Carpenter’s Wheel QAL

The Inspiration

The original inspiration came from this antique quilt in the book Quilts: The Fabric of Friendship on page 16.  The block is known by many names and one is the Carpenter’s Wheel. Some of the other more common names include Star of Bethlehem, Carpenter’s Star or Double Star* (*according to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Join in at any time making one or as many as like of this block.  I’m going to make one giant block for a good size throw quilt. But I will explain how to make the block in 2 other sizes.  Experiment with block size, if you like, to make your own. Or follow along with the instructions I provide.

You may post your progress in the BW Flickr group.

This is a mock-up of one giant block in EQ.

Here’s a button for you to download to your computer and post on your blog.  Right click on the image and choose “save image as”.

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STEP 1How to draft a LeMoyne Star (the center portion) if you want to play around with different sizes.

STEP 23 Different size options – 1 giant 63″ block  ~  4 medium size 33 3/4″ blocks  ~  or 9 smallish 19 1/2″ blocks  ~ with yardage suggestions.  You decide.

STEP 3 – My fabric choices using my stash.

STEP 4Rotary cut the diamond shapes. You will need 32 diamonds.

STEP 5 – Cutting the background pieces.

STEP 6 – The secret to sewing Y-seams.  A couple of extra tips when sewing a bias edge to a non-bias edge.

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