Learn Herringbone Quilt As You Go with Carolyn Forste

One day Workshop: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Skill level: All levels

Course outline

Finished size: 60 1/2in x 60 1/2in 

Finished Block size: 12in 

This quilt makes good use of the stitch and flip method or Quilt as you go/sew method of stitching. The blocks are pieced and stitched to the batting and backing fabric at the same time. This allows the maker to join them together using either of the two methods  with or with out adding any extra quiltingYou could add rows of machine quilting to the blocks or, Big Stitch Hand quilting. Stitching lines of multi coloured Herringbone stitch give this quilt an extra dimension and is easily worked before the blocks are put together.

Class Requirements:

You will need: 

Fabric Strips: 60 x 2 1/2in W of F 

Fabric scraps: 50x (6in x 3 1/2in approx.) for the corners 

Wadding: 25x (13in x 13in) squares 

Carolyn recommends 100% cotton, or cotton/bamboo wadding as the cotton fabrics stick to it without the need for any basting or pinning. 

Backing Fabric: 117in (3m)  

You can use one fabric, or lots of different ones. Lots of different fabrics along with contrast binding on the seams on the back of the quilt will create an almost double-sided type quilt. 

Seaming strips for backing: 30in (80cm) 

This can be the same fabric as the back of the blocks if you do not want the seaming to show. If you use a contrast fabric then a grid effect of the seams is very visible. Think about this before deciding. 

Binding: 18in (50cm) 

Alternative joining method: 

If you think you would like the joins on the quilt to be a design feature on the front of the quilt, then allow 1m of fabric to try this method.


  • Walking foot or even feed foot for the sewing machine is useful. 
  • Sewing machine, foot and cable, manual. 
  • 12 1/2in square ruler, if you have one. 
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler 
  • Stranded embroidery thread for the herringbone stitch 
  • Embroidery needle size 6  
  • Perle cotton no12 if doing Big Stitch Quilting, and no 6 embroidery or quilting needle. 
  • Rotary cutter for wadding so as not to dull the blade of the one you use for fabric, or remember to change your blade when trimming the blocks. 
  • Sewing thread for the machine to blend with the backing fabric if you do not want it to show. 
  • Basic sewing kit.

Please bring a packed lunch with you. Tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day. Alternatively there is Greggs, Subway and Tesco’s close by. If the weather is nice then it a great idea to go for a walk along the river during your lunch break as this is close by too.

Cancellation Policy

In exceptional circumstances, workshops and events may be cancelled. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date.

We will give you as much notice as possible should we need to cancel and arrangements will be made. Where at all possible, in the first instance we will offer you an alternative date, securing your place in the class. However, should we need to cancel, and are not able to offer you an 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 a 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. If less than 14days notice is given, we are not able to offer any refund or transfer.

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