I don’t do a lot of piecing. The AQS Mystery Quilt was piecing without paper, and this Mariner’s Compass was piecing with paper! When I learned paper piecing I really enjoyed it. It is a great way to make points look perfect!
My first paper piecing was a class with Dan Burke, and then I took a class with Edyta Sytar, so I felt I could do something on my own, and I chose this Mariner’s Compass from a book (A Passion for Piecing) by Claudia Clark Myers.
My impatience to get into a project got the better of me when I started this.. I only read a part of the book, I skipped through some of the chapters and I chose to do this project which was halfway through the book. I didn’t read how to cut my pieces first and some my first small point I built was hilarious.. after that point, I went back read the directions and cut all my pieces first before starting. Once I did that, it was pretty much smooth sailing from there. I put together compass on the left first, and learned a lot from it, so the compass on the right went together a lot faster and smoother.
I learned to position my fabric better on the paper, and I learned to trim my the bottom of each piece which meets in the center to make it a better fit and the center ended up much smoother. I used Aurifil 50wt. thread to do all my piecing and I set all my stitches with an iron before pressing and between these two things I feel that I got a very nice flat and smooth result with all the fabrics and seams that are put together. These two blocks were made from scraps in my stash and I plan on doing these on a larger scale with much better choices in fabric! I have found that I really like paper piecing and look forward to doing more projects like this in the future.