Mariner’s Compass

Mariner’s Compass

This complex pattern, with many points, is easily and successfully pieced using freezer paper foundations. No matter how many points you have, no matter the size or even the kind of fabric, it will lie flat and depending on how you have placed the fabrics, it will even rotate. In the class, you will learn on a fairly simple 8” block, but the steps and the technique are identical for any size or shape compass. This is best done as a 6 hour class, with several extra different sizes of patterns, but can be shortened to 3-4 hours if desired.


Up to 2 yards medium and dark value fabrics. These can be fat quarters or scraps, hand-dyes, prints or solids or a mixture, but should vary in texture/size of prints. All fabrics should be cotton.

Bring at least three colors that work well together, one of which should be darker.
1 yard contrasting background fabric, either very light or very dark.

NOTE: Bring fabrics you would like to use together; they can be prints or solids or a mixture
Usual sewing supplies to include pencil and ruler, rotary cutter-mat-ruler if desired, sewing machine with extension cord.

Foundation material will be supplied.