Monday, May 02, 2011


In 2002-2003, a website called Patchwork Planet had a free BOM called Chaos Harmony.
  I started making the quilt along with many others, only to find out that it was riddled with errors, and that I was mostly a pattern tester, and I didn't know it.  I finished quite a few sections and then gave up. 
Last night, I sat down with my trusty graph paper and charted it all out, used some math to see if the blocks would actually, ultimately fit.  So I have a plan for the remaining blocks and sections.  I have EQ5 now to figure out easier ways to make the blocks.
Now all I have to do is measure the sections that I have finished up until this point to see if they are the sizes that they should be, regardless what the pattern says.  I just decided to  go with what the pattern says is the final size, and made the blocks fit in that size. 

I have never designed patterns, so I don't speak from experience, but I think that if I did, I would check and make sure it was correct before I released it.  Marcia from QUILTER'S CACHE has people that test her patterns before she puts them on her site.  I used to be a pattern tester for her. 

Knitting patterns that contain mistakes really get to me.  Mostly because I don't know how to figure out if they are wrong until it is too late.  I am still knitting along on my bead-laden shawl.  I am a few clues behind.  Mostly because it is time consuming, and I have other things to do, also, for instance, one clue had 4 or 5 corrections before the first 3 days past after the clues came out.  I've even stopped printing the patterns out until I am going to do them, hoping that all of the mistakes in the pattern have been found.  Fortunately, this woman really designs beautiful things.  They are very creative.  So I will do another mystery  with her now that I know that patience is the key to a good knit.

I hope that you all are well!  Will be back again soon.  teri


GerryART said...

Not nice unknowingly become a tester. With lots of money and lots of time involved it is almost criminal to sell a pattern like this.

Rian said...

Echoing what Gerry said.