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I’m not good at blowing my own trumpet, but @naomialicec has said what so many of you have been saying about my QAYG book and Big Stitch Quilting that have been published by @searchpress this year!
It means so much to me that you are enjoying and stitching projects from my books, and taking the time to let me know on here and personally ☺️. I know so many of you have this on your Christmas list, so looking forward to seeing lots of new quilts in 2022! #patchwork #quiltbook #quilt #QAYG #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #searchpress #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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I was going to share a finished quilt, but the light is rubbish and the rain means no outdoor shots 🤷‍♀️. I spent some time yesterday having a sort and this batch of scraps made its way into to something quilted 😃. Some of these fabrics I’ve had since my teens, and the accumulation of them all together I find very pleasing on a another wet grey day ! #patchwork #patchworkquilt #onepatch #onepatchquilt #miniquilt #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #wastenotwantnot #quilt #handquilted #handquilting #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

#onepatch #twentytostitch #onepatchquilt #scrapquilt #searchpress #patchwork #stars #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess ...

#favouritefabricfriday 🥳
My selection today is part of my little mail order splurge from @hometown_in_rochester 😍. To be honest when I selected these I had no idea they would look so fab together. The floral is from Nonna by @giucy_giuce . The gingham, and to be honest , you can’t have too many ginghams 🤷‍♀️, is from the basics section and is a winner with this floral! #shopsmall #localquiltshop #stashbuilding #favouritefabric
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It was only as I set about posting this that I realised how Christmasy my choice of fabric feels 🤷‍♀️. Obviously the subconscious was in play when I stitched it!

#December #monthlymarker #patchwork #quilt #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #wastenotwantnot #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #alphabetquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess
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You will have seen in my stories a fun video from @todaysquilter (and you can see it on their page if you hop over! ) about next months free gift with the magazine, and yes it’s me who’s stitched a fun (even if I say so myself ☺️) quilt with these hand piecing templates!
If you love hand piecing and being able to rotary cut the fabrics as much as I do, you won’t want to miss out on this next edition😉. #Patchwork #templates #patchworktemplates #handpiecing #handstitched #patchworkquilt #todaysquilter #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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I went to the @royalacademyarts last week and experienced the Summer Exhibition for the first time. Two things drew me there, one that there would be more textiles and two, that there had been a picture I’d caught glimpse of in a BBC program about the selection process, and I wanted to see it again.
It just so happened that ‘my’ picture was hanging just above a quilt 😍. The quilt is by Sally Mae Pettway Mixon of the Gees Bend quiltmakers, and has given me so many ideas now that I’ve seen it close up 🤓. Books and the internet are great, but not the same as real life.
The painting is by Emma Mcclure @emmamcclure_artist and needless to say I love it even more now!
If you can get to the show, do go. I’ve had so many thoughts and a few little chats since the visit about the whole art or craft thing, technique over intention or should it be the other way?
I’ve come at my quiktmaking the same way I approached my textile design at college, that I needed to know the techniques before I could put the ideas into practice, or really, that the techniques generate the ideas for me. The how to of the process has always been key for me. Over the last year or so I’ve been listening to the chats between @entropies @zakfoster.quilts and @heidi.parkes , #softbulk so adding this show into the mix and the questions it has generated has been a bit of a busy brain week for me ! Nothing like a bit of hand quilting to help me ruminate 🤓🧵. #patchwork #art #craft #softbulk #technique #intention #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #royalacademyofarts
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Lovely shots of my quilt as usual from @todaysquilter showing my latest scrap quilt in issue 82, out today! 🎉🧵🎉
#scrapquilt #patchwork #patchworkquilt #quilt #todaysquilter #usewhatyouhave #wastenotwantnot #useeveryscrap #nofabricleftbehind #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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****the giveaway is now closed****
And for this final #winaquiltwednesday of November I’m pleased to be sharing more quilting goodness with you all 😃.
This week @todaysquilter magazine have given a 3month digital subscription to the magazine. Many of you will know that I’ve been lucky enough to have had my quilt patterns in here since it’s debut issue, where my quilt was on the cover 🙏. So I’m so excited to be able to offer you the chance to dip into this wonderful magazine wherever you are in the world! Alongside this the giveaway includes favourite notions from @clovermfg 😍, a needle book and Pincushion stitched by me from patterns in my books from @searchpress 🥳, and some of my favourite Big Stitch cotton perle quilting threads from @valdani_threads 🧵💃.
So to have a chance of winning, comment below, tagging a friend and be following me here on Instagram! The draw will be made on Friday this week (busy with the book launch on Saturday 🤓) and postage is worldwide!
#winitwednesday #giveaway #sharethegoodness #todaysquiltermagazine #clovernotions #searchpress #valdanithreads #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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#onepatch #onepatchquilt #scrapquilt #twentytomake #twentytostitch #searchpress #patchwork #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess ...

