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Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts Paperback – June 15, 2009
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This morning I decided to dive into the Charming Flowers pattern from the book. I pulled the fabrics from my stash, I was excited. Then reality hit. I had read the preface to understand what sizes, shapes and amounts were standard for the book. the first pattern talked about making 4 1/2 inch finished squares from the 5 inch charm patches. I have been quilting long enough to know that you cannot make right triangles that way. In the text of the directions you are instructed to cut 5 3/8 inch squares. That is ok if you are cutting from yardage but I thought the premise was to use the packs you buy at the quilt store. Sorry I did not see the 3/8 inch supplements to the pack when I bought them, nor would it look good to sew that on.
All right I will look at another. I skipped to Diamonds at Large. What a pretty quilt and since they are all right triangles, I figured we would not have the same problem. The directions tell you to save the 2 1/2 by 7 1/2 inch strip that you trim off to use for the borders and binding. Once again the math does not quite work. You will not have enough strips even if you cut the remaining 4 pieces from the layer cake stack.
Well I gave up after that. Any quilt book that fails so miserably at basic math cannot get my recommendation. It would make any newbie quilter tear their hair out.
If you are looking for some great straight forward patterns get one of Eleanor Burns books in at least the second edition.Egg Money Quilts: 1930's Vintage Samplers
The first such error I came across was when I made the Hidden Stars top. It went together well, and the instructions were clear. However, when I went back to check the dimensions of my finished top compared to what the book said the dimensions should be? Mine was WAY smaller. I tore my hair out over what the heck I could have done wrong for quite some time. I remeasured all my seam allowances multiple times, reameasured everything several times step by step through the instructions to see what on earth I did wrong. Then it hit me. Their finished dimension measurement did NOT take into account ANY the 1/4" seam allowances. I counted up the seams across the top (and up/ down) and subtracted all those 1/2" losses (1/2" per seam) and yep, it came out to be the same size as mine. Wow. I was so relieved and so mad all at the same time. Apparently they didn't pull out a measuring tape and actually measure the finished top???
Moving on to the next project I've done from this book - I am just about done with Diamonds at Large, and, I believe there is something wrong with the instructions on the diamonds themselves... I am a raw beginner, so it could just be me, but let me tell you what happened. Every single one of my side points on the diamonds are cut off. Every single one. All of my seams are precisely 1/4" so that is not the issue.Read more ›
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Always good to have another good quilting book! And, this one has pretty, fun designs developed specifically for precut fabrics and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Q. Washburn