Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Why Y Seams?
I'm on the big, bad scary center block of my quilt. It's the one with the Y seams and I can say I'm not enjoying it very much! For those of you who don't know, Y seams are exactly that. Three pieces of fabric that are joined together with the seam appearing to be a Y. The trick is to sew them together so the point of the center fabric (The upper Y) tucks nicely inside the two side seams. It is the center of the quilt, see photo below.
I have never done one of these and it is taking me forever to do just one. I'm not sure I did it correctly. Mine are getting there but I'm having to pull out seams, something I normally don't have to do. I'm confused on how to line everything up. The two sides have rounded points but the instructions (for this very quilt) demonstrate how to do this using squared off corners, not these rounded ones. This is not a good thing for me.
I have the exact center completed but this is the second layer of the center. Then there is a paper pieced border before you begin the hundreds of flying geese.
I saw an awesome tutorial on You Tube that sews towards the middle of the Y (rather than from the intersection out to the edges). You stop at the "DOT" and swivel the fabric to sew up the other arm of the Y. My fabric doesn't want to swivel. I have the presser foot raised and needle down. It puckers and then I have to rip it out and start over. I discovered another printed tutorial, link below, that I'll print out in color.
This is the one and only reason I've put off finishing this for so very long. You can look at my photo and see the templates I used which I sprayed with adhesive so I could cut them out. Is that keeping my fabric from swiveling easily?
I have four of the units completed but not squared off. This particular designer makes everything big and then sizes down so I'm waiting to see if they are the right size. I have four more to do. I'm going to watch a few hundred more tutorials and perhaps I'll "get it."
When this is all said and done, I'll need some very strong sedatives, preferably intravenously.
Y seam tutorial for your viewing pleasure