Cutting the Background Fabric

October 22, 2011 § 8 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.

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