10.00am to 4.00pm

Skill level: All levels

Tired of fine hand quilting but not comfortable with machine quilting? Then you are ready to try Big Stitch Quilting and its variations. These are quick ways to quilt your tops by hand using such stitches as Crows foot and Mennonite Tacks along with buttoning and tying.

On a pre-made top (pattern supplied) you will stitch all the different stitches and try your hand at Amish wave or elbow quilting. We will also look at how women in years past quilted quilts quickly with utility type quilting designs.

Technique: Hand work. Hand quilting

About Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster is a quilt designer, teacher and author from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Since self-publishing her first book ‘Quilting on the Go’ in 2007, Carolyn has written ten more patchwork and quilting books with Search Press in the UK and Landauer Publishing in the USA. She has been a regular project contributor for magazines in the UK, including Today’s Quilter, as well as abroad.

Carolyn’s quilts are an eclectic mix of fabrics, a posh way to say she makes scrappy quilts, and they always have their roots from some point in the past, being inspired by quilt makers who have gone before us. Accessibility is Carolyn’s key philosophy with her teaching, demystifying techniques to allow every quilter to discover their own voice.

Please bring with you, or purchase on the day:-

Specs if required!

Basic Sewing Kit to include selection of needles, pins, small sharp scissors

A4 sheets template plastic or card (remember a glue stick), fine line permanent marker with which to draw on it
Ruler and pencils/chalk to draw on the fabric of the quilt

Anchor Cotton A Broder no16
DMC Perle no8 (these also come in variegated colours!)
Linen threads, and anything you might want to experiment with.
Choose colours to contrast or blend, you might want one colour for the whole quilt, or experiment with different ones for each stitch.

Clover Golden Eye Embroidery needles (no 3-9)
Clover Sashiko needles
John James Cotton Darners (size 1/5)
John James Chenille (size 18/24)

All of these are examples of the type of needle that is the most comfortable to use. Ultimately the needle you use will depend on a combination of the fabric, wadding and the thickness of thread that you choose, so have a selection available!
Hoop, if you use it

Rubber needle grabber, optional

A selection of sizes and colours, or all the same for uniformity, I use
about 20 for the strip on the quilt. Or you could just use 4, one on
each corner.

Kunin or plain, to cut circles from for texture (think mattresses here)

Pinking shears to crinkle the edges

One pre sewn, layered and basted quilt top, or sample blocks on which to practise your stitches.

You could use strips from a ‘jelly roll’, or cut strips from the full width of the fabric you have in your stash to make a simple quilt top.

Additional Notes

Coffee and tea will be available prior to the start of the class, and during. You will have an opportunity to look around our Warehouse and purchase fabric and supplies prior to the class, during and even afterwards.


Car parking is available at the warehouse. Please park in our car park at the bottom of the warehouse rather than along the length of the building to allow disabled access and space for delivery vehicles


Remember to bring a packed lunch with you with a cool bag, if required. Alternatively Subway, Greggs and Tesco’s are all close by.

Cancellation Policy

In exceptional circumstances, workshops and events may be cancelled. Where at all possible, in the first instance we will offer you an alternative date, securing your place in the next class. We will give you as much notice as possible should we need to cancel and arrangements will be made. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. Should we need to cancel, and are not able to offer you an acceptable alternative, you will be refunded the full amount paid.

We are not able to recompense for any incremental costs that you may have incurred to attend the class should it be cancelled, such as purchases, travel arrangements or accommodation.

Should you need to cancel, please give us as much notice as possible. Providing at least 14days notice is given, we will offer you a refund, less 10% administration fee, or you may transfer to another class. Unfortunately if less than 14 days notice is given we are unable to provide refunds or a transfer.

Lady Sew and Sew
Farm Road
Henley on Thames

Tel: 01491 572 528