Quilter's Academy - Volume 2 - Sophomore Year

Vol 3 - Junior Year

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Project 14 - THE FINAL EXAM

Well I made it this far.  Who would have thought it?  It's time for me to do the final project in the book - the Final Exam.

For this project, there is a picture of a quilt which I need to reproduce. 
No pattern (just a block illustration)
No instructions
No fabric calculations. 

Here is the project, which Harriet has named Homespun.

I did the fabric calculations last night and set about making a sample block today.  In fairness to those who are working through the book and have not yet got to this project, I'm not going to give away too much.  Besides, I'm not all that confident in my ability to get it right.

Here is my sample of Block A.

It's a combined grid block, with familiar units in there - 4 patch, 9 patch and solid squares.  But what is that one in the centre?  We've not come across this one before (naughty Harriet)!  A bit of head-scratching between attempt number one and attempt number 2 and I got it sorted.  Looking at it later I realised what it was - (sometimes my brain hurts) :)

There is no grid size given either, so I figured that I need to work it out from the picture, or simply choose a size I like. Not being particularly brave, I kept the grid the same as what Harriet has used (I think).

I must say that I'm pretty chuffed that I managed to work out how to do the block.  A mere 2 months ago I couldn't sew a 4 patch without directions!

I have a weekend workshop to attend, so won't get much further than this till next week.  Cheers!


  1. Lesley,
    I know a lot of people who have been quilting twenty years who who couldn't draft that block. Or any other block! (Some of my students choose not to draft, but most can still show someone else to do it after up to twenty years.) Look forward to following your progress, and I already know I will be recommending the book to beginners and those who teach beginners too.
    Judy B

  2. Hi Judy - thanks for your interest and comment.

    The QA book takes you through the calculation process from the very first project, so by the time you get to the final, you have a clue on how to approach it.

    At first I found it daunting, but Harriet breaks the process down, so even someone like me can do it!

    For beginners and those wanting to upgrade their skills, this is THE book to use.