A Quilter's Alphabet

A Quilter's Alphabet: Y and Z Terms


Y Seams

The dreaded "y" seam - but what is it, and why do some quilters shy away from it.  Well, it is pretty much like it sounds.  Seams from joining units come together in a "Y" formation.  So you have three units coming together to form a "Y".  When working with a Y seam, you need to start/stop 1/4" away from the "Y" intersection to allow for the other seam to join in.  Approach this much like you do a mitered border (starting/stopping 1/4" from the edge) and take your time.  If you are tackling a Y seam for the first time, I recommend making your first stitches using a basting length stitch so that it will be easier to make any necessary adjustment.


Zig Zag Stitch

A zig zag stitch is a stitch that goes back and forth from side to side in a zig zag formation.  The width of the stitch (how wide the stitch is), as well as the length (how close or far apart the zig zags are) can be changed to suit the project.  This stitch is often used in machine applique, as it will not only secure the applique motif to the base fabric, but the width of the stitch can be used to cover the raw edge of the applique.


Head over to Kate's blog to get her insights on more "Y"  and "Z" quilting terms!

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