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In my sorting out I unearthed this quilt in progress😉. I’d put it away as I’d felt there was too much still to sew for it to be viable at that time. And yet now when I look at it, really, most of the work has been done 🤦🏽‍♀️. So hand piecing it is then !
Quilt inspiration from one owned by @lu_flux 😍. #handpiecing #handpieced #handstitched #quiltinprogress #quilttop #slowstitch #patchwork #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess
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Moving some projects on today with some quilt tying 🤓.
Using cotton perle no.3 and Chenille needle no. 18. And going with the Surgeons Knot as my knot of choice today , all whilst watching the tennis ! I’m doing this on the table , so I clamp it as though I was table top basting, but then tie instead of basting. I love how this makes it such a quick process.
Not a bad way to spend an afternoon! #tyingaquilt #utilityquilting #quilttying #tabletopbasting #handtiedquilt #tiedquilt #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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Joining @charmaboutyou Lucy for #saturdaynightcraftalong with a bit more of the Big Stitch quilting that I was working on today whilst doing my book signing in @pincushion_pantiles !
It was great to see and chat with so many quilters today, thanks for coming out everyone 🙏. And for all the good wishes from those who couldn’t get there! 🙏
#bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #pincushionpantiles #handquilting #handquilted #quilting #quilted #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #patchwork #quiltinprogress
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Just a little shout out, that if you’re in and around Tunbridge Wells this Saturday, we are doing a Big Stitch book day in @pincushion_pantiles 🥳.
So if you fancy chatting about big stitch hand quilting and seeing all of the quilts and projects from my new book from @searchpress , then do pop by 😃. #bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #searchpress #pincushionpantiles #handquilting #handquilted #localquiltshop #tunbridgewellslife #pantilestunbridgewells #patchwork #quilting #quilted
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A close up of my string quilt project in @todaysquilter , and on its cover 😊. I love looking at all the different fabrics that always go so well together in a String block, but I’d never dream of putting together in a regular patchwork block. It’s a great quilt to power through the scrap bag and then make space for new fabrics😉. #stringquilt #scrapquilt #todaysquilter #usewhatyouhave #wastenotwantnot #patchworkquilt #createandsustain #patchwork #quiltblock #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #quiltersofinstagram ...

June. #monthlymarker . I’m liking these bookends to the months.Nice to think about all that’s happened and been made in May and excited about what’s to come 😃. #alphabetquilt #scrapquilt #alphabetquiltblocks #vintage #quiltinprogress ...

A combination of colours, textures and prints that always makes me happy 😃. Bag pattern is from my book, Sew Layercakes Quilts and Gifts, @searchpress. I’ve also done a how to on here a while back, and adapted the pattern for my BOM series for Today’s Quilter Magazine, 2018 ish! You can tell I love making these 😊. The Paisley was gifted to me from @theoldhaberdashery , and similar velvet ribbon you can find in @pincushion_pantiles . Must admit to buying more colours there this week inspiring more bags ! Can’t have too many project bags! Enjoy stitching in the sunshine 🌞. #makersgonnamake #bigstitch #searchpress #theoldhaberdashery #vintagefabric #texture #happycolours #projectbag ...

Today’s #favouritefabricfriday is featured in a quilt, as I’ve used up all that I have 🤷‍♀️. But that’s what’s meant to happen isn’t it? I mean are we meant to buy it , use it then buy some more so that it’s also in our stash for evermore 🤣.
This fabric is by @nathalie_lete for the @annamariahorner Conservatory collections.
For me it is a perfect fabric as there is so much going on and the colours work so well in a string scrap quilt. I used it as the stars in my string quilt on the cover of the current edition of @todaysquilter magazine. I love when a fabric brings all of the scraps together 😊. #patchwork #stringquilt #todaysquilter #todaysquiltermagazine #nathalielete #perfectfabric #makersgonnamake #stringquilts #scrapquilt
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And the sorting and tidying goes on. This is a block from a sampler appliqué quilt I taught N years ago (where N =many. This is an in Family phrase, I’m sure many of you have them 🤪 and it’s appropriate here for many reasons! )
The quilt has never been finished, and consists of some blocks quilted and others not. Mainly because I disliked the batting. I’d used something different to try it out , but on a whole quilt, that was a mistake 🤦🏽‍♀️. It is always a wonder to me how the materials you use can make such a difference to your sewing enjoyment.
I won’t even speculate here on what will become of this quilt, my thoughts are transitioning each day, but let me say that scissors will be involved 🤓. #appliqué #applique #handapplique #quiltinprogress #handquilting #handquilted #quiltersofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife
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#favouritefabricfriday is featuring more than one today! I was inspired by @sewkirstie and her wonderful bee block 😍🐝. She’s used a tape measure print (mine, at the bottom of the picture is Sandy Klopp aka American Jane , for @modafabrics ). But I got looking and I can see yet more prints in my stash which could make a hive of bees! Are you making Bee blocks for #nomowmay ? I’m going old school Ruby McKim style. The pattern I’m using is in my stories today 🐝. #makersgonnamake #fabrics #sewyourstash #usewhatyouhave #beeblock ...

