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.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thought it was about time to add something to the blog. As you can tell, I am not up to speed on this. Just wanted to let you know that we just got the preview copies of Volume 2 today, and Carrie and are really pleased and excited about this book. It will take you through more complicated looking quilts without leaving strips and squares in the blocks. We turned in Volume 3 March 1 - everything about triangles, flying geese, and on and on.... and are finishing all the quilting of the quilts for that book. Then on to Volume 4! We are hitting a wall a bit - this is an amazing amount of work in a very short period of time. We have a couple of weekends planned out of town in April, so that might help.

We will have Volume 2 in the store before most everyone else - we hope early May - so if you want a copy early and signed by Carrie and me, you can pre-order them from us. Call 303-424-2742 to place your order.

I started a Session 1 class at the store today, and again was reminded at how important pressing is. It can make or break your quilt top. A good iron - our very favorite is the Reliable Digital Velocity - and a Big Board are SO important to good ironing and control of the seams. After ironing is straightening (be sure to tear the ends to be able to actually see and work with the crosswise grain) the fabric and cutting accurately. If you haven't tried the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rulers - we especially like the Creative Grid rulers - try one for cutting. The narrow width really helps you hold the ruler without slipping when cutting strips up to 2" wide, which is most of the quilts in the books. If you have any problems finding any of the supplies we talk about in the book, please feel free to call our store and order what you need. 303-424-2742.
We don't have everything on the web site as we are in the planning stages of rebuilding it, but the girls at the store can help with anything you need.

If you can't find a foot narrow enough for your machine for the scant 1/4" seam allowance, try the Little Foot. It comes in several different shank sizes and might help you with your seam allowances.

I have had several people contact me that they were going to start the book as a course and set up a blog like Lesley. Please send me your addresses if you do this so that I can keep track of your progress.

As we come up against anything I think needs to be shared from the current class, I will add it here as we go. Would love comments from any of you as you are working through the book.



  1. HI Harriet and Carrie!
    It's Rita from your Ohio LF Parks class -Town Square- Not sure you received my email- but I decided to follow Lesley's lead, and actually have been in contact with her- an inspiration to all- I started my blog on on 3/29 and have done several posts-documented Class 130-Lesson 5, and tomorrow will start documenting and hopefully posting Lesson 7- Woodland Winter Quilt.
    I also plan to show other projects when I get the time to work on them as well.
    I love this idea that we can blog and perhaps you can see how we are progressing and and how much this series is really needed!
    I think this is an incredible idea to incorportate a blog to go along with the book- BRAVO!
    Thank you once again and it was a real pleasure to be in your class- hopefully will see you in September when you head back this way.
    This is a link to my blog, when you have time, I hope you can look it over!
    Rita aka Annie

  2. I do hope others will leave their blog addresses like Gypsy Quilter did on a previous post, what a wonderful way for all of us to see each other at various stages in this book. This is so exciting- bet you never thought you would have an "online" class generated from this series- but this is such a great way for all of us to learn together-long distance!
    I am having so much fun with this book- thank you again!

  3. Congrats to you and Carrie on another successful finish Harriet!

    When will the diagonal graph paper be available?

  4. Hello Ladies - I've been waiting and waiting for others to blog their way through this book series, so YAY to Annie and anyone else who is doing this. I want to link to you all - this is going to be brilliant, a world wide classroom. Blogging really helps you to stay on track and keep going, and of course the advise from Harriet is priceless. I'm going to pre-order my copy of book 2 as soon as I figure out the time zones :)

  5. I have begun a class at our local quilt shop (STITCH in Whitefield, NH), using Quilter's Academy as the foundation. The participants are beginning to call me Harriet!
    We have completed the second of what we planned as 4 full day sessions. It seems to be going well. I have never seen straighter seams, better intersections or prouder quilters...and sometimes quite frustrated quilters as they struggle to relearn new habits. All seem to agree that what they are learning is very productive and satisfying. We already have a waiting list for a future class...word is out that these methods are the way to see success.
    As the instructor, I have learned as much, probably more, than anyone. I can't wait for the new book. In fact I think I'll call today and order my copy! Thanks to Harriet and Carrie for all their hard work in getting these out. This is what quilter's in our area are wanting!