Modern Fundamentals: Y-Seams and Partial Seams

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In each issue of the MQG Journal this year, Sarah Ruiz will teach us a Modern Fundamental of quilting. This quarter, we are focusing on two piecing techniques: Y-seams and partial seams. Both techniques can be used to create blocks or join larger sections together when piecing a quilt top. These techniques may seem intimidating, but with a little practice, you’ll be ready to tackle any quilt construction challenge with confidence!

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Sarah Ruiz is a quilter and aerospace engineer from Houston, TX. Her creative and technical sides have always been intertwined, from drawing Disney characters and memorizing constellations as a kid to taking humans back to the moon and dreaming up new quilts today. Quilting perfectly combines her engineering and artistic mindsets, and she loves the puzzle-solving required to turn an idea into reality. Her quilts feature bright colors, bold lines, and graphic shapes that are easy to make but pack a visual punch.