You see, I'm typically an "add on a strip of the correct width, and trim down to correct length after piecing kind of gal...", but, I followed the directions to a "T" carefully cutting each piece, chain piecing together, pressing each seam as I went, and when I finished, it was 12". NOT 12.5"! Apparently my 1/4" seam allowance was just slightly too wide and ate up and entire 1/2" in the seams!
So, I'm also a "hate to waste fabric kind of gal", I very carefully picked out every seam except for the first two seams, pressed the fabric pieces again and reassembled it. 12.5" -- perfectly square!
Next time I'll know better.
The fussy cut center is from this fabric that I refer to as sassy girls (it's little dancing, playing, daydreaming little girls with kitty cats). And they show some serious sass -- which just makes me smile. This little gals was one of the few I could fit into the 2.5" fussy cut. And the outer border is one of my fave Dear Stella fabrics in a pinkish red shade - love it! This quilt promises to be awesome...
July is my month, I have less than a week to move beyond "wavering daily on a block choice" and getting a post up!