Wednesday, 3 July 2013
All at Sea with a Mariner's Compass
This was my first attempt at the central Mariner's Compass for Love Entwined. I didn't pay enough attention to position of the green back ground / blue points, and when I sewed it to the background I found that I hadn't really been careful enough with my circle template, so although on one side the points went neatly to the edge, they were stranded nearer the middle on the other side.
I should have re-balanced the colours in both photos - the pink is actually a hot pink and works beautifully with the other others, a mix of (my own!) hand-dyes and commercial prints.
The quilt is destined to take about 35 yards of fabric in total, and apart from the background (about 7 1/2 yards) I'm hoping to make it mainly from my stash. I'm thinking cheerful and scrappy.
Next task on this is to applique 3/8" circles around the compass (32 of them!). Or use fusible, or sequins, or buttons, or something. I've got links to at least 4 different methods of making tiny applique circles, so I'm hoping that one at least will work for me.
Can you tell that the back basted tree has moved down the list temporarily? I've stitched about a third of it and it's so wonderfully portable that I plan to just keep it in my handbag ready for 'swimming mum' and 'ballet mum' type moments when I'm sitting and waiting.
Hope that you have a fun stitching week too!