I ran into a hidden tech snag this week. After the usual hair pulling and swearing I regrouped. It is key, I believe to moving forward, to reframe situations that are leading you down the negativity rabbit hole.
Here is what happened. I print my paper piecing foundation papers from a pattern saved as a .pdf. The first time I printed from the pattern, it measured true to size. Every unit worked out to 2″ square and the block finishes at 6″ square. Since I had confidence in the pattern I reprinted it from the very same pattern 21 times, which was the number of remaining blocks to make. It wasn’t until I pieced a block using the second batch of reprinted patterns I discovered the units were finishing at 1.875″. I realized it as soon as I went to sew the block into position on the second row.
Never before I have I had a pattern change size after the file has been saved. It seems to have something to do with how my printer is interacting with the file data. I did manage to print out a correctly sized hard copy to use. Yeah! So, good on me. However, I was struggling with how to see this not as a disaster or even a step backwards. Then it hit me. I have begun to piece the backside of my work with leftovers from the front. Now I am a block ahead on the backside.
I know I am not alone when it comes to needing to talk myself down off the ledge. How have you reassured yourself and moved forward when you face the negativity rabbit hole?
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.