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This block was in yesterday’s shot and @evahanda.se liked the fabrics (that you could see 🤓), so here’s a full reveal. An Arrowhead Block with a courthouse steps frame. It’s part of a work in progress, and something you can look out for next year 😉🤪. #patchwork #quiltinprogress #handpieced #handpiecing #handstitching #handsewing #scrapquilt #quiltblock #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

Starting to table top baste this quilt together . When it’s really warm weather I find it easier to take small steps on projects to head them in the right direction. Sitting at the table in a cool room and basting seems like the right step to take today 🌞🌼. Using an 80/20 Cotton/poly combo Batting from @vlieseline_uk in the sandwich 😍. #quiltbasting #tabletopbasting #quiltsandwich #quiltinprogress #scrapquilt #handpiecing #handpieced #vlieseline #vlieselinebatting #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts ...

Joining Lucy @charmaboutyou tonight for #saturdaynightcraftalong and I’m out in the garden , so it feels like I’m really sewing with Jenny @pincushion_pantiles too 😂.
Putting some stitches into one of my Siddi/ Kawandi quilts in preparation for the retreat at the end of the month with @stitchtopiauk 😃👋. So looking forward to meeting the participants!
#handstitching #handquilting #qayg #siddiquilts #kawandiquilts #stitchtopiauk #handquilted #utilityquilting #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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I’m a big hoarder of patchwork pattern books, and there is nothing better than a little flick through to get my fingers itching to stitch.
This block , Snowbound, was used in the #littlegemsquilt , a BOM I did for @pincushion_pantiles last year.
Imagine my surprise to see an original ( or should I say earlier 🧐) version in a quilt from the early 1820’s over on @antiquequiltcompany site today😍! I know all of the blocks in the books have been in quilts or pattern books over the years, but such a tingle to see a real live unusual one like this in a quilt !
Christopher has great new plans for his shop and quilts , so hopefully I’ll get to to see the quilt in person one day!
Stay cool and stitch today, it’s forecast to be a hot one 🌞.
#patchwork #quiltblock #handstitched #handpieiced #antiquequiltcompany #pincushionpantiles #makersgonnamake #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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Today I’m sharing these fabrics from a while back from @robertkaufman for #favouritefabricfriday 😃.
Some of you might remember the collection by @darlene_zimmerman_ ? Her fabrics have a 1930’s vibe and are often the usual small scale prints. This collection went large with wonderful, still vintage prints, but in a larger scale. These are the only ones I have left and could find in the stash. There was only one collection in this larger scale and I’d so wanted there to be more 🤷‍♀️.
Any collections that came out that you wished the fabric company had continued developing for our stitching pleasure ? #favouritefabrics #fabricstash #robertkaufmanfabrics #favouritefabric
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Always special when one of my quilts appears in @todaysquilter ! Thanks team for doing such a great job, and I especially love seeing the whole quilt flat, because ironically I never get to photograph it like that🤓.
Also loving the appliqué templates accompanying this months (no77) issue! #todaysquilter #hexagonquilt #hexagons #hexagonhappenings #scrapquilt #sewyourstash #patchwork #patchworkquilt #quilt #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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I have a feeling that issue 77 of @todaysquilter magazine is coming out about now, and inside is the patten for my Hexagon scrap quilt. 😊.
If you are looking for the template sets to be able to rotary cut the pieces then pop over to @pincushion_pantiles where you can buy them as Kaleidoscope Hexagon templates, all the same quilt and pattern just different names 🧐. Give them a ring or drop them an email if you don’t see them on their website! Thanks Jenny ! #pincushionpantiles #todaysquiltermagazine #scrapquilt #hexagonhappenings #hexagonquilt #patchworkquilt
#patchwork#hexagonpatchwork #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #tunbridgewellslife
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Joining #saturdaynightcraftalong with @charmaboutyou on this sport filled evening 🤓. Lots of hand piecing to do, one block down, three to go, tennis watched and now the football! #patchwork #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #handpieced #handpiecing #handsewing #handstitched #runningstitch #scrapquilt #sewyourstash #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #tunbridgewellslife ...