Itching to get back to some Kawandi quilt stitching! This one has a square bandana as the base, and is stitched from @libertyfabrics from my stash. It has no corner phula yet as I’ve read that some of the quilts are replacing them with a Suffolk Puff, so I’ll be doing that on this one 😉. #kawandi #kawandiquilts #bigstitch #scrapquilt #quiltasyougo #qayg #patchwork #quilting #handquilting #makersgonnamake #libertylawn #tanalawn #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

*** giveaway now closed ****
I’m excited to be able to share the quilting goodness with you all and my third #winaquiltwednesday giveaway!
Today we have goodies from @vlieseline_uk , @valdani_threads and @clovermfg 🤓, as well as two Makes by me from books I’ve written for @searchpress ! I’m always so grateful to work with such great companies in the quilting and sewing industry.
@vlieseline_uk have given you the chance to win 2m of the new Eco 150 wadding/batting to use in your next quilting project, and I must admit I’m excited to try this myself 😉. The threads from Valdani are the cotton perle that I love for bigstitch quilting, as Clover are sharing more stitching notions that will be indispensable!
All you need to do to win is comment below, tagging a friend and be following me here on Instagram! The draw will be made on Saturday and postage is world wide!
#winitwednesday #giveaway #sharethegoodness #vlieseline #vlieselinefreudenberg #vlieselineeco150 #vlieselinebatting #clovernotions #searchpress #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #valdanithreads #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting
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Day4 #twentytomake #twentytostitch #searchpress #onepatch #onepatchquilt #patchwork #scrapquilt #quiltbook #favouriteblues #blue

The Liberty quilting giveaway winners are now in my stories! 💃💃
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Day 3 #twentytomake #twentytostitch #searchpress #oneoatch #onepatchquilt #patchwork #scrapquilt #qst #quiltbook #triangles

And we’re announcing the winner of our second #winaquiltwednesday ! The lucky person is @winkowl , you have been messaged! 🎉🎉
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Practicing what I preach. Big stitch quilting on my QAYG quilt in the green room @createandcrafttv 🤓. #quiltasyougo #qayg #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #handquilting #handquilted #clovernotions #quiltinprogress #aurifilthread ...

***giveaway now closed ****
Today is my second give away for Wednesdays in November to thank you for all for following and joining me on my quilting journey ! 🥳
Today you have the chance to win copies of my two new books that came out this year with @searchpress . In fact QAYG isn’t even out until the end of November, so you’ll be ahead of the game! There are more goodies from @clovermfg and a pincushion quilted by me. You can’t have too much of a good thing, right😉.
Big Stitch Quilting and QAYG are a perfect pairing and you’ll find the Wonder Pins especially useful !

To win, make sure you follow me, like this post and comment tagging a friend ! Drawing will take place on Saturday this week, and postage is World wide 💃💃.
#winitwednesday #winaquiltwednesday #giveaway #sharethegoodness #searchpress #craftbooks #quiltbooks #clovernotions #cloverwonderclips #cloverwonderpins #sewingnotions #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #qayg #quiltasyougo #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting
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Day 3. #twentytomake #twentystitch #onepatch #onepatchquilt #hexagons #patchwork #searchpress #quiltbook #quiltersofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

Here’s a quick flick through my new book out at the end of November. Quilt As You go from @searchpress is a treasure trove of QAYG techniques, 14 in total. So if you want your patchwork and quilting manageable, portable whether by hand or machine, this book has something for you 🥳. Pre order at your #lqs, from @searchpress or where ever you buy your books! And if you’re free come to @pincushion_pantiles for a book launchette 🥳 on Saturday 27th November ! #quiltbook #qayg #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #patchwork #makingquilts #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #searchpress #pincushionpantiles ...

Joining Lucy @charmaboutyou for #saturdaynightcraftalong 🧵😃🧵. It’s work but not work, it’s stitching after all, prep for a photography next week at my publishers @searchpress 😉. So hand piecing it is before someone here has to decide who’s cooking dinner 🤣🤣. #patchwork #handpiecing #handstitched #quiltinprogress #runningstitch #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #searchpress ...

And today’s #favouritefabricfriday is brought to you courtesy of a screen shot 🤓. It’s a Liberty Tana lawn @libertyfabrics from the new Archive collection and is called Archive Allsorts. Isn’t it just the bees knees 😊. Needless to say some metres are winging their way to me, but it was too lovely to wait until next week to share with you 💃. And there is a fab paisley too, but showed restraint ! #libertyfabrics #tanalawn #libertytanalawn #favouritefabric #stashbuilding ...

