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.

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Penguin Quilt Pattern


Penguin quilt

Penguin quilt

The penguin quilt pattern is intended as a bit of fun, and I have used Christmas fabric for the borders as penguins tend to be part of the festive season.  I’ve used yellow for the beak and feet, black with some grey to provide contour for the penguin, with what I’m calling ice blue for the white sections of a penguin.  For the background I’ve used a blue Christmas fabric with gold stars in it.

As usual, you can buy these fabrics as a kit with a 10% discount on the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

The quilt measures 36″ by 54″ and I have used 1/4 yard each of yellow and grey fabric, 1/2 yard each of blue background fabric, black and ice blue fabrics.  For the borders I used 3/4 yard of the dark fabric and 1/4 yard of the light fabric.

Use squares or rectangles

Use squares or rectangles


Cutting requirements for the penguin quilt

The entire quilt is made from 2.1/2″ squares, but you may prefer to use some 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace two squares, or 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace three squares.  This just saves a bit of time with the piecing.

Altogether you will need:

thirteen yellow squares, twenty three grey, one hundred and one blue background, eighty seven black and sixty three ice blue squares.  I have counted these a couple of times, but please bear with me if I have mis counted somewhere along the line.

For the penguin quilt borders you will need these 2.1/2″ strips in the dark fabric:  two 26.1/2″ long, two 48.1/2″ long, two 32.1/2″ long and two 54.1/2″ long.  In the light fabric you will need these 1.1/2″ strips:  two 30.1/2″ long and two 50.1/2″ long.

First six rows of the penguin quilt

First six rows of the penguin quilt

Making the penguin quilt

The only sensible way for me to show you the penguin quilt pattern is just to list the squares across each row, working from left to right:

Row 1:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Row 2: 4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 yellow

Row 3:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 2 yellow, 1 blue

Row 4:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 blue

Row 5:  5 blue, 4 black, 4 blue

Row 6:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Rows seven to twelve

Rows seven to twelve

Row 7:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 3 black, 2 blue

Row 8:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 1 black, 1 grey, 2 black

Row 9:  1 blue, 3 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 10:  4 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 11:  3 black, 5 ice, 5 black

Row 12:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey

Row 13:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Row 14:  1 black, 2 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Row 15:  3 blue, 5 ice, 2 black, 2 grey, 1 black

Row 16:  3 blue, 5 ice, 1 black, 3 grey, 1 black

Row 17:  3 blue, 5 ice, 4 grey, 1 black

Row 18:  4 blue, 4 ice, 3 grey, 1 black, 1 blue

Last four rows

Last four rows

Row 19:  4 blue, 2 ice, 4 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 20:  6 blue, 2 grey, 1 blue, 1 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 21:  6 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 black

Row 22:  4 blue, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 3 yellow, 2 blue

First two borders of the penguin quilt

First two borders of the penguin quilt

Penguin quilt borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the dark Christmas fabric:  sew the 26.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and the 48.1/2″ strips down the sides.

For the second border sew 30.1/2″ strips of the light fabric to the top and bottom and 50.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally for the third border use the remaining 2.1/2″ strips of dark fabric:  two 32.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and two 54.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

That completes the penguin quilt pattern.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

I know many of you are very busy with your Christmas quilting at the moment and I think that I will be doing the same this weekend.  Where has this year gone!



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