Mariner’s Compass Quilt

Mariner\'s Compass
This is the Mariner’s Compass wall hanging I made for Jim, the Executive Director of the local social service agency I am involved with. The pattern is from Judy Mathieson’s book Mariner’s Compass Quilts: New Directions. It is paper pieced. The hardest part was trying to get the points to come out at the right place. I designed my own corner squares to paper piece.

I chose this pattern because Jim is a sailor and he led the floundering agency in a new direction. The trickiest part was figuring out what color to make it. I asked Jim’s 18-year-old son what colors were in their house, and all he could come up with was blue. Not terribly helpful…


I would like to make another one in colors to go in our house.

4 Responses to “Mariner’s Compass Quilt”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow! Gorgeous!

    Now, for the “mistake”. Years ago, you consoled me when I was fretting over a mistake in something I was knitting by telling me about Persian rugmakers who intentionally included a mistake in their rugs because “nothing is perfect but for Allah”.

  2. Cathy says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful! I’m always terribly impressed with accurate Mariner’s Compass points – Mom and I saw a quilt show at the Lafayette Art Museum once a long time ago that was all quilts based on the Mariner’s Compass theme, and many of the quilters commented on how difficult it was to get the points right!

    And I was about to tell you the same Persian rug story that Rebecca just did.

    also, I edited your post slightly – I put it in the “quilting projects” category, and also shrunk the photo just a bit so that it wouldn’t break the layout of the web page. If you click on the photo, you’ll see the full-sized image.

    PSA to all Crackpot Bloggers: if you have an image that’s larger than about 500 pixels wide, it’s a good idea to use the “thumbnail” option when uploading a photo – the blog will resize your image automagically so that it fits into the layout on the front page.

  3. Ann says:

    I’ll add my “Wow!!!!!” to the reviews. Once again, your wonderful sense of color is evident, Marty. It’s wonderful!! As for the mistake, at least it wasn’t in one of the “front” points! Honestly, I wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out.

    The Persian Rug story I know is a Navajo blanket story. I guess artists and craftspeople mess things up in all cultures and need consolation. (-:

  4. Nancy says:

    It is beautiful! I never would have noticed the mistake, and even after you pointed it out, it took me quite a while to notice it.

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