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Monday, November 28, 2016

Don't you hate waste!

I think I have just started the most wasteful of all my quilting projects!  I first saw this quilt in Quiltmania magazine a couple of years ago, and just loved it.  However, when I started reading the pattern, I thought there was something seriously wrong with the instructions.  At the time, I could not be bothered mucking about with it, but just abandoned the idea.  The photo recently popped up on Pinterest, and I thought I would have another look at it.

I dutifully followed the instructions, cutting the required number of strips of fabric across the width of the fabric, sewing them together, and cutting.

Can you see how the template A is only along one side of the sewn strip?- well that is all that is used.  The rest is wasted!  I thought I must have read it wrong, and tried to use the other pieces as well, but it did not work at all.

 I can get this set, but does not have the alternate centre pieces
 this one has the alternate pieces, but there are only 6, not 8, wedges
this one has 7 wedges, not 8.

I expect I could use some of these pieces to make the 1/2  "paperweights" needed for the sides of the quilt, but the rest does not work.  So, today I have abandoned it again....temporarily.

The pattern is available https://au.pinterest.com/pin/16184879880648569/ so I have taken the step of ordering the pattern.  I might be wasting my time and money, but thought perhaps the original pattern had been mis-interpreted by the magazine.

Any cleaver ideas out there, or has anyone else tried this pattern and found a solution?

PS I just thought I would have another go, and re-read the instructions.  There are definite errors ie. each fabric for the centre needs a 4" x 24"piece, except that you have to cut it 2 1/2" wide - does not work.  Will wait for my pattern to arrive.

7 comments:

  1. Well, since you asked😇 I would use the "scraps" to make mixed up wheels instead of "proper" wheels, put them in a setting square and add them to the back of the quilt...or you can treat them like a tumbler pattern and make a scrappy baby quilt. I'm with you in that I don't like waste. Last fall I made an autumn table topper that wasted as much fabrics as it used - was disappointed then, can't imagine a whole quilts worth. Will be curious to see what other ideas come up as well.

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  2. You really need to make up a small block from the patterns in Quiltmania. I also found mistakes on other patterns, it is in the translation from French and then the centimeters to inches translation, something goes wrong with it. I found it in Ratsburg Quilts - one of the patterns was completely wrong. sometimes on their website there are Oops - Corrections - for their patterns. Good luck

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  3. Kudos to you for trying to work it out! It is a great block- I will look forward to your thoughts on the pattern. :)

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  4. Bummer! Could you make a sister quilt with the other wedges?

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  5. Happy to know I am not the only one to have problems with Quiltmania patterns. I agree it's in the metric to inches. Whatever you choose to do will be lovely I'm sure.

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  6. Quilt Mania usually has errors in the patterns. One time I cut the entire quilt out only to realize when translated to inches (by them) there was a translation error and the entire quilt is still in pieces. LOL.

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  7. I would love to see more of your broken dishes quilt behind this post! :) It looks great with all of those shirtings!

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