Workshops & Lectures

Simply Amazing Point-to-Point Spirals with Painless Paper Piecing

Length: Full day (6 hours) or half day (4 hours)
Project: Point-to-Point spiral block
Skill Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills
Fee: Click on "Booking/Registration" at left
Materials Fee: $6 per student

Learn to design and sew your own original Point-to-Point spiral. Using the techniques in RaNae's best-selling book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, learn to create a Point-to-Point spiral in any shape. We’ll explore ways to vary them as we talk about color, value and pattern choices. You’ll learn a method of foundation piecing that is probably easier than you have ever done before. You will sew one block in class (in half-day format you will start it and learn enough to finish it at home). The materials list includes enough fabric for two blocks, and a pattern is provided for finishing them into a pair of pot holders. Plenty of examples in class will give you inspiration for incorporating this elegant spiral block into your own quilt designs.

Class kit includes preprinted foundations for Point-to-Point spiral blocks, sewing instructions, a pattern and batting for two pot holders.

Click on "Materials & Prep List" at left for detailed materials list. RaNae's book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts is recommended, 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.

Note to presenters:
This class can be taught as a full-day class or a half-day class. In the full-day class students will have time to design and complete the spiral block and we will have time to cover ways to set spirals in quilt layouts and how to quilt spirals. In the half-day version students will design the block and begin sewing, but students will probably not have time to complete it in class. Please note that half-day classes must be scheduled scheduled for FOUR (4) hours, and special pricing applies.

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Fabrics for class: (Enough for two potholders) Light color for spiral block (at least one color): ¼ yard. Dark color for spiral block (at least one color): ¼ yard. (One or both spiral fabrics should be solids, textures, tone-on-tones or small prints. If you use a print for one fabric, the other must be a solid.) Fabric for fussy-cut center (optional): two 3½" squares with fussy-cut design in center. Back of pot holder and binding (if this is one of fabrics in spiral, ¼ yard listed above is not needed in addition to this): ⅝ yard (See mat’ls list at www.ranaemerrillquilts.com/teaching/117 for details.)

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.
* = 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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