It has 32 points.
Cardinal Points: N., E., S., N.
Half cardinal points: NE., SE., SW., NW.
Three letter points: NNE., ENE., etc.
By-points; N. BY E., NE. BY N., etc.
(Ref: The Readers Digest Great Encyclopaedic Dictionary Volume One, A-L, page189, published1974).
The original quilt, used 32 dots on the circle of the Mariner's quilt block. This is very interesting, as most Mariner's quilt blocks do not have this feature. This quilt block was first used in England in 1726.
The maker of this quilt was definitely not uneducated. She could read, write, draw, had a grasp of geometry, maybe, just maybe, even nautical astromony? She may even have had a few male family members who was into sailing? With all the Wars, England was involved in, it is a possibility.
She had access to Linen and other materials, as we can see from the original grainy photograph in Averil Colby's Patchwork book. It give us another clue, she was not destitute, but from a family who had the means to buy the materials to make this quilt. She had time, this is the most crucial of all the clues. This is a labour intensive quilt. Women had very few ways to express them in 1790, she could do this with her creativity. She had others who could do the chores, household servants, which was common enough then, in big Manor Houses.
She shows her sense of adventure, with the choice of her center for this quilt. A Compass, with all those points, exactly thirty two dots on the circle frame of the Mariner's Compass quilt block.
Her inquiring mind, her level of intellectual ability, expressing herself, in the only way she knew how, which would not cause offence. Well mannered, young Lady.
This was a romantic era, she paid tribute to that with the hearts and flowers on her quilt. Jane Austen was only fifteen years old. Did she read any of Jane Austen's books. Did she keep a diary, in which she wrote down her day to day experiences?
Making Love Entwined is a discovery, it forces one to think. How did they do, what we do today?. It is throwing up more questions than answers. Averil Colby is an Author and a Historian. Why did she give so little information about this quilt in her book?...
Here is my progress so far.
The first one did not work as I had folded over the edges before stitching down the dots/berries.
The second one I stitch the dots down first, now the circle have a nicer look.