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Manx Log cabin moving along. Who knew these could be so addictive, and the best part is that there no pressing as you stitch 😃. Talk about being easily pleased 🤓. #manxlogcabin #patchwork #logcabinpatchwork #handstitching #handpieced #scrapquilt #quiltblock #quiltasyougo #quiltingonthego #makersgonnamke #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram ...

E is for Explore, Experiment and Enjoy, Expand. If you’ve not discovered the great chats that @pokeybolton has been having on her IGTV feed, hop over and dip in. Last night was @afullenglish , Chris, who did a wonderful job of showing his quilts and talking about his process. Lots of you know I love process 🤓. It’s always interesting hearing Quilters talk about how they work, and the thing that I took from Chris was ‘You live and Learn’ . I always hope when I’m teaching that I can instill that freedom for people to have a go at something just to see what happens, see where that creativity takes them. Whether that’s through trying new fabric combos, technique or thread choice, it’s not the end of the world if I doesn’t work out, just part of the creative journey😃. #patchwork #quiltblock #quiltblocks #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #explore #creativity #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #expandyourhorizons #alphabetquilt #ladiesartcompany ...

When you would rather unpick your stitches than start your emails 🙄. #alphabetquilt #patchwork #quiltblock #quickunpick #clovernotions #scrapquilt ...

My patchwork alphabet is growing 🤓. Feel sure these don’t make a word in Scrabble yet! #patchwork #quiltinprogress #quiltblock #alphabet #alphabetquilt #vintagepattern #vintagepatterns #makersgonnamake #scrapquilt #scrappyquilt #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram #scrabble #scrabblequilt ...

Day 30 for #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the prompt is Last Normal Photo.
One of the last things I did was to do an in store demo in @pincushion_pantiles to start off the BOM #littlegemsquilt that I had designed for Jenny as a shop quilt. The subsequent three blocks I’ve posted on here, so it’s sort of been a marker of the time going by. This is block five, due out tomorrow, July, but I took the pictures in a batch in March (when who would have thought.....).
The shop has a lovely friendly community, and sharing and sewing these blocks each month has helped us all feel connected in these fragmented times. So too has this challenge set by @lilysquilts , @joaverystitch and @karenlewistextiles , so thanks Girls 😘. July is tomorrow, so I’ll have to start thinking up my own posts again 🤣🤣🤣 . #patchwork #quiltblock #handpieced #handpiecing #patchworkstar #handstitched #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild
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Day29, #thethreadhouseandfriends and the prompt is which non sewing craft would you like to try?
For long time now I’ve had a hankering to make a book (I know, I write them , but I’d like to physically make one)! I’ve collected materials, papers, clamps, boards and of course books on how to make books 🤪. I’ve looked a courses, and this year was even contemplating a day class to kick start me. When the time is right though I know it will all come together and I will make a book, but in the meantime I can still collect the bits and read about other people doing it 🤓. #makingbooks #makingabook #makersgonnamake
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Amidst a lot of stitching that happened yesterday, this little block, inspired by a quilt on the feed of @collectablequiltcompany came into being. Still a way off from where I think I shall take it Quilt wise, but always good to have starting block, literally 😃. Hope your week is off to a good start? #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #patchwork #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #patchwork #makersgonnamake #quiltersofinstagram #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild ...

Portable hand stitching piling up in odd moments. I never thought that I’d be addictively stitching Suffolk Puffs(yo-yos) , but I suppose when the time is right the time is right🤣🤣. #handstitched #handsewing #suffolkpuffs #yoyos #doublegauzefabric #patchwork #usewhatyouhave #scrapquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild ...

Day 28 and the prompt from #thethreadhouseandfriends is favourite book. I’m going down the fiction route here as opposed to the endless books of patchwork blocks and cookery books that I constantly trawl through 😉. I’m enjoying seeing what others are posting and at present am reading the new Kate Atkinson book. But a read that has stuck with me since reading it over a year ago is My Sister the Serial Killer by @oyinbraithwaite . Thoroughly recommended 😃. #booksiveloved #readabook #mysistertheserialkiller #oyinkanbraithwaite ...

Day 27 for #thethreadhouseandfriends with the prompt of Quilt on Your Bed. Well this is a version of the Wagga Wagga quilt from my Utility Quilting book (@landauer_publishing ), Made in double gauze, 80/20 wadding and lawn on the back and bound with a deep Tana Lawn binding (@libertyfabrics ). It’s like sleeping under a puffy cloud on the hot nights when the duvet is too much. It’s big stitch quilted with Valdani cotton perle no12 (@valdani_threads ) in a Baptist Fan design, which is my go to as it needs no marking, and using a No6 Betweens or Embroidery needle(@johnjamesneedles ). 😍. #patchworkquilt #quilt #handquilted #handquilting #utilityquilting #utilityquilt #doublegauzefabric #doublegauzequilt #tanalawn #baptistfan #scrapquilt #carolynforster #imintheguild #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltonthebed #quiltersofinstagram ...

