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Mariner’s Compass Quilt – King

$875.00

Measures 113″ x 114″ long.

The Mariner’s Compass quilt originates from one of the earliest quilt designs in America. The patchwork quilt pattern is composed of the thirty-two precise points of the compass, with the stars radiating from the center. Partial compasses surround the entire quilt and complement the pillow head. The Mariner’s Compass quilt is hand-quilted with over 370 yards of thread by Mrs. Speicher.

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Mariner’s Compass Quilts for Sale: Handmade by the Amish of Lancaster County

We employ local craftspeople to design, piece, and quilt these works of art. Each quilt is entirely handmade, from cutting the quilt blocks to binding the edges of the quilt. We bring together artisans for different steps of the process–one sews the quilt top; others stitch it together; and still another finishes the edges. Every part of the process recalls the way quilts have been made for centuries.

mariner's compass quilt made by the amish of lancaster county

One of our Mariner's Compass Quilts

heart and center of mariner's compass quilt

The Striking Compass Design

beautiful front and back of mariner's compass quilt

Front and Back of a Mariner's Compass Quilt

Connecting the Past and Present: The Mariner’s Compass Quilts Legacy

While most early quilts were simple, the Mariner’s Compass quilt was complex, and often was reserved for special occasions.

The Mariner’s Compass quilt pattern has been known and loved among dedicated quilters, only the best of whom could manage the intricacies of stitching the precise points of the compass or star, as it was variously known. While most early quilts were simple, the Mariner’s Compass quilt was complex, and often was reserved for special occasions.

While other patterns may suggest a star pattern, the Mariner’s Compass name specifically refers to quilts in which the star radiates from a circular center. The roots of this pattern are hard to trace. Barbara Brackman writes of the many names used for this pattern, including The Explosion, the Merry Go Round, the Rolling Pinwheel, the Slashed Star–even Chips and Whetstones. Each name suggests what quilters saw as they stitched their quilt tops!

Quilt pattern books began to use the Mariner’s Compass name, widely accepted today, around the 1960s; its first published use was in 1929. Various historians, knowing the pattern’s popularity in the American northeast, have suggested that seafaring folk saw the compass rose on nautical maps and reproduced it on their blankets. The Pennsylvania Germans picked it up, adding brighter colors and patterns.

Mariner's Compass in a Wall Hanging

classic red mariner's compass quilt

Red is a Classic Fit for Mariner's Compass

The Intricate Mariner's Compass

Amish Homemade Quilt Facts

The term handmade is generally utilized to define crafts created by a craftsman rather than a factory. Because it is not mass-produced, each handmade quilt is special. Not all the sewing in a hand-crafted quilt is done by hand. Just as the woodcrafter utilizes mechanical devices to create his workmanship, our seamstresses use numerous devices to craft these quilts. The seamstress cuts her items with a rotary blade knife as well as sew them with each other on the stitching machine. The quilter deals with just thread, thimble, as well as needle to quilt hundreds of little stitches throughout the quilt. Handmade is a gift: it is the gift of time and also ability to produce a thing distinctly for you.

Homemade quilts combine the warmth of a bed cover with a unique story told by the quilters from Lancaster County, PA. Every homemade quilt is as unique as the family, busy mother or Amish ladies group who uses a needle and thimble to thread stitch on the quilt. Some quilts involve hundreds of hours and thousands of stitches to create a unique patchwork quilt that will last for generations.

When you peruse our HOMEMADE QUILTS you are shopping for an item that tells a story and adds meaning to your bedroom! Discover more about our unique patchwork quilts and the stories behind them

We have a lot of quilts! Want to see a gallery of the major patterns? Checkout our Common Amish Quilt Patterns.

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