Hi all, Forgive me for whining?
I'm fairly new to quilting, although I've sewn clothing and home dec for 35+ years. (and I'm only 29!) I've made a few quilted pillows, a table topper but nothing on a large scale until now. I chose a free download pattern from a highly respected quilt shop who also has their own magazine. But as I'm following the directions I've found numerous errors. Almost 1/4 of the cutting measurements are inaccurate, and I've had to rip out, re-cut and start again. Fortunately, I didn't do all the cutting before I started sewing. I decided to cut as needed during the progression of the quilt and found the first error almost immediately.
My question is, this is the second inaccurate pattern I've found in my quest for learning how to quilt. The first one was a purchased pattern, the Latte Quilt, a quilt that uses machine embroidered blocks. I quit making that quilt after making the pillow that goes with the quilt. Machine embroidering a block takes hours, and then to find out the cutting measurements were wrong... no way was I going to do that quilt.
What I'd like to know is, am I simply unlucky? Or is this something I should expect with a certain percentage of patterns, both purchased & downloadable patterns. What has been your experience with purchased patterns as well as the free downloadable patterns?