This week did not include a finish. It did, however, see me finally master the Bird’s Eye View block from The Farmer’s Wife Pony Club.

Bird's Eye View 7

I also managed to make seven Captain’s Wheel blocks from the same book. Two were not the correct size, and it took me a couple of hours working with my printer to get them to the proper scale. For my printer the setting needed to be 105%. But I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

Captain's Wheel watermark

The Captain’s Wheel block includes four “Y” seams. Mine always end up looking puckered, so once again our leader, Debra, provided us with a tutorial that she is graciously allowing me to share.

Step 1. Let’s get started!!!

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Step 2. Pin 1/4 inch away from the edge. Wiggle the pin so it will make a hole that is easily seen.

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Step 3. Line your edge up that you are going to sew, pull the pin out, hold everything in place and put your needle directly into the hole you made.

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Step 4. After putting your needle in, sew this seam.

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Step 5. Do not cut threads.

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Step 6. Fold back your orange piece and place pin inside the last stitch and also through the pink piece 1/4 away from the edge.

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Step 7. Wiggle the pin so you can put your needle into the hole holding everything in place.

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Step 8. I removed my foot so you could see. Sew this seam.

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Step 9. Do not cut threads.

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Step 10. Fold over fabric to one side and pull up the thread from the backside and tie a knot. Don’t cut threads.

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Step 11. Flip over to the other side and do the same. Do not cut threads.

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Step 12. Now grab the threads and fold the 2 edges back. Your last seam should be lined up for sewing.

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Step 13. Once again, place your needle into the area where the knot is. Make sure your points are lined up.

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Step 14. Sew this seam. Do not cut threads.

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Step 15. Fold back fabric, pull your back thread through and tie the last knot. Trim threads.

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Step 16. I press this seam open, some press to the side. My experience, there is less bulk this way.

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Step 17. after pressing seam open, press the yellow piece flat.

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Step 18. Flip over, Perfect “Y” seam! YAY!!!

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If you’re in the market for bargains or need to empty a closet, this weekend is a BIG SALE in my Facebook Group “The Quilter’s Virtual Yard Sale.” Send me a request and I’ll add you.

This Saturday concludes the East Austin 100 Quilts For 100 Kids program. We have roughly 8 more tops to get sandwiched, tied and bound. That will probably be the extent of my weekend sewing.

It’s the weekend! Get off the internet and go sew something.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.


~ Melissa