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Floating Mariner

July 25, 2010

Floating Mariner

The Floating Mariner, by Jennifer Ofenstein (hey, that’s me!)

It’s always fun for a quilt designer to play with a traditional block. I really enjoy stars and Mariner’s Compass is an all-time favorite for it’s striking geometric design.

A number of students in a class I taught earlier this year urged me to add a Mariner’s Compass to my class rotation. I loved the idea and decided that if I was going to include a Mariner’s Compass, I had to go all the way and create my own version to share with my students!

When I started drafting my pattern, I was unsure what direction I wanted to take with such a traditional block. After some trial and error, the Floating Mariner emerged.  I love how the smaller stars echo the center motif.  Taken singly, the block is a stunning 16″ wall-hanging.  Combined with more Floating Mariners, a stunning quilt layout emerges.

Floating Mariner

Floating Mariner

Detail of Floating Mariner, with echo quilting…my favorite!

Use it as a single block for a wall hanging, or make multiple blocks for a breathtaking quilt!

The Floating Mariner is now available in the Sewhooked Shop for just $6 as an instant PDF download with PayPal payment – completely secure shopping through E-junkie!

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Floating Mariner 4 x 4

4 blocks x 4 blocks, using The Floating Mariner

approximately 62″ x 62″

The PDF download includes paper pieced patterns and piecing instructions for the Floating Mariner block.  The block is simple enough for an advanced beginner to tackle, but rewarding for quilters of all skill levels!

Now available through the Sewhooked Shop as an instant PDF download with PayPal payment (completely secure shopping through E-junkie!).

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Want to learn to paper piece? Check out my free paper piecing resources and text tutorial!

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