(or, Why I'm a stitcher and NOT a quilter!)
When I was shopping with Mom on Sunday, I picked up a "Cuddly Quilt Kit" at Jo-Ann's. It is all dog-themed coordinating fabrics, with a yummy blue plush for the border and a flannel back. All you are SUPPOSED to do is cut the squares to the appropriate size, piece them together in rows, then put the rows together, add the border fabric, and sew the backing on. (Probably sounds ridiculously simple to those of you who quilt, eh?) So I get everything cut and start sewing. well, first of all the pattern calls for 1/4" seam allowances. Ack! I canNOT get these right. And I know this...when I sewing my stitching up, I typically plan for 1/2" seam allowances. It is easier for me to control and see - heck, sometimes I even splurge and use an entire 1", and just trim it down afterwards. But I muddle through. My rows of blocks don't line up *quite* right, but it isn't completely terrible. I lay out the border strips......and discover that they are TOO SHORT!! I rant and rave, thinking I screwed up. But after measuring, thinking, measuring again, and asking DH if I'm doing the math right, I determine that the piece of plush in the kit was 4 inches shorter than it was supposed to be. Ugh. I used some bits of plush scrap to piece it together, but it isn't as nice. Grrrrr.
I sent a nasty email to the company, and told them I do not plan on buying any more of their kits. Quarter-inch seam allowances on a so-called "fun and easy beginner" project....pshaw.