Category Archives: Carpenters Wheel

Borders and a Sale

So you know now I’m getting into Watercolors. Oh y’all I have OMG so much to learn and dontcha know it, just like Quilting you need a few start up items. Pricey but I do have fabric.  Loads of it actually. So I thought I might start selling a bit of what I’m not ever going to use. Please see the Sale Items Tab at the top of my Blog, alongside Home – A Bit of My Work if you’re interested.

I actually have been doing some sewing.  What you’re seeing is my Carpenter’s Wheel quilt on my bed being analyzed. You know, where you look at our quilt and decide to stop or add. I’m realizing this quilt doesn’t need a border. It’s a fine size.

That’s nice but you know I want a border so I ended up going with the same fabric as the setting triangles.

It troubles me at first, all that cheddar.



So I thought a black stop border, just a tiny one. I unsewed and mocked it up.


And I visualized how that might look (you have to use your imagination here)


Once I looked at that 6.5″ border I realized this would be just fine w/o that black stop border. Perfect really. Then something came up and this is as far as I got but the borders are cut thanks to the kindness of a friend.


Randomly Generated Winner and A Carpenter’s Wheel

This was the best giveaway ever. Lots of good news y’all shared. Totally fun!!! Thank you all for participating.

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Kathy Boehm you win the gallon ziplock bag of my nicely sized CW backgrounds/shirting scraps!!  Your good news – you had a wedding in the family this past weekend.  Congratulations! Send me your mailing address and I’ll get these out to as soon as possible.

This came in the mail a few days ago from Siobhan of Scraps and Threadtales. Its an old block (oh… i forgot to ask the dating) she picked up while away at the American Quilt Study Seminar. Fun part of the story…

Sio posted about the block here and of course I commented on how neat it was. Then it shows up in my mailbox. It must have been on its way when she did that blog post.

So that happened and today we all wish the best for our friends and family in the path of Sandy!

Quilt Show Carpenters Wheel

Hi! I’ve got a little something here. Our local Quilt Show is happening. There’s lots to say and lots share. I took a few pictures that came out (not all) but for now I had to stop and share this one.

Since I just finished my flimsy, I thought you might enjoy seeing this variation of the Carpenters Wheel. I heart this quilt in a serious way. The border work is perfect. Just perfect.

If you click the picture and really look you can see how the block is built. It’s machine pieced with some HST’s. Totally interesting. For me, this quilt is why I go to the quilt show. To see pretty, interesting quilts. To learn. I just love that.

Carpenters Wheel/Star Flimsy Finish

We have a top! (click pic) You may recall, we tried all sorts of settings and I lived with a couple on my design wall but this is the one I ultimately went with.

It feels great to have these blocks set. I absolutely loved making them. I would take them with me for handwork on sew days and I’d stitch them in the evenings on the couch watching classic movies like I do. I’d spend some days just pulling fabrics, making up new block combos.

Those half blocks were a thing. I considered making a half block but my brain got all twisted up. Ultimately I just went for the slice and dice method. I’ll share that sacrilegious experience in follow-up post. I took photos while I was doing it.

Due to the new financial constraints I’m sorta hung up on the quilting phase. I have an idea though. I am thinking straight lines top-to-bottom in the cheddar, maybe three or four and then something simple in the blocks. We shall see.

I hope you enjoy my quilt even if you aren’t a cheddar lover.

Some Stats:

  1. The blocks are hybrid pieced. Partially machine and mostly hand-pieced using Inklingo.
  2. The cheddar is a Paula Barnes Companions 1038-0128
  3. Blocks are 12″ finished.
  4. The quilt is approx 68 x 75

Have a great day and I appreciate you stopping by to share!  *karendianne.

(ps: if you haven’t tried Inklingo yet, I’m just going to use this opportunity to say – if I can do it, you can, too!)

A Modern and Vintage Morning

A little modern from a blog I visited called Craftingdotdotdot.blogspot  You can find this block if you click –> here. I just thought it was too cute and doesn’t it look fun to make?  I didn’t read her directions because, well, sometimes I’m like that. I don’t read directions. Besides, I’m working on this vintage piece…

It’s in the oven today, cooking. I like the fabrics in this one and I enjoy piecing it right now. I just can’t quite imagine how its going to turn out. Still, I thought I’d keep going. The inspiration came from a quilt I found on Pinterest. The image links back to Pieceful Kwilter. If you read you’ll note where she picked it up. You can visit her if you click—>  here to see the post. Her quilt dates to the 70’s. It screams 1970’s actually. Its very cool.

Now that we’re sliding into a new season, its time to get back to work on my ripple afghan for me the cats ( Speaking of…if you crochet and want to see something pretty take a look at this link from June 2011 –> Coco Rose Diaries ). I thought crochet could be a nice break today after I worked on laying out my Carpenters Wheel quilt most of the morning. That’s now in the oven, cooking.

We’re apparently doing a lot of cooking around here, ha?! What about you, you got anything in the oven? Be Quilting, *karendianne.


Carpenter’s Wheel Spins a Setting!

Hold on! Hold on! Wait a sec. Don’t leave me now! I’ve been working to get this right for me and you know what? Today we got it. It’s gonna be great.  My day started off not cool but ended up exciting!

Blocks clustered and blocks on point with cheddar. Nope.

Blocks with a blue.  We thought this set the blocks off nicely but didn’t pass. Close though and got me digging in my stash since I’m not buying for this dangit.

And then lord look below what I found! 3.5 yds of a neutral tan. Right there exactly what I need. (I notice when my home is giving.)

The tan is great but you know what? It’s all that space. Beautiful for some great quilting and that was my plan but it doesn’t feel right.  Then Terri suggested below. I am in love love love with it.  This is the one.  She did the mock up and I immediately fell in love with it.

This is a quilt you can get into! Thanks, Terri. I’m so super psyched!!!

So I’ve got like 8 more blocks to make. My setting will be 30 blocks 6×5.  This works out great because I already have the fabric pulled for more blocks. Better planning. That was a tip from a friend. We do this thing together, don’t we? *karendianne.





Setting Blocks

Hi friends! I’m home today. Thursday is my usual day to get out and be with my quilting friends but the heat is overwhelming my health. I still sneak out in the morning when I can. I talk to the plants, water and love on ’em. My fig tree though, my fig tree needs to be moved to ICU.  It got cooked.

Being home today I can cook which needs to happen. Lentil salad probably. Limited cooking there.

Anyway, yesterday I started working on the Carpenter’s Wheel mock up options (click for close-up)

I don’t have much in the way of a beige neutral in my stash to cut up unless a decision is made so I did a true mock up. Below I went for it with the cheddar (with cute little brown stars). That was my original choice so I have the yardage on hand.

I’m going to live with this up on the wall for a few days, wake up to it and see how it feels in the morning then we’ll go from there.

If you don’t like cheddar this is going to make you puke but I’d enjoy hearing your creative thoughts just the same. I was thinking a brown binding whenever we get that far. (ps: Click here for a link to an 1860’s cheddar quilt.)

Now before I leave what do you think about this? I found it on Pinterest and it links back to Pieceful Kwilter here. I totally dig these tri hexagons. Just another nifty thing we can do with Inklingo! I might have to try it.

Thanks for visiting and be pieceful! *karendianne.