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Thread: First PP blocks - Crossed Canoes & Mariner's Compass Starflower

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    I'm so proud. :D

    These are my first square-based blocks.

    Except for a grandmother's fan I made about 20 years ago. Plus I've been English-paper piecing hexagons and playing with OBWs, which don't really require precision for points and corners.

    I drafted the patterns myself. I took the Crossed Canoes from quilt pictures I googled, and the Starflower from Judy Mathieson's mariners compass design tutorial in one of her books.

    Done with freezer paper. There's no way I could have pieced these the traditional way. The freezer paper even lets me use fussy cuts, which I couldn't figure out how to do properly with sew-through foundation piecing.

    I want the inner applique circle on the starflower to be smoother and the stitching smaller, will get better with practice. To get the outer circle to be actually circular (so I could use contrasting fabric if I want), I just bought a small PVA glue bottle with a tiny applicator for glue basting, so hopefully better success next time!

    Overall, I'm just so pleased, and excited to share! And wanting to make more. :D

    My first blocks!!!
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    LOVE LOVE the blocks-you did a fabulous job!!
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    WOW, fabulous blocks, isn't paper piecing wonderful?

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    Great job!!

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    very nice!

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    Fantastic ... love the colors.

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    OMG they are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I couldn't draft a pattern to save my life- kudos to you!!

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    Wow, those are awesome. What a great job. Beautiful colors too. Thanks for sharing.

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    100 by 100 u r chalenger girl :thumbup: .Wonderful blocks

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    Beautiful blocks!!

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    They look great!

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    Your blocks are amazing!! I really love them!! Where did you get the pattern for the compass starflower?

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    You should be very proud!

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    WOW..these are beautiful Good work

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    Absolutely love them both! Will they go in the same quilt?

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    Did you make those up????? FABULOUS!!!

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    Your fussy cutting made a huge difference in the compass. Excellent work!

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    Wow! You should be proud! Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    LOVE LOVE the blocks-you did a fabulous job!!
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    What she said!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Oh my, Those are GORGEOUS.... Keep up the good work :thumbup:

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    Beautiful blocks!!

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    Those are great!!! I especially like the star flower. You really chose the right fabrics for that block also.

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    Wow those are great! I love Judy's method for doing mariner's compass. I am working on one right now. Although I did not try fussy cutting the points like you did with the yellow in yours! That must have been very difficult to get it just right like you did.

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    Those are very pretty blocks, you did a really nice job on them

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    Holy Moly!! You're a natural!! Those are perfection!!

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