Machine Piecing, Minature quilts

Not So Delectable Mountains

My miniature quilt from Lori Smith’s Fat Quarter Quilting is coming along – but not without some backtracking.

I added the saw tooth border and put in up on my design wall – Oh no! I had placed the triangle blocks wrong and now have an ugly secondary pattern.

Ugly Secondary Pattern

Out with the seam ripper for a bit of unsewing.  (If there’s anything that I like to do less than sew triangles, it is resewing them.  But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do!)

Putting it back together I found that I still had the ugly bar.  ????????????????  I checked the placement diagram –  I had placed the

Corrert Triangle Placement

squares  exactly as directed.

So I turned the blocks around –  the result was exactly like the picture of the quilt in the book.

I thought I should notify Lori Smith of the error so it could be corrected in the next printing.   I also suggested that since this is a miniature which requires precision piecing, it would be helpful if the sizes of each finished section were published with the instructions.

Here is the email response I received:

"Sorry you are having trouble with the book.
I will forward your comments to the publisher
Martingale. While the quilts are mine, the
publisher wrote the directions and did the diagrams
in the manner they considered appropriate.
I think you have some very valid points and I hope
they will take that into consideration.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Lori Smith"

I was really surprised. I’m not sure that I understand why the publisher executes the pattern and not the  designer – But what do I know?

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