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204 Strip-Pieced Mariner's Compass/ Studio Time

Mary Derry

Wednesday & Thursday

Confident Beginner

Machine : Piecing

Finally there is a technique for making these beautiful patterns without the work of drawing templates or paper piecing!  Mary is so excited to introduce you to this great system.  She will walk you step by step as you construct your first masterpiece with 16 point blocks but is willing to bet you will be making more for yourself and for gifts.  The book comes with the ruler and with instructions for full size quilts with blocks ranging from six to thirty-six inches.  If you have looked at Mariner’s Compass blocks in the past but think they are just too complicated, you are going to be surprised at the precision and beauty you accomplish with this method.  This is guaranteed to receive ooohs and ahhhs at your next guild show and tell!

​Required : Skinny Robin 16-Point Mariner’s Compass Book and Ruler.   Robin Ruth Designs.  Available at robinruthdesign.com or Amazon.  $40 - $49.

​Studio Time is for a limited number of students preferring time for working on their own projects, and Mary will be there to help in any way she can!

Mary Derry

As the daughter of a talented seamstress, Mary has been sewing for as long as she can remember.  It was not until 1981, however, that she took an adult education class and made her first quilt.  Her fascination with the history, precision, diversity and beauty of quilts soon became a passion which continues to grow today.  In 1984 she gave up a forty year nursing career to turn this passion into her life’s work.  Mary opened My Favorite Quilt Shop in Gainesville, Florida which provided a meeting place for quilters of all levels to gather not just supplies, but also for inspiration, instruction, and encouragement.  In 2009 Mary completed the study and practice required by the National Quilting Society to receive their certification as a professional quilt judge.   

Mary now lives and works in a cottage on a mountain lake in New Hampshire.  Her miniature quilts have won awards at several shows, her lecture (We are not the Quilt Police) has been in demand and well received, and her classes in basic to advanced quilting techniques continue to fill and allow her to continue sharing with others the joys of being a quilter.  Mary believes that being a teacher has made her a better judge, and that being a judge has made her a better teacher.


Mary E. Derry, NACQJ
124 Oakdale Rd.
Bradford, NH  03221