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Quilts and washing lines , is there anything better ? If you want to see more of these quilts and all the others in my new book , tune into @sewingstreet on Wednesday 🤓. I’ll be talking all things string quilt related with lovely @stuarthillardmakes 🧵. My new book is nearly here, can’t wait to share it with you all @searchpress @searchpress_na #quiltbook #patchwork #patchworkquilts #quilts #stringquilts #wastenotwantnot #sustainablesewing #scrapquilts  #searchpress #sewingstreet #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
Not a great picture, but you get the idea! If you’re looking forward to my new book on String quilts coming out soon, then you’ll also love the quilt I have in @todaysquilter this month! 
Yes it’s a string quilt 😊. Such a sure fire way to stitch through that scrap pile! #stringquilt #patchworkquilts #patchwork #quilting #scrapquilt #wastenotwantnot #sustainablesewing #patchworkquilt #quilt #machinequilted 
Quilted by @longarmquilterchris 😍
Join me in having a little sneak peek flick through of my new book 🤓🧵. String Quilts is packed full of ideas, inspiration and techniques from my String pieced patchwork classes that I’ve taught for simply years! So excited to share this with even more of you when the book launches at the end of the month 😃. And if you’re on a class with me you’ll be able to be hands on with the book yourself! Pre order at the usual, including your local quilt shop (I’m guessing @hometown_in_rochester will be stocking it 🙏), or direct from @searchpress 🧵🤓. #patchwork #quiltbook #stringquilts #stringpatchwork #wastenotwantnot #sustainablesewing #everylastscrap #searchpress @searchpress_na  #booksdontreviewthemselves #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
Favourite fabric Friday 😃. Dipping back into this to cheer up a second very great and wet day ! This is an old fabric and one that I think has got away ☹️. It was over on @suziesharpvintage and I knew I should have bought some when it came up . Some you win, some you loose 😂. What are your favourite fabrics that never made it into your stash? #favouritefabricfriday #favouritefabric #vintagefabric #vintagefabrics #suziesharpvintage #vintagetextiles #reusereducerecycle #sustainablesewing #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
So many projects got finished this week, but excited that there’s still lots of lovely stitching to do on blocks for this quilt. I’m using the @libertyquilting  Garden Party for this. I’ve been playing with this group a lot for other current projects too, it’s great when fabrics just sink seamlessly in with your stash fabrics ☺️🧵. Do you have go to ranges that you know will always work for you? #libertyquiltingcotton #patchwork #quiltinprogress #quiltblock #fussycutting #handpieced #handpiecing #handstitched #handstitching #workinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
Getting ahead with my hand piecing prep 🪡. Lots of stages in patchwork and quilt making can be fitted in odd moments during the day. And some odd things are really useful tools. This sandpaper works really well to stabilise the fabric whilst I draw around the patch templates 🤓. And if you find the templates slip, then stick dots of sandpaper to those too ! My next job is cutting this @libertyquilting ready for the piecing ! Happy stitching 🧵🪡. #patchwork #patchworkpreparations #handpiecing #handpieced #handpiecedpatchwork #handstitching #libertyquiltingcotton #quiltinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
So many grey days with the weather here, so you just have to stitch your own sunshine ☀️. A shout out to everyone who stitches to get themselves through a day 😘. #patchwork #quiltblock #mindfulstitching #scrapquilt #flowers #stitchingtogether #sustainablesewing #sawtoothstar #patchworkstar #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
Just a little heads up that I’ll be sharing some string patchwork love in Utoxeter in April at the #britishquiltandstitchvillage with @searchpress 😃. My String Quilts book is out shortly, and at the show I’ll be offering classes to stitch a block and make a pincushion 🧵☺️. Looking forward to chatting quilts and stitching with you all ! #patchwork #stringquilts #wastenotwantnot #stitchingeverylastscrap #scrapquilts #simplesewing #biscornu #pincushions #pincushion #searchpress #quiltersofinstagram #sustainablesewing #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
I had a lovely time at the Ardingly quilt show @grosvenorshows where fifteen of my quilts are on show. They’ll be at the other spring shows so check for one near you! Thanks for all the lovely comments and chance to chat with so many of you 😊. Lovely to catch up with old friends and new, @kellyfairy @lovenatalieuk , Jill and Josie and @patchmystitchup_  to name but a few 🤓🧵and to @pincushion_pantiles ! #quiltshow #localquiltshow #grosvenorshows #patchwork #patchworkquilts #scrapquilts #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
Some calming Chicken Scratch embroidery this morning 🧵🪡. Still completely addicted to this, will you joining me? There a class on 14th February at @madeandmaking , will be great to stitch with you there! #chickenscratchembroidery #broderiesuisse #embroidery #ginghamembroidery #slowstitch #mindfulstitching #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
And on the stitching front I’ve made my #focuscuttingsewalong for this week, B is for bird. If you voted on my stories earlier in the week, this is the one that won 🏆 . Check out @naomialicec for all the details if you want to join the fun 🤓🧵. My fabric is Garden Party from @libertyquilting 😃.
I’m ticking off things from a mental list. Things that I think would be fun/ interesting but then never get around to.I did a fair few of those things last year too , and love the directions the unexpected inputs takes my stitching practice. It’s often a slow burn affair, but things filter through 🤓. This year started with a visit to @thinkvintagewarehouse . I watch them on here and think it would be amazing to have a rummage. I don’t actually live that far away, so yesterday I took action and went over. It was a bit over whelming but now I know what’s there it’s easier to plan for another trip 🤓. A few old sewing machines attracted me, which would be great if l learnt how to restore them, so they stayed where they were! 
And there is a huge section of linens and haberdashery and patterns. A real treasure trove 😍. So if you like a rummage and you’re inspired by old things, well worth a visit. We will see what it all inspires ! #thinkvintagewarehouse #vintage #vintagehaberdashery #inspirationsource
So satisfying to use some of my samples from One Patch Quilts @searchpress to stitch a quilt 🤓. Sort of channelling church floors and some old quilts as inspiration. I do love a sampler quilt 😊. #patchwork #patchworkquilt #quiltinprogress #onepatch #onepatchquilt #samplerquilt #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #searchpress
When your coffee mug matches with your hand piecing, is it a sign the week will be a good one ? Lots of on going projects here, what are you stitching with your coffee ? #patchwork #handpiecing #handpieced #libertyquiltingcotton #alicecarolinelibertyfabrictray #quiltinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts