Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 83

The last block of my Chatelaine Sampler is the stunning Mariner's Compass and I saved the best block for last. I know I say every week that a block is my favorite, and they are, but this is my all time favorite block EVER.
I first encountered this block in my SBS quilt and I put off making it due to the paper piecing. Up until then, I had been able to make templates or fudge other blocks that required PP, without actually learning how to do it. As I really wanted to make this block, I had to at least attempt paper piecing. I watched a You Tube video of a woman paper piecing a boat, understood the basic principals and sat down and sewed my first Mariner's Compass and boy was I pleased with myself. It even got its own blog post HERE.
I'd like to say that my love of paper piecing came from there but it didn't and I had no plans to every PP again. I did try it again years later and the more I sewed this way, the more enjoyable it became and I found that I could piece more intricate designs...........and the rest is history :)
I was a little worried about how my soft fabrics would work in this block but I love how it turned out and I think its perfect for our quilts. It is paper pieced in eight easy little sections, so give it a try :)
To download and print this weeks free pattern, just visit HERE.
So that's all 83 blocks! And can I say a huge "thank you" to everyone for your support over the last 83 weeks. You are amazing!! Sharing my blocks has been the highlight of my week and I love that you love my favorite blocks as well. Your comments, emails and photos have made this project so enjoyable to me and I can"t thank you enough xxx
Next week I do have some bonus blocks to share with you (which you can use as you wish) but until then I'm putting my Chatelaine quilt top together and I can't wait to share.
Happy sewing :)


  1. THANK YOU Rose for all the hard work you put into these blocks. When I have my quilt ready I would love to send you a photo. Looking forward to seeing your quilt. Guida

  2. Wow, I can't believe it's over! These have been great blocks. I love this one, but I'm pretty sure I won't be making it, or at least not exactly the same way. That doesn't matter, of course! It's been a highlight of my week every week to come see the new block and download it. I know it was a lot of work for you, a labor of love, and I so appreciate it. Susan at desertskyquilts on WordPress.

  3. Thank you very munch, Rose! I love this block. Really, I love every block of your chatelaine :) Thank You.

  4. Thank you so much for these--great tutorials! I can't wait to get them all finished and assembled. Looking forward to seeing yours!

  5. All of the blocks are so lovely; I can hardly wait to see the finished quilt! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and willingness to share with our beloved quilting community of friends!

  6. Rose, thank you so much for all of the lovely blocks, and especially thanks for your willingness to provide the blocks to our quilting community of friends!

  7. Thank you for sharing your work. I've just come across this and sitting cosy in middle of storm reading and looking at all yr lovely work


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