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Joining Lucy, @charmaboutyou for some #saturdaynightcraftalong and all of you stitching along tonight. I’m cosy under this Manx Logcabin, which is nearly finished. Binding almost done 🎉🎉. #manxlogcabin #patchwork #scrapquilt #qayg #secretsewing #hiddeninplainsight #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife ...

One thing I miss about about stitching at home, is not being able to shop in a shop for fabric, and turn round to someone and say “don’t you just LOVE this fabric!”.
In person shopping means you get that experience of catching a glimpse of a bolt or a pre cut and you catch your breath as you know it’s THE fabric to start a quilt with, or just that life won’t be as good without that in your stash.
And the sharing the moment, when you’re stitching with friends and you just have to tell them how much you love this last fabric scrap you are stitching with and how it’s been a favourite for soooo long. 🥺🧵.
So I’ve decided to share some of my favourite fabrics with you all, and if you like you can share yours with the world too. I’m using #favouritefabricfriday as it keeps me focused and accountable to show you something each week. And it alliterates, and I like that🤓.
The fabrics will be any of my favourites, either from old or new quilts , current or old ranges.
Today is Bindi from Outback Wife, a collection from Gertrude Made, for Ella Blue. I loved the whole barkcloth thing, and this was my favourite colour way, as it’s a combination I’ve used over the years in quilts 😍. So your turn now, do you have one to share with us today? #favouritefabricfriday #ellablue #gertrudemade #outbackwife #favouritefabric #barkcloth #fabricstash #blue
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Never say never. Yo Yos or Suffolk Puffs have never been high on my list of patchwork makes. But I’ve always been a believer in waiting for the right fabric before starting on any of my quilts, even just a sample. 🤷‍♀️. So stitching these Yo Yos in double gauze fabric has been a complete revelation. So much so, I’m planning on making it bigger 😍. #patchwork #suffolkpuffs #yoyoquiltmarket #scrapquilt #handstitching #handstitched #handsewing #clovernotions #cloveryoyomaker #doublegauze #doublegauzequilt #doublegauzefabric #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #stitchtopiauk ...

One last row to finish, then the binding 😃. Can’t tell you how pleased I will be to finish this Manx Log cabin quilt 🤓. #manxlogcabin #logcabinquilt #scrapquilt #patchwork #quiltasyougo #qayg #quiltinprogress #quiltingonthego #cloverseamroller #clovernotions #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #stitchtopiauk ...

When rubbish bin scraps inspire you 🤦‍♀️. Please tell me that other folks have more glamorous inspiration starting points ? #sewingsunday #scrapquilt #startingpoint #trashortreasure #fabricscraps #literally ...

So if you’ve got your templates made for the sew along , here’s what to do next. By the way, I’ve not thought of a name for this yet, you know the all important TAG # 🤷‍♀️. The block itself is traditionally called Milkmaid’s Star, and the magazine called it Blue Belle, So we have options!
So my basic kit for hand piecing patchwork is :
Templates, for this block, the SA is NOT included, the line you draw is the sewing line.
Sharps size 10 or 11 needles.
Cotton sewing thread 28wt in a neutral colour, this is @aurifilthread col 5021, which is my Go To.
Pins, applique, as the shortness is a bonus. The @clovermfg white headed ones are easy to find, but if you are lucky enough to get the red/blue headed ones, so much the better.
Thimbles. I use these two all the time, the orange one with the ridge from Clover is great for me to make the stitches for handpiecing and quilting 👌.
Scissors for fabric and thread.
Fine line marking pencils to draw around the templates.
Fabrics! I use a neutral for the background, and then two fabrics in each block. Although I go quite scrappy, I do think this would be great fun in just two fabrics!
In a few days time I’ll be cutting and sewing, just pacing things so were all organised! #sewalong #handpiecingsewalong #handpiecing #handpieced #handpiecedsewalong #handstitched #slowstitch #stitchingtogether #runningstitch #handsewing #scrapquilt #stashbuster #clovernotions #aurifilthread #patchwork #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #portablesewing #stitchtopiauk #bluebellesewalong
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Because it does not matter how small the quilt is that you put on the floor (because you think you can take a picture), it is still for me to sit on . 🐶 #spanishwaterdog #spanishwaterdogsofinstagram #nothelping #patchworkinperspective #patchworkquilt #miniquilt #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellslife ...

Work in progress, and so close to a finish that I started something new🤦‍♀️. Sometimes you just don’t want a quilt to be over do you? It’s a version of my Envelope Quilt from Layer Cake Quilts and Gifts (@searchpress ). #scrapquilt #patchwork #quiltsasyougo #stasbuster #usewhatyouhave #sewyourstash #quiltingonthego #patchworkquilt #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #searchpress #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #handquilting #handquilted #imintheguild ...

Joining @charmaboutyou Lucy for #saturdaynightcraftalong for the first time this 2021. Stitching a row of my Envelope Quilt together using the @clovermfg Wonder Clips 😍. Seeing that a few of us are stitching away tonight! @veronicalovingtosew , @lovenatalieuk , @two_wednesdays and @pincushion_pantiles 🧵🤓🧵! #patchwork #quiltasyougo #handstitching #handsewing #handquilted #handquilting #wonderclips #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #tunbridgewells ...

