I used the Quilt Smart pattern method to make this quilt, which if you are not already familiar with these products they are made with printed fusible interfacing. Their techniques are so clever that this literally only took me one afternoon to sew the Mariner's compass part of the quilt.
My husband and I had a debate whether or not the brown posies were a good background fabric choice. He thought it wasn't Mariner--like enough. Yes, that is true, but the colors in the fabric worked in so perfectly--magically in fact. So, it was a happy accident to find as the light fades in the room towards nighttime the posies become less apparent and begin to look instead like stars twinkling in the night sky. Yay!!
I used an all over swirl quilting pattern to give it a "watery" look. I am quite happy with how this one turned out in the end!