Workshops & Lectures

More Fun than a Barrel of Monkeys Quilt with Painless Paper Piecing

Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Project: Baravelle Spiral Quilt (pattern provided)
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: Foundation piecing experience is helpful but not necessary
Fee: Click "Booking/Registration" at left
Materials Fee: $16 per student

Make a Baravelle spiral quilt that all your friends will say is simply amazing! Learn to draw, color and foundation-piece a Baravelle spiral. You'll also learn how to select fabrics by color, value and pattern and pick up techniques for foundation piecing that make it easier than ever. Baravelle spirals look complicated, but they're actually easy to sew -- and there are NO curved seams! You'll have time in class to complete up to three blocks to get your quilt started. (And in case you only want to finish one block, there's a hot pad pattern for avoiding another UFO!) Based on the techniques in RaNae's best-selling book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts. Finished quilt size: 54" x 59"

Class kit includes preprinted foundations, instructions, complete pattern and foundation material to finish quilt, and hot pad pattern.

Click on "Materials & Prep List" at left for detailed materials list. RaNae's book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts is recommended, but not required, and will be available for purchase at the workshop. (The basic information covered in this class is also contained in her second book Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts.) To purchase books and materials before the workshop, click on "STORE" above.

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Fabrics for class: 7 coordinating fabrics: #1-Large print: 3 squares 6” x 6” with fussy-cut motif from fabric; #2-Dark or light solid, 3/8 yd; #3-#7-Bright/light solids or small prints, 1/8 yd each. (See mat’ls list at for full quilt yardage and fabric selection guide.)

Tools: Basic sewing supplies; scissors for paper; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; Add-a-Quarter tool*; iron or seam roller*; masking or painter’s tape; permanent double-sided tape; Scotch tape; pencil; fine-point permanent black pen; white paper; 2 highlighter pens in different colors (pink, yellow or orange); permanent markers in colors of fabrics (optional). * = Available for purchase in class.

Sewing machine set-up: Straight stitch; 75/11 or 80/12 needle; open-toe or clear center-groove foot; neutral or matching thread for sewing.


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