Artwork Information

  • Title:

    Quilt in the Mariner’s Compass pattern

  • Artist:

    Maker unknown

  • Artist Bio:


  • Date:

    about 1888

  • Medium:

    Pieced and quilted cotton

  • Dimensions:

    82 x 62 inches

  • Credit Line:

    Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Dan R. Rouser

  • Object Number:


  • Display:

    Not Currently on Display

About the Artwork

This quilt is a variation of the “Mariner’s Compass” pattern which traditionally is composed of 16 or 32 points radiating from a central circle to mimic the design of a magnetic compass. The Wichita Art Museum quilt displays circular medallions with 12 radiating points which most likely symbolize the hours of the day and reference the use of the position of the sun and stars for navigation.