Welcome to the Quilter's Academy Journal

Harriet and I are glad you visited... we established this blog as a sort of question and answer forum for all of you who are working through the Quilter's Academy book series.
It is also a place to find a list of the errata from the books-
You can find those by looking back through the archived blogs.

So, welcome, and please post a comment if you have any questions or topics you would like us to discuss.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I was teaching in Arizona last week and wanted to report on what made the class really go smooth - Big Boards! Are you ironing on a regular ironing board with a squishy pad and cover? If you don't know about Big Boards, they are 22" x 60" and is made of hard plywood. We put a think layer of cotton batting (like Hobbs Natural) on the wood surface and then cover it with a heavier cotton cover. The hardness of the board helps the iron really push the seam allowances over themselves without distortion. The softer ironing boards and pads can cause quite a bit of distortion. Also a good heavy iron is really helpful. We LOVE the Digital Velocity by Reliable. Have had them in our classroom for a few years now without a bit of trouble. The 20 students in Arizona kept saying by the end of the class that they now figured out it is really about pressing and trimming! If you are working through Quilters Academy Vol 1. let us know how you are doing.

We are editing Volume 2 next week and it should be out in May. We are also finishing up the writing and the quilts for Volume 3 and REALLY excited about this book! Once you get the precision down in Volumes 1 and 2, the designing and fun with triangles in Volume 3 will be really exciting. Imagine - you will be learning to achieve beautiful piecing AND design your own original quilts!

Happy sewing


  1. I just purchased Vol 1 of Quilter's Academy and I just love it. I have made three raggy quilts and 2 "regular" quilts with many more patterns and fabrics ready to go! I am always on the lookout for the perfect aid to the 1/4 inch seam and so I was interested in purchasing the Bernina #13 foot (if it will fit on my Viking Sapphire maching) but did not find it on your web site. Is it available and my computer skills are as shaky as my quilting skills? Also, should you use the faultless starch on flannel fabric (some hoe fannel and starch doesn't seem to go together!). Can't wait for Vol 2!! Karen Murray (karenpetemurray@yahoo.com)

  2. I was looking at Digital Velocities right now. There are two models, the V100 and the cheaper V95. Is the V95 acceptable, do you know?