Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Haven't Done any Quilting for Awhile...Better Make a Mariner's Compass

So my friend Marie loves specialty rulers.  When I saw this on Cindy's Daisy Days blog, I told her that perhaps we should play with a new technique...

emails ensued, challenges were uttered..So Marie ordered "Fat" and I ordered "Skinny"...
 

Here is my first skinny, made this afternoon in an 18 inch size...
 I still need to hand applique the center circle, it's just pinned for now.  Then I will need to decide...Table Topper or Quilt...

You can find the pattern and ruler to purchase as well as a good instructional video on the technique at Robin Long's site here: Robinruthdesign.com.

I thought the directions were very thorough and clear until step 29 out of 33...I had to read that a couple of times to decide exactly where the locating pin was supposed to go.  That was my only stumbling block though and I only went from the book as my data allowance on satellite internet really doesn't allow for me to watch streaming video.  I really like her writing style and the diagrams- especially the overview diagrams- really sang to my engineer heart.

I have to admit that in this size, I think it would have been just as easy to paper piece but I am intrigued to try some of the other sizes as this is good from 6-36 inches.  I am also interested in trying the sunflower designs she is releasing in May.  All in all, I would recommend this ruler to anyone wanting to do multiple sizes and for those with paper piece phobia.  I really do like the idea that there is no paper to remove...ha!!

In other news, my husband moved our bee hives this weekend to a different location and found that sadly only one of the two has survived the winter.  We removed the honey for our own enjoyment rather than let the surviving hive steal it all...


5 comments:

Patty D from NC said...

Wow, that looks like a paper pieced block. I'll need to check out those links. (Sorry to hear about your bees.)

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Wow that is very pretty. Now my curiosity is piqued and I smell trouble brewing.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It looks wonderful!

Needled Mom said...

Love that block!! The points are so perfect. The honey looks great too.

Jeanie said...

I have never tackled a mariners compass.... yours looks great! Enjoy the honey...sorry about the bee situation.