Carpenters Star Quilt Block

 

Carpenters star quilt block

Carpenters star quilt block

The Carpenters Star quilt block is made with an unusual design for the star.  This version that I have made is enormous, but to make it a sensible size I would have had to work with 1.1/2″ squares and strips which would have made it a bit fiddly.  This site is aimed at beginner quilters after all!  It is classified as a ninetenn patch block, so it was never going to be small.  I have made it here as a 38″ square and at some later stage I will probably add a border and make it into a lap quilt.

Cutting requirements for the carpenters star quilt block

2.1/2″  squares:  thirteen black, eight brown, eight white

2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ strips:  eight brown, eight white

2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ strips:  twelve brown,  four white

2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ strips:  eight brown

2.1/2″ by 10.1/2″ strips:  eight brown

2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ strips:  eight brown

12.1/2″ squares:  four white

Carpenters star quilt block layout

Carpenters star quilt block layout

Sew the quarters of the block first

Sew the quarters of the block first

Making the carpenters star quilt block

Make the central square first.  This has black squares running across both diagonals with the rest of the square filled with brown squares or strips.  Each brown triangle between the black diagonals is made using two brown 2.1/2″ squares, two 4.1/2″ brown strips and one 6.1/2″ strip.

As the patches are all different sizes, you can’t just sew them together across the rows as you would in a standard block.  Sew the patches in each corner together first.  In the right hand photo you can see the progression – first sew the squares together to make a four patch as shown in the bottom corners.  Then add the rectangles on two sides of the four patch to complete the quarter block.

Make three rows of patchwork

Make three rows of patchwork

Sew the two corners together using the 6.1/2″ brown strip between them.  You can now form three rows of patchwork and sew these to each other.  You only need one central square.

Make the points of the star

Make the points of the star

To make the points of the star, you will need four blocks.  These are made using brown and white strips.  The central line is made with 6.1/2″ white and 6.1/2″ brown.  The strip on either side of this is 4.1/2″ white, 8.1/2″ brown, followed by 10.1/2″ brown with a white square and finally a 12.1/2″ brown at each end of the block.  Sew the white and brown sections together in each line and then sew the lines together.

Layout for the block

Layout for the block

Assembling the carpenters star quilt block

Lay the blocks out with a white square in each corner and the central square in the middle (!).  Place one of the second types of block in the remaining spaces with the white sections of the block on the outside.

You’ll notice that the central block is 14″ square and the blocks forming the star points are 12″ by 14″.  This was my choice.  If you wished to have all the blocks the same size you would need to add 2.1/2″ to each of the brown strips in the brown and white blocks and you’d need to make the white squares 14.1/2″.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the carpenters star quilt block.

Here’s the video:

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