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Sunday, July 1, 2012

on my sewing cabinet - Y seams

making a project using Y seams on the sewing machine has been something i have avoided for a while. A few years ago i had a go at doing Y seams on a quilt for my husband i had a lot of problems and  was really bad at it, i ended up hand sewing the blocks together and as a result i still have 3 blocks to go. . . . .

At the craft show at Newcastle last year i had a long talk with the lovely Paul from Somerset Patchwork and he assured me they were easy and i purchased


the Portsmouth pattern, the Le Moyne template kit and some lovely reproduction fabrics



i procrastinated for a while then decided to get going
the templates were fantastic to use and i quickly had my pieces cut out using my small rotary cutter


again i procrastinated for a few months, then started piecing them together in pairs
strictly following the simple directions provided in the pattern


all seemed to go well 


i quickly reached the point were i only needed to put my final corner blocks in



after talking to Karen from Somerset at the Sydney quilt show about how to press my seams i decided
to get off the procrastination roundabout
and
 hey presto one very proud owner of my first Y seam pieced Le Moyne star block

now the question is what to do with my orphan block?


Maybe this, i really loved this quilt 
( i seen it up close at the Sydney craft show this year)
this is Somerset's Somersby quilt or 
maybe i should make the Portsmouth quilt

Hmmm 
definitely keen to make more but this many . . .  .
hmmm
might need to buy some more reproduction fabrics
hmmm
(whats that you said gadget, "i have a shoe box full of them that i have been getting from Somerset s reproduction club" nahh  . . . .  those are for another project . . .  well may be i could use some but i definitely need more)
Hmmm
i think i might procrastinate some more
hmmmmm
hehehe

seriously though if you have avoided Y seams give them a go, they just need a little patience, a gentle foot on the sewing machine peddle and although my block is not perfect i enjoyed making it


Secret sewing


don't you just love working on a secret sewing project
this is my secret sewing project i have been working on for the last few weeks
sorry it's a bit blurry but i don't want to give anything away and the photo was super enlarged

this lovely project is heading over seas in the next few days 
i hope the new owner project enjoys it as much as i enjoyed making it

a huge thank you to 
Cheryl
of willow berry designs for this fabulous little swap, i have loved all the projects

i hope your hands are working on a project that you love

i will show you all the complete project in a couple of weeks when i know it has arrived safe and sound

Ciao

Patricia 

5 comments:

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I have never tried y-seams. It's on my ever growing list. =) Your block turned out great!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope to see you again soon!!

quilterliz said...

G'day Patricia. Your block look terrific. Good on you for giving it a go and getting it done. Love the colours you have used. Take care. Liz...

FIONA said...

Your star looks great Patricia and the secret sewing looks interesting ....???

Jenny said...

Well done Trish with the block. Love the colours in your secret project. Cant wait to see it.

Lyn said...

Your block looks great..I usually avoid Y seams...interesting secret sewing