Manx log cabin patchwork, perfect on a day like today, as you don’t need to iron 😃🌞. #manxlogcabin #patchwork #quiltblock #quiltasyougo #plainfabric #icecreamcolors #layercakequilt #carolynforster #enjoytheprocess #makersgonnamake #imintheguild #vilene #vlieselinefreudenberg #vlieselinequickscreen #quiltinprogress ...

Day 26 for #thethreadhouseandfriends and the prompt today is asking what new skill have we learned during in lock down? I know I’ve found more time to get back to dress making again. I’ve been buying the patterns and the fabrics for a good while and never really committing. So this is a #melindadress pattern from @tessutifabrics , and they very generously sent some Vilene Stitch n Tear, which they use to stabilise the neckline. It was new to me, and it works a dream 😍. So that’s as close to a new skill as I get I’m afraid 🤷‍♀️. #vilenestitchntear #vilene @vlieseline_uk #makingadress #dressmaking #blue #linen #wardrobeaddition #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster ...

Day 25 of #thethreadhouseandfriends and the prompt is Favourite three colours in a colour scheme. 🤔. This was hard, I’m either all of the colours all of the time in one quilt or a one colour quilt sort of girl. So I went with Blue, light blue, dark Blue and mid blue 🤣🤣. #Blue #patchwork #patchworkquilt #quiltblock #stringquilt #scrapquilt #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram ...

Let’s start at the very beginning, as they say in the song! Letter A from The Ladies Art Company pattern , 1922, self drafted 😃. #patchwork #patchworkalphabet #scrapfabric #scrapquilt #quiltinprogress #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram ...

Day23, #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the question is, What other Crafts do you do?
Well, I’ll come clean. 🤷‍♀️I knit , crochet, dress make and do some embroidery and I’ll pretty much have a go at anything that involves fabric and thread. But at the end of the day, I’ll always really be wanting to stitch patches and be making a quilt 😍 . Art work in the miscellaneous picture of a corner of my dusty room (because I don’t draw or paint or apparently dust 🤣), courtesy of the ever talented @colinwalton_waltoncreative and @annawilsonpatterson . #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltersofinstagram #carolynforster #imintheguild #craftcorner
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Day22, #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the prompt is Favourite Quilter. I’m going with the late Gwen Marston. This is a quilt from one of her many books, Four Patch Medallion, from Collaborative Quilts, with Freddy Moran. Basically her teaching was wonderful, kind and genuine, her quilts are amazing. Any trend that is called New, in the quilting world, can usually be seen in her work before Social Media purport to have invented it. She believed in learning from the old quilts and designing as you go. I have all of her books bar one 🙄, and really everything is in them that you ever need to know about quiltmaking! #notbiased #gwenmarston #patchwork #quilt #patchworkquilt #thebest ...

Stitching today consisted of me making a hat. I’d been looking for a pattern for a while, but when I saw @sewing_tracy had made a #sorrentobuckethat from @elbe_textiles I decided to take the plunge 🤓. So pleased with the result, and a satisfyingly quick stitch! And I think there is sun forecast, so I should be able to make good use of it! The pattern is a quick download from the website, I used @libertyfabrics Tana Lawn to line it and @vlieseline_uk Vilene G700 as the stiffening in the brim 👌. #libertycraftclub #libertytanalawn #vilene #sewyourstash #sewing #machinesewing #hat #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster ...

Day 21 for #thethreadhouseandfriends and the prompt is Favourite Thread Colour. For me , for Big Stitch quilting, it’s hard to beat Valdani Cotton Perle no 12. And my most used colour, if I can call it that, as it’s variegated, is P4. 👌It’s my go to colour that seems to work with nearly everything that I hand quilt 😍. @valdani_threads . #valdanithreads #cottonperle #bigstitch #bigstitchquilting #utilityquilting #landauerpublishing #quiltingthread #handquilting #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #imintheguild #carolynforster #quiltersofinstagram ...

Day 20, (really, are you sure 🤷‍♀️), #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the prompt is Favourite Film.
You’ve Got Mail, with no hesitation 😍. They live in New York, there’s a quilt on the bed, and I’ve even had a go at sewing my version of that quilt 🤓. And I can just watch it over and over and over 😊. #favouritefilm #filmtowatchstitching
Edited: my version of the quilt is in my Stories today!
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Day 17 #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the prompt is lockdown view. Ironically this is the greyest day I can remember during the period, so the light is somewhat lacking 🙄. This is my view when I have my coffee, before I walk the dog. The projects are the hand sewing things that I’ve been doing in the evening , some Suffolk Puffs (or Yo Yos if you will), and out of shot is a needle book I started this week, which will have its public debute in due course. #morningcoffee #handsewing #suffolkpuffs #greyday #makersgonnamake ...

