Compass Gifts

After last week’s post announcing our upcoming cruise around Hawaii, I received an email from Becky. She wanted to be added to the list of “those interested in more information about the trip”  (if you haven’t put your name on the list, you may email me at: 🙂 ). She attached a picture to her email with this additional message:
“I met you in Janesville at our Guild meeting of the Friendship Stars Quilt Guild in 2016. I bought your book for Mariners Compass and love it. I’ve been making pillows for my dearest friends.”
Just look at all the compasses she’s made! WOW! What lucky friends. I wrote back and asked her for more of the story and here it is:
“Before making my first pillow, I just happened to take your book along as “potential entertainment” to a New Year’s Day party. Sure enough, while the guys were watching football the 3 of us quilting girlfriends worked step by step through your directions.  It was probably more fun than it should have been, but felt kind of magical to trust the process. Eventually…Voila! There we sat, holding our Mariner’s Compass paper-piecing patterns!
I went home and started making pillows for a February retreat.💗.
We are 6 couples that have been going to Door County for a couple’s winter retreat for more than 20 years. I decided to make each one a Mariner’s Compass pillow, but in usual quilter’s fashion, I didn’t have time to get them all done! No worries…each friend chose either a completed pillow or a “kit” with fabrics I’d selected. Eventually,  each one sent me a picture of her pillow on display in their home. The Mariner’s Compass holds its own significance because of our faith in Christ and how that guides and directs our paths. For over two decades this time of refreshment away…together… has seen us through some tough & memorable life events. Usually 4 nights–we eat, laugh, cry, hike, and worship together during a retreat of our own making.”
I’m so glad to know Becky’s story and grateful to know how the mariner’s pattern has touched her life. Thanks Becky!
If you haven’t tried my Compass technique, you can purchase a copy of my book by clicking here. If you’d like to purchase one the old fashioned way, you can mail me a check and I’ll mail you a book  😀 . Just email me at .

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  • Starr Lehman said:

    I have always loved the Mariners compass but was intimidated to try to make the Mariners compass. I took your class at Paducah and loved it – you were so patient with the class and made it so easy. I purchased your book after class and love it.

  • Patti admin

    I love this. I want to be with the couples on the yearly trip. How special to connect the Mariner’s Compass to God.
    Thanks for sharing something so important.


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