14. Why?

I already know the answer. My question is: Why Y seams? And there are so many of them in this Bible Sampler quilt.

The answer: (PROS:)

A. They make for stunning angles and are very retro looking.

B. They were invented when everyone was handstitching. Y seams are more easily and successfully executed by hand than by machine.

C. I can’t think of another reason, but there should be a C in order to maintain balance, so here’s a placeholder.

But Why? (CONS:)

A. They slow down my stitching. You can’t chain piece Y-seams. I don’t want to handstitch. One reason I started quilting is because I had to give my hands a rest from knitting.

B. Half the time I miss the mark and have to rip out and do over. The other half of the time I just leave it as is and hope it’ll quilt out.

C. You’re probably supposed to pull off the paper foundation first before twisting the pieces around to make the new angle. And snip the seam allowance where the obtuse angle is created. It makes me nervous to snip seam allowances at the stretchy parts; reminds me of the old days when I was sewing clothing.

Okay, that’s out of my system. It occurred to me while I was typing that I could benefit greatly by checking out YouTube. There’s probably something I’m missing here. I’m a self-taught quilter, which has its disadvantages.

Now that I’ve provided a disclaimer, here’s Block #13, Day and Night. The paper is still on the back.

We have reached the end of Genesis 8, when God assures us that He will no longer cause destruction of such large scale. He said to Himself,

“While the earth remains,

Seed time and harvest,

And cold and heat,

And summer and winter,

And day and night

Shall not cease.”

-Genesis 8:22

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