The applique on this little quilt is all basted. When I want an applique project fast - i.e. a last minute grab before going camping - all I need to do is pull this out of the "prepared tub. I can do the stitching, sew it together, and have a finished top in no time.
Or so the theory goes. If you look closely, you can see there is something very wrong with this picture.
The side and bottom borders are cut to size with a 1/4" seam allowance all around each one. The corner half square triangles were made from squares cut 1/4" wider in both directions than what the pattern called for so I could trim them to size. They have not yet been trimmed.
And they are too small. The pattern is incorrect. I've done enough quilts by this designer that I know I should always double check her math. Several of her patterns have given incorrect sizes to cut a border or an applique block background. This is the the first time I've found an incorrect measurement for a part of a pieced block. Why didn't I realize that if the borders are 4 1/2" wide, then the squares cut for half square triangles should be cut at 4 7/8 instead of 4 3/8". Mine were cut at 4 5/8" and are still too small - they should have been cut at 5 1/8" to allow for trimming.
Right now I don't know what I'm going to do about this. As this was a kit, my remaining fabric is limited. I think there is enough to cut new squares, but I'm not at all sure that will leave enough for the binding.
I am definitely done with buying kits for many reasons, and this is one of them. So far one kit is missing the border fabric completely, another is missing the small wooden "button" for an eye, and another was missing something else (I can't remember what). I love this designer's patterns, and don't understand why she can't have someone else double check her math. I emailed her office about the missing border fabric, and was told it would be sent right away. That was on July 2nd. It hasn't arrived. I sent a follow-up email last week and received no answer. I call and all I get is a ringing phone - no voice mail so I can leave a message, and no one to answer a phone. I've called at least 10 times on different days and at different times, and all I get is ringing.
So no more kits for me. By anyone! I need to use the fabric on my shelves. If I can't get a pattern without getting a kit then I don't need to make the quilt.
OK - rant over.