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Quilter's Academy Vol. 1 - Freshman Year: A Skill-Building Course in Quiltmaking Paperback – October 16, 2009
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The layout of the book is like a home study course-
There are 9 "classes" that take you from setting up your sewing area, going over the basic sewing machine parts, rotary cuttters and rulers. She moves on the various important steps of putting together a well constructed quilt project. This book ends with your "Final" - a wonderful quilt project that you can apply all that you have learned in the previous classes in the book. It's a great little quilt project- trust me!
There are plenty of color photos to go along with the classes- and special "note" boxes to give some really great advice on what works and why- and even goes over the many different ways we were taught to do things- giving you several techinques to try out and see what works best for you. With quilting- some things are not etched in stone and the book takes the time to go over and show you- so you can chose for yourself how best to learn certain techniques giving you the ability to do what works best for you-keeping quilting like it should be- FUN!
I like the fact that Harriet Hargrave's name is very well recognized in the quilting world and Carrie has taken the baton and this combined effort is just priceless!
It is like having your own private lessons at home, at your own speed and there is no doubt you are being taught by the best!
A Definite Must for those who are really interested in learning how to quilt and as I say-some of us that appreciate a few refresher courses from time to time!
I am looking forward to owning the complete set as the books are printed and am also ordering volume 1 books for my niece and sister who are new at quilting. No other book has moved me to write a review before.
Each topic is accompanied by excellent close-up photographs, which enable readers who do not have ready access to a beginning quilting class to use the book as a beginning quilting course. The book can also serve as a "refresher" and source of additional information for students enrolled in a beginning sewing class. More experienced quilters will find the book a great "go-to" reference source, although an alphabetical index of topics would have been helpful. (The topics are arranged by lessons within each class.)
The included projects are suitable for the level intended, and students should not be influenced by the "reproduction" fabrics used in many of the samples----they can be made in a variety of more contemporary fabrics.
I recommend this book as a fantastic addition to the libraries of novice and experienced quilters alike.
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Love it! If you are just starting into quilting, this is the guide for you!Published 7 days ago by Tracy Bryden
I have the first two books on my kindle. I need the real book in hand so I purchased the entire series. Almost ready to start from the beginning. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Cheryldb
Great information for the novice as well as the veteran quilter. So many things that are forgotten over time that make quilting enjoyable and tidy.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is excellent! Without any knowledge, I attempted a quilt and failed because I honestly didn't have a clue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Niesa
Fabulous set of books! Lots of tips and skills that I hadn't seen in other places that are extremely valuable as a new quilter.Published 3 months ago by dixiepeach
Initially intimidated by 'academy' (hey, I'm a fairly new quilter !) I got the book anyway- and then ordered the rest of the series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paula S.