Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Y Seam Woes

Dolores Umbridge

I must remind you that I was a special education teacher for many years and having students complain that the lessons are too hard does very little to deter me in my lesson planning.

Edna Krabappel

One must master the Y-seam.

Terry's Number 8 - Chimney Rock


Sandra's # 3

Even if it takes four tries.

Patchwork Inspiration on Instagram

Amity Quilter 1-8

Pinkdeenster on Instagram

Gone2theBeach gets extra credit for drafting her own pattern.

Stickers for everyone!

Beaver Cleaver

You'll be glad to know:
Only one more block with Y seams.

Smooth sailing down the other side of the Rockies.


Quilting Babcia said...

For me it was more the spatial dyslexia in getting the shapes arranged correctly to stitch than the actual stitching of the Y. Though I'm still not sure why it turned out so well, except maybe the fact that we were working with larger fabric pieces. I think many of us had issues with getting the templates to print the correct size, and this was one block where having templates really made the job much easier. Looking forward to our trip across the mountain states.

Chantal said...

Sorry to say Barbara, but I am (one of) the student(s) who's getting an F on the Y seams. :^{ I haven't started on this block because fear is standing between the sewing machine and I. I will get it done (eventually) because I really, really want this quilt. :^) There is no acquirement of new skills without struggle. I still appreciate you doing this quilt along. Thanks. ;^)

Suzanne A said...

What I sometimes do for Y seams because I think they can he difficult to do on the machine is piece them by hand. When working by hand, the transition from one "leg" of the Y to the next at the pivot point is easy and for security, just take a back stitch on either side of that juncture -- I'm sure hand piecing instructions are easy to find on the Internet. You can do all the rest of the seams on the machine, they do not look different on the front side.

Jeanne said...

Funny! And I am getting better with them from the practice you've been giving us :)

Jacqueline Gaylor said...

I am in 100% agreement with Scrap and quilts. I groan and then I do it. Yes, it took me 3 tries. It's not perfect. But I'm learning something. The post you added with instruction helped immensely.

Gypsy Quilter said...

If everyone participating gets a sticker, then you deserve a gold star for putting the whole project together. Even if I cannot do the blocks, it's nice to always be learning something fun from your blog.

Lizzy D said...

Oooh! You showed my Peony block! And I just today finished Chimney Rock. Again had to draft my own pattern, for some reason I never ''get'' the directions designers post. It was a very fun thinking-it-out challenge.

lizzy at gone to the beach

Vesuviusmama said...

Does that mean I'm not the only one who has dragged her feet on those two blocks, dreading the Y seams? Maybe today I'll put on my big girl panties and get them done. They all get so much attention up on my design wall in my shop, I should soldier on and finish them!

Rina Spina said...

I'm having lot of fun doing this QAL! I draft my own templates to do Chimney Rock block, and I hen my work comes out smoothly!
Thank you for post my block, Mrs. Barbara!
Rina, in italy

Barbara Brackman said...

You are very welcome Rina. Everybody should practice drafting templates, too!

pinkdeenster said...

I've learned to press my seams so that when I sew the Y seam, I can pivot where the seam is showing. Works very well for me, especially on the larger pieces. These are easy compared to week 4 for Grandmother's Choice block of the week. That one, for me, will stand in infamy! Once I conquered it, I decided I could make anything with enough practice!

Linda said...

How do I sign up and catch up on this quiltalong? It looks like Something I need to learn and the blocks are so pretty! Thank you. ljbisme at msn dot com

Rina Spina said...

Linda, you don't have to sign, just go back on the previous post starting in January and you will find all the block posted the last Wednesday of each month. I'm having lot of fun on doing this QAL and also I'm learning a lot about the expansion to the west.
Greetings, Rina.

Barbara Brackman said...

Paste this into your browser

And you'll see a page of the blocks with links to the patterns.