I've had discussions with several of my quilting buddies about exactly how original a quilt based on a well known and traditional pattern can be. One person is hell bent on accusing me of stealing her pattern. I still denounce these claims. My quilt is my own personal creation. I'm not getting into name giving here, and have no intention of making my blog anything but a dignified place of education.
While my quilt reflects my sense of design and color, you can see how very many interpretations have been made by scrolling through some photos. This is a mere small sampling of thousands of photos available too. My apologies to the makers for not placing any credits. I found these on pinterest for the simple task of showing that a mariner's compass quilt can be executed in many ways.
Like most of my quilts, the mariner's compass is often seen in a medallion setting, with a series of spiked corners and borders. The center star may have many spikes, or it may be of a simpler compass design. Placement of the New York Beauty blocks around the border is well, not immensely uncommon.
I never found a quilt with my particular center star because this was my design. The colors of my quilt were of my unique choosing too. If it appeared to have been stolen, well, the judges that saw it last week would certainly have been the ones to have called it out. They would have known.
So really, when working with traditional patterns that have been made for over a hundred years by quilters around the globe, there really is no purely original quilt. They are all adaptations, with small details that make them unique to the maker.