Quilter's Academy - Volume 2 - Sophomore Year

Vol 3 - Junior Year

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quilter's Academy Vol. 3 - Junior Year

Book 3!  Yay, it's taken a while but I got here.  Admittedly I still have one more quilt to quilt from Vol 2, but that will be done soon enough.

Book 3 is all about triangles.  I've barely done any work with triangles at all , so I am feeling very much back in beginner mode with this book.  The first project in the book is a table runner, but I have a fair bit of work to do before I get anywhere near Project 1.

There is a whole lot of valuable information on the equipment required for triangle making, as well as a refresher on the basics.  Then it's detailed info on sewing precise triangles.  I set up my machine, armed myself with an awl and a finger presser and gave it a go.  I made a bunch of test triangles to make sure I could produce an exact 2 1/2 inch square from 2 triangles.

Practice and more practice!
Before getting started on the first project, I need to audition some speciality rulers.  The book suggests several different rulers to try.  Apparently, there are lots of different ways to make half square triangles, all of them good but not all of them appropriate for every situation. 
I have been trying to track down all of the rulers used in the book.  Not all of them are available in this country or are economical to purchase here, so it's been a bit of an exercise trying to find them all.  I've also added a ruler from Westalee, a local product.
A bunch of rulers which make half square triangles
There are 8 methods documented in the book - all the techniques result in a 2 1/2 inch square made from 2 triangles sewn together.  Each technique produces 16 squares and these will all be used in 2 projects later in the book.
I'll be trying out all of these techniques and giving my 'report' on how I managed with each one.  Sounds like fun!


  1. Good to see you again!! will be watching with interest as you start Vol 3. I am just starting to do the borders and quilting in Vol 1 so have a ways to go, but am enjoying the journey.
    I have vol 3 already and have looked at it (naturally :) ) and was amazed that there are so many ways to make a block out of triangles!


  2. I'm so glad to see you're back to blogging your way through the QA series! I'm in the same place as Vicki, finished the projects and now working through the last part in Vol. 1 with the quilting. I refer to your blog often, thanks for documenting your journey!
    Triangles! After working with all these strips and squares, I'm sure triangles are a welcomed new start. Have fun!

  3. That is a lot of rulers. I've read the early parts of book 3, but I too am in the process of adding borders and preparing to quilt the quilts from book 1.

    Cheers, K

  4. It is good news that you are moving into Vol. 3. I like the new heading and your new picture, although I do miss the hat. :-) Good Luck on your adventures in Vol. 3.

  5. Hi Lesley,
    I am so impressed by you!!! I missed you when you were taking time out from the books, but the final for Volume 2 is amazing! We are working on Volume 5, but health issues have been slowing me down a bit. The quilts are big and beautiful, but lots of piecing and fitting - the beauty and challenge of Medallions.
    Do you need any of the rulers for Volume 3 that I could send you? Please let me know if I can help out in any way. You are such an inspiration to so many it's the least I can do.
    Keep up the beautiful work!

  6. Hello! Good luck ladies with all the quilting from Book 1 - remember to stretch those shoulders - it's a lot of work :)

    Hi Harriet - Book 5 already! I seem to be falling behind lol. Thanks for the offer of help - I'll be sure to let you know. Take care of yourself please, slow down!