|My progress on Star Flower: after becoming dispirited, not so good.|
More crucially, the pattern included no diagram at all for making the "Diamond Blocks," that row of green-dot diagonal squares under the main blocks on the pattern's photo, below. Worse still, the instructions for these blocks, just three short sentences, were plain wrong.
|See those green diamonds? Don't try to figure these out based on the pattern's instructions!|
I spent most of my career life as a technical editor and writer, and then ran technically oriented magazines (personal computers, and then supercomputers). I am appalled that Natalia didn't take the time or energy to draw a simple diagram and explain the 'sashing' blocks better -- either in her pattern or in one of the many email responses I asked for. Based on her tutorial and the directions on the pattern, you will end up with a 3.25" block instead of the 4.25" block required.
All in all, the patterns from Piece N Quilt are better left on the shelf.
In happier news, we spent a wonderful weekend at the first annual San Diego Ukulele Festival. More about that in my next post.
Again, please forgive my silence here, but I was so conflicted about posting lest I say anything negative. After all, the pattern maker is probably trying to find a career where she can stay home and work. But, that is no excuse for a very frustrating experience for her customers.
Peace out, dear readers. And happier quilting to those of you who love this art form as I do.