|Variegated Sedge in a pot on my balcony|
Do you remember I showed a photo last week of the kaleidoscope block in red, that turned out the wrong size.
|6.5" finished size|
|6" finished size|
Highly unscientific mathematics now:
What I did know was that:
6 1/2" is 1/13" larger that 6"
1/10 = 10%
1/20 = 5%
1/13 = somewhere in between (highly scientific!!) but closer to 10% than 5%. Let's try 8%.
So I set the photocopier to -8%. Bingo! The sewing line on the outside of the newly printed block is exactly 6".
If you try doing this
BEWARE: the distance between the sewing line and the cutting line is NO LONGER 1/4 ".The difference is negligible but just to be safe I cut the pattern out using ruler and rotary cutter (old blade) and adding 1/4" outside the sewing line.
I'd like to thank those of you who commiserated, and offered suggestions for possible uses for the oversized block. I was toying with the idea of making my own design following the design-your-own-quilt tutorial by Sarah Schraw at Sew Mama Sew(again!) and this will be the basis of my first block. All orphan blocks now go into their own box to be incorporated into my design. I had too much going on when the Quilt Along started in April, but I've taken pencil to graph paper and have made a start. I shan't be relying on orphans, but will be making most of the blocks deliberately to fit into the design. The next large project has announced itself!
After all this powerful maths I didn't get round even to looking out green fabric, let alone making any blocks.
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