Workshops & Lectures

Simply Amazing Baravelle Spirals with Painless Paper Piecing

Length: Full day (6 hours) or half day (4 hours)
Project: Baravelle spiral block (hot pad pattern provided)
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills
Fee: Click on "Booking/Registration" at left
Materials Fee: $5 per student

Learn to design and sew your own original Baravelle spiral block. Baravelle spirals are one of the simpler types among the four Simply Amazing Spirals. They have huge "Wow!" factor, yet you won't believe how easy they are! Using the techniques in RaNae's best-selling book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts, learn to create a Baravelle spiral block, plus a variety of ways to color them -- including double-spinning spokes. Along the way you'll learn RaNae's "painless paper piecing" techniques. A pattern is provided for finishing blocks into pot holders.

Note to presenters:
This class has been expanded to include new designs with Baravelle Spirals. It 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 Baravelle spirals in quilt layouts and how to quilt spirals. In the half-day version students will design the block and sew the block. Some students may 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.

Required class materials include preprinted foundations Baravelle spiral blocks, printed templates, sewing instructions and a pattern.

An optional fabric kit is available for $10. Please see materials list for preordering information, or email your request to RaNae at

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.

Text versions of materials info to cut-and-paste in newsletter/website/etc.

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 for details.)

Tools: Sewing machine; basic sewing supplies; scissors for paper; 2-3 plastic page protectors; dry-erase markers or crayons in a variety of colors; 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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