I’ve had my Quilter’s Academy Volume 1, Freshman Year for several days now. I ordered it off Amazon.com and was so anxious to receive it, I was listening for the UPS truck to come down the street. I met the driver at the door!
A bit about me: I began sewing when I was 5 or 6 years old and made my first dress for my first day of school on my mother’s Necchi. That was 1960. A few short months later, I made my “Easter Dress” and appeared in the Daily Advertiser! I applied myself to sewing 4-H projects and competing. I don’t think I ever “won” anything, but was advanced enough to match plaids and make tailored button holes. My parents got me an inexpensive sewing machine when I was in high school. In the late 1970s, I replaced it with my current machine — a Bernina Record Electronic 830. This machine was one with mechanical moving parts — no software, no digitizing, nothing that would “fry”. I think the “electronic” refers to the pedal.
I’ve always wanted to quilt, but thought you had to do everything “by hand”. In the 1990’s, I joined up with a local quilt guild, but it was just too much to do with young children, a job, and home. I’m hoping to make some quilts for the grandchildren this upcoming year, and realized I needed to understand some things about quilting that you don’t learn as a seamstress.
I hope Harriet & Carrie Hargrave ‘s Quilter’s Academy series will fit the bill! So far, there are three volumes out and the fourth will be published in May. I’ve pre-ordered Volume 4 from Amazon.com as it has a good pre-purchase price. Volume 1 is “in hand” and I can inter-library loan the other two volumes before committing to a purchase. As impressed as I am with Volume 1, I think purchasing the others will be a good investment.
I am also grateful to have found the errata information for Volume 1 — nothing like having clarification / correct information!
I’ve gone ahead and read the first chapter and am rereading it tonight. I sent my Bernina Record Electronic 830 off to get cleaned/oiled and adjusted in Mobile — the nearest dealer. It’s a real gem of a machine, and based on what I’m reading in QA#1, I’ve got all the presser feet I need, including the walking foot! Yay!
The biggest task ahead of me is setting up my sewing area. My sewing cabinet is very uncomfortable to sit at and I think the best thing for me will be a portable Sew-Ezi table. I am cleaning out the spare bedroom–major task is to decide where to move the items that I don’t want to give up, and tote the rest to the church for their spring yard sale.
I have quite a few templates and rulers from my original quilting fling, and my son “found” my fabric stash. Washing and ironing it all will be another major task.
Tomorrow’s TO DO:
Clean out thge spare room and create a sewing area
Order the Sew-Ezi table
Check out adjustable height tables for cutting