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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 June 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216711
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 490
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £14.99
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Hand-Stitched Quilts


Choose from 27 block designs and hand-piece your own unique quilts by Carolyn Forster

Book Description

Through one quilt, learn how to patchwork and quilt by hand in this accessible how-to book.

Slow stitching and mindful crafting is more popular than ever, and with just a few notions you can peacefully create a stunning quilt entirely by hand, in your own time and at your own pace. 

In her brand-new book, best-selling author and teacher Carolyn Forster will demonstrate all the techniques to hand-piece a variety of blocks and hand-quilt them together. Not only will you have a beautiful hand-made quilt at the end, but you can join thousands of other people today who are returning to the roots of traditional patchworking and quilting. 

Through a series of ‘bite-size’ lessons, you will be taken through the process of making your quilt chronologically, so you not only understand the order in which to craft your quilt, but you build up your skills as you progress through the book. Learn how to cut out your fabrics with and without templates, how to sew your patches together, and then get stuck into sewing a gorgeous library of blocks! There are 27 different blocks to make, each with its own piecing instructions, piecing diagrams, and helpful photographs that show the front and back of the block. Templates for every block are included at the back of the book, at full size. 

Once your blocks are ready to go, Carolyn shows you how to quilt them, using a combination of hand stitching and big-stitch quilting. Illustrated instructions are also included on how to construct and bind your quilt at the very end. 

With dozens of exquisite blocks to make, and useful and inspirational information throughout, this is a beautiful book that will take the mystery out of making hand-stitched quilts, and spark your quilting ideas for years to come.

Table of Contents


Quilt materials8

Piecing materials9

Cutting & sewing fabric10

Equipment for hand piecing20

Starting to stitch22

Piecing  26

Book of blocks32

Two Patch & Four Patch36, Half Square Triangle38, Kansas Dugout40, Flying Geese42, Album44, Bright Hopes46, Spools48, Bow Tie50, Snowball52, Mill & Star54, Courthouse Steps56, Woven Ribbons58, Pansy60, Grandmother’s Star62, Western Star64, Wishing Star66, Drusilla’s Delight68, Southern Star70, Arrowhead72, Carpenter’s Wheel74, Marbles76, Water Wheel78, Sailor’s Joy80, Cassiopia82, Turkey Tracks84, Thirties Tulip86, Sunburst88

Adding sashing & post squares90

Making the quilt your own92

Sewing the quilt together96

Tacking/basting & quilting necessities104

Tacking/basting the quilt109

Hand quilting115

Binding the quilt122

Labelling & aftercare128

Patchwork templates130

About the Author

About Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster is a best-selling author on quilting. She started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study Textiles at the University of Bath. Since graduating, Carolyn has taught patchwork and quilting both in the UK and the USA and has had her quilts featured in a number of books and magazines, including Fabrications, Popular Patchwork and Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn lives in Tunbridge Wells, UK with her husband and son.

Visit Carolyn's website www.carolynforster.co.uk

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