Have we become to dependent on technology? Oh you bet we have. For some reason we seem to think that computers and programs can't lie. All I need to say is spell check your blog post, how many times do you click on ignore? Take for instance the word sashing. Spell check says it's spelled wrong but its not. Nothing like good old paper and pen. Maybe a little brain power, you can cheat and use a calculator also. So let me show you what all the fuss is about.
Here's a simple quilt plan. We'll be ignoring the last border which is how I show my bindings. Of course I wouldn't make a one inch binding, but it'll show the fabrics well in layer one.
So the center will be (4) 12 inch blocks finished. When you make them you square them up at 12.5 inches. But after you sew them into the quilt you get a 24 inch block. You see I just did simple math in my head without any assistance! Correct so far! That's 2 happy points for EQ! You go EQ! Making my life easy....WHOOHOO!
Below another simple border cut at 5 inches, finishes in the quilt at 4.5 inches wide. So if we add the center block plus the border blocks we get 33 inches finished. EQ is on a winning streak...Correct again! Two more happy points!
Okay now lets add a second border of 1 inch finished. That's right the finished medallion is now 35 inches finished. But I want my next border round to be 12 inch blocks. (12.5 when your squaring them up after piecing) By my paper and pen and by my calculator and brain.... 12+12+12=36 not 35. Why is EQ not sending out an error or warning? UH-OH! I'm taking away 1 point for bad behavior. Maybe it'll fix it when I print out the rotary cutting directions. Let's take a look and see!
Just wanted you to see they are 12 inches. And the 59 inch finish.
So lets go into layer one and see what happens. Everything looks good.
Remember we need 36 finished (36.5 unfinished inches) in order to fit. Well lets use that handy dandy measuring tool shall we? Okay the (3) 12 inch blocks measure 36 and so does the border that buts up against it. So it should tell me to cut at 36.5 for seam allowances right? Looking good! I think maybe this is where the computer brain kicks in and finds the mistake....
Forgive me for forgetting to circle the measurement but you can plainly see that it's telling me to cut at 35.5....WRONG! You lied to me EQ! This will not measure up in this quilt! At this point I'm taking all of EQ earned happy points back and putting them MY pocket.
So how do I fix this little problem. Its easy, just increase that 1 inch border to 1.5 finished and it'll tell you to cut at 2 inches. Making 36 inches finished or 36.5 x 2 when cutting. Just what I need to go with (3) 12 blocks! Yeah for the multiplication table I learned in second grade! Yeah for paper! Yeah for me for catching the mistake and not cutting wrong! Oh this quilt could have been made with the incorrect measurements by easing in, or I could have adjusted my seam allowances, but I really like to work as accurately as I can. Not saying I don't make mistakes....boy do I! I've a few to show you after I get this quilt top together, they aren't pretty but they are staying. One tool I forgot to use in EQ was the yardage tool. I'll show you what that looks like in a finished top tomorrow.
Now I want to say I LOVE EQ. I use almost daily. It has greatly enhanced my quilting abilities. But I've learned the hard way that it's always a good idea not to trust it's math. Maybe on the next version they'll enhance it's brain power to find such errors like the one above. Can it be done, sure it can. There are many programs out there that will warn of mathematical errors. But until then....
Do the math...measure twice, cut once.
~Lea Anne~Pin It