Compass Quilt

Quilt Front

Despite the beautiful weather we’ve had here in Chicago over the last week, I managed to finish another quilt. I’ve had these blocks done for awhile now, waiting to assemble into a quilt top. I finally was able to work on that last week and then finished up the binding while we went on a trip to northern Michigan this weekend. Check out this cool photo my mom edited for me of my husband and daughter flying a kite.

Kite Time

This block is no doubt attributed to many quilt designers, but one of those happens to be…Nancy Cabot! She called this block the “Thrift Block” and you can find a paper piecing template for it created by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes in this blog post.

Quilt Block Detail

When I first made these blocks, I thought I would make about 25 and turn them into a mini quilt. Then I started brainstorming alternate quilt layouts and decided on a bit more unexpected layout. I am really thrilled with the finished quilt. Almost equally thrilled when we drove past this apple storage building on our trip and my husband suggested we stop for pictures!

Quilt Front Back

The backing is Kona Ash, the binding is probably my favorite deep blue print, Lizzy House’s Outfoxed Jewels in Blue. The white is Moda’s Bella solids white. I have a bolt of it and I really just think it is the softest white. I quilted this in a free motion meandering design and the finished quilt measures 53″ x 59″.

This quilt is headed for a local charity auction here in Chicago in May, raising money for the Melanoma Research Foundation.



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    March 19, 2012

    great quilt, faith! i love the colors!

    also, the pics in this post are perfect. i am seriously impressed!

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      March 19, 2012

      Thanks Randi! It is like a quilt photographer’s paradise up there. 🙂

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    March 19, 2012

    I love this quilt. And I am so envious that you took several completely different color+whites and out them together without any multi-color prints to tie them together . . . and they look fabulous.

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    March 19, 2012

    Such a lovely, distinctive quilt and how generous to give it away to charity! Just curious, the Moda Bella Solids White, is that the 9900-98 or the 9900-97? Or maybe a different number? I would love to know which is this “SOFTEST white”. Thanks!

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    March 19, 2012

    wow! it is beautiful faith!!!

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    March 19, 2012

    What an inspiring quilt! I love the unexpected layout, and those blocks are just too cute!

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    March 19, 2012

    Gorgeous! So in love with the layout!

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    March 19, 2012

    This is a gorgeous quilt and the block layout almost makes it look kind of like a tanagram, all interconnected. VERY cool! And what a fabulous photo op.

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    March 19, 2012

    Beautiful quilt and what a great husband!!!! He gets bonus points for the awesome backdrop suggestion!!!!!

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    March 19, 2012

    The photo of your husband and daughter is absolutely wonderful! And your quilt is great–love the simplicity of the design and the fabrics you chose! (I hope you don’t mind if I Pinterested it–I want to remember it next time I am looking for something fun to make?)

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    March 19, 2012

    This quilt looks fantastic. I like the cool layout.

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    March 19, 2012

    I love your Compass quilt. I also love your Mom’s photo.

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    March 19, 2012

    So pretty! And unexpected.

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    March 19, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love the color palette you chose.

    And that picture your mom took is precious – you should totally have it made into one of those photo paintings to hang up!

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    March 19, 2012

    Stunning quilt, and beautiful photos! Your mom took an adorable picture! 🙂 xo Heather

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    March 19, 2012

    Beautiful quilt and amazing photos!
    Some how I lost your last two posts – what a lovely bundles of fabrics and wonderful new blocks!
    And the quilt with Kaffe Fassets is so beautiful!
    x Teje

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    March 19, 2012

    What a gorgeous quilt and a wonderful photo opp to show it off! I admire your creativity. All your quilts are beautiful, unique, and incredibly inspiring to this newbie to the craft.

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    March 19, 2012

    Hi Faith!, the quilt is beautiful, another great block from mrs. Cabot!. Great pictures!!!!!!!!!

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    March 19, 2012

    I just pinned this. I love off-centered designs and lots of negative space! Great photos too!

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    March 19, 2012

    Simple yet elegant!

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    Jenny Pedigo

    March 19, 2012

    This is really neat an different! Your pictures are fantastic!

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    March 19, 2012

    Love this quilt- and the apple storage building.

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    March 20, 2012

    I like the look of the quilt, especially the blocks put together like this. I’d like to make a little table runner like so if I get the chance. It would look nice on my dresser in the bedroom.

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    March 20, 2012

    Goegeous quilt, Faith! The colors and design are fabulous. I’m jealous of those wonderful photo opportunities you got, too! 🙂

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    March 20, 2012

    I love this quilt, and the MRF is a cause very close to my heart–I was so excited to see this post today!

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    gina f.

    March 20, 2012

    perfect quilt, perfect photo shoot!!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    March 20, 2012

    Faith, that layout is spectacular. Way to go and thanks for the inspiration. It’s so easy to just do “normal’, but more satisfying to do something different. Gorgeous shots!!!

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    March 20, 2012

    I love all your projects, this one stands out though. I am perplexed on how to cut the triangles, and how to graduate their size as the square gets bigger. Would you be willing to share the pattern or say how you cut the fabric?
    I would love to try this!

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    Leigh Ann

    March 20, 2012

    Lovely! I’m most impressed that your husband suggested the photo op…excellent!

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    Helen in Switzerland

    March 22, 2012

    What an absolutely fantastic quilt!!! Love, love, love it – don’t knowhow you can bear to give it away!!

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    March 24, 2012

    Oh I love it Faith – the fabric choices, the layout, the whole shebang! It’s very striking!

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    March 29, 2012

    Oh no… I was doing the same block but your layout is beyond stunning so now I might have to change my plan. Please stop posting such wonderfult quilts and beautiful pictures 😉 Nah, just kidding but I seriously don’t know what to do now.

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    May 19, 2012

    Hi! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for this post which inspired me to make a table runner from my scraps. Blogged about here:


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