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The quilt in the header is made from a Cheri Payne pattern called "Twelve Days of Christmas"..

Thursday, August 2, 2012

CAN I WHINE A LITTLE BIT?

I do like the design for the wool mat I have been prepping for stitching.  My whine is that I had to enlarge the pattern before it was usable.  I so wish patterns could be full size and not require work on the computer to enlarge or a trip to a office store.  I opted to do it on my computer.  It printed out on four sheets of paper that I had to try and line up and tape together.  I chose to reverse the design first as I like a bit of fusible on the back of the wool pieces.  I ended up having to print four sheets for the regular view and four sheets for the flipped design.
Now that I accomplished that, I prepped the wool and have it in place ready for stitching.  I will mark the embroidery after the wool is stitched down.
The pattern is in the book "Primitive Gatherings" by Terry Burkhart and Roxan Meacham.  It is called "Autumn Bounty".

Another thing I have not figured out is that the pattern calls for tan wool for the top of the main body of the mat and also the hexagons.  Then camel for the bottom of all the pieces.  Why two different shades?  It will work out fine for me as I do not have enough of the tan (actually my wool piece is more of a Cream of Wheat shade).  I think of have some camel color to use for the bottom.

There is no rush to finish this project.  Just whenever.  But, again, the fall look is creeping into my projects.  Now to find a safe place to store the pieces until I can find time to work on them.
Karen

28 comments:

  1. I think that is whine-worthy. I appreciate user-ready patterns.
    I love the Fall look of this mat. Don't lose it! : )

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  2. Yup, I did my fair share of whining when I made this little penny too!! And for this very reason!! BUT it is one of my favourite wool pennies...check it out!
    http://sweetp-paulette.blogspot.ca/2009/07/first-things-first.html

    I didn't have any tan so used tea dyed cream wool. Have fun!
    P

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  3. That looks good! And I just always use my own colours for a design, it is not a must to use tehirs!
    Greetings
    Lida

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  4. I'm right beside you~ I don't like having to enlarge patterns either! I have even put books back that I might have purchased, but then saw that everything needed enlarging. bah! ;-) You are going to have a very cute project! Have a great day!

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  5. Your project is looking very good! One of these days I'm going to have to try a wool project--they look so fun. Of course I'll check first and see if there's any enlarging to be done as that would definitely discourage me from using a particular pattern.:)

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  6. Completely understand. Enlarging things and having that attention to detail is tough for me. Love this project. I am trying not to think of autumn. Hoping Summer will just hang on...

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  7. Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing today.

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  8. I agree. I've purchased patterns that needed to be enlarged and yes, I did whine. I also put that pattern away until I remember to bring it with me on my next trip out to the office supply place. The ink cartridges for my home printer cost so much I may as well have purchased same pattern 3 times (from a price standpoint) if I enlarge at home (not to mention the time involved in scanning, sizing and printing).... yes... thank you for letting me whine this morning... I feel much better now. lol!

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  9. I think many of us can relate to that and I agree with you in that I don't like to make a trip to the office supply store to have things enlarged. My old printer was difficult to enlarge things with though the new one works much better and is easier to figure out. But I will be honest in that I don't like to have to do that figuring! haha It's why I pay for the book with the hopes that the writer will have done that for me! I'm lazy ....what can I say

    I'm thinking autumn too. It's hard not to when August hits and I have a wool quilt I really need to get started called Autumn Quilt :)

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  10. First of all, the answer is yes, you can whine! I totally agreed...I want a pattern that is ready to go!

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  11. Oh yes, you sure can whine with reason, ha ha. I had this problem with the first doll I made long ago. Had to enlarge that pattern :)

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  12. I haven't had to enlarge a pattern yet, now I know what to look forward to. Love the piece your working on!!

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  13. You have every right to whine! I don't live "near" anything, so a trip to the office store is always an event and when you want to start something late at night or early morning - well, that puts a crimp in your style! :)

    Love the mat - know it will turn out beautiful just like all your other projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is going to be yummy, Karen. I wish the pattern designers would print these as mirror images in the first place. Sometimes I forget to flip them and waste precious wool.

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  15. Sure and I agree... I like full size patterns, too. If I want to change the size, well that should be on me. This is going to be a nice project.

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  16. I completely agree! The only time I can understand it is when it's in a book and they can't.
    Its a cute fall project - can't wait for cooler weather!!

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  17. You are totally justified to whine! It can be very inconvenient to enlarge patterns. It frustrates me as well.
    Just LOVE your new wool project!

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  18. I totally agree with you, patterns all should be at 100%!
    What a lovely pattern, Karen.
    Have a nice day, Cisca

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  19. I agree totally with patterns you have to enlarge. That's a cute pattern, I haven't seen it before.

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  20. I'm working on something right now that has the one inch grid pattern for appliqué placement and it's a new pattern not from the 70's and 80's. What's up with that! For the price of the pattern and the couple of sheets of paper included, it would have been nice to have the correct size for the layout. Thanks for letting me whine too!

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  21. Usually a pattern maker will reduce the size to make the pattern more economical to produce. I hope the economy was reflected in the price of the pattern. I'm glad the small size didn't keep you from going ahead, it's a great design.

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  22. I don't mind the copying and taping so much BUT my big whining is when a certain designer lists the names of the wool colors by what she names the wools. Color names that don't necessarily explain what the color is. So if you want to make your own kit, it is difficult to tell what the color is unless you look it up on her website. It looks like you are about finished with the prepping and should look just wonderful with the colors you chose!

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  23. Wow, you received lots of empathetic whiners and for good reason. A book publisher should know most quilters will pass on a book when patterns need to be enlarged, or at least I will.

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  24. I totally understand. That's probably part of the reason I didn't make that pattern. It's a added expense to buying a book or pattern.

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  25. Hi Karen, oh I love that block but I know what you mean, I have to go to Kinko's to enlarge patterns, it is a pain! Hope you are having a great summer, Hugs, Mary

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  26. Great work you do. Good luck with your stitchery.

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  27. Totally agree with you! I'd even be happy to pay a little more for the convenience of having full size patterns. Now you've done all the fiddling with the pattern and setting it all up, enjoy your stitching time.

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  28. Totally agree with the whine. I'm sure publishers justify by saying they keep costs down . . . funny that the patterns/books are really never any less expensive. I will take a pass on those designs that require the extra time and expense.

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