Japanese reversible patchwork with Carolyn Forster

Japanese reversible patchwork workshop with Carolyn Forster

We are delighted to be welcoming back renowned patchwork tutor Carolyn Forster to the Made and Making studio.

Carolyn will teach you this Japanese method of sewing patches where the edges are finished before they are sewn together to make a reversible quilt. The technique can be used to make bags and mats too.

The design possibilities are endless and whilst it would traditionally be sewn by hand making it a very portable project it can also be sewn by machine if you prefer.




15 Jun 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

What will we cover?

In this workshop we will be learning the technique using hexagons but the same method can be used with other shapes including circles wrapped around squares, diamonds and triangles.


In the workshop you will have time to make approximately 12 hexagons to learn the method. It is intended to be a ‘scrappy’ project i.e. using a variety of patterns and colours of fabric. If you would like to make a whole quilt this way the fabric requirements you would need are listed below too.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work.


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can.

Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Suitable for patchwork beginners.

Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

For this workshop you will need the following per hexagon:

9″ (23cm) square backing fabric

6″ (15cm) square front fabric

6″ (15cm) square wadding

In the workshop you will have time to make approximately 12 hexagons.


Please bring some binding clips if you have some, 12wt thread and size 6 Embroidery or Betweens needles.



If you wish to make a whole quilt you will need to make 91 hexagons. This would require the equivalent of:

23 Fat quarters for the backing (large hexagons)

11 Fat quarters for the front (small hexagons)

wadding 56″ x 56″


What will I take home with me?

Your own sample of 12 hexagons and the skills to take it from a sample to full quilt.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.



Carolyn Forster
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath, and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. Carolyn's work has been featured in various quilting magazines, as well as on television, both here and in the US. Since self-publishing her first book, 'Quilting-on-the-Go', Carolyn has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US and Search Press in the UK, and has contributed to books published by New Holland and That Patchwork Place.

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