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Working on the Mariners Compass, I decided to add half compasses to the corner triangles. I've appliqued them on. Now my question is..do I cut the back of the triangle where the compass is and attach it to the main body of the larger compass block OR just sew the whole thing on to the main compass block? I'm open to any and all answers.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 10, 2011 at 5:56am
Glad it is working for you.  Again, it probably sounds like I'm gushing (and I'm not much of a gusher), but I can't tell you how much I admire your work on this quilt.  It looks like mosaic floor tiles in a majestic cathedral.  I love the fabric choices and placement.  Looking forward to the next installment.
Comment by Billie Blakeney on April 10, 2011 at 4:21am
I cut the back of the half mariners compass away. It lays better. Today I'll add it to the body of the quilt and 'think' about it some more.!
Comment by Billie Blakeney on April 9, 2011 at 2:14pm
@ Lori - Took your advice and added a 1" border between the corner pieces and the main body of the Mariner's compass. BUT...I now have to add to the corner pieces to fit properly. I don't think that will be a problem.
Comment by Shannon, ON on April 8, 2011 at 7:21pm
I have no answer for you but it is stunning!
Comment by Lori/MD on April 8, 2011 at 10:32am
I love it, but instead of butting it against the sashing, maybe some of the dark background between the two would set it off nicely.
Comment by J.S. on April 8, 2011 at 9:09am
Your quilt is beautiful.  I've always admired the Mariner Compass but never have ventured into starting one.  Great work!
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on April 8, 2011 at 9:01am

that quilt is sooooo stunning!  I've never done a Marnier's Compass, but sure thinking about it now :).  I'm with the rest who say to leave the backing there. 

Comment by Joan on April 8, 2011 at 7:56am

Morning Billie,

Anything that intricate, with so much work put into it, if I were the one making it, I'd leave it in there for stability.  Now that's advice from a know nothing newbie, LOL.  The only exception would be if the block won't lay flat because the triangle piece is pulling underneath or wrinkled underneath and the stitching is dead on and you don't want to risk undoing and restitching it ;p

Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 8, 2011 at 7:22am
WOW! DH loves Mariner Compasses. I've done one small one then half ones like you have on a different project. Hmmm.... maybe I need to do more. I know I'm not answering your question -- I think the others have covered it. Just wanted you to know how gorgeous this is!
Comment by Barb/WI on April 8, 2011 at 7:21am
Your beautiful quilts leave me speechless...good thing my fingers still work!  Love this, love this.

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