Saturday, 2 August 2014

July was red in the RSC

The last July block was kaleidoscope. Isn't it super?

Kaleidoscope - oversized!

Unfortunately the unfinished block measured 7" square instead of 6.5".
I used the paper-piecing pattern at Sew Mama Sew, and even checked the paper before I started piecing. So what went wrong?  The checking square on the pattern sheet was exactly right, and I measured the edge of the block when finished: 6". BUT  I used my 12.5" square ruler and must have been measuring from the WRONG SIDE! Ugh! I tried cutting back, but because it's paper pieced it's exactly right and taking off 1/4" all round meant I'd be cutting through on the points. 

Now I have an orphan block, 6.75" square with 0.125" seam allowance and a self-draughted pattern following Angela's instructions. I still have to start sewing it. It's a pity I cut away the seam allowance before I realised it wasn't going to help because I like the cushion cover pattern on Sew mama Sew, and this could have been my first block. Aah! ...live and learn!

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Happy Sewing

Marly.



18 comments:

Vireya said...

It looks fantastic! What a shame it isn't the size you wanted.

Dasha said...

Never mind. You will find a use for it sometime.

Nell's Quilts said...

I've made a few blocks following instructions only to find they're the wrong size. Love the fabrics you selected.

Jo said...

Why don't you try making another seam further in on the 4 corner triangles. This will bring it in....

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I did a similar thing this week. So easy to do! It is a great block, worth making again.

scraphappy said...

What a bummer that the pattern didn't turn out the right size. I've always had that problem with paper piecing patterns from online. Love the block though, I'm sure it will find a great home.

Sheila said...

Beautiful job on the block. I've got a box of orphan extra blocks, oops blocks, not quite right blocks. I either give them away or sew them into a scrappy quilt's pieced backing. They eventually find a home.

Cathy said...

I feel your pain...been there...done that. I love the fabric combination. And thanks for the link to that pillow cover. I think I'll be making one!

Deb A said...

Oh no.... it looks beautiful as is. Maybe you could put that in the middle and make it a round robin quilt with borders all around?

Lilian Pilar said...

q bonito bloque en rojo
y tambien tengo bloques huerfanos, q algun dia ocuparé...

make.share.give said...

Very pretty!

Kate said...

Ugh, I hate it when I do that! I have two homeless little sailboats that were too small. And a couple sampler blocks when I gave up on the sampler. Like Sheila said - they'll find a home!

Angie said...

I had the same problem with the Sew Mama Sew pattern! I haven't decided how I'm going to deal with it - I can figure that out when I go to assemble my sampler quilt.

Kate said...

So sorry it didn't measure out right, it turned out beautifully! Hopefully you can find a fun place to use it.

katie z. said...

Lovely block! I'm sure you'll find a use for it.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I too love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That has happened to me when I Tried to make Farmer's Wife blocks....you'll find it a new home. :)

Valerie Reynolds said...

I too love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That has happened to me when I Tried to make Farmer's Wife blocks....you'll find it a new home. :)

Jo Ferguson said...

I just did exactly the same thing with a 15 " ruler. This beautiful block won't be an orphan for long.