Saturday, July 6, 2013

1790 Coverlet Compass

I have completed the compass for the first phase of  Esther Aliu's 1790 Coverlet Bom.
The size is 7 1/2 inches.

I used the paper piecing method. Certainly did a lot of ripping to get the points. The center white is the last spike. One needs to stop sewing at the line and use a y-seam or sew it by hand. I opted to sew it by hand and it looks pretty good.

On the pattern it has 4 small colors of fabrics for the center. I opted to use one fabric and fussy cut a rose using silk thread to applique down.
There are 32 very small circles sewn on the outside of the compass. Many people are having problems making them. And what a wealth of information on so many tutorials making and improvising!!!! From beads to machine embroidery, Oh My!!!  I found this template of the right size on . Printed them off on card stock and cut them out. Baste on the outside with the circle card stock in center, pull the threads to make a round circle. Then set them in a dish with starch till wet and iron. Let dry for 20 minutes, take tweezers and pull out the card stock.  Below is what you have to sew all the way around. Because of the excess fabric on the back you do no need to add a dab of cotton to puff up the inside.


Carin said...

Your compass is looking beautiful !!

Can I add your name in the list I have on my blog (sidebar). I have put in it everyones name I know that is making this quilt.

Bunny said...

Very pretty compass and thanks for the link for circles.

Debbie S. said...

Beautiful compass block. I love roses and this one is gorgeous.

Sandra White said...

Hi Linda. I'm doing my circles like you are, but punched them out on card stock. Your compass is just beautiful.


Quayceetatter said...

thank you ladies for your lovely comments.