Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Needle, Paper, Scissors featuring Sparrow's Compass

Disclaimer:  The fabrics in this post were generously provided by Island Batik.
 Sparrow's Compass.  This is my Island Batik Ambassador's project for October.  As you can see, I am coming in just under the line ~ it is October 31st!  Happy Halloween.

 This month's challenge was paper piecing.  It could be English paper piecing (think hexagons), or foundation paper piecing.  I do adore making hexies, but I had a few other deadlines to meet in October, so I opted for a foundation paper piecing project.  

 I featured the All A Flutter fabric line for my October project.  Look at these fabulous pinks, purples, and teals.  These colors speak to my heart.  I couldn't wait to get started.

 I decided to piece something new to me, a Mariner's Compass block.  Because I was short on time, I designed a large compass for a small, one block quilt.  Here are some of the sections I pieced together to form the compass.

 This photo shows several of the sections pieced together.

 I opted to hand applique it onto the solid gray background fabric.  See the pink bird fabric featured in the center of the quilt?  That's the "sparrow".

Sparrow's Compass was inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series.  If you haven't seen the movies, he has a compass that doesn't point north.  Instead, it points to the thing you desire the most, your heart's desire.  A romantic notion that I just loved....

 This is the fabric I used to sew the inner border.  Lots of birds and dragonflies flitting here and there on a saturated pink purple fabric.

I used Hobbs Thermore batting (in the back of this photo) to quilt my project.

 I'm not quite finished quilting this, so here are a few "in progress" photos.

 I'm quilting this in straight lines that accent the flow of each piece.  I'm using matching thread and thoroughly enjoying the process.  

This is the current progress on Sparrow's Compass as of this morning.  I'll be sure to post an update when I have time to finish it.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. Looks so complicated, love it

  2. Thank you, Barb. I really enjoyed sewing this challenge.

    Have a fabulous day!


  3. So Pretty! I love the mariner's compass but have never made one.

    1. Thank you, Judy. It was fun to make with the paper piecing method.

      Have a wonderful day,


  4. Great piece! Makes me want to make one again...I have made 2 but its been awhile!