Carnival quilt

About this Quilt

quilt-carnival-flatLove to piece? Then this quilt is for you.

Scott’s stunning quilt consists of nine fantastic blocks in a Feathered Star setting. This quilt is sure to become a treasured heirloom.

We recommend separating your cut patches by block for ease of construction.

Designer Inspiration

Hi! My name is Scott, and I am a sampler/block-of-the-month junkie! I always enjoy spending time designing and creating new patterns, but my favorite is sampler-style quilts. Whenever I begin to create a new sampler quilt, I grab a pad of paper, my block reference books, a 3-ring binder and start up EQ8 on my laptop.

Next I start jotting down ideas of what I want the quilt to look like, techniques featured and number of months it will take from beginning to end. In the case of Carnival, I decided right away that I wanted a bold focal star surrounded by sampler blocks. I quickly decided that a large Feathered Star would be the perfect choice because I could surround the star with eight sampler blocks and then one more in the center.

Feathered Stars are not typically the simplest blocks to make so the challenge was to figure out how to simplify it but still have it look like a Feathered Star. I divided the star into a large Nine Patch and started to figure out what unit size made the most sense and had the easiest math to work with. Sampler blocks at 10” x 10” and 2” triangle-squares were the key to making everything come together as I envisioned.

Now that the block size was determined, it was time to decide on the nine sampler blocks. The nine blocks featured are a mix of block styles and difficulty levels to help you grow your piecing skills as you go. When you look at them you will notice that while the blocks all look different, they are composed of primarily only three basic units: squares, triangle-squares and Flying Geese. It is always amazing to me how just playing with size, placement and color can create so many unique blocks.

When I plan block-of-the-month patterns, I try to plan them so that the blocks grow in difficulty with each month’s instruction, but also so that quilters can start assembling the quilt into sections as the months go by. This way you don’t end up with a stack of sampler blocks sitting in a box to be finished “someday.”

With Carnival, once the center was finalized it was time to decide on borders. I felt that the border needed a bold feel as well to complement the star. After a number of revisions, I settled on this simple triangle-squares border that mimics the Feathered Star and gives the center a glowing feel.

Pattern Details

Made by: Scott Flanagan (
Skill Level: Challenging
Finished Size: 73″ x 73″
Finished Blocks: 10″, 12″
Fabrics: Grunge by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics
Batting: Warm & Natural from The Warm Company

Get the Carnival pattern and More from Quiltmaker May/June 2018