Quilter's Academy - Volume 2 - Sophomore Year

Vol 3 - Junior Year

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Vol 2 - Sophomore Final - Finished Top

Here it is - my completed exam top............
The colours are actually a lot brighter in real life
I seem to have rather a lot of black fabric outside of the frame.  I could trim this off and add a border as Carrie has done, but I've decided not to.  Here is another look at Carrie's quilt. 
I've named my quilt "Fade To Black".  Primarily because of the excess black fabric but also as a nod to the bushfires currently raging across Tasmania.  When outside your window a red glow shines beyond the nearby hills and the air is full of smoke, quiltmaking can be a good distraction.  My thoughts are with those who have lost everything in these horrible bushfires.
Outside my window
 So ends Quilters Academy Vol 2.  But I'll not be diving straight into Vol 3 just yet.  As they say, it's not a quilt until it's quilted and I have 5 quilt tops lined up.
I'll blog my progess with these, but despite having quilted over 50 quilts and having attended a 3 day Quilting Master Class, my quilting skills remain rather basic.  This is because I don't practice!  I will really try this year to make the effort and spend at least 10 mins a day practicing free motion.


  1. It turned out brilliant! I love the name you gave it as well... saw on the news last night about the bushfires in Tasmania and immediately thought of you and your family! My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their homes .

    I worked on Asian Nights yesterday, just on Block A, got all the small 4 patches sewn to the 2 1/2 strips and then sewn together. and wouldn't you know it I did it all wrong, didnt have the contrast colour meeting up in the center......... so spent a quiet 90 minutes or so watching a british murder mystery ... un picking them all *sigh* I think i did the same thing when i did town square as well.

    Looking forward to seeing how you quilt your vol 2 quilts , I plan on re-checking your volume 1 quilting when i get to that point as the book designs look a little too much for me at this point.

    cheers and stay safe!

    ps: only -2c this morning :)

  2. Hi Vicki. Nothing like a good murder mystery to reverse sew to is there - I'm on series 3 already. :)

    I did simple grid quilting on my Asian Nights and I really like how it looks.


  3. You have quilted over 50 tops already?? I doubt you can consider yourself a "beginner" quilter!

    Congrats on finishing the Vol 2 final. It looks terrific, and I love that you name your quilts. I'll have to think about doing that myself.

    I have just recently found your blog, giving me great excitement that someone has documented the journey before me. I'm almost half way through vol. 1. I've started a blog myself, so that I can see the progress. You're welcome to come take a look and point me in the right direction when I stray.

    Looking forward to you posting your finished quilted tops!

  4. Congratulations on your fantastic finish for Sophomore Year!
    I'm so glad I participated in SewCalGal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge last year. I believe that all those monthly posts are still available. Leah Day also has a great website for practice free motion quilting, too. Best wishes and I hope that you're safe and sound!