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Thread: Do I add another Blue or Stick which white

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    Super Member Butterflyspain's Avatar
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    These blocks were part of a recent blue and white block exchange. I have now made the centre block of a Mariners Compass and when I laid them out on the white bedspread I wondered if it woud be better to stick to white with perhaps a last blue border.

    OR do I edge each block in blue and then sew them together

    I would be grateful for your suggestions.

    Elle

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    WOW, I don't know the answer but your center block is breathtaking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoMoSews
    WOW, I don't know the answer but your center block is breathtaking!
    Thanks Momo. We did this at our sewing Group here in Spain and i thought it would look good in the middle of these blocks.

    it was a design made on EQ6 that our teacher gave us to do and we PP it.

    turned out better than I thought.

    Elle

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    Maybe a small blue border would set off the center block.,it is absolutely beautiful

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    What else are you planning on doing in the center? I used white sahing between all my outside blocks with some blue around the center blocks. Oh heck, here is the link to my quilt so you can see what I am talking about.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/18885.page


    I love your Mariners Compass!! :D

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    Aren't Mariner's compasses fun? I really enjoyed making them for the WIP I have now. Your's came out beautifully. I am working on a quilt right now that has some of that blue you used in some of the points, or at least it looks like it may be the same :-)

    Anyway, you have a lot of options. You can leave it all white which would leave lots of open space for quilting in blue thread. That white space could lend itself to some beautiful feather wreathes or swags or continue on with the star theme and quilt more stars or mariners compass in the area.

    Another option is some more piece work in that area done in blue and white. Some rows of flying geese, pinwheels or a really spiky tall sawtooth border on top and bottom and a not so spiky one on the sides.

    FF

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    When I grow up, I wanna be able to do a mariner's compass.....

    I think I might outline each block with a blue, but whatever you do, I think it will look extraordinary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    What else are you planning on doing in the center? I used white sahing between all my outside blocks with some blue around the center blocks. Oh heck, here is the link to my quilt so you can see what I am talking about.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/18885.page


    I love your Mariners Compass!! :D
    Thanks for the link Melissa, yours is wonderful, you have given me an idea, just high tailing upstairs to the 3rd floor to see if I can do the Mariners compass on point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    Aren't Mariner's compasses fun? I really enjoyed making them for the WIP I have now. Your's came out beautifully. I am working on a quilt right now that has some of that blue you used in some of the points, or at least it looks like it may be the same :-)

    Anyway, you have a lot of options. You can leave it all white which would leave lots of open space for quilting in blue thread. That white space could lend itself to some beautiful feather wreathes or swags or continue on with the star theme and quilt more stars or mariners compass in the area.

    Another option is some more piece work in that area done in blue and white. Some rows of flying geese, pinwheels or a really spiky tall sawtooth border on top and bottom and a not so spiky one on the sides.


    Thanks for all those options, I did think of a spikey border, gosh I have so many options now, thanks for all the input.

    Elle

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    WOW Melissa it looks fab on point, just didn´t think of that. Think I will outline the compass in Blue and then do something in each corner, you know how I love applique. Thanks again.

    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. Mel
    When I grow up, I wanna be able to do a mariner's compass.....

    I think I might outline each block with a blue, but whatever you do, I think it will look extraordinary.
    You will be surprised how great they go together. No classes in your area, cos thats the best way to learn PP.

    Elle

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    Elle: what beautiful blocks, esp the Mariner's Compass. IMHO and believe me very humble, I would leave a white space around the MC block and put a narrow blue border around that now larger block. I would then add the other blocks all around without borders or sashing between them--a mediallion style. Does this make sense? This would emphasize the MC block and leave room for decorative quilting. What ever you choose please post a picture--I'm in love with those blocks in those colors. Thanks for sharing your WIP and good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    Elle: what beautiful blocks, esp the Mariner's Compass. IMHO and believe me very humble, I would leave a white space around the MC block and put a narrow blue border around that now larger block. I would then add the other blocks all around without borders or sashing between them--a mediallion style. Does this make sense? This would emphasize the MC block and leave room for decorative quilting. What ever you choose please post a picture--I'm in love with those blocks in those colors. Thanks for sharing your WIP and good luck.
    JanRN, what lovely words you said. these blocks were in a swap I did with other ladies on this board, so they have to take the credit for the blocks. I did the mariners compass and one block.
    I love the idea you have said about the narrow blue border around the compass, but I am going to take Melissa´s suggestion and turn it on point.
    Then keep it on a white background. Then I will place all of that into a square, then the other stars will go all around it. Hope that makes sense, I knew all of you would come up trumps for me a BIG THANK YOU.

    Elle

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    Beautiful! If you are going to have that much white in the middle, I think I'd do a blue frame aroung the center block. It would showcase it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Beautiful! If you are going to have that much white in the middle, I think I'd do a blue frame aroung the center block. It would showcase it better.
    Yes, thats what i am going to do, Then put it onto a square or oblong dependant what suites best and put another blue border round that before adding all the stars.

    Thanks Elle

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    That is so pretty!!
    I would not strip with blue, but would let the white run together, and then use the blue at the end.
    Just my thought! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    What else are you planning on doing in the center? I used white sahing between all my outside blocks with some blue around the center blocks. Oh heck, here is the link to my quilt so you can see what I am talking about.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/18885.page


    I love your Mariners Compass!! :D
    Thanks for the link Melissa, yours is wonderful, you have given me an idea, just high tailing upstairs to the 3rd floor to see if I can do the Mariners compass on point.

    :D You're Welcome!!! Dont you just love it when that little light bulb goes off? And even better, when the idea works!!! Cant wait to see it Elle!! :D

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    Beautiful. Love your Mariners Compass!!

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    Whatever you do will be goregous! I love your blocks!

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    How did I miss this thread???

    Elle, another beautiful job, as always!
    Hurry and finish! I'm putting that on my list of "snatching" lol

    Mrs Mel....the first thing I EVER PP'd alone was a mariners compass and it came out awesome! Just take your time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    How did I miss this thread???

    Elle, another beautiful job, as always!
    Hurry and finish! I'm putting that on my list of "snatching" lol

    Mrs Mel....the first thing I EVER PP'd alone was a mariners compass and it came out awesome! Just take your time!
    Heh Terri I missed you I thought you had gone off to HI, thanks for the kind word and putting me wise....its now under lock and key (GOTCHA)

    Elle

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    Hmmm........<wondering if sweet talking Colin would work> ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    What else are you planning on doing in the center? I used white sahing between all my outside blocks with some blue around the center blocks. Oh heck, here is the link to my quilt so you can see what I am talking about.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/18885.page


    I love your Mariners Compass!! :D
    That is what I was thinking. It is going to be one Beauitful quilt. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt4u
    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    What else are you planning on doing in the center? I used white sahing between all my outside blocks with some blue around the center blocks. Oh heck, here is the link to my quilt so you can see what I am talking about.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/18885.page


    I love your Mariners Compass!! :D
    That is what I was thinking. It is going to be one Beauitful quilt. I love it.
    Thanks, its extra special because of the blocks all my friends on the board made, I really love thid quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Hmmm........<wondering if sweet talking Colin would work> ;)
    You will have to be very very good at sweet talking LOL

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