Thursday, October 3, 2013

#TBT - Throwback Thursday - Mariner's Compass

Quiltin Jenny

It's Throwback Thursday here at Quiltin' Jenny, and I hope you'll link up and share your own creative adventures from your pre-blogging days.

Today's project is not a finished quilt - it's a Mariner's Compass block I made in a class I took over at Tiny Stitches.  I want to say it was at least ten years ago.  This was my first introduction to paper piecing, and I didn't know enough to be nervous about it.  I will say that the instructions are so beautifully done and the teacher was so great (sorry!  I don't remember who it was.) that the block went together perfectly.

I can't find a link, but this is the pattern we bought and used for the class.
The funny thing is, I later tried paper piecing thinking it would be the same experience.  Let's just isn't.  My big hangup about PP is that I am a bad judge of the angles and how big my next piece of fabric should be.  For a quilter, my spatial abilities suck lack something.

There was a time when I thought I would use this as the center for our bed quilt.  I used my favorite blue and white fabrics, and The Pit Boss and I have always had a little bit of a nautical theme running through our relationship.  He is my North Star, my constant.

I ended up doing something totally different for our bed, so this block has just been hanging around waiting to be made into something. I've decided to pack it up with some of those other blue and white fabrics for our WannaBees Round Robin.

We have decided that we would all like to have a quilt that all of the other WannaBees have worked on.  We want it to be a stress-free zone, so it's moving a little slowly.  We will swap when everyone is ready to swap.  We're meeting next week, though, and I don't want to be the one holding anyone up, so I thought I'd go ahead and get my package together.

So today you get a WiP and a #TBT all in one!  I hope that makes up for me missing some posts this past week.

Now I want to see your blast from the past.  Link up and let us all see!


  1. I remember when the Mariners Compass was so popular. I have those same angle issues with paper piecing. Currently doing some for Christmas, and I like the results, but takes me a while.

  2. I love those quilts and probably always will!

  3. Great job on your first paper piecing. I love the quilt you did end up doing for your bed.


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