So I've mentioned this quilt block swap that I'm in - I make 16 identical blocks, mail them to the coordinator, and I get 16 different blocks in return. Or, I can opt to make 32 and get 32 different ones back. Pretty cool concept, yes?
I started cutting out the second set and getting them ready to put together into the bigger blocks. Then I started looking back at the first set. Then I got out a ruler.
Then I smacked myself upside the head. Very hard.
Apparently, what I've always believed to be the 1/4" seam allowance marking on my sewing machine isn't really 1/4". So all 16 of the blocks were about 1/4-1/2" too small. ALL OF THEM.
Normally, it hasn't been a big deal. Think about it - I make 11,736 blocks for a quilt (ok, maybe not, but stay with me...) and when I'm done, the quilt looks fine. That's because every single one of those 11,736 blocks was put together in the same wrong way.
If I do my blocks for the swap wrong, and everyone else participating does it right, I'm going to screw up everyone else's finished project.
Yep. So what did I spend last evening and this afternoon doing?
Then I get to start on the second set of 16. Because I'm nuts like that.