That time of year when it’s ok to still be in your pyjamas, drinking coffee and hand quilting at 9.30am on a weekday.☕️.🧵. 🤓. #handquilting #handquilted #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #runningstitch #patchwork #quiltinprogress #scrapquilt #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #quiltersofinstagram #quiltblock #cottonperle #valdanithreads #vlieseline #vlieselinebatting #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild ##makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess ...

So I know I’ve had all year to think about this, but I’ve just realised what great Christmas decorations all of the blocks from my book Twenty to Make mini Patchwork Blocks (@searchpress ), would be if I stitched them in red and white🤓. So if nothing else, with one down and 19 to go, I will be ready for next Christmas 🎄. Wishing the very best for You and Yours 🎄. #christmas #christmaspatchwork #patchwork #quiltblock #minipatchwork #vlieseline #vlieselinebatting #searchpress #redandwhite #patchworkstar #treedecorations #fabricscraps #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild ...

Loving this scrap quilt that I’m currently stitching. Always great to revisit with the last snippets of fabrics and see how they work in new combinations 😍. #scrapquilt #fabricstash #vlieseline #vlieselinebatting #patchwork #patchworkquilt #makingaquilt #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild ...

Joining in with the #topnine2020 as it’s always fun to see ! Amazed at how many folks have interacted with the account, thank you! @clovermfg @vlieseline_uk @vlieseline @searchpress @searchpress_na @landauer_publishing @todaysquilter #carolynforster #carolynforster #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram #imintheguild ...

So I’m stitching in more of a muddle than usual, too many things half done, and no time focus on sorting stuff out at the moment. So it was reassuring to see others in similar creative workspaces 😉. Pop over and follow @wherewomencreate for general feel good vibes and wonderful insights into other creative women. It made me feel better anyway, or I could have used that time to tidy up 🤦‍♀️. #wherewomencreate #becreative #creativespace #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #patchwork #quiltinprogress #scrapquilt #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #pincushion #clovernotions #pins #cloverpatchworkpins ...

When the sewing room floor, aka design floor 🙄, is too chaotic even to lay a finished quilt out (stuff has been moved so the plumber can get to a radiator, and his appointment got postponed for a few days, so it’s not worth moving everything back in place again,🤷‍♀️). But you get the idea, there’s a lot going on, but yeah! I finished a quilt 😃. #scrapquilt #stringquilt #patchwork #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #patchworkquilt #useeveryscrap #usewhatyouhave #usingallofthefabrics #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellslife ...

Just to let you see how fabric choice alters the way a design can look. Remember this block from the other day, the Christmas applique? Well, this is the same block, just very different fabrics 😃. I’m always interested when I’m teaching how many folks are nervous to give a design their own stamp, by using their own fabric choices. I often make a design in more than a couple of colour ways when teaching or writing , to encourage people to choose their own path, and also because I love seeing how different fabrics look in my quilts! #becreative #enjoytheprocess #makersgonnamake #applique #handapplique #modernmaker #modernapplique #modern #traditionalmodern #moderntraditional #handsewing #handapplique #handstitched #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellslife ...

When you’re just starting off and you want to see how it’s looking, I take a picture. That third person perspective always helps😍.
WIP🎄🧵.
#christmasquilt #patchwork #scrapquilt #quiltinprogress #makersgonnamake #quilt #sewing #patchworkstars #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #tunbridgewells #tunbridgewellslife
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Getting our Christmas on. The seasonal quilts are coming out🎄. Predictably in greens, reds and golds 🤓. This is a block from one of my quilts that I appliqued, based on a vintage quilt and made with some of my favourite greens and with a sneaky Liberty red in there 😍. The pattern was in @todaysquilter a good while back. #applique #appliquequilt #handapplique #handstitched #handsewing #slowstitch #christmasquilt #red#green#gold #scrapquilt #libertyprint #libertytanalawn #handembroidery #chainstitch #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram ...

One down, 99 to go 🤪. Don’t you just love it when it’s all planned out rather than just growing organically, and the end number of blocks at the start would be unknown ? 🤣🤣 #patchwork #scrapquilt #envelopequilt #layercakequiltsandgifts #searchpress #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #handquilting #bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #utilityquilting #handquilted #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild ...

Done and dusted, as they say🤓. Thanks for the inspiration @therootconnection , @maryelizabethkinch , @michelemuska and others who have generously shared their #siddiquilts #kawandiquilts 😍. I’m sure I’ll stitch more of these in the future, and as is my way I’ve loved digging into the research too ! #runningstitch #slowstitch #handstitching #handstitched #handquilting #handquilted #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #scrapquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild ...

Pleased to have finished knitting a new winter dog walking hat, but now the question is, Pom Pom or not? 🤔 #quilterswhoknit #makersgonnamake #clovernotions #cloverpompommaker #carolynforster ...

