String Quilts: Sustainable Patchwork Projects Using Fabric Scraps

Author:   Carolyn Forster
Publisher:   Search Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9781800920828


Pages:   176
Publication Date:   31 March 2024
Format:   Paperback
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String Quilts: Sustainable Patchwork Projects Using Fabric Scraps


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At a time when people are looking to create sustainably, and thinking about where resources are coming from, many quilters are rediscovering a range of traditional patchwork and quilting techniques that, at their heart, are based on recycling and reusing materials. A style of patchwork that is true to this ethos, and which has been around for centuries, is string patchwork. A string quilt is made from fabric strips, longer than they are wider and often thinner at one end than the other. In the past these were often off-cuts from clothes making, but today they are often made when we trim off fabric to even it up before rotary cutting. These strings of fabric are sewn together (often on a foundation) to make a new fabric. This in turn is made into the patches in the quilt. These types of quilts have a wonderful jauntiness about them, owing to the many angles the fabric strings create and the amount of different fabrics used. Due to the scrap nature of string quilts, they are good for using a wide range and eclectic mix of fabrics that, otherwise, would have gathered dust in the corner of a room - or worse, ended up in landfill. In her brand-new book, best-selling author and quilter Carolyn Forster will show you how to transform fabric off-cuts and scraps, as well as old clothes and household linens, into 10 beautiful string patchwork quilts. All the quilts feature traditional blocks, so you can easily create your favourite designs without breaking the bank or hurting the planet. In addition, Carolyn has included 8 little gifts and accessories to make with the leftovers from your quilt-making (!), so that nothing goes to waste - from a needle case and a quilt-notions pouch to a table runner and duffel bag. Along with a small section on all the materials and notions to get started, plus an invaluable techniques chapter, quilters will have everything they need to create planet-conscious quilts, and in the process celebrate old quilt and patchwork methods from quilters of yore.

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Author:   Carolyn Forster
Publisher:   Search Press Ltd
Imprint:   Search Press Ltd
Weight:   0.369kg
ISBN:  

9781800920828


ISBN 10:   1800920822
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   31 March 2024
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Introduction History of string quilts You will need Cutting Piecing + sewing Applique Basic string Block designs Layering + tacking/basting Quilting Binding Labelling + aftercare QUILTS Vintage Crumb Log Cabin, String Snowball, Basic String Block, Blue String Stars, Half Log Cabin, Wonky Squares, Stars + Spiders Webs, Framed Tulip Applique, Vintage Embroidered Tea Cloths, Housetop Sawtooth Star GIFTS & ACCESSORIES Selvedge-edge Scrap Basket, Tiled + Quilted Shirt-backed Pillow, Tulip Table Runner, Snowball Pincushion, Thread-saver Gift Tags + Notecards Templates

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This is a great book and guide. Carolyn explains everything clearly and with pictures to help you follow it well. There are some very lovely pieces to make in this book and I will enjoy making things for many weeks to come. -- Rebecca Clarke * Customer Review * I already have a couple of books by Carolyn Forster and was very happy to get my hands on this one! With a sustainability theme throughout, the book covers a great selection of patchwork projects to use up leftover fabrics and scraps, from larger quilt projects down to a little pin cushion. I’m looking forward to making the quilted pillow – the technique for the pillow back is one I hadn’t seen before. It also goes into detail about fabrics and foundation materials as well as on techniques like appliqué and stitch and flip methods. Each section and project has clear pictures or diagrams to illustrate the steps involved. The colour scheme throughout and the fantastic photographs make it a great book visually too! -- Kerry Howard * Customer Review * What a beautiful book. I’ve enjoyed looking at this new book my Carolyn Foster. There are some beautiful photos of stunning quilts. The instructions seem nicely presented and easy to follow. It may be a bit challenging for a total beginner but anyone with basic sewing/quilting knowledge should find this book inspiring. Like most people that sew, I have a mountain of scraps and this book will encourage me to make something beautiful out of them. -- Tori Matthews * Customer Review *


BOOKLIST (American Library Association) Waste not: put all fabric scraps into a string quilt basket! So-called because they can be made with fabric remainders as thin as an apron string (or wider), string quilts are pieced together in a thoughtful and flexible way. A favorite old shirt at the end of its life, for instance, could either function as the back of a string quilt pillow or as the frame for different fabrics in a series of tiles. Forster (known on Instagram as @quiltingonthego) is very thorough, helping readers adopt fully the notion of sustainability by laying out the details and how-tos of cutting, piecing, sewing, appliqué, layering, quilting, and binding. And by the way, a sewing machine is not a prerequisite. Traditional quilters may be surprised by some of Forster 's tips—and elated by the outcomes of these 15 projects that start from old standard designs like log cabin, stars, and snowballs. This is a seductive invitation to old and new aficionados of the art to recycle and reuse innovatively. Includes templates. — Barbara Jacobs


Author Information

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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