22 Sep 2015

[Music Maestro please] ... If I Were a Carpenter ...

Carpenter's Wheel is one of my all-time favourite quilt blocks. I just like the shape and I find it intriguing. What I don't find any fun is in the usual construction method of this block. Most of the time you will see this block made with only squares and diamonds, which then result in those dreaded set in seams. So, I believe making the block should be non-stressful and as a result, I have changed it up to use only squares and half square triangles instead. (I would like to take credit for this method, but it is not an original idea.) There are more pieces to sew, but the method is easier, in my opinion, and why not take the easy road?

Since it is one of my favourite blocks, I could not help but play around with it, switching up the colours. So, the pattern has more pages than usual, because I just kept playing and had to "show and tell". I'm sure you will not really mind.

Carpenter's Wheel quilt blocks

Precision is the thing

  • "It is the accuracy and detail inherent in crafted goods that endows them with lasting value. It is the time and attention paid by the carpenter, the seamstress and the tailor that makes this detail possible."
    ~ Tim Jackson

An Oldie but definitely a Goodie

If I Were a Carpenter by Bobby Darin

'Carpenter's Wheel' quilt block images © W. Russell, patchworksquare.com