I recently started a new project, or rather picked up one that had been hanging fire for some time. My brother used to like to buy me fabric; trouble is, he liked the large-scale scenic prints. One day he came home with a large scale scenic of pheasants around old farmyards. I got a notion, and used the "Hunter's Star" block in red and white, and blue and white, fussy cutting the pheasants fabric for setting blocks. Somehow I managed to cut twice as many pheasants as I needed, and the result was a "swiss cheese" of pheasants. So I gave the remainder to a friend, who wound up using that fabric, plus other wildlife- or outdoor sports-themed fabric, crazy quilt style to make another quilt. We gave these two quilts to wounded warriors at our local V.A. Hospital. But there was still this "overstock" of fussy cuts. So now I'm making more blocks, of a "Divided Star" pattern, 8-point stars that are divided diagonally, half the block being white star points against a colored background, the other half colored against white. And I wanted this one to be as near perfect as possible. So I have been very careful in my cutting and stitching--I even put the quarter-inch foot on my machine. Necchi was out of business before quarter-inch feet (foots?) came along, so there is no OEM quarter-inch foot, so the generics just don't quite work right. Anyway, I got three blocks done, all of them coming out okay--not State Fair Blue Ribbon winners, but pretty darn good. The last block I just made comes in at 9 1/2" exactly, all but one corner which skews off enough that it's nearly a quarter of an inch off. I couldn't stand the frustration, so just walked away from the project--for a while. I suppose I'll go back and rip out that one patch, cut a new one well oversize and try it again. But doggone it, when a person is so very careful, how can it NOT come out right? Yeah, Murphy's Law will always prevail, but 'tain't fair, sez I.