I need help! I've never used templates before and I signed up for a block of the month at my local quilt shop and the blocks are using templates. They said it's super easy and very accurate.
I bought the block fabric and the accent fabric and went home. I was very excited to be involved and get started. I read the directions and layed everything out to make sure I would be cutting the fabric correctly. Check twice cut once. I checked and cut very carefully. These templates cut the dog ears off as you're cutting, so they are to match up perfectly.
Well I can well imagine you know where I'm going with this. I put the block together and there was a small hole right in the middle of the block. I checked my seam allowance and it was accurate. hum? So I took it apart and tried again. Same thing! Ugh! So I did it a third time with a 1/2" seam allowance and it closed the hole, but now my points are messed up. Honestly! I don't have this much trouble when I rotary cut. What am I doing wrong?
No one at the shop could tell me and one lady told me the templates were so easy she could teach a ten year old. Well wasn't that a nice thing to say? I already feel like an idiot for not being able to do this very simple pinwheel. I've done pinwheels in the past with rotary so I know I'm capable, but I'm obviously doing something wrong.
I plan on taking it all apart and starting over to see if I can see where I might have gone wrong.