Day 17, #thethreadhouseandfriends , happiest make 😃. Oh, these are really making me think 🤔. I’d say I’m happiest making, so all my makes make me happy. I’m always sad when they are finished, as I really do love all the doing in the process🤓. So here’s some Manx Log cabin patchwork of which I am currently in the midst of making, and will be sad when it’s over. #patchwork #manxlogcabin #logcabinpatchwork #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #quiltersofinstagram #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #carolynforster #imintheguild #handpiecing #handquilting #handstitching #clovernotions #cloverpatchworkpins ...

Day 16 #thethreadhouseandfriends prompt today is #slowstitch . This always seems a contradiction to me, as if I didn’t hand sew (ie.slow stitch) then there is no way I’d make or quilt as much as I do. Those slow stitches can be done anywhere at anytime and can build up pretty quickly to a complete project all done in snatched moments. I also hand sew blocks that would be tricky to machine stitch 🤓. And all the time, hopefully encouraging a better sense of well being 😊. #handpieced #handstitched #handstitching #handsewing #patchwork #enjoytheprocess #makersgonnamake #scrapquilt #usewhatyouhave #slowstitching #foundmoments #carolynforster #imintheguild #quiltersofinstagram ...

Today, day 15 #thethreadhouseandfriends , and the prompt is favourite fabric. I was going to go with a substrate here 🤓and say the Japanese double gauze,but I’ve stuck to the straight and narrow, almost. I think great neutrals or what I call a background fabric are massively underrated, so I’m going with @karenlewistextiles and this print from Bluberry Park, of which I brought bolts 😁. And print wise I loved all the colouways this Wild Poppy print by @amybutlerdesign , from the Gypsy Caravan range came in, but this one is tops 😍. #favouritefabric #blueberryparkfabric #karenlewistextiles #amybutler #amybutlerfabric #usewhatyoulove #makersgonnamake #sewyourstash ...

Day 12 #thethreadhouseandfriends , Quilting Super Power, what would it be? Keeping it real here, so some might suggest that it’s navigating my way through this pile and stitching quilts from it despite the mess 🤔. 🤣🤣#keepingitreal #sewingroom #creativemess #fabricstash #quiltinthego #quiltinprogress #quiltsinprogress #carolynforster #imintheguild #makersgonnamake # ...

Day 10, #thethreadhouseandfriends , top of your ‘to make list’. This is where I usually show you the quilt on the cover of a McCalls quilting book and say I want to make that applique quilt. And I still do, and I’ve made pattens and collected resources, but not started . 🤷‍♀️. However I really should be showing you this, as I sooo want to make it. And , yes I have collected resources,drafted patterns and even made one block 😃. It’s the Bible Quilt from @thequiltersguild , I fell in love with when it was on the back cover of The Quilter, and at the Festival of Quilts (not sure which order 🤔). It’s still waiting for it’s moment, but in the meantime @plainstitchdeb has been stitching her version, which I just love! I know when I do mine it will be wonderful to stitch, and this post might have edged me a couple of steps closer😉. #makersgonnamke #enjoytheprocess #patchwork #patchworkquilt #quiltblock #quiltinprogress #qgbi #carolynforster #quilter #scrapquilt #quiltersofinstagram #imintheguild ...

Day 9, #thethreadhouseandfriends , which quilt technique eludes you 🤔. A hard one, but one that comes to mind is machine quilting in the ditch. Mostly because when I see this done , or tried to be done, I just think WHY ? Given all the other easier and better ways to machine and hand quilt a quilt, why would you even start? So here is a picture of my recently quilted quilt, where some of the lines of quilting ended up in the ditch, and that’s fine, but why would you go to all that effort for this all over a quilt? So getting off my soap box, and admitting I’ve no patience for putting in so much effort on a technique that often isn’t even seen or done well, that’s why I’d Big Stitch hand quilt in a contrast coloured thread, in the ditch, if I had to quilt in the ditch 😉. 🤣🤣. #machinequilted #machinequilting #quiltingintheditch #quilting #quilted #patchwork #patchworkquilt #enjoytheprocess #dowhatyoulove #quiltersofinstagram ...

Scratching a stitching itch by making myself some vinyl pouches for storage. I love how they show off favourite fabrics and if you use @vlieseline_uk Vilene H640 for the batting then it gives it a little bit of firmness! Stitching myself into being organised🤣🤣. #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #favouritefabric #sewingpouch #carolynforster #imintheguild #vlieselinefreudenberg #vilene #sewingnotions ...

