Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You Just Might Want To Double Check That Pattern!

I like a photo with my post so today you get to see the start of my SUPER SIZED Schnibble called, "Short Story" from Schnibbles Times Two book by Carrie Nelson. I'm using two layer cakes of Moda's Fandango line fabric. I've been busy longarm quilting for others so stealing a few minutes to piece has been wonderful. My goal is to have this top completed by the end of the month for Sherry and Sinta's Le Petite Club's Schnibble entry. I'm going big!

Now what I really want to post about that you may want to double check your patterns on the quilt designer's website to see if they posted an update about any errors that could have been overlooked in the printing of their pattern or book. In fact, take this one step further even if you are not ready to make the project, go ahead and double check. If you find a discrepancy make those notes directly on your pattern or in your book so you will have them handy in the future.

This happened to me in the past and within the past couple of weeks I've had two of the gals I quilt for tell me of errors in their current projects. Thankfully the one gal had only cut for the one block "just to be sure" before cutting whole quilt. After she spent hours frustrated over just the one block she decided to check the designer's website and sure enough there was a long list of patterns that have some problems to include the one she was working on so problem now solved. You may even discover an error that hasn't been reported to the quilt designer so please let them know so we can all be made aware. That's my two cents for today hope yours is a good one!

30 comments:

Sew Unique Creations said...

Great post! Everyone makes mistakes and once a pattern is in print and out there in the public - the only thing we designers can do is post corrections to our websites. It happens - no matter how many test blocks are made and how many times the patterns are "proofed" - typos do get missed and errors do occur during printing too!

Ann said...

Thank you so much for this alert. I would never have thought to check the designers website for corrections. ~Ann

Quilts And Pieces said...

We just ran into that issue at camp this past weekend. Luckily it wasn't my quilt, but boy the poor person who was frustrated at getting something together right was a sight!

Strlady said...

I love my Short Story quilt! It's on my bed right now. I hope you love yours too.
As to the double check on the designers websites... I always do that. I would hate to undercut or over cut when I'm short on fabric. It would completely ruin my love for that project. Thanks for the reminder.

Janet O. said...

Sound counsel.
Somewhere I once read that whenever you are starting any new block pattern, cut one block from Christmas fabrics and sew it up. This way you catch any glitches in the pattern, you don't waste your project fabrics, and when you have tried enough patterns you can make a Christmas sampler quilt.
Thought it was a great idea, but I admit I haven't done it.

Loris said...

Love your new quilt project :-)
Thanks for the good advice. Frustation is not a fun part of anyone's quilt day.

Sinta Renee said...

Definately a good idea to check the web sites for updates!
I like the idea that you are going BIG for the Le Petite challenge this month!

Ariane said...

Thanks for the reminder!!! Sometimes I forget to check for errors before starting. Hugs Ariane

Carrie P. said...

Good tip. I had been told that it is good to do just one test block to see how things go.
I actually found a problem in a book several years ago, had my husband check it and the author denied the mistake. But we were able to work the pattern out but it was a little frustrating.

Michele said...

Great advice! I really don't think about checking, but it sure would be good to do that before you start on a quilt wouldn't it? You just changed my quilt making routine :-) I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt in the parade :-) I keep thinking of starting on mine......

Joyful Quilter said...

The same rule applies to quilt magazine patterns...voice of experience here.

Cyndi said...

Hey! I love that block and the fabrics you're using for your Schnibble...it's going to look amazing!

Yeah, we know who that second gal is...the one that didn't make only one block to check to see if things worked out! After we chatted, I did go to the website of the pattern designer and sure enough, there was a "correction" in the pattern. I know I'm still new at this quilting stuff, but didn't think I was THAT bad! LOL! I was able to find more of the focal fabric on-line, so I hope that it all turns out okay when I try again!

Chat soon!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Wendy said...

I usually will try one block to see if I like how it goes together. The Short Story quilt has been on my list for a long time, I can't wait to see yours.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great advice Mary! It can be so frustrating.

Darlene said...

Great tip, Mary. I'm not good about making just one block but I do read through an entire pattern before I start cutting. Your Short Story quilt is going to be wonderful - can't wait to see it finished.

QuiltSue said...

That's a really good point. Mistakes can happen, no matter how carefully everything is checked, but at least with the internet nowadays, corrections can be made quickly. I remember on my first ever quilt, I was following a magazine pattern and couldn't make sense of one bit. I gave up on the quilt and binned it. Years later I picked up an old issue of the same magazine, dated about 9 months after the original pattern was printed, with a correction in it!

Janet said...

I'm with you, I always check on the internet for errors when I make patterns out of books, I go to the publishing website.

Barb said...

great advice, I never would have thought of that.

Anonymous said...

I have found that some designers consistently have errors in their patterns and so I no longer buy their patterns. Typos are understandable but the designers should have someone else "test drive" the pattern before publishing.

Theresa W

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Great advice. I need to remember to only cut for one block in the beginning instead of the whole quilt. I always get excited to start a new project that I rush it and usually regret it later.

Cheryl said...

Because I cannot wait to see what a block will look like, I always just cut for one, make it and then start cutting for the rest. I think this silly habit has saved me from lots of headaches. I will start checking websites though...thanks for the suggestion.

Mary said...

Your stacks look so organized! 'Fess up. Was it just for the photograph! LOL

JCnNC said...

This is so true and so glad that you posted about it, Mary. Life is sometimes frustrating enough with the complications of erroneous instructions. I may be insane but proofing patterns would be a wonderful past time to me. Judy C www.shadetreequilting.com

Karen said...

I do forget about checking online for pattern corrections. We should probably do that right after pattern purchase and again before actually cutting, if it has been a while. It is always good to make a test block too to make sure things are right before cutting up all that exensive fabric.

AnnieO said...

Excellent advice! I have noticed on visits to designers' websites the "corrections" tab or link! Your Schnibble start looks wonderful. I love that block.

WoolenSails said...

I never have that problem, maybe because I never read the directions, lol.

Debbie

Belinda said...

Great block so far....and how clever of you to think of checking the website for errors!!!

Briarside Lane said...

Excellent advice! Thanks for the reminder.
Looking forward to your "Short Story." ...Karen

Kate said...

Thanks for that word of warning, and I would be a little frustrated with a professional who published an item for purchase and it wasn't properly proofed and field tested. I wouldn't be inclined to purchase a second one from them as most of us just start a new project by cutting all the fabric.

julieQ said...

I had a mystery quilt that had wrong directions...it about drove me to drink, I tell you!! I think it is good advice to make one block before cutting out the whole quilt.