So if it’s not a sunny as you’d want it to be today, here’s a little sunny patchwork block to help brighten your day ☀️. #patchwork #quiltblock #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #quiltinprogress #handpieced #handstitched #slowstitch #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife ...

Pop over to @searchpress to have a chance to win a signed copy of my new book Big Stitch Quilting!
And just saying, book launch day in @pincushion_pantiles is in the planning, more details soon 😃🧵🪡 #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #handquilting #quiltingbook #utilityquilting #pincushionpantiles #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #quiltersofinstagram
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Organising my orphan blocks by size incase that makes it easier to put them together into a quilt. 🤓 🤷‍♀️ #patchwork #quiltblocks #scrapquilt #quiltblock #organised #makersgonnamake #quiltinprogress #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife ...

So if you’d like to see all of the projects and quilts from my new book Big Stitch Quilting @searchpress then I’ll be on @createandcrafttv tomorrow (Sunday) chatting about the book and the quilts 😃.
And if you’re free on Saturday 5th June we’re doing an in person book launch with @pincushion_pantiles , more on that later! #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #utilityquilting #handquilted #handquilting #runningstitch #quilting #patchwork #patchworkquilt #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltsofinstagram #quiltersofinstagram
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Kicking off #favouritefabricfriday with this one 😍. It’s actually an old top (from @whitestuff ) that when I brought it, I sort of knew I would end up putting it in a quilt 🤷‍♀️.
There have been lots of great chats on Instagram about sewing sustainably. Check out @sherrilynnwood , @zakfoster.quilts , @heidi.parkes and @amandanadigart and @create.and.sustain for lots to think about!
I know we all have stories like mine , be great to hear them and show the fabric. Use the # and we can all have a look 🤓. #reuse #reusereducerecycle #suatainablesewing #favouritefabricfriday #favouritefabric #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess
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Look out for the new edition, 75, of @todaysquilter . As well as all of the usual quilt goodness, my scrappy string quilt is on the cover, with full instructions inside. Can’t wait to see you all getting started on your own versions 🤓. #scrapquilt #stringquilt #usewhatyouhave #patchworkquilt #patchwork #todaysquilter #quilt #quiltsofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

When you put your phone down and wonder why you can’t find it. Current projects shown , binding a quilt (secret sewing 😉),whole cloth Kawandi (yes that is more of my favourite fabric from @catheholden 🤷‍♀️), and new knitting in my project pouch (from @carollesleyquilts 😍). It’s all keeping me busy in the evenings! #handwork #slowstitch #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #stitchtopiauk ...

And the days get closer for my book to be out there in your hands🥳. @searchpress have a free project using my favourite things, Big Stitch Quilting and Japanese Knot Bags! Hop over to their site to download 👍. This bag is great for keeping all those lovely threads in that you’ll be using on the book projects and quilts! #bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #handquilting #handstitched #gandstitching #freeproject #searchpress #bag #japaneseknotbag #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife ...

There is so much happening in the next few weeks and so much to tell you 😁.
Today I’ll start by saying how excited I am about classes starting next week at @madeandmaking 🤓. We will be exploring Manx Logcabin Patchwork, and I’m getting more samples prepped, as after making my first quilt, I have so many more ideas for stitching these blocks. (I’ll even be looking at sewing them on the machine, if hand sewing isn’t your thing!) It’s a great technique for portable stitching, so if you’re planning a Staycation , this is the perfect hand stitching to take. Sarah has a lovely classroom, and for those of us lucky enough to have been there before, it’s a very safe and friendly, with good SD practices. So if you’re looking to ease yourself in to getting out then this would be a lovely one to start you off ! #manxlogcabin #handstitched #handstitching #madeandmaking #manxquilt #makersgonnamake #patchwork #quiltinprogress #logcabinpatchwork #shortquilt #sustainablesewing #quiltersofinstagram #enjoytheprocess #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash #scrapquilt #reusereducerecycle #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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Joining @charmaboutyou Lucy and #saturdaynightcraftalong 🥳🥳. Finishing up on the Big Stitch Quilting on this scrap quilt. I honestly thought the quilting would get lost in this busy print on the border, but no, there it is, standing proud.😍. One more good reason to get going on Big Stitch! If I’m good,I’ll be taking the tacking out later tonight, party , party 🤣🤣. #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #handquilting #handquilted #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #runningstitch #quilting #quilted ...

