After taking a class with Judy Matheson in 2006, this one is finally finished. It began with the Mariner's Compass but I didn't have my stash with me for the class, so found the results a bit boring. I posted the circle on my blog asking for advice. Besides, I didn't want to add corners and make it square. One of my readers said it looked like a big sun. I found several seascapes in my pile of photos and wound up with this. Since the compass/sun is nearly 36", this turned out to be 72" x 96" and a monster to quilt - some on my HQ-16 and some on my Baby Lock. We do have a place to hang it. My favorite part is the water. I used tulle to make the bottom half of the sun look a bit like a reflection.

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Comment by Lucy Thompson on January 23, 2014 at 1:41am

This is so beautiful; I love any of the seascape/landscape quilts. I am looking for ideas for a Heron quilt; we have one that visits us (the frog pond, not really us!) anyway my son saw a wall hanging in Judy Matheson book and he wants that type of quilt; so am scouting trying to decide how to do it; I think my compass will most likely be in the "sky" . I love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Terry Breedon on May 19, 2012 at 9:27am
Thus is art! Very beautiful, a moving piece!
Comment by Karen Lightman on May 19, 2012 at 8:13am

stunning! I love the water.

Comment by Kathy Duwa on May 18, 2012 at 7:53pm

Beautiful Quilt thanks for sharing

Comment by Elsie Montgomery on May 18, 2012 at 7:22pm

Thank you. I've now had several people tell me this so will consider it. I'm not really into doing shows but it is an encouragement. I'll have to post my latest competition quilt... after the judging is over (next month)!

Comment by sue brigle on May 18, 2012 at 3:22pm

Wow, just wow.   You really need to put this quilt into a show.  It's one of a kind and it's beautiful.

Comment by Elsie Montgomery on May 18, 2012 at 1:09pm

Yes, it is, as is the sky, but with bigger pieces. I didn't want the "repeats" in the fabrics to show, and also wanted the changes of color often seen in water. The pieces are mostly elongated diamonds, curvy though and getting smaller and flatter in the distance. Also, I did this using fusible batting, putting it right on the backing then basting it about a foot apart to make sure it stayed put. Then the top was constructed on top of that, creating lots of gray hair and procrastination!

Comment by sue brigle on May 18, 2012 at 7:54am

OMG............the background is pieced??

Comment by Elsie Montgomery on May 18, 2012 at 12:59am

Hi Sue,

If you ever have opportunity, take a class from Judy Matheson. She makes it easy. Actually, for my quilt, the compass was the easy part. I got seasick sewing all those wave pieces together!

Comment by sue brigle on May 17, 2012 at 6:29pm

you quilters that make mariners compass quilts have my admiration. 

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