Day 8, #thethreadhouseandfriends , Words to live by. Words from the late Maya Angelou that I have used before and seem especially relevant today:
“When you know better, you do better”. And more of her words that we can think about more directly as Quilters:
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. “
#creativity #quiltpile #makersgonnamake #makemorequilts #bekind
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Today for #thethreadhouseandfriends the prompt is Hardest, what’s the hardest thing you have ever made? Well I’ve been thinking about this since breakfast, so actually thinking what to post was pretty tricky 🙄. And I’ve concluded that making videos about my process and hints and tips from teaching my projects is proving pretty hard. I’ve got the tech, I’ve got the manpower, I’ve got the content, I’ve got the time, I’ve told people, I just really need to get on and do it 🤓. #project #projectinprogress #justdoit #makeastart #patchwork #quiltteacher #carolynforster #searchpress #landauerpublishing #todaysquilter #stitchtopia ...

Day 5 for #thethreadhouseandfriends and the prompt is Grateful. I’ve always been immensely grateful for @thequiltersguild , as when I first started quilting there were not all the commercial magazines and resources out there that there are now, (and definitely not the internet!), but the Guild was there with its steady flow of information on groups and get togethers, workshops and exhibitions. And that was how I knew that there were others out there with the same interest (dare I say Obession 🤣🤣) as me! So thanks to all the volunteers who keep it going, and us going, and thanks to them for asking me to design one of the patternbox patterns out this month! 😊#quiltingcommunity #thequiltersguild #qgbi #quiltersofinstagram #quiltingfriends #quilters #quilting #crazyquilt #crazyquiltblock #crazyquiltpattern #quiltgroup #carolynforster #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #quiltmagazine #quiltinspiration ...

Today on #thethreadhouseandfriends our prompt is Inspiration. Mostly for me it is old and quirky quilts. But also some contemporary makers, including @textileallsorts (centre picture), with artists Paul Klee and Sean Scully getting a look in too. And like a lot of you no doubt, my fabric stash 🤣. #inspiring #inspiration #quilts #quiltinspiration #oldquilts #vintagequilts #makersgonnamake ...

Day 2 #thethreadhouseandfriends was unexpected benefit of the situation ( I think it’s that, I forgot to check, I just remember thinking, oh I know what I’m posting 😁). During the last few weeks I’ve been sent some lovely pictures of quilts started in my classes at one time or another, both here and abroad, that are now finished! 😍 it’s always great to see finished tops and quilts from my classes and this period of isolation has meant a few more new quilts are put in the world! thanks folks, and to Lura and Margaret for these 😍. #quiltmakers #finishedquilt #patchwork #quiltclass #quiltingteacher #stringquilt #onepatchquilt #hexagonhappenings #carolynforster #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess ...

Well it’s all go for June 2020 😃. First up, is that @vlieseline_uk are talking about me on their site. I’ve sewn with Vilene (as it was then, way back ) since I stitched as a teenager, to the extent that it was hard to use the word interfacing when garment making, I just always said Vilene ( a bit like sticky tape is Sellotape and a vacuum is a Hoover 🤓). Since then the product range has expanded and now can fill most of my crafting and quilting needs. Over the week I’ll be telling about my favourites!
And cheekily I’m using this picture for my introduction day on #thethreadhouseandfriends 😁 👋. Join in each day in June to share some fun and chat. Today is introductions, and three facts, interesting, quirky or unusual 🤔. And like a rabbit in the headlights, I’ve gone completely blank....... 1. I’ve been a member of @thequiltersguild since I started quilting in my teens, and I still find it a great source of inspiration and community.
2. I will stitch or quilt something everyday at some stage, no matter where I am.
3. I enjoy crime fiction and US crime dramas, which I thought was a bit of a contradiction for someone who likes the calm of stitching, but when this comes up when I’m teaching , it’s amazing how many Quilters say the same thing 😉. #makersgonnamake #imintheguild #carolynforster #quiltersofinstagram #vlieseline #vlieselinefreudenberg #searchpress #landauerpublishing #todaysquilter
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Sunday Shelfie 😃. This bookshelf near my cutting mat has all my ‘essentials ‘, but they were all in two mugs. So, proud of myself for sorting them into three mugs, and it’s easier to pick things out quickly. 🤓 But who knew I had so many Hera Markers, I know they are my favourite thing, but really, 🤣🤣🤣
#sewingnotions #scissors #rulers #heramarker #hera #clovernotions @cloverusa #mugs #books #shelfie #patchworkbooks #quiltingbooks #makersgonnamake #enjoytheprocess #imintheguild #carolynforster #quiltersofinstagram
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