Thursday, February 25, 2010

mistakes happen

Thursday, February 25, 2010
they do.
and when i was a kid...
my mom always said that they'd happen.
and i just had to learn from them.

unfortunately there is a mistake in the pattern for "Cornflower Fields"
my quilt that i designed for quiltmaker magazine...

what you may not know...
& i didn't know initially...
is that the person who designs the quilt {and most often makes the quilt} ...is not the person who writes the pattern... this is the case for most of the quilt magazines you read... not just quiltmaker.

this was a hard pill for me to swallow initially because i'm meticulous about how patterns are written... testing them... checking them... heck i even do pattern testing for many other quilt designers!


but like mom said.
mistakes happen.

the staff at quiltmaker has been great about all of it.
and they posted a PDF with the correction on their site...
luckily the fabric requirements are right.
and the only measurement that was off was the cutting for the borders... which many people wait to cut till they get to that stage... so i hope this hasn't messed many of you up.

so i'm not sure what my lesson learned here is yet...
1. read a pattern before you make it
2. read before cutting
3. accept that sometimes... mistakes will just happen

thank you for all of your support!

15 comments:

mascanlon said...

Well its a good thing they caught it relatively quickly. And your advice about reading the pattern before making is spot on. I just ran into a similiar problem on a manufacturer's pattern but luckily I was making a practice block before cutting the whole quilt.

Cara said...

I'll make sure to download the pattern! At least it's in the border, which we should all measure before we cut anyways! Hopefully that will minimize any problems.

Katie B. said...

Oof, sorry to hear that. I'm a copy editor for a magazine, and it just kills me when a mistake gets through! It sounds like they have a good solution though.

Jenny Garland said...

So sorry that happened. I can just imagine the feeling of your heart dropping when you found out about the mistake. But if a blip was going to happen, the border is just about the best place for it to be. Cuuuute pattern, by the way :)

Qubie said...

As I write patterns too, I understand that mistakes happen and there is nothing you can do about them. You could have 100 eyes look over the pattern and still never find it. We are only human. I'm not sure how I feel about someone else writing a pattern to a quilt that has been designed. Seems kinda odd if you ask me, but I know why they do it.

Natalia said...

Mistakes do happen, no big deal, we're all human! :)

June at Quiltmaker said...

Thanks Julie (& everyone) for your graciousness and understanding. You're right Katie B--we hate that this one happened, but we do what we can to correct the mistakes.

Barb in Mi said...

Hm, weird, I made a 'Hoo's in the forest?' and everything worked out fine. I believe I followed the online instructions though. Nobody died, so you're going to be ok! Hang in there!

Dresden Quilter said...

I can understand how it would be frustrating for you. Thanks for letting us know and keeping making patterns. They are great. I am eager to see the zipper tutorial. My daughter wanted to buy zippers for me last week in the fabric store, and now I will have a reason to let her.

June at Quiltmaker said...

RE: Barb in MI. "Hoo's in the Forest" is a design option that did not include the pieced border of Julie's original design. Glad to know you've already made something from that!

Barb said...

Momma was right!!! And most people usually measure their borders anyways even if they have the measurements so no big deal (well...not really)

Jackie said...

So glad the corrections are up! Hopefully this does not happen again. But it is a beautiful quilt.

erica said...

glad you got that figured out! those things can be soooo frustrating. :) The quilt looks great!

Laurie said...

Sssshhhhhh, it happens! Correction made - it will be ok :)
Laurie

Jessica said...

that would be frustrating...i'm a perfectionist and a bit of a control freak...so i'd be totally freaking out...letting someone else write the instructions on something you designed would be hard, but then there's a mistake...at least they caught it quickly....the quilt is beautiful...i picked up a copy of the mag at B&N last weekend!!