to have more joyful news next time I blog about this quilt.