Columbus Day Tribute

The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
This quilt is over 22 years old. Jinny Beyer created this collection to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus.

What a beautiful mariner's compass - as only Jinny Beyer could draft!

I remember buying the fabric, in fact! I still have a small piece SOMEWHERE in my messy stash. I used a pattern from a Quilting Today magazine (now defunct) exactly as it was presented. I hand quilted the little quilt and bring it out every year around October 12th.

I'm of Italian heritage as was Columbus. And one of my sons in law is from Spain and we have to remember that it was Queen Isabella of Spain who financed Columbus' trip so he could "discover" us.

Tomorrow is a holiday here in the States, though some people scorn Columbus. Revisionist history and all that.

I blogged about Columbus Day in 2012 and presented a Mariner's Compass quilt HERE

Galaxy Compass
Hope you enjoyed my little - and really old - quilt!


  1. A lovely way to celebrate the day.

  2. that is certainly an amazing quilt and your old but small one is very nice too, love your colour choice

  3. No matter how old, it is still a great quilt! What a great way to celebrate the holiday!

  4. I just picked up some of the Columbus day fabric at a thrift store! How funny is that! :) I will probably use it for a backing on a quilt, I think there was 4 or 5 yards of it. Your quilt is too cute!

    Sandy A

  5. I am loving your Columbus quilt, Debby!!
    For the life of me, I couldn't find your email address. Are you going to be in Houston next week? Want to meet up? :)

  6. I remember the fabric, I remember Quilting Today, and I remember when Columbus was honored. I still think what he did was remarkable. People can pick on him all they want, but SOMEONE was going to come and bring Europe to the Americas. It was a great feat, as was Magellan's circumnavigation of the earth, and many other things which were required to bring us to where we are today. It may not be where everyone would like to be, but it was more or less inevitable that we'd get here by some route. I still like Columbus, and for more than a day off. =) I love both your quilts, and am glad you showed them.


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