If you’ve missed seeing quilts in person and shopping the shops for fabrics then @thefestivalofquilts have tickets to giveaway 😃. Comment below by Sunday night for a chance to win a pair!
(Picture of one of my vintage quilts as I couldn’t get the upload of the Festival quilt pictures to work 🤦‍♀️🙄!) read below for the specifics!

We've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away for The Festival of Quilts (29th July-1st August), Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, at the NEC Birmingham. The Festival of Quilts features hundreds of hung competition quilts, a full programme of workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations, galleries by leading textile artists and groups, and hundreds of specialist craft retailers under one roof. Tickets are worth £34 per pair and are redeemable any one day of the Festival after 11am (Thursday 29th July-Sunday 1st August). Please note that there is a £6 charge for winners attending on Thursday 29th or Friday 30th July. Visitor safety is paramount and COVID-19 safety measures* are available to view at https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/covid-safety-measures/ We've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away for The Festival of Quilts (29th July-1st August), Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event, at the NEC Birmingham. The Festival of Quilts features hundreds of hung competition quilts, a full programme of workshops, talks, lectures and demonstrations, galleries by leading textile artists and groups, and hundreds of specialist craft retailers under one roof. Tickets are worth £34 per pair and are redeemable any one day of the Festival after 11am (Thursday 29th July-Sunday 1st August). Please note that there is a £6 charge for winners attending on Thursday 29th or Friday 30th July. Visitor safety is paramount and COVID-19 safety measures* are available to view at https://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/covid-safety-measures/
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Close up of the #workinprogress from when I was making the projects for Big Stitch Quilting. I used the big stitch for the appliqué, and you can see the Hera marked lines ready for more quilting . I hand basted this piece too, as I love hand quilting when the layers are held together like that 🤓.
I’ll be doing a sew along choosing one of the quilts from the book, in the near future. If you’ve not gotten your copy yet, get it brought 😜.
@searchpress , @pincushion_pantiles and your local quilt shop all have it , as well all the usual channels!
#searchpress #bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #pincushionpantiles #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #handquilting #handquilted #handstitched #handstitching
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#monthlymarker #july #patchwork #quiltblock
And yes it’s the same as June as I’ve still not stitched new blocks 🤦‍♀️🧵🪡🧵
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Getting some extra samples together ready for teaching at @madeandmaking this Friday! Still some spaces if you’re free, for a day of Big Stitch Quilting, Japanese Knot bags and wrapping cloths, and a few added extras that I’ve snuck in!
All the projects will be based on those from my new book Big Stitch Quilting @searchpress 🧵🪡🧵.
#bigstitchquilting #bigstitch #handquilting #handquilted #quilting #quilted #searchpress #madeandmaking #japaneseknotbag #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts
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Monday morning fabric sorting vibes. This pile was actually the reject pile, but it all looks so great together I now need to start a new quilt 🤦‍♀️. #fabric #fabricstash #quiltinprogress #mondaymorning ...

I must say I’m rather pleased with how my middle turned out (and to be honest, you can’t say that about a lot can you? ) on my latest Kawandi inspired quilt🤓. It’s fascinating how depending on fabric pieces and colours something different happens in all of them .
I raided my stash of Marcia Derse swatches for this one, used my usual tea towel backing, Hobbs organic cotton as the lining and Aurifil 12wt for the quilting, no.4060. Just need to label and number, and on to the next one !
So pleased so many of you are joining me next month with @stitchtopiauk to explore this stitching and some lovely gardens! If you want to come too, check out my website for the links!
#kawandi #kawandiquilts #kawandiquilt #kawandiinspired #siddiquilts #handstitching #handquilted #handquilting #handstitched #qayg #slowstitch #mindfulstitching #carolynforster #carolynforsterquilts #patchwork #scrapquilt #stitchtopiauk
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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 ...