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OK, I can make enough errors in quilting on my own without help.

I bought Fons & Porter's Quilting Celebration fall 2013 issue because I fell in love with the Whimsical Welcome banner pattern on the front cover.Checked that all the pattern pieces were full size.  Traced all the pattern pieces onto fusible; ironed them onto carefully chosen fabrics and cut them out.  Triple checked the size for the background fabric and cut into my last piece of perfect "sky fabric" and a wonderful brown that I had just enough of to make the top border.  Then I tried to lay out the pieces for applique and they don't fit AT ALL.  Wrote to the magazine's customer service but haven't heard back.  So I googled for possible corrections to the pattern  and found that dimensions for the background are WAY off.  The blue should be 24 x 30-1/4" not 19 x 24" as shown in the pattern.  So....now I go buy some more sky and brown top border fabric (and I'll have to settle for less than my perfect sky fabric because the piece I had left after cutting out the wrong size isn't big enough.)  Oh and oops they reversed the bird templates in the pattern too so my crows will be facing opposite directions unless I want to do those over too.  Bummer................

So if anyone else is going to make this, check for corrections; actually I guess that is a good idea before starting any new project.  I guess it's a lesson learned.

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Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on May 7, 2014 at 6:51am

OK, I got over my pouting spell and finished him.  Even after all the frustration -- he's still cute!

Comment by Barbara Graham on March 30, 2014 at 11:17am

Whoa! That's not just a little wrong! What a mess.

Comment by Terry F on March 29, 2014 at 9:42am

Thanks for the heads up Carol!  Hope you can get the project back on track, it's so cute!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on March 29, 2014 at 9:23am

Sorry about the double post.  Duh.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on March 29, 2014 at 9:22am

So glad you posted this!  I have the book and would have been really annoyed if I'd gone to make the banner and discovered that the pattern was wrong.  So I've printed out the errata, and put it in the magazine so that if I ever go to make it, I'll have the corrections.

(Because I just know I wouldn't remember this discussion)

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on March 29, 2014 at 9:22am

So glad you posted this!  I have the book and would have been really annoyed if I'd gone to make the banner and discovered that the pattern was wrong.  So I've printed out the errata, and put it in the magazine so that if I ever go to make it, I'll have the corrections.

(Because I just know I wouldn't remember this discussion)

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on March 29, 2014 at 9:19am

So glad you posted this!  I have the book and would have been really annoyed if I'd gone to make the banner and discovered that the pattern was wrong.  So I've printed out the errata, and put it in the magazine so that if I ever go to make it, I'll have the corrections.

(Because I just know I wouldn't remember this discussion)

Comment by Joan on March 29, 2014 at 8:41am

Maybe we should call it a "Patrick on the Loose" design.

Comment by Janet/MO on March 29, 2014 at 8:07am

You have my sympathy as I have run in to the same problem.  It really does take the fun out of a project!  Roxann, when I first started quilting years ago I was at a LQS during a sale.  I was buying exactly the amount of fabric called for in this one book.  Another far more experienced quilter told me that I would live to regret doing that so from then on I always buy at least 1/4 yard more.  It has saved my bacon on many occasions.  I do so many block swaps, etc. that any left overs are still put to good use so it is worth it to do that for the peace (or is that piece?) of mind.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on March 29, 2014 at 8:02am

Oh how disheartening. It takes all the fun out of something that should be great fun to make and enjoy. I hope you find new fabrics that make your heart sing again with your project.

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