At odd times this week I thought about what my #favouritefabricfriday share would be today. I even took a picture of a hot contender. But this morning it seemed obvious that it had to be this Flea Market Moxie print by @catheholden for @modafabrics . I’ve been stitching it into projects on and off since I brought it, but this week it’s been a feature fabric in my current quilt making, and I’m even going Big by stitching a panel into a Kawandi style whole cloth mini quilt. So those are my plans with this favourite fabric, what are your plans for yours ? #catheholden #showmethemoda #favouritefabric #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #sewyourstash ...

I know it’s not stitched together yet, but it’s always worth testing it in the early stages for ‘lay ability’ 🐶. #quiltinprogress #spanishwaterdogsofinstagram #quilttester #scrapquilt #designfloor #carolynforsterquilts ...

Does your head feel like this? So many ideas and things to juggle to fit in a day, a week or this month 🤪. Make your Monday a good one ! #patchwork #quiltblock #scrapquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

Joining Lucy @charmaboutyou for #saturdaynightcraftalong and everyone else out there! There’s a lot of hand quilting going on, and it might look chaotic, but I know what I’m doing 🤣🤣 #doingwhatilove #handquilting #bigstitchquilting ...

I’ve been toying with the idea of a #monthlymarker for a while now, and honestly thought that this month I would have made the alphabet block for May. But seemingly not, so I’m using the block from a quilt I made last year (but haven’t quilted yet 🤷‍♀️). I’ve even, rather pessimistically photographed the J for Next month incase I still haven’t got my act together 🤔. #may #patchwork #alphabet #quiltinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltersofinstagram ...

Today on #favouritefabricfriday I’m choosing this print by @karenlewistextiles 😍. I treasure this price printed by her on a cotton linen mix, but I’ve used the same print in a neutral in lots of wonderful sewing projects from @robertkaufman . This print was from the Bloomsbury range, and it’s so happy isn’t it? Which fabrics are making you happy today? Share using the # and we can all enjoy! #karenlewistextiles #fabric #favouritefabric #patchworkpotential ...

Goals for the week, get this quilted, pressed first obvs 🙄 . All the blocks from my book Twenty to Stitch, 5in quilt blocks @searchpress_na @searchpress #quiltinprogress #patchwork #samplerquilt #twentytostitch #searchpress #quiltbook #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #quiltersofinstagram #pincushionpantiles 😉 ...

Sharing before I forget 🙄. This is the finished top from the BOM I did for @pincushion_pantiles over the last year. It’s got a plain border, as opposed to the pieced border on the finished quilt that many of you saw in the shop. I know some of you have finished your quilt tops, don’t be shy, let us see them! #littlegemsquilt #handpieced #handpiecing #handstitched #patchwork #quilttop #quiltinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #pincushionpantiles #blockofthemonth #tunbridgewellslife ...

Joining @charmaboutyou Lucy for #saturdaynightcraftalong 👋👋. I’ve had a lovely day in the sunshine and at my LQS, and really haven’t talked so much in ages ☺️. So I’m resting my voice and sitting back with some hand piecing. It actually makes feel that holiday feeling of sun and wind and sunscreen 😎. Hope you have all had a good one ! #patchwork #handpieced #handpiecing #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #quiltinprogress ...

#postcardquilt @zakfoster.quilts ...

And on this #favouritefabricfriday I’m sharing a new addition to my stash. This is California Bloom, a @libertylondon Tana Lawn. 😍 This was the one that caught my eye when up in the shop this week. I was asked what I might make with it when I purchased it. You often get asked that in a fabric shop, and my lame reply is that I’m not sure yet, but possibly destined for a quilt. I don’t tell them that it could be in a few years time, but that is often the reality. I’m not great at buying fabric and knowing where it will end up, and that also means that when folks see a lot of my quilts, the fabric in them has been collected over many years, and that’s just how I sew, from my stash. So this lovely piece has been added to my stash, and may or may not be seen with soon. Any new additions to your stash this week? #libertyfabric #libertytanalawn #stashenhancement #favouritefabric ...

Took some time yesterday to photograph some quilts , or in this case a quilt top, yet to be quilted🤷‍♀️🧵. Too big for the washing line and at least it didn’t flap about. But when I see them on the grass, I’m thinking picnics 🥪🧁😋. #quiltersofinstagram #quilttop #patchwork #scrapquilt #quiltsofinstagram #sewwhatyouhave #sewyourstash #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltsinthewild #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...