As soon as I entered Sewvivor, I started planning and sewing for the first challenge. Theme: nautical.  I don’t always have control of my schedule, and if I can, I like to stay far ahead of deadlines.

I’m also not at all a fan of nautical things, and I wanted time to develop an idea that I’d like.  Many nautical things I come across seem a little baby-ish or cutesy, but there are a few people who can do nautical extremely well (Tula Pink is one of them.)

But back to the block. defines nautical as: of or pertaining to sailors, ships, or navigation.

Mariner's Compass fabric pull

Hmmm….  Navigation.  I can get really excited about that. Compasses, anyone?

A search through Wombat Quilts’ free paper piecing list helped me pick out my block. (If you paper piece and haven’t been there, forget about my silly little blog – go check her stuff out!!!)

It’s not actually called Mariner’s Compass, but that’s what I keep referring to in my mind so that’s what I’m calling it.  The pattern is officially called Compass of Many Colors by Quilting on the Square.

Mariner's Compass unpicking progress

I got a little ahead of myself.  I’m not always the greatest at reading instructions or taking steps in order.  I had to do some unpicking, but I was excited to realize that I could unpick a partial seam and still insert the piece I skipped.  Partial unpicking is a small, probably obvious, approach, but I feel like it’s alluded me in the past.  I was so relieved that this little bit of unpicking felt kind of zen.

I sewed the missing piece, and then I put my partially unpicked seam back in place and resewed it.  I was quickly back on track.

Mariner's Compass back on track

So there it is! Contestants can’t share what they’re up to until the reveal, but since I’m not a contestant, I can post all I want about my progress.  There’s an option to sew with the competition, so I think I’ll tag along for a little bit;  I do like deadlines, and some fun ideas have planted themselves in my mind as a result of coming up with projects to fit a theme.

Mariner's Compass final

I’ll post my finished project when the actual contests do their reveal on August 11.  Cheers!

Botany by Lauren and Jessi Jung, Pearl Bracelets by Lizzie House, Foliage in Fern as well as Crosshatch in Fern and Curry by Carolyn Friedlander, and a solid blue from my stash.

Mariner's Compass FI
I’ll be linking up with Freshly Pieced and the other works-in-progress for this week.



  1. Julie

    This looks great – love your fabric and colour picks.  I too have been thrilled to learn I can unpick a partial seam in botched up paper pieced bits (for want of a better word) and correct it.

  2. Erica

    Beautiful! I also started to plan a nautical project and struggled but I love what you came up with and your piecing and sense of colour is just bang on. I’ll watch for the finished project.

  3. nicole

    This is just gorgeous Daisy! Your colours are beautiful and your points, so perfect!!
    Sorry you didn’t make it in 🙁 I was truly hoping someone would back out so you could play too. But i’m glad your sewing along and i can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Anita L

    Wow! This looks fantastic! I love your colour choices. This is much more intricate than what I have planned for challenge 1. (getting nervous now) 🙂

  5. Shauna

    totally cool, I think it was a great interpretation, and the colors are great together!!!

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  7. Karin Jordan

    Your fabric choices are simply wonderful for this block. Congratulations on being SO close. Your butterfly pillow is impeccable and I might just have to make one at some point – yours keeps coming to mind! Didn’t I see it on Jeni Baker’s recent list of picks? 😀

  8. Alison Wood

    I absolutely love your compass block and you other recent paper piecing (ship, butterfly) – your colour choices are delicious, and I’m even tempted to face up to paper piecing sometime soon…

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