Monday, June 17, 2019

Lots of Partials but No Y's

Seams, that is. 

Last week I lamented the lack of enough background fabric to finish the project as originally envisioned. However, I was able - just barely - to piece together enough fabric to finish out the background at least to the points.

In the photo above, in which the blocks down the left side are sewn together, you can see a tape line where the actual side of the quilt will be. It will square up nicely and finish between 49 and 50".

Because the blocks are off-set by one-third, it's necessary to use partial seams. A partial seam to join the linking piece to a block, then sew the top edge of the block to the previous assembly, then complete the partial seam to finish sewing the side of the block to the top.

Slow going, but it's working. And best of all, no Y seams! So far I have about half of the top assembled.

Because the blocks are off-set, the center Gothic Arch shape of one block aligns with a corner wedge of the next, creating a propeller shape. Where the crossed propellers appear to overlap, I've used a fabric that creates a transparency effect.

Here's the upper left part of the quilt, so you can see the how the propellers cross and how they make paths that meander across the top.

Hopefully I'll get the rest of the top sewn together this week for a Friday finish.

Link ups:
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Em's Scrapbag
Love Laugh Quilt


  1. I had to go back to your previous post to figure out how these blocks are constructed! Very clever -- and the black/white contrast really shows 'em off.

  2. There may not be any Y-seams, but it certainly looks like a complicated design!

  3. I'm glad you found enough background to do what you want. It's looking great!

  4. Love how this is coming along. I like sewing partial seams, makes a block look hard but not really so!