As I mentioned in my first post on this project, the patterns give cutting measurements in centimeters. What on earth the editors were thinking, I don't know! The seam allowance is 1 cm - which is way wider than your usual 1/4" . i.e. you can't use your quarter inch foot on your sewing machine. And what quilter these days cut 9.1 or 10.3 cm squares? - not to mention they actually show them cut with scissors!
All quilting rulers I've seen at the quilt and craft shops have measurements in inches (I don't even know if you can buy rulers for rotary cutting that has cm); almost all patterns out in the big quilting world give measurements in inches; most of us (probably all of us) learn to quilt using inches. I feel bad for those unfortunate beginner quilters learning using this school program, they are going to have loads of trouble if they try any other pattern or sign up for a class that is not strictly for beginners.
So I have been using my calculator, pencil and paper. I have tweaked some of the blocks a bit to avoid some of the weirdest fractions, so my not all my blocks have the same proportions as those in the original quilt, but I think that just makes this quilt a bit more MINE ;-)
Laying out my blocks I see I should have payed a bit more attention to colour placement while making the blocks, so I think I'm going to scramble the setting a bit when I get to sewing the rows together. But before then I still have five blocks left to do:
- the Tie block that I just have to draw up one of these days - should be fairly quick.
- the leMoyne star - Rose has promised she will try to dig it up in EQ for me;
- the basket block - thinking maybe I'll do a different basket, not sure I like the one in the original quilt,
- the two appliqué blocks... still trying to decide whether I'll wait for the templates or if I'm going to either draft something from the pictures or if I'll swap them for something else.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend!Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida