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I have previously reviewed the other books in this series and this is the fourth installment in this informative and popular university-style series. This is a chance to build upon the skills you developed in the first three volumes and to learn how to make beautiful stars, as well as other more complex blocks and piecing techniques. There are new techniques to learn, which will allows you to expand on your knowledge and help you enjoy the process of quilt making even more.
-- Jennifer Trollope, Fabrications Quilting for You; 06/26/12

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Harriet & Carrie Hargrave run their own hugely successful quilt shop, Treadle Arts.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571207910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571207913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harriet started quilting seriously in 1974, working alongside her mom. Her early quilting career included producing baby quilts for craft shows and teaching adult education classes. In 1981, harriet opened her quilt shop, Harriet's Treadle Arts. Her specialties at the time were free-motion embroidery, machine arts, and machine quilting. In 1982, Harriet attended one of Mary Ellen Hopkins's seminars. Mary Ellen's streamlined techniques and innovative design ideas led harriet to a new way of thinking, which caused her to give up the machine arts and to teach only quilting. Today, she is world renowned for being a true "mover and shaker" in the quilt world. In the late 1990s, she was voted one of the "88 Leaders of the Quilt World." Harriet created and inspired a whole new generation of machine quilters with her bestselling book Heirloom Machine Quilting, which has enjoyed 22 continuous years in print. She is also the author of Mastering Machine Appliqué and From Fiber to Fabric, and co-author of The Art of Classic Quiltmaking. She is responsible for a myriad of products pertaining to machine quilting, and she has developed batting with hobbs Bonded fibers and designed fabric for P&B Textiles. Visit Harriet's web site at www.harriethargrave.com

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
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Finally, we're quilting with the big kids. Harriet and Carrie Hargrave - with their long awaited Quilter's Academy Vol. 4 - Senior Year - are the tutors who will help you get perfect grades in Y-seams, partial seams, and matching points. Now you don't have to skip over the projects in your favorite quilt books that employ these techniques.

Starting with lots and LOTS of hexagons, the authors introduce 60 degree angles, Y-seams, and English paper piecing (projects are a tea cozy, placemat, and an outstanding Mosaic Star). Then they segue nicely into diamonds, half-hexagons, and stretched squares (projects incorporate Tumbling Blocks and various 6-pointed stars; my favorite project is the divinely inspired Diamond Starburst). Our instructors advance onward to 8-pointed stars (projects involve both the classic Le Moyne Star and Lone Star, each with several delightfully more intricate variations); included is the very handy chart from the earlier years that explains how to add on additional seam allowances to various shapes.

Senior Year becomes very interesting with hexagon Log Cabins and 45/60 degree diamond Log Cabins (projects include an alternate Pineapple runner and the beautiful Prayer Star). Graduation nears with partial seams and several star variations (projects are a pinwheel quilt and a pseudo Storm At Sea design). Finally, the year ends with grids, designing and drafting, coloration, pieced borders (a short gallery of black and while illustrations), and quilting designs (this section is only about 1 and ¼ pages long and I would have enjoyed more pages).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Moynard on June 25, 2012
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The Quilter's Academy series just gets better and better and the 4th volume is the best yet. This is a technical book with challenging techniques that are broken down into simple step-by-step instructions. There are helpful hints interspersed throughout.

This series is not for the faint of heart or project-minded quilter. Each volume builds on techniques learned in prior volumes, just as in any academy of learning. With patience and accuracy what seems impossible goes together beautifully. When it does not you can go back to the directions and discover why. It is usually obvious. In every instance that a block did not turn out as planned I discovered little things like not sewing an accurate seam, or not pressing and starching properly which caused inaccuracies. Going back allowed me to improve my techniques and I am no longer frustrated. As an added bonus, I use my seam ripper a lot less, and that should make any quilter happy.

I would encourage anyone serious about quilting to invest in this series and work through the projects to build an advanced skill set. There are usually several options for blocks depending on your preference. Like other great teachers Harriet does not believe in a sole technique or one size fits all quilting. The quilts for the lessons are usually smaller in the earlier volumes, but I have used mine throughout the house, diagonally over a tablecloth or bedspread, as wall quilts, and best of all, as small quilts for a grandmother or aunt to use while napping or watching TV or reading. The bigger ones are folded and put away while the smaller qulits are used most.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandy B on July 12, 2012
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After taking a class in Precision Piecing with Harriet Hargrave, I just had to begin her Quilter's Academy course. Since Volume 1, Freshman Year, she has taught the basics which are neglected for many quilters. We all begin by trying something a friend shows us or from a project in a magazine. By perseverance we complete projects, but they don't always look as perfect as we wished & due to frustration, many quit trying. Harriet's series of books begins with the basic skills, which once learned, allows us to expand to more complicated designs with the confidence that her training has provided. Each volume expands your skills with projects of increasing difficulty in a fully explained manner with lots of pictures & detail. Finally seams will match easily, quilt blocks are precisely the right size & quilts will be completed without the frustration of un-sewing to force things to fit. By the time you reach Volume 4, the skills mastered in this wonderful course will allow you to construct precision pieced quilts worthy of entry into a judged show. Personally, I am enjoying my quilting much more, am completing more projects & have begun teaching kids to quilt so I can pass on the importance of learning the basics first. Now my granddaughters are constantly asking to come over & sew!
Thank you, Harriet! I have learned so much from your Quilter's Academy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By goldendog on August 6, 2012
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`Quilter's Academy, Vol. 4, Senior Year' by the mother/ daughter team of Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave have produced another wonderful book to their academy series of learning how to quilt, starting at the very basics in the Freshman edition. I have long wanted a book t hat would have patterns and instructions for the advanced quilter, and this book really fits that need. If you are a new quilter, do not start with this book! The book contains 128 pages of very detailed blocks, many that are not square blocks. This book contains patterns and lessons on making hexagon blocks, 60 degree angles, six and eight pointed stars, tumbling blocks, LeMoyne stars, Lone stars, 3 different shaped log cabin blocks, and designing your own unique blocks. This is a great book, if you want to be challenged, yet want instructions in how-tos!
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