Well, now, that's an old saw but still true, unfortunately. Youngest nephew is having his first baby, which I hear will be a boy. So time to get busy with that (I know, I know, I've talked about for some time already). I found a simple but attractive pattern which called for 11 fat quarters. Fine, I had enough f.q.'s and yardage to do that all in blues. Cut them out, stacked them up, shuffled them as directed and started sewing - stitch and flip. Got it all done, but somehow it didn't look quite as interesting as on the pattern photo. Hmmmm.
Well, let's see what's wrong here? Cut? shuffle? stitch? OOOOPPPPSSS - I was supposed to cut the first block in half so that not only was it shuffled, it was supposed to be staggered as well. Makes it much more interesting. Well, bummer! Oh well, I'm not going to do it again - I'd have to start all over - too much unsewing required and anyway I don't have enough of those fun fabrics left. I can in all humility say that my corners are all almost perfect.
I bet that a newborn won't know that Great Auntie messed up too badly. But my word to the wise, for today - READ THE DIRECTIONS and then check to see that you are following them correctly!