Sometimes I feel that there’s an unspoken rule in quilt-blog world against showing our mistakes or talking about patterns or tools that we didn’t like. In fact, I often write about patterns or books I love, but skip over the others. Well, here are a couple of things I won’t do again!
First, a pattern that just did not work for me, though you may have better luck.
I’ve had this pattern a long time and really like the quilt on the cover. However, I found it involved matching all those seams. I first modified the pattern so the strips were of varying widths, eliminating the need for matching. However, when I started making the last set of triangles, they just didn’t fit! At that point I made a few more modifications and completed enough blocks for a donation quilt, and DONE!
It’s entirely possible the problem is with me rather than with the pattern. I still like the look, so I may design my own version later on. Alternatively, it appears (on Pinterest) that Zen Chic had an almost-identical design called “Fractured”, but I can’t find it on the Zen Chic website now–perhaps it was too identical and they withdrew it? Don’t know.
Anyway, if I ever make this again I’ll re-design it completely so it works for me. I do still love the look.
Has anybody made this quilt from either pattern? How did it go for you?
Second, a pattern that worked out exactly right, possibly because I did it in a class! It is beautiful, but it is paper piecing (of a different type, but still). In this case, the pattern is perfect and the instructor was great. I just did not care for the process so I won’t make the other 11 gems in the series! If you want to try it, here’s a link to the site for all the gem patterns and classes.
I do like this, but it finished the size of a large block or a wall quilt–what shall I do with it? All suggestions that don’t involve paper piecing are cheerfully invited!
And what have you messed up lately? 😀