Carpenter's Wheel has long been a favorite pattern of mine and when I saw Diane over at Leehaven quilts working on one I was inspired to dig out my vintage ones for a visit.
The first is one of my oldest quilts. Though it isn't in the best of shape - ok it is in poor shape...but look at how wonderfully the indigo fabrics have held up!
The date (September 1838)is embroidered in the center with a shooting star. A tiny signature is stamped on one corner "S. Shiner (or Shriner or Shriver) Anyway, I bought it in Baltimore many years ago. The quilting is amazing - it has only survived because of those tiny stitches.The next is from a century later...I love the symmetry of that! It is in pristine condition. When I bought it in West Virginia at a flea market it was wrapped in cotton...someone loved it. Makes me sad to think they never used it!
I think it was on that same trip to W. Virginia that I picked up this Mountain Mist batting wrapper with the pattern for the Carpenter's Wheel. The quilting in my quilt is similar to what is suggested on this pattern the layout however is different.
And because Diane loves Brownie I had to put a cat shot in here....this is Brownie "guarding" the fabric because we know it all belongs to her....