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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 21 June 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216711
  • Stock: 50+
  • 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 (Author)

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Book Description

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

Highly commended in the 'Best Sewing Book' category at the Creative Book Awards, 2024.

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

Introduction 6

Quilt materials 8

Piecing materials 9

Cutting & sewing fabric 10

Equipment for hand piecing 20

Starting to stitch 22

Piecing 26

Book of blocks 32

Two Patch & Four Patch 36, Half Square Triangle 38, Kansas Dugout 40, Flying Geese 42, Album 44, Bright Hopes 46, Spools 48, Bow Tie 50, Snowball 52, Mill & Star 54, Courthouse Steps 56, Woven Ribbons 58, Pansy 60, Grandmother’s Star 62, Western Star 64, Wishing Star 66, Drusilla’s Delight 68, Southern Star 70, Arrowhead 72, Carpenter’s Wheel 74, Marbles 76, Water Wheel 78, Sailor’s Joy 80, Cassiopeia 82, Turkey Tracks 84, Thirties Tulip 86, Sunburst 88

Adding sashing & post squares 90

Making the quilt your own 92

Sewing the quilt together 96

Tacking/basting & quilting necessities 104

Tacking/basting the quilt 109

Hand quilting 115

Binding the quilt 122

Labelling & aftercare 128

Patchwork templates 130

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


Customer Review

A super book with 27 block designs, including full-size patchwork templates.

An A4 size book printed on quality paper and well bound. Extremely clear layout with easy understandable instructions supported by clear, colour photographs.

I particularly like the choice of fabrics used for the blocks as it shows the piecing and pattern clearly.

 The beginning of the book has sections on equipment, technique to help you stitch, how to use templates and cut your fabric. Following the block patterns are sections on quilt layout, sewing the blocks together and how to sash, baste, hand quilt, bind and care for your finished quilt.

There is a super selection of block designs including some more unusual ones, but they are all very striking.

This is a beautiful comprehensive book, clearly presented and it would be a well received gift for both an experienced quilter and a beginner due to the very easy to follow guides.

Customer Review

I have other Carolyn Forster books, so was hopeful of another good one, and this did not disappoint!

Right from the Introduction, I realised this was going to be such a relaxing book to follow. I've never made a quilt totally by hand, but this book really makes me want to have a go. Such a change not to feel rushed to produce a quilt, but to be able to totally enjoy the process!

I also like the fact that it takes you through the 27 blocks step-by-step, starting with the most simple, and that if you wanted to, could just use some of them for other projects, or do them all and make the quilt.

Of course, if you like, you could always do them by machine! A really lovely book!

Customer Review

Carolyn has written a gem of a book, great for those new to hand piecing and quilting but also a good reminder to those more experienced of the correct procedures in order to achieve precise results.

I found the section on piecing particularly useful as Carolyn shows you how to sew your seams so they are neat and match perfectly. There are a variety of blocks for you to create and a suggestion on how you can place them to make a quilt but also suggestions on how you can make the quilt your own.

Im looking forward to using the book to refine my technique and make myself an heirloom quilt.

Publishers Weekly

Patchwork instructor Forster (Hand Quilting Techniques for Farmhouse Style) details how to sew quilts by hand in this cozy manual. To follow the block design templates included with the book, Forster recommends gluing each unique shape onto card stock or a thin plastic sheet, cutting it out, and then using the piece to trace and cut that shape from fabric, leaving a quarter inch all the way around for the seam allowance. Forster explains how to make 27 blocks that readers can mix and match to create quilts. The designs range from the relatively simple, including a four-square checkerboard and a simple block of rectangles around a square, to the more complex the sunburst design features 48 angular pieces arranged around a circle to resemble the rays of the sun and the 60-piece carpenters wheel features interlocked concentric rows of squares and diamonds. The author also provides two quilt sampler layouts showing how one might assemble the various blocks in a quilt. The designs are visually appealing, and beginners will appreciate the comprehensive photo illustrations showing how to thread a needle, make stitches, and sew seams. Readers will warm to this. 

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