Mike from the woodshop retires this month! He has worked for the woodshop for 31 years and has been amazing! Since he spent so many years making plaques and frames for people who were retiring, moving, etc. he was tired of the traditional military farewell gift!
We started brainstorming what would be a meaningful gift for a woodworker, but not made out of wood... of course a quilt!
Edeltraut helped pick out the fabric. Choosing the pattern was really hard! I scoured through block patterns looking for the perfect one. I found this block when I searched carpenter and quilt. It's called Carpenter's Star!THIS tutorial to make the half square triangles. It worked really well, but with this method ALL your seams end up being bias edges. This is another method that makes 8 squares at once, but it doesn't include the size chart, which is what is nice about the first link.
Anyway, here's the quilt being presented at the retirement ceremony!
Buy the pattern as a PDF from Craftsy: Carpenter's Star Quilt