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Sew Layer Cake Quilts & Gifts by Carolyn Forster

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 25 September 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213772
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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This fantastic new book from highly respected quilter and author Carolyn Forster gives you nine beautiful Layer Cake (pre-cut 10-inch square) quilt designs, made using a variety of patchworking and quilting styles. Also included are nine accompanying gift projects, which range from bags and pincushions to needlebooks and coasters although you may find them just too good to give away! All the techniques you need are clearly explained at the beginning of the book with easy-to-follow step-by-step photography, and the instructions for putting together each quilt are illustrated for clarity. All the necessary templates are included at actual size. 

Table of Contents


What is a layer cake?

Fabrics & threads

Basic sewing equipment

Cutting your own strips

Stitching the patchwork

Basic quilting materials

Layering & basting



Labelling & laundering

Quilt size


Winding Ways Quilt


Snowball Quilt

Marbles Mat

Envelope Quilt

Coaster Set

Spruce Root Basket Quilt


Broken Dishes Quilt

Drawstring Bag

Sixteen-patch Quilt

Needle Book

Birds in the Air Quilt

Lavender Birds

Window Panes Quilt

Memory Book

Apple Core Quilt

Guys and Dolls



About Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster started making quilts when she was a teenager and went on to study Textiles at the University of Bath. Since graduating, she 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.


Karen Platt

The combination of felting and silk ribbon embroidery is magical. Make felted backgrounds and enhance them with silk ribbon embroidery. Step-by-step instructions are included for felting and for making silk embroidered flowers and creatures. See how to wet felt with wool and silk embellishments; silk paper, needle felting or nuno felting. Learn the art of silk ribbon embroidery. There are 15 projects that also have step-by-step instructions, so this book is ideal from beginners upwards. Make a beautiful felted scarf with a silk ribbon embroidered detail; a throw with an embroidered border; a tablet or hot-water bottle cover, purse, handbag, sampler, spectacle case, wall art, bag, hold-all, bracelet or needle case. I like the projects, they have a contemporary feel. The sparrow on the purse is very special. For each project you see at a glance the materials you need with colour charts, needles, stitches and techniques, process, embroidery and finishing off. An illustrated gallery of stitches used in the projects is given too, clearly showing stitches such as French knot and how to make a rose, for example, with excellent large detailed line drawings in colour. The patterns are at the back of the book.  The book is beautifully illustrated throughout. Di van Niekerk is a well-known silk embroiderer and has joined forces with felter Toody Cassidy and used some designs from Chic Fusion in the book. The book was originally published in South Africa. This book is part of the Textile Artist series. Absolutely superb and highly recommended. 


Sew magazine

Using pre-cut fabric packs takes the bulk of work out of quilt-piecing, leaving
you to concentrate on the sewing. With this savvy approach, even beginners will be able to tackle the nine quilts here, made even easier by the  comprehensive instructions. No scrap is left behind either, with nine smaller projects that you can quickly make and give as gifts.

East Kent Embroiderer's Guild

Layer cakes are packs of pre-cut 10in (25.5cm) squares of fabrics, put together in beguiling combinations of colours and designs.  Experienced quilter Carolyn presents eighteen gorgeous projects using layer cakes to make quilts and other items to keep or give as gifts.  Following chapters covering the basics of tools and techniques, each project is shown in full colour with detailed instructions and trace-off templates where required.  Using these pre-cut squares saves time and sewers of all abilities can achieve success making these inspiring projects that are both fast and fun.  A useful addition to any sewers bookshelf.

A good book for newbies and skilled.

I received this book and it was everything I wanted and more!

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