Monday, March 16, 2009

Mariners Compass

After a mini sewing marathon yesterday afternoon I managed to finish one main compass block which measures around 23" Total time spent on this, at a guess around ten hours!
Piecing is not my strongest forte but my philosophy with this is "pretty is better than perfect" and believe me this had to be ironed into submission. I still have some issues to resolve but when I look at the antique version what do I see? Distortion and inaccuracies and it endears me more to the quilt and connects me to the quilt maker. That's what puts the soul into the quilt.

27 comments:

Vicki W said...

It's really beautiful!

Jennifer said...

It takes my breath away, it is so beautiful. Worth every minute spent on it.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is just beautiful...nice work.

una quilter said...

Congratulations, Janet! It is so lovely! I cannot get over the red and white diamonds... Take care

Maree said...

I Think You are being Too hard on Yourself....WOW is what comes to My Mind...the Fabrics really Pop Out...Great Work.!!!
cheers

Amy said...

Janet,
You are amazing....Your block is wonderful.I would not know how to even attempt this.......Great job,I'll be rootin for ya. Amy

Jackie said...

I don't see how you can say that piecing isn't your forte. Your Mariners Compass is fantastic! Not a pucker to be seen. Wonderful!

Fiesta said...

It looks beautiful to me though I know your pain. I am still struggling with piecing my hands all around block.

Cheryl said...

One word....WOW!!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Ten hours worth of GORGEOUS!

Jackie said...

It looks pretty darn fantastic from here. I would say that your 10 hours paid off big time!

Jeni said...

you should be so proud of yourself its a master piece ...just beautiful
jeni

ranette said...

Oh Janet it's just lovely. I think it looks perfect and I'm so proud of you. I think it was worth every minute that you spent on it.

soggybottomflats said...

Janet it is just gorgeous! You sew girl...Elaine

Kathie said...

amazing , just beautiful
ok, I would love just one framed to stare at everyday!
Kathie

amy said...

Your block is beautiful! Really lovely!

QuiltedSimple said...

Looks pretty perfect to me:) Very, very beautiful!
Kris

Carolyn said...

What a gorgeous compass...you do beautiful work!

Karen said...

Stunning!!!

Janet said...

Your compass block looks wonderful!! Your piecing looks perfect to me - I bet compass #2 will go together much easier. What a fabulous quilt to be working on.

Carrie P. said...

I just can't believe what you can do. It is awesome. I would never attempt those blocks. Good for you. You are doing beautifully.

Vicki Felix said...

Oh my gosh, this is beautiful!! And you were so true to the antique. Absolutely wonderful.

Kerstin said...

Whow, what a wonderful block, so pretty!! You did a great job, I love it.

Béa said...

Wonderful, like all what you made !
Hugs from France
Béatrice

Meredith said...

Did you see the 1st quilt and close up photo on http://modalissa.blogspot.com/2009/03/dallas-quilt-show.html

I think you might like them. :)

Kellie said...

It looks fantastic! And sadly I too am lacking in my piecing skills which is why I so love applique!

Leslie said...

I am drop dead speechless. I have the book this quilt is in and I just sit there and gaze at it in awe. I never imagined someone would be brave enough and talented enough to recreate it. Thank you so much. What an inspiration!
PS I found you via Lene at Fine Stitches