What is the old saying? Measure twice and cut once. Well, this wouldn't have helped me much with the Candy Corner Pattern from Robert Kaufmann Fabrics for the Grinch Halloween Quilt. Maybe, a test triangle would've helped? Not sure. Can you believe there was a flaw in their paper piecing pattern? Unfortunately, I found it after I cut out 48 triangle templates and used two different fabric colors to construct them. Half a days work lost. The problem was crazy stupid. When you lay out the design for a paper piecing block or in this case a triangle, a designer has to remember the image you want to construct will be the layout on the reverse side of the line drawing. I should have caught the error with the sample triangle in the pattern looking identical to the line drawing. It does not work that way in paper piecing. I am now the owner of 48 useless triangles. Grrrr….
They are so beautifully useless for this project. *sigh* I let my knowledge of this being an older quilt pattern blind me to the fact that there could be an error. Little did I know another problem reared its head shortly after. This truly is an old pattern and so is the fabric... Yes, old fabric... It took quite a bit of searching to locate 2 yards of fabric to replace the lost yardage. Thanks to sellers on eBay, I was able to get the replacement fabric. The extra $24.00 added to the pattern kit is going to make this a pricey little quilt. That really drove the lesson home.
I did decide to contact Robert Kaufmann Fabrics to let them know of the error. I received a friendly email assuring me that my problem was being reported to the marketing department. Nothing has changed on their site. I am sure with a pattern this old nobody cares, but I think it is still worthy of a correction. There is still a quilt kit of this pattern being sold on eBay. I am staying positive and am foraging on with my beloved Seuss quilt with more to follow. Like they say, every quilt has a story. I will not let this dampen my enthusiasm. I am thankful the fabric was able to be replaced and will cut, piece and sew 48 replacement triangles. And yes, I still do love paper piecing. That fact will never change. :)