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Mariner's Compass Quilt

by Julie Baird

This Mariner's Compass Quilt is from a pattern by Judy Mathieson. The name of the pattern is Costa Rican Cartwheel. It's in both a book of Judy's and a CD (DVD? - can't keep them straight) she did later.

I learned a lot making this quilt. And color choices really make it a good looking piece.

The points of the compass are paper pieced, the center circle is machine appliqued. The compass itself is set into a background square. A lot to do, but if you take it step-by-step, a totally doable quilt.

In fact, I've taught this quilt pattern several times.

One of the things I was proud of, was that for the darker turquoise fabric, I actually cut and completely used up a piece of hand dyed, hand marbled fabric. That was a first! Very liberating!

This was also the first quilt that I heavily free motion machine quilted. It hung in our guild show. I was pretty cool, I overheard a gal telling her friend about how the quilter had used pre-quilted fabric. Not! But it was kind of neat that someone thought that.

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Sep 10, 2017
by: Martine

What is the name off the book. I find 4 books.

From the Editor: It's in Mariner's Compass Quilts: New Directions by Judy Mathieson. The pattern is 'Cartwheel Costa Rica' starting on page 80. This book is now a 'print on demand' at Amazon.

I hope this helps.



Dec 14, 2010
by: Sherry A. Byrd

I truly love the pattern and adore the colors in this quilt. They work together so beautifully.

Apr 18, 2010
Not that one...
by: Emily

No, I haven't made that pattern. I've got EQ6 and like to use that to make Mariner's Compass patterns. There are a bunch of them in the library of EQ and I finally learned how to draw my own.

A whole lot of fun! Thank goodness for paper piecing. When I see antique quilts with all those long skinny points and I think about the tools those ladies had to make them with, I'm really blown away!

Mar 31, 2010
Mariner's Star
by: Ann Grant

Have you made Judy's Star Wheels quilt? It is in her book "Mariner's Compass Quilts", subtitled New Directions.

Mar 24, 2010
by: Marina

This is a beautiful quilt, love the colours!

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