“On the Eleventh Day of Wishing,
I’d like to improve my quilting and piecing skills”

Harriet Hargrave is an icon in the quilting world, quilting seriously since 1974, opening a store in 1982, and publishing authoritative works, one of which has been in print for 22 continuous years – “Heirloom Machine Quilting”.  She was voted one of the “88 Leaders of the Quilt World” in the late 1990s.  I’ve been fortunate to take a couple of seminars with her, and the information gained was immense.  If Harriet wants to know something, she gets the full story from the manufacturers involved. 

 Harriet’s daughter has joined her in the quilting world by now running the store and pursuing her master’s thesis, “The Physical Properties of Quilting Thread”.  She, too, is driven to getting the most information in her field. 

 Both have paired up and are writing a six-volume book series that covers all aspects of quiltmaking from beginner to advanced.  These books are not a “pattern” book like many are.  They are meant to be completely read, and each volume builds on the skills and knowledge gained from the previous ones.  There are quilt projects along the way to practice what is taught.

 To date, two volumes have been published.

Quilter’s Academy Vol. 1 – Freshman Year starts right from setting up a sewing area, through precision piecing, calculating yardage, to basic binding.

 Quilter’s Academy Vol. 2 – Sophomore Year continues with more sewing knowledge, with the projects taking you into the world of diagonal settings.  This is the first book I have found that not only covers the math of diagonal settings with and without sashing, but gives detailed instruction on the order of construction of a diagonal quilt.  When a customer tells me they want to do a diagonal setting with their blocks, this is the book I recommend they read. 

Neither of the Quilter’s Academy books covers machine quilting.  This information is found in the book, Heirloom Machine Quilting.

I’d like to be able to remove the threads that show through on my quilt top”

You might have experienced this scenario.  You carefully trim up the threads of your quilt top before layering it with the batting and backing.  But sure enough, after quilting you spot a dark-coloured thread showing through your light-coloured fabric.  How frustrating is that! 

Clover has come up with the solution to this problem, which I’ve put to use on my personal quilts.  The Thread Pic is the smallest crochet hook you’ll ever see.  It slips between your sewn stitches and you gain access to the netherworld of batting and loose threads.  You just hook the offending thread and pull it out or nudge it out of sight.  You can also pull broken threads from embroidery to the wrong side where they can’t be seen.

Ho, Ho, Ho
Linda Goh, Goh, Goh

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