Thursday, January 08, 2009

Well, Duh!

Yes, you do have to include the width of the sashing strips when you figure the size of the setting triangle. If you don't you will get this weird looking yellow triangle where the block sticks over into the triangles.

If you do, the setting triangle neatly matches the end of the block.

As I was cutting the triangles, the book I was using (which I won't name) didn't mention how sashing would affect triangle size, so although I THOUGHT the triangle should be bigger, I managed to convince myself that I had done this before, kept the size the same, and it worked. It didn't.
Then I looked in Setting Solutions by Sharyn Craig, and there it is: a clear statement that you must include the sashing width, therefore cutting a bigger triangle. She has a neat little chart, telling you what size to cut, so there's no math required.

I was in denial for a while, thinking that the weird look would go when I squared up, trimmed the excess and added a border, but I finally had to face the truth, rip those triangle out, and sew in bigger ones.

Actually, this isn't as bad as it sounds. I have postponed making a decision on the next step. Still, it was pretty much a wasted day. So be warned, everyone.

9 comments:

GARI said...

Don't you just hate it when you know better but do it anyway?

Vicki W said...

Good lesson - although when I need it I am sure that I will have to learn it independently!

Debra said...

Oh, that little voice! Been there and done that--you didn't waste the day-look what you learned!

*karendianne. said...

Oh lordy, I have to say I just really don't like it when stuff like this happens. But and on the other hand, I do find it kinda cool as a sharing/ learning experience!

This is what you'll hear me say: "Nice Karen, really freakin' nice!

Libby Fife said...

Have done this myself-soldiered on in denial. That is why the seam ripper and I are such great frineds:)

Deb Geyer said...

Thanks for the heads up!!

rianammerman said...

I wouldn't call that wasted. It was a valuable lesson. Now if I can just remember it.

laura west kong said...

QNM had a series a few years back with charts for that sort of thing. It's always so hard to find them in my magazine stash when I need them, but I'm always really glad when I take the time to look it up.

Barbara C said...

I probably would've called it a design element and moved on (or maybe not). You, on the other hand, know how you want it to look.

Oh well, think of the satisfaction you'll feel when it's done.