How to beat the dreaded "Y seam"
Learn how to avoid the
7 Mistakes that ruin the work and kill the confidence of most quilters!
You probably heard this time and time again:
Stay away from Y-seams.
Avoid them at all costs.
Only experienced quilters have the courage to approach them.
Many years ago I made a few trials that ended up mediocre.
I was disappointed and I told myself:
You don't have enough patience.
You are not as good as other quilters.
You don't have enough experience.
Your sewing skills are mediocre.
And I continued to believe this for many years! And I said PASS to many wonderful experiences.
But things have changed!
I made a few wonderful 3D designs and I wanted to sew them.
And I HAD TO LEARN how to sew Y seams.
You know me well: I love an EASY sewing!
So that not only I learned the technique, but I learned what makes it easy and how to make it successful.
And I want to put your fear to rest.
You can do this, too!
I will show you how. All you need is COMPLETE and EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
My goal is to help you understand the technique, polish the skills you already have so that you can approach any designs that involves Y seams with confidence.
But first, let me tell you a story...
These designs also have a beautiful 3D appearance.
How can you achieve a 3D design? With a proper fabric selection! Usually this means a big fabric stash in your closet or spending money buying even more fabric.
I don't have a big stash and I don't want to spend a lot buying new fabric.
There is an easy fix to this: the OMBRE (gradation) fabric.
And you need only two fat quarters to make a block.
A journey that becomes easier and easier....
Like any quilter with a lot of self doubt, I started on the easiest path: English paper piecing!
This is the first design.
Then I thought that there are quilters with limited time for sewing and I made a second design - with fewer pieces.
If you are a beginner in English paper piecing, I simplified the design even more for you.
Thinking of how will you meet so many seams in the center of the block?
Fear not! I replaced them all with a center hexagon!
See below Design #4.
I modified even the outside corners; it can't be easier than this!
For each design you need only a few strips of fabric in different shades of the same color.
You cut them all from half yard (even fat quarters) of an ombre fabric.
All my fabrics are from the GELATO OMBRE collection by Daiwabo for E.E. Schenck.
You can finish your blocks in any way you want -pillow, bag, wall hanging...
Aren't these placemat/mug rug wonderful in Christmas colors?
The power of practice
Do not underestimate the power of a little practice.
Sewing these little samples taught me so many lessons.
And I shared them all with you!
This was only half of the story...
The second journey strengthens skills and confidence even more!
This is the REGULAR piecing.
This is the seam that scares so many quilters!
I had to find out what makes this technique so awful!
I made a block and wasn't happy with the result. Then I made it again and again until I found out...
The 7 mistakes that ruin the work and kill the confidence of most quilters!
All of them are little things that any quilter knows very well.
You just have to pay attention to them!
Small projects - great for beginners and busy quilters!
More ombre fabric wonders!
What do you think about this quilt?
All done with 1.5 yards of fabric!
(Rainbow Gradation by Timeless Treasures)
NO FABRIC WASTE!
The pattern includes COMPLETE instructions on how to use the ENTIRE WIDTH of fabric for a quilt
templates to use with strips of different widths (from 2 1/2'' to 7'')
how much fabric you need for each width of strips
how to calculate the size of the final quilt!
My quilt measures 46'' x 52''.
At the end of this experience, here is what I gained:
I am a more confident quilter!
Even if not all my seams are invisible,
I understood the power of practice.
Even if not all my seams are perfectly aligned,
I know that next time I will do it better.
Even if not all my points are sharp,
I learned that FINISHED is better than PERFECT.
Even if not all my Y seams are perfect,
Y seam does not scare me anymore.
Do you want to enjoy the same TRANSFORMATION?
It's not about sewing perfect seams,
it's about TURNING FEAR INTO JOY!
1. ILLUSIONS I pattern
English Paper Piecing
The pattern includes:
- 4 Designs measuring 12'' x 14''
- Full size templates; print at a reduced size if you need smaller designs
- Tips for choosing the best fabrics/colors
- Tips for accurate hand sewing
- Suggestions for straight line quilting
The pattern does not explain how to baste fabric to paper templates or hand sew the pieces together; it assumes you know the technique.
2. ILLUSIONS II pattern
The pattern includes:
- 1 Design 12'' x 14''
instructions to cut triangles in three different ways:
60 degree triangle ruler
- long rectangular ruler any quilter has
- lots of tips for accurate and easy piecing
- how to turn the hexagonal design into a rectangle
- how to add borders to the hexagonal design
- how to finish the design as a pillow cover - in any size you need
- how to make a pillow insert if your pillow cover does not have a standard size
- COMPLETE instructions on how to use the ENTIRE WIDTH of fabric for a quilt
- templates to use with strips of different widths
(from 2 1/2'' to 7'')
- how much fabric you need for each width of strips
- how to calculate the size of the final quilt!
I always avoided sewing stars or using the Y seam. I found it very difficult and even boring. Geta's new pattern made me change my preconceived opinion. The pattern guided me through the whole process step by step, and showed me that sewing a star is not only easy and fun, but can also be done precisely and correctly.
I could not believe how quickly I sewed a wonderful star with such a 3D effect, without the bulk in the center, just following Geta's simple instructions.
And the pattern also contains extra information on how to turn this block into a pillow or a beautiful Christmas table quilt, exactly what I needed. I am so proud of my improved technique!
Thank you, Geta!
Dear Geta, I have to begin by saying that I’m not fond of kaleidoscope quilting technique mainly because most of the time I get raised areas, especially the quilt center. Knowing that you are a very good teacher, I chose your pattern as a chance to find out why this is happening to me. And my expectations were confirmed: in your pattern I found those essential and valuable tips for the happy aha-moment when I finally saw the smooth and flat center of my block.
Your patterns are not simple sewing patterns, they are sewing lessons.
Order the patterns below and ...
Turn your fear into joy for good!
Y seam does not require more patience than any other quilting technique.
Once you know all the secrets of the technique you really don't feel that you need patience to execute it.
These 3D designs do not require a huge stash or knowledge about color theory!
All you need is two fat quarters of an ombre fabric in different colors.
These techniques do not require advanced sewing skills.
If you know how to baste fabric on paper and sew straight seams, you are good to go!
You don't need weeks to finish a project!
I made it SIMPLE FOR YOU!
These are SMALL projects that anyone can enjoy and even finish in ONE DAY!
These are downloadable patterns.
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