I’ve written about the Carpenters Wheel quilt block before now, but for this quilt I have played around with the colours a bit to give a very different look to the block. It’s definitely a big block, so I have only used four of them – all 24″ square finished size – and I have added sashing to separate the blocks.
The finished quilt measures 55″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards of dark blue, 3/4 yard of green and 1 yard each of red and light blue fabrics. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the carpenters wheel quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen dark blue, forty eight light blue
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in dark blue/light blue, sixteen each in green/light blue, thirty two each in blue/green, sixteen each in dark blue/red, sixteen each in green/red
For the sashing you will need twelve red strips 1.1/2″ by 24.1/2″ with nine 1.1/2″ light blue squares for cornerstones
For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric: two at 51.1/2″ and two at 55.1/2″
Making the carpenters wheel quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
In the traditional colouring of this block the red diamonds would be the same light blue as in other parts of the block – I have added the red in for this quilt because I felt that it gave an extra zing to the quilt.
As it’s quite a big block, I am showing you the layout in several stages. The central area of the carpenters wheel quilt block is made with four patches forming a pinwheel.
The frame outside this has a light blue square in each corner with a pair of half square triangles between the corner squares – one green/red and one blue/red. These are placed so that the red triangles combine to form a larger red triangle pointing towards the middle. The green and the blue triangles are placed so that they form blue or green stripes with the triangles of the central pinwheel.
The next frame of this block is made entirely with half square triangle units. Around each corner there are three blue/green half square triangles. You’ll need to check the photo to see which way to place these.
Between the corners there are two half square triangles – one blue/red and one green/red. These are placed so that the red triangles complete the red diamond that was begun in the central area. The blue and green triangles are placed so that they match the colour inside them: so one side of the red diamond is all blue while the other side of the red diamond is all green.
The outer frame of the carpenters wheel quilt block is made with a dark blue square and two light blue squares in each corner. Between them are two pairs of light blue/dark blue and light blue/green half square triangle units. These are placed so that the light blue triangles form two larger triangles along each edge, pointing in towards the middle. The dark blue and the green triangles are placed so that they form either dark blue or green stripes with the triangles inside them.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make four of them.
Assembling the carpenters wheel quilt
Sew the blocks together in two pairs using sashing to separate the blocks. In each pairing you’ll have two blocks and one 24.1/2″ sashing strip.
In order to join the pairs of blocks together, make a strip consisting of two red 24.1/2″ strips with a light blue 1.1/2″ square between them. Make three of these strips and sew one to the top of the blocks, one between the pairs of blocks and one at the bottom of the blocks.
For the sashing down the sides of the blocks, make two strips consisting of three light blue squares and two 24.1/2″ red sashing strips, so that you have a cornerstone at each end of the strip and one in the middle.
Make two of these and sew one to each side of the quilt.
Finally for the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric. Sew the 51.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 55.1/2″ lengths to the sides.
That completes the carpenters wheel quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last Sunday we had a gorgeous sunny (if cold) day and I went off to explore Cannon Hill Park. Now when my children were small we used to go to a local park where there were swings, slides and plenty of space for the children to let off steam. Cannon Hill Park has all this and so much more – lakes, tennis courts and even an art gallery. It was obvious that the flowers are confused about the seasons – I saw snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils all blooming at the same time. Can spring be far away?
I’m off to London now – Katy and Ben are taking me to see the show Les Miserables for my Christmas present and I’m really looking forward to it.