Carpenters Wheel or “I wish I may”

The Carpenter’s Wheel quilt block has been around for a long time and is also known by a few other names … Star of Bethlehem and Carpenter’s Star.

A customer made a beautiful 100×120 Carpenters Wheel quilt top and I quilted it.  The pattern showed the quilt top with no quilting. I prefer some inspiration, even if its to show me how not to quilt it.

When I first saw all the muslin in the quilt, I thought of the Dixie Chicks song, “Wide Open Spaces.”  I decided to think of all the muslin as wide open quilting space that would enhance various quilting designs.

She supplied Quilters Dream Cotton white batting and muslin for the backing.  She wanted it quilted in a traditional pattern.  She chose Omni cream thread by Superior.

I loaded the quilt on my Handi Quilter (HQ) frame.  I chose Anita Shackelford’s computerized design called pinebark for the center area, rotating the design.  To break up all the muslin in the sashing I placed the HQ sawtooth star in the middle of the blocks.  Due to the pattern layout, two of the borders were quilted on a diamond grid and two were quilted as a zig zag pattern.  The borders have the HQ flower twist design. The carpenter wheels muslin squares were quilted with the HQ designs pinwheel spin and loops in loops.  The center has the HQ sawtooth star and I outlined all the blocks.

I hope you are inspired by this quilt and the quilting designs!






About Quilting by Martha

Around the Vine Quilting Studio is a smoke and pet free computerized quilting studio located in Fairland, Indiana. I am experienced with many styles of quilting and welcome you to contact me for more information about my quilting services.
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