Carpenters Star Quilt Block free

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Carpenters Star, and even Roda do Carpenter’s Wheel or Carters Wheel are names of this beautiful block created centuries ago and which has its stories, both in the quilting tradition and in the stories and legends of the escape routes of the slaves during the American civil war.

Carpenters Star Quilt Block
Carpenters Star Quilt Block

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Carpenters Star Quilt Block

Make and enjoy the moment of relaxation and joy by sewing this super detailed block. In total there are 64 pieces, which here made with 5.25cm or 2 “allow this block to enter our special Sampler list of the Patchwork Easy channel. But, if you would like to make it as a medallion, or a quilt center, with side edges, you can use wider strips that will result in larger blocks, which will be highlighted in the center of your quilt. My suggestion would then be blocks of 10cm or 4 “for approximate result of 68cm or 26 1/2”.

The carpenter’s star quilt block pattern can be configured in several ways. A combination of diamond shapes and squares are traditionally used to assemble this popular patchwork design. This tutorial explains how to sew the block using a fairly quick method meant for intermediate quilters. You must know how to make half square triangle units for this pattern. The quilt block finishes at 16 inches by 16 inches, which is a good size for wall hangings, bed quilts, or even a throw pillow cover.

Carpenter’s star quilt blocks can be sewn in an orderly arrangement of fabrics or with randomly chosen fabrics to create a scrap quilt. This tutorial uses light-, medium-, and dark-color fabrics, along with a neutral background fabric. Regardless of the fabric colors or patterns you choose, you’ll want to make sure the fabrics contrast with one another so the quilt pattern pops.

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutting tools
  • Fabric marking tool
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing machine and matching thread


  • 1 yard light-color fabric
  • 1 yard medium-color fabric
  • 1 yard neutral background fabric
  • 1 yard dark-color fabric


  1. Cut the Fabric for the Center of the Block

    Use the following guidelines to measure and cut your fabric for the center portion of the quilt block:

    Background fabric (illustrated in the figures below in beige)

    • Cut four 2 7/8 inch-by-2 7/8 inch squares.
    • Cut four 2 1/2 inch-by-2 1/2 inch squares.

    Medium fabric (illustrated in red)

    • Cut four 2 7/8 inch-by-2 7/8 inch squares.

    Light fabric (illustrated in gold)

    • Cut four 2 7/8 inch-by-2 7/8 inch squares.
    Carpenters Star Quilt Block
    Carpenters Star Quilt Block

  2. Mark and Match the Fabric Squares

    Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each 2 7/8-inch background square, along with two of the light fabric squares.

    Pin together two of the marked background squares with two medium fabric squares, right sides together and all edges matched.

    Pin the remaining two marked background squares in the same way with the two unmarked light fabric squares.

    Finally, pin the remaining two light squares with the remaining two medium squares.

  3. Form Half Square Triangle Units

    Make half square triangle (HST) units with your fabric squares, sewing seams 1/4 inch from each marked line. When complete, carefully trim the units to exactly 2 1/2-inch squares if necessary.

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