Day 1 #twentytostitch #twentytomake #onepatch #onepatchquilt #searchpress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #hexagons #hexies #hexagonpatchwork #hexagonquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #scrapquilt ...

November. I love that when you look closely you can see where I had to join the fabric to make the shape big enough 🤓 #monthlymarker #quiltinprogress #scrapquilt #patchwork ...

So this Sunday for my check in on #bigstitchquiltalong I’m showing you how I safety pin baste my blocks that I’m putting together QAYG style instead of in the traditional way.
Bear with me on this as you can’t always see the pins, but I use the teaspoon to pin then clip them shut. It’s easier on my hands, no pricks or pokes! The pins are from @clovermfg and so good for these quilt as you go projects 😍.
FYI, I don’t talk in this you just hear pins clattering about 🤣.
#quiltasyougo #qayg #safteypinbasting #bastingaquilt #quiltinprogress #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #clovernotions #searchpress #quiltbasting
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Happy to see my quilt in @todaysquilter ! This ticks so many boxes, a great scrap buster , QAYG construction and Big Stitch Quilting , what’s not to love 😍. Inspired by some of my favourite quilts from the Gees Bend Quilters! #patchwork #patchworkquilt #scrapquilt #qayg #quiltasyougo #bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #handquilted #handquilting #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #todaysquilter ...

#favouritefabricfriday 🥳.
Today I’m featuring this print that I used in the border on one of my quilts in Big Stitch Quilting from @searchpress .
This is the type of fabric that I’ll buy 3m of without hesitation. It’s got so many colours in that I know it will work with lots of scrappy combinations in a quilt, bringing them all together. So it will be an ideal border, sashing or binding fabric, a good investment buy. It’s a print from @rjrfabrics and if one not mistaken designed buy @riflepaperco 😍. Do you have fabrics that bring your scraps to life, do share, we’re dying to see! #fabric #patchwork #favouritefabric #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #patchworkquilt #handquilting #handquilted #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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I’m stitching away on some #secretsewing projects, so in the meantime here’s a close up of my Mill and Stars quilt in the current issue of @todaysquilter .
This quilt with its fabric scrappiness and bold big stitch quilting sums up all that I love about making quilts!
I’m also getting the prizes together for a month of give aways on Wednesdays in November. Hopefully this will culminate in December with the actual quilt giveaway too. I’ll be using #winaquiltwednesday to keep things together. Remember the more followers I get the closer we get to a quilt being given away😉, so don’t forget to share with your friends!
Happy mid week stitching 🧵!
#patchwork #patchworkquilt #quilt #quiltersofinstagram #handquilting #handquilted #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #scrapquilt #todaysquilter #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #aurifilthread
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I do love a good quilt book, and some of my older ones get over looked. But I was checking some details for a project inspired by a quilt from this book, and thought you might like to look through too? The book is the Quilts of the British Isles by Janet Rae. It was published in 1987 by E.P. Dutton. So worth searching a copy out! Enjoy! #quiltbook
#patchworkbook #oldquilts #quiltinspiration #quilthistory #quilt #quilthistory #patchwork #quilting
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Lovely to have two of my quilts back from @todaysquilter ! Thanks guys!
A nice bright pile to add to colour to what looks like a grey day. I was also taken with the Big Stitch Quilting and the contrast of the stitches depending on the colour thread used. The quilting really does make all the difference 😍🧵. #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #searchpress #todaysquilter #patchwork #quilts #patchworkquilts #handquilted #handquilting #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltersofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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#favouritefabricfriday 💃💃. I’m looking at one of my own scrap quilts today instead of a vintage one. That little lilac and turquoise floral is a strong contender this week. I came across it in my scraps and strings pile, and it’s funny when you haven’t seen a fabric for a long long time, how it becomes imperative to use what you have in something special. So needless to say, this print is now out of that pile and in a special fabrics pile 🧵🤣 #favouritefabric #scrapquilt #stringquilt #stringpieced #stringpiecing #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash ...

And then there are things you find in the patches you’ve pieced that you couldn’t have planned any better 🤓. A happy accident of unintentional fussy cutting 💃💃. #stringquilt #stringpatchwork #stringpiecing #quiltinprogress #patchwork #fussycutting #not 🤣 #scrapquilt #sewyourstash #usewhatyouhave #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #libertytanalawn ...

When I counted and stitched and thought I’d made 100 blocks, but it turns out actually only 98 🤦🏽‍♀️.
Always an anticlimax when you’ve not done as much as you thought.
Back to it and two more blocks to sew it is!
#stringquilt #stringpatchwork #scrapquilt #patchwork #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash #wastenotwantnot #sustainablestitching #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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