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300-22: 300-22 Carpenter's Apprentice Workshop - Beth Helfter

Why Take the Carpenter’s Apprentice Workshop? If you’re going to learn a new technique, you might as well go straight to the source! Not only am I the inventor of the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method, but Carpenter’s Apprentice was the first pattern I produced that uses it! You can’t get more original than that. In this workshop, which goes a few steps beyond the Intro to Accordion Sewn HSTs™ you’ll master the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ within the first 45 minutes – really, you WILL! – and move on to learn how they go beyond just a way to make HSTs more scrappy, but can be used to create ordered accordions that lay out blocks and borders like butter. The entire quilt is made from three separate accordions, and it’s just magical to see how they come together. You’ll never want to make half square triangles any other way again.

 A word on fabric selection: This project will use my Accordion Sewn HST method for making scrappy HSTs with no waste. Scrappy is the key word. 12 fabrics of one color family should be 12 different fabrics. Borrow from friends, head to the quilt shop if you need to, but you will want and need 12 different ones. Note that you don’t need much of each, so don’t let 12 scare you!

 In the supply list, I recommend a fat eighth or similar of each scrappy fabric. In all honesty, if you are a really careful cutter, you can get away with even a 10” square; I use the fat eighth as a guide so that everyone can make a mistake. Use what works for you. This is meant to be .00smaller pieces (and you probably can), then go for it.

 Any two-color combination will do. Try to keep most if not all of your fabrics in the same value, with your background fabric being a good contrast.

Pattern Fee:  $12.00

Kit Fee:  n/a

Machine:  Required

Supply List:

• Carpenter’s Apprentice pattern, available in class for $12 payable to teacher, or on my website (paper or pdf version). Use code CACLASS to get $12 price.

• 12 fat eighths or similar size of FIRST color family

• 12 fat eighths or similar size of a SECOND color family

• 1 1/2 yards background fabric (Hint – some of the most striking finished quilts use unexpected backgrounds!)

• Thread for piecing - if you can, please bring one spool each of the color families you chose as your print colors (for example, if I was using red and green as my prints, I would bring a red and a green)

• Rotary cutter and small mat

• Safety pin, one small

• pencil

• Fabric Scissors

• Basic Sewing Supplies

• Sewing machine with standard quarter inch foot (NO FLANGE) and instruction book

• Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers – optional, and also available in class or on my website. If you own this tool, though, bring them!

• If not using Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers, bring your favorite tool for trimming half square triangles up to 6”



Please be sure to complete all cutting homework before class. You will be glad you did!

From ALL 12 fat eighths of Color One:

• Cut one 6” square

• Cut one 3 1/2” square


*From your favorite four fat eighths of Color One:

• Cut another 3 1/2" square*


From ALL 12 fat eighths of Color Two:

• Cut one 6” square

• Cut one 3 1/2” square


*From your favorite four fat eighths of Color Two:

• Cut another 3 1/2" square*


From Background:

• Cut 8 3” squares

• Cut 16 3 1/2” squares

• Cut 4 5 1/2” squares

• Cut 12 6” squares

• Cut 4 3” x 5 1/2”

• Cut 4 5 1/2” x 10 1/2"

 *Place these cut squares (there should be eight total) in a bag labeled “To be Taken Out When Beth Asks.” Sounds odd, but trust me.


Questions? Contact Beth at See you in class!

Skill Details:
All Levels
Instructor Name:
Beth Helfter

300-22: 300-22 Carpenter's Apprentice Workshop - Beth Helfter

$ 100.00
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