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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    Jenny says

    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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    Rhonda says

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Margaret says

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

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    Liz says

    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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    Holly says

    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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    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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