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Thread: WIP Mariner's Compass Block

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    Senior Member motomom's Avatar
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    Here is the Mariner's Compass Block from the Airplane Quilt I am working on. I'm using this pattern....

    http://www.colfaxcloth.com/planes.php

    Pretty much took me all day to do this one block. Several attempts. And my center circle is still a little wonky. Adds character, right?
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    It looks AWESOME!!! Love the way the bright colors pop right off the background fabric! Great job!

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    i just checked out that quilt. WOW!

    and you are off to such an amazing start. that is definitely the hardest one and you did such great job. are you making the entire quilt? if yes, what size? and for whom?

    (i hope you're making it as a gift for you)

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    No, not a gift for me. For my son, who is about to start flight school. I have done several of the airplane blocks, I'll post some pics of those.

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    OK, here are 3 of the Airplane blocks. Still on the paper from piecing. I think the paper may have had a slight printing error, on each block one of the tail pieces is a slightly different angle, same on every block.
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    i don't think i would have noticed it at all if you hadn't told. it doesn't make them any less cute.

    that quilt will have so much of interest going on that it won't be seen, so shh!
    no one will be looking for it.

    those planes are very nice. i've only once tried out pp'ing to see what it was like. i did one runty little block of a xmas tree. now i can see it's full potential. you're obviously quite an accomplished pp'er to do such fine work. sit back and accept kudus.

    do you have a time limit?

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    No time limit, once he actually begins Navy Flight School, it will take about a year. He has been moved to Pensacola, but is waiting his turn in the school. He's VERY excited, almost as much as his mom!

    Actually Butterfly the planes were the first paper piecing that I have ever done. Done lots of sewing though. I would normally NOT have tried this, but I looked and looked for airplane quilts and this was my favorite. The instructions that came with the pattern were very clear and helpful

    I'm trying to do all the hard stuff first. Just my way of looking at things. I like to be on a downhill slope! However, having said that, I do think that the hardest thing FOR ME is going to be putting it together to look right, having the colors flow from greenish fields to blue sea/sky. I'm not very good with colors. I have learned lots from this forum, though!

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    Stunning Block!!! I really love the fabric choices!!! I really like the airplane blocks too!!! Your son is going to love his quilt!!! :D :D :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    No time limit, once he actually begins Navy Flight School, it will take about a year. He has been moved to Pensacola, but is waiting his turn in the school. He's VERY excited, almost as much as his mom!

    Actually Butterfly the planes were the first paper piecing that I have ever done. Done lots of sewing though. I would normally NOT have tried this, but I looked and looked for airplane quilts and this was my favorite. The instructions that came with the pattern were very clear and helpful

    I'm trying to do all the hard stuff first. Just my way of looking at things. I like to be on a downhill slope! However, having said that, I do think that the hardest thing FOR ME is going to be putting it together to look right, having the colors flow from greenish fields to blue sea/sky. I'm not very good with colors. I have learned lots from this forum, though!
    Great quilt idea, and you're doing a wonderful job. He'll love it.

    We're a naval aviator family. I'm the wife, mother and DIL of naval aviators.

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    Your quilt will be so interesting. Your son will love it! You're doing a fantastic job on all the blocks I've seen! Great colors! Be sure to share when you've finished it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    We're a naval aviator family. I'm the wife, mother and DIL of naval aviators.
    Cool! We are not a naval aviator family, so this is all very new to us. My Dad worked in West Texas oilfields all his life as a roughneck, and I'm a musician by trade. I'm not sure what caused my son to want to fly jets, but he wants it with a passion, and has worked towards that goal for several years now.

    I also have a little bit of Navy fabric that I'm going to work in, and I have to have just one little square of Texas A&M fabric, his alma mater. I figure this quilt is going to be so busy that I'll be able to put it in somewhere!

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    Your mariner's compass block is beautiful and the planes are awesome also. I'm sure the finished quilt will be stunning and that your son will love and cherish it.

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    All of your blocks are just fantastic!!!

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    Nice blocks ~ I especially like the compass it looks difficult. Great gift idea for your son. Look forward to seeing the finished quilt

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    Great job! I checked out the quilt and wow!!! That is going to be fantastic! I can't wait to see more progress from you....well...what cha' waitin' for???? :lol: :lol:

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    I think it looks awesome. GREAT JOB!

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    the blocks are great

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    circles are hard, and you did great! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    No time limit, once he actually begins Navy Flight School, it will take about a year. He has been moved to Pensacola, but is waiting his turn in the school. He's VERY excited, almost as much as his mom!

    Actually Butterfly the planes were the first paper piecing that I have ever done. Done lots of sewing though. I would normally NOT have tried this, but I looked and looked for airplane quilts and this was my favorite. The instructions that came with the pattern were very clear and helpful

    I'm trying to do all the hard stuff first. Just my way of looking at things. I like to be on a downhill slope! However, having said that, I do think that the hardest thing FOR ME is going to be putting it together to look right, having the colors flow from greenish fields to blue sea/sky. I'm not very good with colors. I have learned lots from this forum, though!
    it's hard to believe you are not a practiced pp'er. please keep us up-to-date on this as you go. it is stunning.

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    Beautiful block. Love the colors. That compass really pops. It's going to be a great quilt.

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    Another pic of finished block with little edge blocks
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    That is going to be one beautiful quilt.

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    mm,

    this is getting better and better. i think the next hurdle will be the lighthouse, don't you? please show as you go.

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    I had to ask! LOL
    You are doing a great job, and I suspicioned you had some sewing background ...
    Very nice job!

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    I just came here from your other thread showing your first quilt - this is wonderful work! I love the mariner's compass and the little aeroplanes are so cute!

    K x

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