This finely made Mariner's Compass quilt is dense in both piecing and use of patterned fabrics. The fabric of printed circles of the background is an imaginative choice to mirror the circular compasses.
The points of the compasses and sawtooth triangles are crisp and well defined. The quilt is in unwashed condition with one condition apology. There were some cracks in one side of the border fabric. It has been covered with invisible netting sewn over that end of the entire quilt. The netting is very fine and well matched by color. It is evident by feel but not by sight. The quilt measures 86 inches square. The backing is a Bars pattern of two beautiful fabrics to which the quilt can be reversed. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1870.