I have a work in progress (WIP) that needed a Mini Mariner’s Compass for a focus point in a medallion quilt. I thought I would do that before I make the Mariner’s Compass block for my Sampler Quilt. This medallion quilt was started 5 years ago. I won’t get it finished this year but probably next. I am in no hurry. So this little block was my warm up to the 12 1/2 inches block I will do later today and tomorrow.
The little pattern came from a 1989 Quilt Almanac. I kept all my Quilt magazines from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. That particular magazine had a large section of patterns in the back. Many of them traditional block from the first half of the 20th century. I am an old school quilter from before there was rotary cutters and could figure out yardage on my own. All I needed was the pattern pieces. The magazine also had patterns that were popular at the time. Paper piecing mini quilts was very popular then. This little mariner’s compass was just what I needed.
I followed basic paper piecing techniques. And completed each section. Now it was time to put it together. This compass has several y-seams to do. They were pretty small and I was not sure if I was going to get my machine into the corners. I was able to and only had to a few stitches by hand.
As you can see by my hand that this was very small to work with. I will give a better narrative of how to do put together a compass in my next blog. I will be working with large pieces and much easier to see.
I appliqued it down in the center of a large compass. I am happy the way this looks. This was going to be a competition quilt but the economy fell apart and I can’t justify having it professionally quilted. So one of these days I will quilt it in sections after I get all the mini log cabin block finished for it. I have all the other blocks finished for it.