Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring Sewing

I have been busy with a long term sub job but also finding time to sew.  Since my last post I have made quite a bit of progress.

I finished the borders on two quilt and made the backings for four quilts.  I also took a Mariners Compass class and discovered that it is a lot easier to make than it looks. I have been busy sewing away on blocks.

This is a very old round-robin that I was in, one of two and the second one my quilt along with others was lost along the way.  I am not sure it I will ever do another unless I know the people participating very well, and have built up a lot of trust with them. I was a part of the group that I did this one with for a long time and had done several block swaps with them, but the second time I participated in around robin things were not good.  I am not sure what I will do with this quilt once it is done as I am not sure if I really like all the borders that were added to my block so I may gift or donate the quilt.
I do not have a picture of the other quilt but will post one in a future post.
This one is quilted and awaiting binding so I can get it the mail to its recipient. Shirley Jackson did a great job with the quilting.
I have completed ten Granny Square blocks. I was aiming for nine and got carried away so the extra one will go on the back of the quilt. I need to trim and sew the blocks together with sashing the same color as the background and then add a border. I am debating between a seminole style border or appliquéing vines.

I also started a quilt that has been on my bucket list forever ad that is the Mariners Compass. Below you will find one finished compass and three other compasses that are in progress. I am debating on whether to make it three by four  or three by three. I guess that will depend on how many compasses I decide to make.
This first one is laid out on the two fabrics I will use as backgrounds for the blocks and the center is not yet appliquéd.
The other three blocks that are in progress:
This one is the same as the first one.

I think this one is my favorite.
I have a few more to make and will be using one or two other fabrics in the compass points, but these doe aa great job of showing off the fanris if I do say so myself.
I also finished my second set of black and white split nines to swap and need to get them in the mail asap,


  1. You have been busy along with working. The compasses are looking awesome!

    1. JoAnne. I am really enjoying them especially since for years I just admired them and said I will never be able to make one of those. :)

  2. You always have so much to show! Everything is looking great. I am a bid Mariner's compass fan. Yours look beautiful. I can hardly wait to see how you set them. Happy stitching

    1. Beth I have four done and am thinking I will make 5 more, but have to check and make sure I have enough of my dark circle fabric before I make more.