Saturday, June 29, 2013


For the record....I am not incapable of following directions.

It's that I'm cheap and lazy.
And often think of a faster way that needs less fabric or steps.

This morning I was looking at the compass circle and realized that the ring was about an inch wide.

I went to the bin of bias cut strips (yes, I have one, don't judge) and found these left over green strips from when I was making the stems on the Heart's Desire applique that's on my header.

I decided to hand stitch it on since I feel like I have more control than when I'm at the machine.  There's no reason not to do this with a machine if you take your time and use the needle down to keep the outer edges consistent and even.

Before long I had it attached, leaving the ends loose.

Hot iron and spray starch.


I'll stitch the ends down when I'm sewing the circle onto the background.  

After the next round of instructions, I'll decide if I want to add the center circle and the bitty dots.


Wendy said...

This is so stunning! I absolutely love the color choices you have made...I am thinking about using Kaffe fabrics on black for mine...still trying to decide...but so glad to see some bold colors for this coverlet...

ConnieB/CA said...

Looks like a much easier way to get that ring on the Mariners Compass! Thank you.

klara said...

How clever of you Marjorie, you sound a bit like me, Ialways try to change patters, so that it is more easy for me. Love your colours

Mayleen said...

I love your colors and thanks so much for the foundation pieced instructions! Am so tempted to join in but I'm working on Phebe. I have printed the notes but need to figure out how to print the pattern off correctly and then I know I'm going to give in and start!

Corina said...

I love your colours for this project! Smart way of making this circle.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Thought I'd pop over and look at your quilting - its lovely - do you always match your nail polish to the quilt borders? I agree, for fiddly jobs like this, hand is much better, and more relaxing too. I love your quilt blog by the way.

ANudge said...

You're compass is so beautiful, and you make it look so easy! So glad I have you on my blog list on my blog. I won't miss any of these great posts that way.

Archie the wonder dog said...

This is stunning!

Marijke said...

Beautiful compass and colour choise!
I'm also a person that change almost always a lot of things in a quiltpatern.
Have a nice day,
groetjes van Marijke