I have it mostly done except for the small circles around the outer edge of the compass. Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to do them.
I tried using the dissolving backing to make the circles and it worked really well.
I will post some pictures below of how I did that.
The center compass, I paper pieced because I don't think I could have done the rotary cuts accurately enough to make it work.
One of the ladies on the Yahoo group suggested using washers for the smaller circles. I jumped on that one. I think it will make life easier and I won't have to worry about them when I iron them down. I will probably put some type of stuffing in them to make them appear a bit fuller and raised up a bit. For non-quilters, you do remove the washers :-)
This first picture shows the fabric cut out from the template provided by Esther and also the dissolving backing in place and cut 1/4 inc smaller then the actual fabric ring.
Also, did you notice all that applique on the larger area of pattern in the above picture? It makes me break out in a cold sweat lol. DETERMINATION.
Then I laid it over top the compass to make sure that the corners were gonna meet correctly and of course there is always one in the bunch. So, I ripped that back out and corrected it.
Once I was pretty sure that everything would line up. I put a bit of fabric glue around the edges and pressed the outer ring on. I then hand stitched around it.
So then, I checked the measurements. Suppose to be 8.5 inches but uh oh - it isn't. It actually measured 8.75 so I had to go back and turn under an 1/8 inch all around the outside. I am glad that I did because now the circle is better as I could straighten out the last of the "dents" or bows.
Now, I am happy with the results. Those little circles could be something else but I will post about those when I get to that point.
AND I got the block instructions for Pam Buda's sew along and I will be starting that this weekend as well. I will let you know how that one goes too.
Have a great rest of the LONG WEEKEND.
Happy Birthday Canada.