Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Carpenters Star by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs

I came across the Carpenters Star by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs, and just had to make it.  I had been holding on to a piece of red and black print from the Tavern Red collections just waiting for the right project. I haven't found a pattern from Debbie Maddy that I didn't love.  I think they are so well written and easy to follow.  Every time I make one of their patterns, I am amazed at how fast it finishes.

My version is in Civil War fabrics.  The border is a Tavern Red paisley print.  And the star points come from many of the Civil War collections in Black and Red.  I used Moda Bella Natural for the Background and Solid Moda Bella for the borders.

You can tell it is a large 90" x 102".  If you have tried a Calico Carriage Quilt Designs patterns, then you know how easy they are to piece.  The star does not use diamonds and there are no Y seams to worry about.  My suggestion when picking one out is make sure the fabrics used are non-directional and  have enough tonal motion that when seamed together, you do not notice the seam.

I quilted with a flower meander.

I used a cream on cream for the back of the quilt and bound it with the same fabric as the Large Border.
So much fun.
Thanks for letting me share.


  1. As today, Epiphany, is the last day (12th) of the Christmas season, what could be better than the Carpenter's Star? Your quilt is just stunning!

  2. Love your Carpenter's Star. I haven't made one for a long time and perhaps it's time to pull out the pattern again.

  3. Debbie Maddie came to our guild a workshop in the Carpenter's Star with her. I have the top pieced and then our guild did a mystery quilt with her that was very similar to it. I have never had either top quilted. After I finished the Carpenter's Star top, my husband told me that it was his favorite quilt that I had made. Unfortunately, he did two years ago and never saw it finished. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing all your lovely creations.

  4. Your blog is very impressive ...