Mariner's Compass Quilts Paperback – 28 Jan 2014
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About the Author
Cynthia Sisler Simms has been quilting for over 55 years, and teaching quilting techniques for over 35 years. As a military wife for 20 years, Cynthia feels the Mariners Compass always points the way home.
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11 pages of dated full-color gallery-style photographs.
This imbalance is the main reason why Mariner’s Compass Quilts Solid & Split Point Patterns is so instantly and shockingly disappointing.
The consecutive pages of countless black and white drawings make it difficult to tell that there are 18 patterns here. Information about assembling the completed blocks into a full project layout is scant, scattered, has no measurements, and includes no fabric yardage requirements. (While some measurements and yardages do exist for the blocks themselves, you are basically on your own to turn them into a project.) The few color pages in the gallery section show mostly dated projects with no captions nor inspiration.
Still, I hoped the book might be redeemed with useful methods, techniques, and instructions.
But the scant dozen or so pages of text are unorganized, lacking in detail, and spread out. The gist is that the compass can be either solid or split, and it can be constructed as an oval, a diamond, a rectangle, or a hexagon. Each hand-drawn diagram shows only ovals, thus how the other shapes are achieved is buried in the unhelpful text. The claim is made that the resulting block will lie flat, but whatever makes that so is also buried. The only advice regarding yardage – which is hugely important for quilters - is “don’t be concerned” and “buy extra fabric”.
Despite the author’s welcome encouragement that anyone can make the intricate Mariner’s Compass, I just can’t recommend this book as a resource. I regret purchasing it.
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