This post is brought to you by the letter J. Sort of….
I planned a crossword wall hanging for my husband’s grandparents to include all of the names in our family. After looking around, I decided to order some Potluck by American Jane of Moda. I liked that they had preprinted panels of alphabet letters that I could get and just piece those together in a charm square fashion rather than having to make each letter into a block.
Sounds good, right? Well, it would have been…. but I didn’t pay close enough attention to that PDF showing the prints of the fabrics.
Secondly, which is just terrible in my opinion, is that the letters printed onto the squares (even if they were exactly 3″ x 3″) do NOT all have a 1/4″ seam allowance. MOST of them do however, but the J’s are an instant exception. I just keep kicking myself in the behind for not looking at the PDF closer, especially since I needed three of the letter Js for my project. Because of this, it also necessitated the purchase of two of these panels because I wanted them all lower case to match each other. The PDF does in fact show how close the letters are to the edge of the lines.
This is a major case of buyer beware, especially when buying online.
Thirdly, being a large company like Moda, who sells those cute little mini charm squares, I wish they would have sold them like that instead of panels. I understand that they can only offer so many products and they have to be feasible, etc. etc. but I feel like that would have been a good option worth exploring.
Back to the issue at hand, my current WIP now has its top completed, although I am not sure what to do with it. I will finish it up, but should I give it to them? Am I going to be happy enough with the quality that I wouldn’t be too embarrassed of it? Would I want to be given a gift like this? Decisions…..