Carpenter Star

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Click here to download Carpenter Star Instruction Sheet (PDF file)

Please do not ask me to resize the quilts here on my site. I don’t have time! I only offer free instructions for the quilts I make or plan to make.

If you have problems opening the above link, right click on it and save it to your computer and then open it. Email me with any questions or problems at

Please note: These instructions were UPDATED on Feb 19, 2011 and if you downloaded them prior to that, a clear explanation for cutting the border half rectangle blocks was not included as you need both regular and reversed triangles when working with rectangles.

While I usually don’t provide fabric yardage for my scrap quilts — EQ7 estimates for this quilt are

1 and 3/8 yards of the background fabric

1 and 3/8 yards of pink

1 and 7/8 yards of brown

Both the pink and brown estimates assume that the borders are pieced.

PLEASE NOTE – these are untested estimates and are provided only as a guide. I’d suggest having extra on hand especially if using the Accuquilt GO to cut your blocks.

Carpenter Star

My finished top


Here’s another one I made in greens and browns. This one uses a half rectangle block for the pieced border …. experiment with different options – flying geese … piano keys … anything you want!

83 thoughts on “Carpenter Star

  1. Mary, I love the Carpenter Star you’re making….It is gorgeous! Thank you so much for the PDF directions! Can’t say when I will make this one, but it will be sometime this year as I’ve been meaning to do something like this for quite a while. It would make a great wall-hanging.



  2. Evelyn

    This pattern has been on my “to do” list for just about forever! I always thought it would make a beautiful baby quilt and love how you can use triangles instead of funny diamond shapes to get the same effect. I will be coming back to your pattern when I am ready to make my own version. Great idea for the borders! Cheers! Evelyn


  3. Quilterbee

    O-M-G!! I’m in love!!! I’ve been wanting to do a C.S for like ever…it’s simply gorgeous!! THANK YOU MISS MARY!!! Amie in Tn.


  4. Patty

    Dear Mary, I found out about your website after seeing a friend’s carpenter star quilt. She used your pattern and it is so gorgeous, I had to try it for myself! I am not an experienced quilter and had set quilting aside for about six months as my 18 year old daughter has been struggling with intense, deep depression. Praise God, she is now much better but understandably, I am completely worn out. Our family counselor said I should spend time daily doing something I love and your carpenter quilt just got added to my list of “I love this!” projects. Thanks for sharing your gifts with those of us who have little quilting experience.


  5. Rebecca

    OMG! A Carpenter’s Star with NO set-in seams! I have been wanting to make one of these in Xmas colors for eons but set-ins & me…? not so much. So this is an answer to my prayers! Thanks tons!


  6. Sheila

    Mary, thank you so much for sharing your patterns. I have always wanted to make a “Carpenter Star” quilt, and this one is just the right size for me.


  7. Tricia

    I’ve been surfing the net just for a pattern like this. You have two I will use for sure!!
    My son just passed his exam for his journeyman’s papers, and is now a lisenced carpenter. I can’t wait to get started on this. I know he’ll love it too.


  8. Ranee

    Mary, just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying working with this pattern!
    It is going together quite quickly. Can’t wait for the finished product!
    Thank you for sharing this pattern.


  9. Janet Pierce

    I just love your site. I would love to make this quilt in a king size. Would you have the instructions or size of block for that. Sure would appreciate your help as I am beginner quilter.


  10. loretta williams

    Thnk you so much for sharing your patterns with us. I am always looking for a new pattern and always find one here. Thanks again Loretta


  11. Nanette Debault

    I have been looking every where for the Carpenter Star quilt pattern

    I would like to share it with my quilting friends. Can you help me?


  12. Marguerite

    The carpenter star pattern is beautiful and your executions of it are perfection. Thank you for the pattern and the lovely website.


  13. Sheila Gordon

    Love your Carpenter Star quilt pattern. I am very new to quilting and have had fun making this one. It’s nearly done, I am going to add a little more border to use it as a Quilt of Valor! Thanks so much for the patterns you have available and your informative website.

    Sheila Gordon


  14. Barb

    Want to make the carpenter star quilt for our Grandson. But want it for a king size bed. would love to purchase a pattern for king (114″ X 114″.) or close If you have it, Thanks for reply Barb in Indiana


  15. Karyn Ashley-Smith

    Thank you SO much for the pattern. My cousins son passed away in May and I gathered some of his clothing to make her a memory quilt. I’ve been thinking and searching for months for just the right pattern. He was a carpenter…. I think this is perfect. I am going to start selecting just the right pieces for this special quilt. Thank you for providing this pattern.


  16. karen baker

    I ran across your pattern and really like the colors you did them in. I know it is simple to do making one for a very good friend of mine. I might even switch the colors to your blues and tans I just finished making my daughter and son in law a French braid with the accents that goes in between the main accents rows. This I hope is a breeze. Thank you so much


  17. Penny

    This is a beautiful quilt. I would love to do it in king size as well. Is a king size pattern available? Love your site, thank you so much for sharing.


  18. Connie

    I have found that 10″ square of two colors, and 9 1/2″ squares (for whole solid background fabric), plus 10″ squares of solid background fabric makes a very large top. To expand the size for larger sizes, use various widths of sashing. It also adds interest to the super-sized block. Look for the easiest pattern on craftsy. Only cost $8.00 for the PDF document. For smaller size, use solid charm packs. Don’t forget to reduce the solid background squares by a half inch!


  19. bev

    would you share the size for queen or king carpenter’s wheel, i would be very grateful. I have a large family, what a beautiful quilt to make for them

    thank you in advance


  20. Donald Payne

    oould you please send king size in carpenter star? thank you

    could you please send king size in carpenter star? thank you


  21. Janet

    I cannot find a queen sized carpenter star. Please send me your pattern and yardage requirements. Thanks, I have looked all over and can find only a wall hanging.


  22. christine nelson

    Is there any way I can make it in queen size as I need it for my son. I did look at the keepsake and can’t find it. what size is the queen size and would love to hear from you.

    I am learning and I am deaf as well.


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