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. Dictionary.com defines nautical as: of or pertaining to sailors, ships, or navigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.