Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Compass with Geese

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Okay, so my geese aren't perfect, but I got 'em done! Woohoo!! I can't wait to start another Mariner's compass with really bright colors.

I'll write more later...

It's early Wednesday morning now and a couple of you asked if the Mariner's Compass was paper-pieced and the answer is "yes". But, it wasn't the traditional method. Judy Mathieson's method involves freezer paper that has the pattern on it and ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. You then fold back the paper along the pattern line, add your next fabric -right sides together- then sew on the fabric only right next to the folded freezer paper. It's hard to describe in print but the method is very easy.

I have to tell you about my WalMart trip yesterday. I think they're closing out their fabric (I've heard rumors that WalMart is doing away with the fabric department) and they had a bin marked down to $1 a yard. I haven't seen $1 a yard fabric since 1975! LOL I used to shop at Surplus City back then... Anyway, I came away with ten pieces, 3 yards each, of nice 100% cotton (some were even labeled "Quilter's Collection"). It will make good charity quilts.

While looking through the fabrics, a little lady struck up a conversation with me. She looked at me and said, "I'm a quilter!" I chuckled and looked at her and said, "Me too!" She was ecstatic! Such a sweet little lady. I helped her choose fabrics, told her about reversible quilting and the quick Log Cabin method. She gave me her name and phone number and insisted that I call her next time I do a class. And, when she found out I do hair, she said she would definitely come see me next time since her last haircut was horrible. All this happened after I'd paid for and packed my groceries in the car. I had gone back in to pick up the pictures I'd left to develop and decided to pick up a few more $1 a yard fabric.

I spent the night working on a round robin that needs to be done before the end of the week. In the interest of time, I'm adding flying geese all around. I thought I had the numbers all figured out and when I measured again, well, let's just say I'm going to have to re-work the numbers. I hate this part.

Off to get ready for work.

7 comments:

joyce said...

It's really pretty. Did you paper piece it? It is one of my ambitions to do a mariner's compass but so far...

Hedgehog said...

This is really super! I was going to ask the same thing as Joyce - did you paper piece?

Patti said...

They look perfect to me! I can't see anything at all to complain about. What a wonderful job you did! I have Judy's book, but haven't tried her method yet. I think it's like some other paper piecing I've done - where you leave the freezer paper templates attached as you sew, but stitch right next to the edge of the paper rather than through it. Is that correct? How did you like it?

Deborah said...

Wow! The geese turned out great. I haven't even finished unpacking my bags from Houston and you already have one of your projects finished.

Shelina said...

Sounds like your little fabric purchase is going to pay for itself many times over! Thanks for letting me know about Walmart. I hadn't heard, so I'm definitely going to have to make a stop soon.
Your mariner's compass is really beautiful. So glad that you had so much fun with it that you want to make another one.

Mrs. Moody said...

All in all it looks like a great compass as well as an exciting trip to Walmart.

Linda_J said...

Looks like turned out well to me!

Judy spoke at our guild in IL years ago---I got so sick of her name dropping that I actually got up and left. Sure hope she is better in workshop situations.