Cutting the Background Fabric

October 22, 2011 § 5 Comments

Are you ready to cut the background pieces for the Carpenter’s Wheel?  The background consists of 3 basic shapes.  Follow the chart below for the block size you are making.  You can click on the chart to see it  bigger. And then right-click on it to save it to your computer.

I am making the 63″ block with 7″ diamonds.   The “A” and “B” pieces are just squares.  But the “C” pieces are quarter-square triangles.  The advantage to cutting the pieces this way is that the straight of grain will be on the outside edge of the block and the bias edges will be inside along the diamond edges.

The corner “A” pieces you can either cut from fabric prints or from the background fabric. I am going to cut them from prints because I am making one giant block. But if you are are making the small blocks and want the outcome to look more like this antique quilt below, you can cut them all out of background fabric.

Next up:  Assembling the block and sewing Y-seams.  If you don’t want to sew Y-seams, then hang on and we will go over the no Y-seam method in another post.  As always, you may share your progress in the BW Quilt-Along group on Flickr.

§ 5 Responses to Cutting the Background Fabric

  • izzy says:

    Thank you Anita , I think mine might be a re do, my colors are off!

  • Andrea says:

    Why are the A and B squares not the same? I realize it’s only 1/8″ difference – is this because of the “Y” seams? Thanks for your help. I am making a tree skirt using this pattern.

  • Janet says:

    I don’t understand why the A & B background pieces are different sizes. Both attach to the sides of a diamond. The diamonds have the same length along each side. Is there a math secret?

    • Anita says:

      Hi Janet,

      I couldn’t tell you why, mathematically. I’m sure it has something to do with the way the center is draftedlike a LeMoyne star… https://bloominworkshop.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/how-to-draft-a-lemoyne-star/

      I used Electric Quilt to draft the pattern and theprogram does the math for me. When rounded to the nearest 1/16-inch it tells me that the square that is on-point is an 1/8-inch bigger. If you make them the same size, you may have to fudge a little bit to get the whole thing to gotogether. It may be that thedifference is just enough so that when you get to the outside setting triangles, they won’t fit in as nicely… Good luck!

      Anita

  • Janell says:

    Where is the Y seam tutorial for this pattern?:/

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