Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review: Quilter's Academy Vol 1 Freshman Year

I thought I'd give book reviewing a try.  What could be better?  I get to read the book for free AND voice my opinion.  Win - win, right?  My first choice was Quilter's Academy Vol 1, Freshman Year, A skill building course in quiltmaking, by Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave.     You too can review books by C&T Publishing by checking out their Creative Troupe at 

Quilter’s Academy Vol 1, Freshman Year, A skill building course in quiltmaking.
 Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave,  C&T Publishing 2009
C&T Product # 10662

This guide to learning how to quilt does not disappoint.  It begins with the basics of how to set up a sewing area, how to choose a machine, how to choose fabric and how to start with very basic piecing using strips and rectangles.  It then progresses into drafting of quilt patterns, choosing color and value of fabrics, as well as prints and how to begin building a quilter’s stash.  It only touches upon the actual quilting part of the process as that is covered in another volume.  It finishes with a tutorial on binding.
The book is written to be a textbook and does read as such in some places.  It does focus on technique rather than flashy tricks and products.  It gives a well rounded education into the field of quilting.
Throughout the book are tips and tricks that are valuable tools especially for beginner to intermediate quilters.
There are excellent definitions of quilting terms as well as some unusual quilter speak.
Overall, this is an excellent choice for a learn-to-quilt library.  The authors are well experienced in this field and share their knowledge in an orderly, learn as you go pace.


A.J. Dub. said...

Awesome! I think I saw this book at a quilt shop here and thought about getting it. I probably should have. :)Sounds like I would have benefited. I'll have to put it on my list.

Do you have a GoodReads list?

Teresa said...

I don't have a GoodReads list, but will be reviewing Vol 2 - Sophomore year, next. Stay tuned!