I don't use EQ7 very often so I was pleased with the way this one turned out when I drew it. I checked my size and thought, ah, 6" finished block. I can use my new Go cutter to cut 2 1/2" squares. I cut all the squares for the 9 patch. I made the first one up. I pinned it on the design board with the stars and realized OOPS! It was not the right size. So, I started again. Measured the small squares and thought... ok, 1 1/2" cut squares. Let's go! I cut out all I needed for the 4 blocks, made most of the blocks . Um, er, the finished blocks were too small. (Sounds suspiciously like Goldilocks and some bears, if you ask me.) I really looked at the 2 blocks. It finally dawned on me what the problem is. Can you figure it out?
Cue the music, I'm hoping for some California Dreaming from the Mamas and the Papas.
Ok, we're back. Do you know the problem? The stars are 4 patches. But the 9 patches, are, well, 9 patches. (Hum, that sounds odd. Why is an eight unit block is a 4 patch and a 9 unit block is considered a 9 patch, not a 3 patch?) Basically there are 4 blocks of 1" each across the star blocks. But the 9 patch would have 3 blocks of 1.33" if I wanted to keep the 9 patch. This would have been fine if the blocks were 6" finished, but it's is a royal pain if it is 4" finished. Why can't I be brilliant before I started cutting and sewing?
Can you hear it? That giant rrrrriiippppp? That was me separating the 9 patches to resew as 4 patches. Here's the revised pattern.
This one works fine as there are 4 - 1" (finished) patches in this block. I'm making the green and beige block as 4 - 4 patches sewn together. I can use the 1.5" squares and it will go together easily. Needless to say, I quit after that little debacle.
Do you have these problems where you think you're are being very careful and you've figured the block out only to find your brilliance wasn't so bright? Tomorrow's another day and hopefully I'll do a lot better. Sigh.
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