Math never was my favorite subject. It requires lots of thinking for me, and makes my head hurt. For the quilt I am currently working on, I wanted two different sizes of an 8 pointed star. I tried drafting my own. Now, normally I am really good at drafting blocks by hand. With this one, not so much!
I finally resorted to finding a pattern online on the website of a quilter for whom I have a lot of respect and know personally. I won’t share her name here, though. So I found the pattern for the 8 pointed star on her site, in several different sizes. I chose the size I wanted, and made the block. I wanted a six-inch block. I ended up with a 4.5 inch block. SIGH. I took the pattern to a copy machine and increased it over and over in a variety of sizes, and took the stack of copies home. After much pondering, I chose the pattern that I was sure would give me six-inch block. Nope. When I made the block, it was 8 inches. MORE SIGHING. After several more tries, I finally hit on the right one. So now I have many different blocks in a variety of sizes but all in the fabrics from my quilt. It allowed me to see how the different color choices would look, so it wasn’t a total waste.
Please tell me I’m not the only person who does this?