Mariner’s Compass Log Cabin Quilt

Mariners Compass Log Cabin QuiltEarlier this year I had the opportunity to create the Every Which Way Quilt from Log Cabins Today for The Cotton Cupboard, a favorite local quilt shop of mine in Lakeway, TX. A mariner’s compass block has been on my quilting bucket list for quite some time. Upon first impression we assumed the blocks were paper pieced. That was not the case and in fact they were pieced. Rather than spending hours toiling away at cutting all the pieces that go into each block I laser cut the whole quilt. The laser cutting definitely made the construction easier.

Purple Laser Cut Mariner's CompassNow, I am not gonna lie and tell you this was an easy quilt to make. It wasn’t. In fact, I had to spend almost an entire weekend retreat to complete it. The compass blocks were very time consuming since they aren’t paper pieced.  However, I think the end result is well worth the work involved.

The entire quilt is made in batiks, and if I don’t say so myself, she sure is photogenic. The compass blocks are in 5 colorways and the log cabin blocks are from the same fabrics that make up the compass blocks. I did create this smaller than the pattern.

I custom quilted this one on a Nolting Pro and she was a very nice machine. I had lots of thread color changes as I wanted to use a different color for each of the compass blocks. I did some ruler work in the log cabin blocks and love the results! The back of the quilt looks so yummy!

Ruler Work

 

 

Log Cabin Block QuiltingBack of the Mariner's Compass Quilt

If you are interested in making this quilt, or just the block I’ll be teaching a class at the Cotton Cupboard in the coming months. You can also pick up some laser cut kits to create a block in the color of your choice. There are 6 to choose from. Finally, you can pick up the book at The Cotton Cupboard as well. If you make one, I’d love to see it!

 

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  • Beautiful finish – the quilt does photograph very well and the 5 colorways play so well together (I do love a good ROYGBIV quilt). 🙂 The Mariner’s Compass blocks not being paper pieced is very intriguing. They look great!

  • All of the colors on this quilt just make it eye candy! I cannot even imagine how long it took to piece each of those blocks and they look amazing. I also like the fact that you changed your thread color for each of the blocks. I think it makes the back look just as good and shows off your quilting.

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