Saturday, April 16, 2016

Christmas Carpenter Star

Christmas Carpenter Star on the Fence

I am giddy with how out it came out. The Carpenter Star pattern was a gift from a quilting friend while we were on a retreat together. It has been fun to see what the other gals have made with their Star and the different fabrics used.

Border Print is Pine Cones and Needles - Looks great hanging in the pine tree in my back yard.

Binding with a Flange

 Karen's Quilts, Crows, Cardinals - Red Bird Co. has a great tutorial on how to make binding with a flange. For this quilt I had to make some adjustments as I didn't want quite the over lap of binding on the front as per her instructions. It simply would have covered some of my free motion quilting design. On another quilt, not having quilting so close to the edge as mine, it would be gorgeous with larger width of binding. Can't wait to try it again. Thanks Karen for such a wonderful tutorial and showing us another great way to enhance our quilts. As Karen did I used 12 wt. thread to stitch the flange down. It nicely shows off the stitching.

Metallic Gold Thread Gridwork 

Not shown here the cornerstones on the red narrow frame were also quilted with metallic gold thread in even more smaller grid work. My plan was to incorporate more metallic gold but changed my mind.

Feathers and Grid work

Ribbon Candy and Scallop Designs

If you go back to the first picture above you will see that the piano key stitching ended up being every 1 inch vs. every 2 inches which helped the scallop border to be more prominent.

Ribbon Candy

I just love the Ribbon Candy design! It took some practice and penciled in lines 1/2 inch on each edge to make the curves in the "S". Ribbon Candy seemed quite appropriate on the  Christmas Carpenter Star quilt.

Linking up with:

April 27, 2016  - An Addendum - Christmas Carpenter Star  was a quilt on my list to finish in April! I met the challenge of completing the biggest project for OMG - One Monthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts. 

I wrote about entering the quilt as the goal to finish - here. And here is an in between message, a progress report - here.

I also wrote about finishing the flimsy for the Christmas Tree wall hanging. I have 3 more days and it looks pretty iffy at the moment. Progress has been made where I reinforced the pattern in order to paper piece it after cutting out the pattern sections and ordered more fabric needed to complete it. 

Again thank you to Heidi for hosting OMG - A Monthly Goal! Need any encouragement to finish those unfinished projects? If so join us at her linky parties. She is giving away prizes too,nice ones at that! Though that is great, the best is getting those projects   completed!

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  1. It is stunning. It is elegant actually. Leeanna

  2. Very pretty. Wish I could quilt like that!

  3. Beautifully done! Love your fabric choices and the quilting really accents the whole pattern.

  4. Well done! Beautiful quilting! I need to try the ribbon candy. Thanks for the marking tip! And thank you for the link to the binding.

  5. That's a beautiful quilt, every bit of it, but it's the scalloped quilting in the border that I love best.

  6. Very pretty, love the quilting too!

  7. It's a beautiful quilt, wonderfully enhanced by your lovely quilting. I will try the flanged binding, thank you for including the link.
    Smiles from

  8. Wow! That is just gorgeous! The quilting is so fantastci!!

  9. The quilting on your Carpenter Star is absolutely gorgeous!! I love that you were able to incorporate so many different design elements and they all work together perfectly. The way you did your binding was a great accent as well - thanks so much for the link to the tutorial. I am excited to try that on a future project. Thank you for joining the party and sharing your quilt on Main Crush Monday!

  10. Lovely finish, the quilting really looks great.

  11. Beautiful quilt and the detail in the quilting is so lovely! A wonderful finish!!


  12. Oh MY, this IS elegant! Your quilting is so pretty Joanie! I have never seen that scallop design, it is lovely framing everything, and that flange too!


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