Simple pleasures, pressing hand pieced patchwork blocks 😍. #happyplace #patchwork #handpieced #handstitching #handstitched #runningstitch *#slowstitch * #pressing #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild
*anyone else see the irony, that running stitch can be termed slow stitching? 🤣🤣🤣
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Today’s prompt for #greatbritishquilter is our favourite quilting shops. I’m going with the ones that over the years have kept me supplied with the basics, the inspiration and the quilt chat!
@pincushion_pantiles is my local , so needless to say it’s sometimes an extension of my stash, because let’s face it, it’s a lot easier for me to find stuff there than in my sewing room! I also teach there, and have designed their BOM for this year 🤓.
@thequiltroom is where I still get my quilts quilted, and buy my template plastic. I know, not very glamorous, but I could not survive without decent template plastic 🤷‍♀️.
@eternalmaker , Anna, constantly inspiring with her energy, enthusiasm and fabrics, yarn, coffee and cake 🥰.
@world_of_sewing_ , again, on my doorstep and who have all the sewing machine know how , notions and @vlieseline_uk products to keep me going!
Thanks again to @sarahashfordstudio and @quiltsfromtheattic for the prompts! #quiltshop #quiltshops #justacard #carolynforster #littlegemsquilt #patchwork #scrapquilt #shoplocal #shopsmall #lqs #tunbridgewells #makersgonnamake #carolynforsterquilts
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Today on #greatbritishquilter , our prompt is Top Tip. Over the years I’ve shared various things, but the most useful thing I can think of is, just get on and do it. No one is going to sew your quilt for you, no one else is going to learn to quilt for you. Believe in yourself to have a go, and do it! 🤓. On a more practical note you will get more pleasure from the processes by using the right thread, believe me.
🧵 50wt, sewing machine piecing.
🧵 28wt hand piecing
🧵 40 wt hand finishing binding
🧵 12wt big stitch quilting
🧵 28wt fine hand quilting
#thread #quiltingthread #sewingthread #therightthread #enjoytheprocess #makersgonnamake#carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild thanks to @quiltsfromtheattic and @sarahashfordstudio for hosting!
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Here’s an in situ shot of my original Wagga Wagga quilt made with Japanese double gauze, and you can see the Fan hand quilting on this. The fabric really is a dream to work with😍. This has an 80/20 batting, lawn on the back and was quilted with @valdani_threads cotton perle no12, Betweens needle No6 for the big stitch quilting ! So the quilt I showed the other day will get a similar treatment! Cant wait to be cosy under it in the evenings quilting away! #naniiroathome #doublegauze #naniirofabric #naniiro #utilityquilt #waggawagga #australianbushquilt #utilityquilting #baptistfan #bigstitchquilting #handquilted #handquilting #patchwork #quilt #patchworkquilt #makersgonnamke #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram ...

Today on #greatbritishquilter , it’s our sewing space. Always a thought provoking one as I stitch as much by hand as I do by machine. So really I could show you the armchair I stitch in every evening! However I’m going with the flow, and this desk is where I spend most of my day time sewing, and writing. It’s not always got the machine out at the front, , the computer takes it’s turn, but I’m on a roll with the sewing! Thanks to @sarahashfordstudio and @quiltsfromtheattic for hosting! #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #booksdontwritethemselves #sewingspace #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild #jukisewingmachine #quiltmaker #quiltersofinstagram ...

Hi! I’m Carolyn and I’ll be taking part in #greatbritishquilter this week, hosted by @sarahashfordstudio and @quiltsfromtheattic 👋👋. I’ve made quilts and generally stitched since my teens, and now for many years have taught, written books (12 ish, a new one due out next year 🤓), and written for magazines including @todaysquilter , and have a you tube channel (at last), for my videos 😁. But basically everything is about patchwork and quilting! I do knit and crochet and sometimes make my own clothes, but really it’s about the quilts . I’m passionate about technique, and love that there are so many ways to make and quilt a quilt , truly something for everyone and and every fabric 😍. #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltersofinstagram #tunbridgewells #quiltteacher #quiltbookauthor #quilter #handsewing #handquilting #moderntraditionalquilter#carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild ...

How are your #littlegemsquilt blocks coming along? The first quilt I made was in a vintage soft and faded colour palette, (this is this months block from that quilt), and as you’ll have seen the blocks I’m making each month now when we issue the new pattern are stronger and brighter. Anyone else, when they finish a quilt, think, I could do that again in a different palette? 🤔#toomanyideas #patchwork #quilt #patchworkquilt #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #fussycutting #handpieced #handstitched #handstitching #slowstitch #blockofthemonth #pincushionpantiles #handsewing #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #imintheguild ...

Joining Lucy @charmaboutyou for #saturdaynightcraftalong this week with my quilt binding! I was beginning to think I was the only one who took the picture on their lap, but @lovenatalieuk has too , so I know we’re both sitting comfortably 😆. Happy stitching one and all ! #quiltbinding #handstitched #handstitching #blue #homestretch #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforsterquilts #carolynforster #imintheguild #patchwork #quiltinprogress ...