Measure twice, cut once. This should be my mantra. Actually, more like calculate twice. I know why I had so much trouble getting started on my french braid - I was not too comfortable with my plans. As I now know, my dimensions are not ideal on the table runner - the braids are narrower than I think they should be. But it's what I needed, to get the overall dimensions I wanted. I should have sketched it to scale - I might have rethought the whole thing.
But now I'm committed. And there are placemats planned to go with the runner. So I cut those out yesterday, after a quick calculation to scale my runner down to the right size for an insert in the placements. Except, as I sewed them together today I realized that I calculated them COMPLETELY wrong. 7"x12", rather than 3"x12". Wow. That is NOT going to work.
So, recalculate (when using a "square in a square" calculator, it is useful to know the difference between inside square length and outside square length). Then I eyed my (very small) pile of fabric. I bought just what I needed this time, rather than over-indulging in the pretty stuff. But fortunately since I'm working with 1.25" strips, it didn't need a lot to re-cut the placemats. I cut new strips (wider and shorter) and hopefully I can get these assembled soon.
Unfortunately, I think this leaves me without any yardage for binding, so I guess a quilt shop visit is in my future this week.
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