I have had an epic failure in my recent Kaleidoscope quilt project. I mentioned that my seams didn't want to line up when I sewed the first two blocks together. Well, it wasn't just those two blocks. Something had gone massively wrong in my cutting.
There are two blocks, one with eight pieces, the other with twelve pieces (those have corner squares sewn on). The seams have to line up in order for the secondary circular pattern to emerge effectively. You can see how far off those seam intersections are in the photo.
I thought, Hmm, maybe if I sew corner squares onto the eight piece blocks things might line up. Not that I wanted to sew corner squares on 32 blocks that I thought were finished, but I had to give it a try, right?
Well, that helped make things kind of sort of line up and match, but as you see, the intersection is way far away from the seam itself. I still had not figured out what my error had been.
Where did I go wrong? I went over the instructions that came with the Kaleidoscope Smart Plate ruler again, and it did clearly say it was important to make your half square triangles for the pinwheel blocks exactly the right size, which meant trimming them down to size. But no where did it say what size half square triangle block you needed for the finished 6 inch Kaleidoscope block. Seriously? Well, of course I could have done the math and figured it out, but I missed it in the instructions and now it's too late.
The instructions for the ruler have a table that states the correct size the finished pinwheel blocks should be, and also notes the size to cut the corner flip squares. No where is the size of the hst units mentioned. I just breezed right past that little detail, much to my dismay. Sure wish I had double checked the size of the finished pinwheel blocks. I might have gotten a clue things were off if I had.
I wasted a ton, A TON of time and a great deal of absolutely beautiful Denyse Schmidt fabric. I am sick over this, and blame myself, but I also blame the ruler instructions too for not being more specific. "Trim the half square triangles to the right size" just did not get my attention.
So what can I do with 63 wrong sized Kaleidoscope blocks? The eight piece blocks do all line up and the twelve piece blocks all do line up, just not with each other. I guess I can use each set to make a table topper. Here is what it would look like with the eight piece blocks.
Kind of cute, but not at all what I was going for.
I still want to make a Kaleidoscope quilt, but am going to have to try different methods. Oh dear, it is like fallilng off a horse isn't it? I just have to make myself get on again.