First Y Seams!
Used Kerry's spool block and instructions from the Fat Quarterly, Retreat Edition, found here: www.fatquarterly.com/issues/community-retreat-special-issue
Hand pieced it, which was another first. Thinkin' I'll embroider the little stitch marks with two strands of white to make it look more like a thread spool.
Thanks to Kerry (verykerryberry here and at verykerryberry.blogspot.com/) for giving me the courage to tackle Y seams! Her directions are also on her "other" blog, sew-ichigo (sew-ichigo.blogspot.co.uk/). You'll find a second version of the instructions there by Penny (sewtakeahike here and at sewtakeahike.typepad.com/).