This handmade quilt is a gift: a gift of time and talent made uniquely for you. The classic black and white fabrics are accented with a beautiful tan. Each of its thirty-two compass points is precisely sewn to create a beautiful eyepiece for your bedroom. The quilt is hand-quilted by one woman. On a queen bed, this quilt will have 17 inches of drop per side. Any extra length can be tucked under your pillows, displaying a stunning compass design across the pillow head.
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.
Connecting the Past and Present: The Mariner’s Compass Quilts Legacy
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
Red is a Classic Fit for Mariner's Compass
The Intricate Mariner's Compass
Amish Handmade Quilt Facts
Over the centuries, various methodologies have been developed to make it less complicated for quilters to piece multi-angled quilts together. One of these tactics is named paper piecing, which is normally applied to put together the intricate edges of the Mariner's Compass quilt. Paper piecing, as it title indicates, uses an unique paper pattern on top of which the fabric cuts are stitched. The pattern directs the seamstress to correctly sew the pieces together so that the finished top will lie out flat. Solutions such as this are an effective help to our quilters!
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January 2, 2019
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October 13, 2018
I have ordered from this place before and I am always happy when I receive the quilt I ordered. The quality of work is outstanding. The quick service cannot be matched. I will continue to order from you.
July 25, 2018
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September 23, 2018
My husband loves the ocean, we live 1 hour away, so I bought this quilt “for him”. Our bedroom has several nautical items in it and is painted a sea foam blue. We love it and we pray for the quilter of the Sailor’s compass quilt nightly.
September 23, 2018
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September 27, 2018
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