10 October 2014

Pink Friday

Let Your Pink Light Shine

I DID IT!

This is my fourth attempt ever at a mariner's compass. About a decade ago, I tried three times to make a perfect compass for a Hawaiian quilt I was making. The points on the first one didn't match up at all. The second compass was better, but still not as good as I thought it should be and could be. The third one had better points, but the block was paunchy in the middle. VERY paunchy. Like it was pregnant! (Some of my co-workers suggested I make a pillow with it instead of cutting it up for the scrap basket.) I love mariner compasses, but I was intimidated. It has taken me this long to work up the courage to try again.

My second attempt at a Mariner's Compass

Some of the points on my new pink compass are nearly perfect, and the block is flat and not pudgy in the middle! Happy dance!!!

exploding compass

nearly perfect points

No, this block absolutely is NOT a new notch in my WIP belt; I'm going to incorporate it into one of my existing WIPs. It's not going to the scrap pile!!!

For ten years, I have imagined how beautiful a quilt made entirely of mariner's compasses might be. I'm one step closer now to making that dream come true. I'm so excited and empowered!

Now I get to try again, with rainbow colors, for my Hawaiian Punch! Practice, practice, practice. If I keep working on it, maybe I can produce a perfect compass one day!

Hawaiian Punch

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict here and Crazy Mom Quilts here.

20 comments :

  1. All kinds of pink indeed. Wow, after ten years must be all the more fulfilling to get closer.

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    1. It truly is so fulfilling, Pat! I almost can't wait to try again! (Still a tiny bit of intimidation lurking inside, but I'm learning to overcome it.)

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  2. Those rascals are tricky things to do and I like that one. Good job!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Patience and practice... one day, I'll get there!

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  3. Congrats! Looks great! It is always so exciting to see how we can improve our skills.

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    1. Thank you, Vera! I agree. Now if I can just keep on trying to perfect my compass and not get too scared again...

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  4. I do not even try a compass! But I love yours with all those happy colors. Your Hawaian quilt blocks are fabulous. Next time you sew a compass it will be perfect!
    Love from Amsterdam

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    1. I hope so, Maartje! It does help my confidence to have one that lays flat! If only I can do it again now...

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  5. Mariner's Compass is on my someday list of things to make. I love the colors in yours. And I love your Hawaiian quilt blocks too. A Hawaiian quilt is another thing on my someday list as we lived on Maui for four years, fell in love with Hawaii and hope to some day return to live there.

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    1. What a magnificent dream, SuperMom! Especiall with winter knocking on the back door right now... Hawaii sounds so, so tempting!!!

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  6. Looks good to me! I would have given up long time ago!

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I'm going to try really hard not to give up. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

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    1. Thanks, Lizard! It's fun to get such awesome feedback from someone you love with all your heart!

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  8. Your compass looks great! I also like them, but they can really be quite intimidating.

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    1. Thanks, Steffi! It was indeed intimidating, but hopefully I'm getting closer to being confident with a favorite block pattern!

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  9. You ARE a brave woman. I've always been terrified of the Mariner's Compass! This one looks great.

    I wonder if paper piecing is possible with this pattern? Might solve the points problem.

    That Hawaiian Punch is a real knockout (no pun intended). :)

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    1. Might be, Sue. I have tried paper piecing a couple of times and currently have a hexie project I'm trying to do with paper piecing. I might just have to try it to see if it goes better or simplifies the process. I can say for sure I never get tired of looking at compass quilts!

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