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Quilting-On-The-Go [Paperback]

Carolyn Foster
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15 Oct 2011
Learn how to create fabulous large quilts one block at a time with this superb guide from popular author and teacher Carolyn Forster. In "Quilting-on-the-Go", popular quilter, teacher, and author Carolyn Forster explains how to break large quilt designs down into small, manageable sections that are easily quilted by hand or machine. Not only is this superb new volume packed with expert advice and detailed step-by-step instructions, it also features 15 lovely quilts created using "Quilt-on-the-Go" blocks. Each framed block is pieced and quilted individually, using the full-size templates provided. Included are full-size templates, rotary cutting instructions, and step by step diagrams and photographs. As an extra bonus, the sashing/frame designs suggested for the projects create attractive secondary patterns across the quilt once the blocks are joined.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Landauer Publishing (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935726056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935726050
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carolyn Forster has taken a technique made famous by Georgia Bonesteel a generation ago and approached it with fresh eyes. And, my how the technique has changed along with the notions and tools that make it possible! Many quilters also knit or crochet because those needle arts are so portable. This is the quilter's version of knitting. Carolyn has brought back portability to quilting and it is easier and faster than you think! Many of us have closets and drawers full of quilt blocks or tops that are waiting to be quilted. And, they will sit there until we have time to hand quilt them (maybe when we retire ) or finally bite the bullet and send them out to a machine quilter. We are now a society of hurry up and wait wait for appointments, wait in traffic, wait to pick up children, wait for repairman, wait ..wait .wait . But what if we looked forward to these frustrating breaks in our routine because it gave us an opportunity to do something we love What if these times became moments to lower our blood pressure instead of raise it? Carolyn will show you how. Traditionally, this method incorporates wide sashings between the blocks so there is room to join the blocks together after quilting. Carolyn incorporates pieced designs in these sashings so you can't tell where the connections are made simply amazing! Everyone can hand quilt using her method. Tiny stitches are easy to achieve when a frame doesn't get in your way. You can literally move the quilt block up and down instead of rocking the needle. Carolyn will turn you into hand quilters one project at a time " -- Penny Haren "Checker Distributor Newsletter"

About the Author

Carolyn Forster is a popular quilter, teacher and author. Her work has appeared in numerous UK quilting magazines, including Popular Patchwork, Fabrications, and Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. She lives in Tunbridge Wells.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilting on the go- Great practical book 7 July 2009
The method of working quilts in smaller sections is explained clearly with detailed photos and descriptions. I have arm strain problems and find this an ideal method to make quilts and do machine quilting without the strain of working with a big heavy quilt. It has a good selection of projects with alternative colour ways shown and is a great springboard into designing your own quilts using the on the go technique.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best quilting book so far 13 April 2010
I am fairly new to quilting (I began in 2008)and have to say that this book is really GREAT for not only the beginner but the expert also. I borrowed a copy from a friend, and have to say was so impressed, i had to buy my own copy.The instructions & photos are so clear, precise, and simple to follow they make quilting so much easier to understand. (Alot of author's could learn alot from this book's layout etc). There are great tip's in this book from the basic beginning, even too washing your quilt. The projects are beautiful and relatively straight forward, and i'm starting one of the projects at the moment. If i had found this book sooner, i certainly would'nt have wasted money on some of the other's i have purchased.Personally i say 10 out of 10 to the author Carolyn Forster for a lovely useful book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilt as you go 12 Jan 2010
This is a beautifully illustrated & easy to understand book. Suitable for beginners & the more experienced quilter. It turns making a large quilt into a really manageable project. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilting made portable! 8 Aug 2012
By Mrs F
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've yet to make a quilt, but I've made other patchwork items including several cushions and have done a mini test-quilt to practice technique, particularly binding which I hadn't done before and for some reason terrified me - there was no need as its actually quite simple.

This book is well written and inspiring. I bought it because I want to make a king-size quilt for my bed, but there is no way I am ready to tackle it all in one piece and nor do I have the room. This book enables you to make the quilt one square at a time and add all the detail you like to each square. It will be a perfect past-time in front of the tv. I'm going to start by making a baby quilt and then work my way up.

It does seem like you need quite of lot of tools in order to make the quilt, but I think you can probably get away with not buying everything in her list and if you cross-reference with other sources i.e. the internet, various blogs you'll be told different things. I would be sure you want to pursue quilting before you buy everything on the list in the beginning of the book as you'll easily spend £100 just to 'begin' and I don't really think its necessary. I bought glass headed pins, quilters spray 505 (big fan of it now), hand quilting needles and thread for hand-quilting and machine-piecing. I didn't get anything else just yet as want to get a good idea of what I'm doing so that I can decide what I honestly need and what I can live without. A rotary cutter will certainly come in handy but its good old fashioned scissors for now.

Incidentally, if you are looking for an online store to source your quilting needs I used 'The Cotton Patch' and I was very happy with them and will use them in the future as the store is predominantly for quilters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portable quilting 18 Nov 2011
By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When I first saw this book, I thought it read "quilting as you go". Since my guild has been making more quilts this way, I couldn't wait to read it. Alas, my mind and eye coordination was not right and it is a book about taking quilting with you when you are out of the house. Still, not a bad idea; just not the one I was thinking about although it does have some of the features of quilting-as-you-go.

The cover has a "turned" edge which you can use as a bookmark. I love books like this but it would have been nicer if the binding was spiral bound so it would lay flat as well. There are over 30 pages of tips and how-to ideas that make up the first part of this book. On page 41, there are 15 graphics of blocks shown. I did find one block mislabeled. It says it is an hour-glass quilt but it is really a square in a square block.

Each project has a photo, the quilt, block and framed block size, the number of blocks used to make the quilt, the templates used and the frame design name. There is also a paragraph about the quilt.

A lists of fabrics needed is next which includes the way to cut it. Directions follow with graphics and photos of what you are doing. Any templates are provided at full size. The section for the templates is in the back. The book also has a list of resources, contacts and recommended reading. A small bio about the author is also given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get started 9 Oct 2013
This book is inspiring and informative with lovely pictures and clear instructions. Can't wait to start my first quilt though I think it would also help those with more experience too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very explicit 4 Oct 2013
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Helpful with applique work which I am just starting, very well illustrated and the binding oft o finish off the work.
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