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Thread: Like a Carpenter's Wheel or Star block, but bigger?

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    Question Like a Carpenter's Wheel or Star block, but bigger?

    I saw a scrappy carpenter's star here a while ago, and loved it. Can't find that thread again though.

    Most of the carpenters wheel/star blocks I have found are made 12 squares wide, 12 squares high. Some are 8 by 8 squares. Is there anything BIGGER out there? Lots bigger???

    I have a quilt retreat coming up this weekend. Would it be crazy to do this project there? I want to be able to finish the entire thing.
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    You can make Carpenter's Square quilt larger by cutting larger squares...just how big are you wanting your quilt??

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    I am wanting something a little more complicated than carpenters star ... not just bigger. I have an excel spreadsheet to calculate my final quilt size, just trying to decide on the block to use.
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    I made a carpenter's star that is the center of a quilt I'm working on. it is 8 squares by 8 squares. The squares are all 6.5 inches square. So it makes a big center for the quilt I'm doing. I'm using that as the centerpiece with 12 BOM squares 12.5 inches square, plus other squares, etc. That center star went together really fast. Good luck!
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    This Carpenter's Star was posted here awhile back:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...rn-t38408.html
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    check out this 16" Buggy Wheels block, variation of Carpenter's Star

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ls-t50718.html

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    I posted a picture of a scrappy carpenters star in progress about a month ago. I am away from home and using my iPhone and can't redo the picture from here. Maybe if you search under my name you can find my version. I do think I put it under pictures and called it "scrappy carpenter's star in progress".

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    check out this 16" Buggy Wheels block, variation of Carpenter's Star

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ls-t50718.html
    GMTA ... that's exactly the one I was wondering that 1000Projects might be looking for! A great scrappy-stash-buster. You'd better like making HSTs if you're going to do it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    GMTA ... that's exactly the one I was wondering that 1000Projects might be looking for! A great scrappy-stash-buster. You'd better like making HSTs if you're going to do it!
    True! If I could ever figure out how to find the old "My Pages", I could've posted a better photo series of Buggy Wheels. Found the Bookmarks - finally - but can't find My Pages. Like having another job trying to wade through looking for what was so simply labeled before this New & Improved version. Very time consuming.
    BTW, may I ask what GMTA stands for? Thanks.

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    What about this one? Scroll to the bottom of the page, http://www.quiltfrog.com/fourhourquiltclass.html
    it's a carpenter's star with an extra round
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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    True! If I could ever figure out how to find the old "My Pages", I could've posted a better photo series of Buggy Wheels. Found the Bookmarks - finally - but can't find My Pages. Like having another job trying to wade through looking for what was so simply labeled before this New & Improved version. Very time consuming.
    BTW, may I ask what GMTA stands for? Thanks.
    Postal Packin' mama-are your "My Pages" in your Blogs.
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    I have this pattern for a carpenter star by Debbie Maddy. The star is very large in the center of the quilt.

    Here is a picture similar to the one I have. http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/sto...3&Item_ID=1013
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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama View Post
    BTW, may I ask what GMTA stands for? Thanks.
    GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike!!
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    I've been wanting to enlarge this Carpenter's Wheel for a while now, so your question gave me the perfect excuse to play with EQ.

    To continue the pattern to the edges of a quilt this big resulted in an insanely busy look, so I removed a swath of blocks and made a diamond pattern around the outside edge.

    The pdf attachment contains an alternate color, a triangle template and yardage charts for this quilt, which is 101" square. You could make it as large as you want by adding borders.

    Hope you like it!
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    Thanks for the great pattern!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor View Post
    Postal Packin' mama-are your "My Pages" in your Blogs.
    Oh! Thank you so much! I very much appreciate your clarifying that. So frustrating trying to find things now.

    This new board game of hide 'n seek is not fun. Why didn't they just keep it named My Pages? Good grief.

    Thank you again/ that really helped.

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    Polyparrot .... You are amazing!!! I have 720 3.5" squares cut and ready to go. Also my entire red stash packed, maybe a bit excessive for one weekend, lol.

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    Glad to help!

    You must have a GO cutter to have all those squares cut already - that's amazing!

    With 3" squares, this quilt will finish at 61" without adding any more borders - is that going to be big enough for you?

    The first one had 5" finished squares and the quilt will be 101" square - and I'm thinking I will probably need to put at least a 5" border around the right, left and bottom sides of the quilt to make it better for a king-size bed. (Especially if you're sharing with a blanket-snatcher. )

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    Polyparrot (such a cute name, btw), thanks for sharing your mockup with us. I agree that the break between the
    main star and the border decor really sets them both off nicely. It's great to be able to 'create' variations on EQ.

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    I got a box of squares here on the for sale listings!

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    Here's a huge Carpenter's Wheel... I just enlarged the blocks and added another round to get it up to the size I wanted.
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    Oh, that's beautiful - and LOOK at those feathers! That's my favorite thing to quilt, feathers. Very pretty quilt, Wendy!

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    Quilt retreat day one: completed the HST, with extras. Need to cut them apart and iron ... Tomorrow.

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    Oh, how exciting! Did you reallly????? You're so productive!

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    How big were the pieces - I mean, the finished size of the HSTs and solid blocks? Gorgeous results, btw.

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