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Paper Piecing Mariner Compass

Paper Piecing is easy, addictive and fun.  This quilting technique is a great addition to your quilting knowledge.  Foundation paper piecing is a popular technique in making quilts but can seem incredibly intimidating if you haven’t tried it!  It’s done by sewing fabric to a printed paper foundation. This method is beloved by experienced piecers because it can be used to create extremely precise points and shapes. Paper piecing can be used for many designs, from simpler blocks like a square-in-a-square or elaborate patterns like a Mariner’s compass.


I designed this table runner to introduce the concept of a Mariners Compass to students with minimal experience paper piecing. I focused on the Mariner’s Compass block with its radiating and overlapping rays to show the accuracy of foundation paper piecing without having the circular shape of a more advanced Mariner’s Compass block. The pattern for the Mariner’s Compass Stars came from Carol Doak’s book – Mariner’s Compass Stars, pattern # 6, which can be purchased at A Stitch In Time. This book contains 24 different blocks and 9 easy projects. If you would like to use a different block pattern from this book, then the one I used, please feel free to do so. Great book for those that want to learn more about paper piecing.

Come join the fun and learn how to master this exciting quilting technique. 


Class Policies:

  • We ask that Class materials be purchased at A Stitch in Time. This helps us cover class expenses. We do ask however that you check with us prior to purchasing any supplies to ensure the class has made. 

  • Pre-registration with payment is required. You may register in person, by phone, or through our website class calendar. Be sure to register early to help us ensure sufficient enrollment is met.

  • We will determine 7 days before the class date if enrollment is sufficient for the class to be held or if the class will be cancelled.

  • Cancellations: 

    • If we cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment, weather, etc., class fees will be refunded. 

    • If you cancel your class reservation 7 or more prior to class date, any refund will be in the form of a store credit.  There could be exceptions to this rule for special events with an out-ot-town teacher.

    • If you cancel your class reservation 7 or fewer days from class date, you are not eligible for a refund or store credit.  Any exceptions to this will be on a case-by-case basis as determined by the owner.

  • Please cancel if you are sick.

  • Please refrain from wearing fragrances to class.

  • Come to class expecting a day of fun and relaxation!


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Donna Orford

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