A Dark Background Makes The Star Shine.
This Bali Sky Carpenters Star can be sewn in an orderly arrangement of fabrics or with randomly chosen fabrics. Color and texture options are unlimited for this design, and using even as little as seven prints creates a stunning wall quilt.
A contrast between the background fabric, the medium fabric and the dark fabric makes the design really stand out. Put together a mix of fat quarters and mix them up to add visual texture to the finished block, keeping scale in mind. Large prints that look very different from one area of the fabric to another may not be as suitable as tone on tone fabrics and smaller prints. Terris Mom turned contrast around entirely, using a very dark background, and contrasting medium and light colors for the star shapes.
The Carpenter’s Star quilt block can be configured in several ways using the traditional diamond shape and squares. This Bali Sky quilt pattern has no diamonds or ‘Y’ seams making it a snap to sew. I love how Terri from Terri Faust Quilts did custom quilting on her Mom’s quilt, quilting feathers in the diamonds, using stitch in the ditch to outline the shapes, and straight lines back and forth for the background.
You can use this free pattern here to make a similar Carpenters Star.
The ‘Bali Sky’ Carpenters Star is available for purchase and includes instructions for quilts in three sizes: Wall – 36″ x 36″, Lap – 70″ x 70″, and Queen – 90″ x 102″. The design is fat quarter friendly and has no ‘Y’ seams. The design includes using fat quarters for the inner border. Put a couple of fat quarters together until you love the combination, and stitch up a stunning Carpenters Star wall hanging.