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What do you do when you are piecing a block and the photo shows one thing and the words say another? 

Just thought I'd ask to see if I'm the only crazy in the bunch.  I'm doing a pickle-dish block and obviously did it WRONG, so I've rip'd it apart (well, not the whole block...just the corner stones) and will put it back together today and get you a photo.  I have a bunch of scraps and thought why not do blocks and make some hot pads for stocking stuffers for my DIL's.  Their's look pathetic so maybe they'd like new ones.  I don't have enough of any one fabric to do a runner or wall hanger so pot holders won out.  Plus that's about how long my attention span runs these days....I think my "MOJO" is playing house with Edith's somewhere in the North Pole.  

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on March 7, 2013 at 1:03pm

Wow, and I thought I was the only nuts when it comes to directions - I prefer visual, rather than written directions.

Such patience! all those teeny pointy pieces. 

Comment by Barb/WI on March 5, 2013 at 1:01pm

I also vote that you go with the picture.  If whoever wrote the directions is as articulate as I am, those directions are about as clear as mud!  Anyone wanting to do that block, I suggest paper piecing.  Anyone wanting to know why we are teasing  Debbie about using that block for potholders - well, my profile picture is a pickle-dish pattern.  No way would I attempt to do that for a potholder.  Tipping my hat to you, Debbie!

Comment by Irene Gallway on March 5, 2013 at 11:31am

I have learned something today.  I have never heard of the pickle dish pattern so I googled it.  Wow, I don't think I could do that pattern on a quilt, let alone hot pads.  That will keep you busy for awhile.

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 5, 2013 at 11:09am

Good heavens! Are you nuts??? I don' t think Pickle Dish and hot pad belong together!

As for your question, I often see directions that do not coincide with the pictures--I think the picture is done and the designer reads through the pattern and makes a change.

Comment by Pam/NY on March 5, 2013 at 9:13am

I agree with Carol...could you pick a more difficult pattern for kitchen potholders that you use? whatever happened to nine patch...lol

Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 5, 2013 at 8:45am

I don't know if this will help, but I 'googled' for directions and this site came up.  Maybe it or another can help you too.   http://comfortstitching.typepad.co.uk/comfortstitching/2010/09/pick...

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 5, 2013 at 8:26am

Pickle Dish?  Gee, Debbie, why don't you pick something more complicated?  All those pointy little points!  To answer your question, I go with the photo.  Words can be such tricky things, and they sometimes mean different things to different people.  That's why mystery quilts are so challenging to me -- I need to see what I'm aiming for!

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