It's time already to report on my NewFo for June. I thought this would be one project I could start and complete pretty quickly. I was really excited about working it with my friend Rose Mary at retreat last month. We had seen this kit for "Rainbow Square" and pre-ordered it from Hancock's of Paducah.
Looks pretty simple, right?
The first problem was with the pattern itself. The wording was so vague on Step 1 that everyone who read it thought it meant something different. Even Ruthie (who has actually tested patterns for a quilt magazine) had trouble figuring it out. We did a lot of ripping on Step 1.
No matter how carefully I stitched my 1/4" seams, the strip sets were wonky. Look at how much difference there is between the ends and the middle of this strip set.
It was at that point when I pulled THIS strip from the jelly roll.
REALLY, Marcus Fabrics?!?!? This is a 2.5" strip that will work out to be an accurate quilt block? No wonder everything was turning out wonky!
At this point I was hoping to still make the blocks turn out true - somehow. After all, this wasn't the first time a wonky-block-gauntlet was thrown in my path. I could probably still make it work. The next Step was to sub-cut, rearrange, and sew back together. Like this -
Hmmm. I might be able to get those seam allowances to line up better, if I "ooch and skooch" a little, right?
Wrong -- more ripping!
I still wanted to save this project. I decided to cut the binding fabric and use that for the insert strips instead. Time to go "out of the box."
Yikes! That is so far off, I don't know if there is any saving it.
I know the seams are accurate. I am pretty exact in my sewing. In fact Angela from Quilted Joy doesn't even measure my quilts before she puts them onto her long arm because they are always precise and well pieced.
I guess it is time to contact Marcus Fabrics. In the mean time, no more pre-cut kits for me!
I am linking up with Barbara at Cat Patches. I hope the other stitchers in the NewFo Challenge had more success in June than I did!