Workshops & Lectures

Magic Mirror Mandala Quilt

Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Project: Magic Mirror Mandala Quilt
Skill Level: All levels
Prerequisites: Basic quilting skills
Fee: Click on "Booking/Registration" at left
Materials Fee: $16

Based on my book Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts, this is my most popular workshop.

Click here for a video visit to a Magic Mirror Mandala workshop. (When it's over, use the "Back" button to return to this page.)

Use a simple spiral variation on the Log Cabin block to make a Magic Mirror Mandala Quilt -- in one day you'll go from mystery to mastery! In the morning we'll use a "wedge puzzle" to design your own unique version of the quilt shown; in the afternoon you'll start sewing spirals. (To see variations of this quilt, click "Images for Web" at left.)

The class materials kit is required, and includes all of the class instructions, pre-printed templates and foundations used in class, instructions for completing the quilt, and a package of translucent foundation material.

My book Magnificent Spiral Mandala Quilts is recommended and will be available for purchase at the workshop. To purchase books and materials before the workshop, click on "STORE" above.

Please follow instructions in the materials list (click on link at left) to order mirrors and optional fabric kits (see pictures below).

"Dreamcatcher" Finished size 48" x 48", $72.50
Make this design as shown, or there is enough fabric for you to experiment and create your own design.

"Summertime" Finished size 30" x 30", $44.00
This is a separate project of its own that comes with its own pattern, but the fabrics can be used for this project. If you would like to make this exact project, a foundation for the first spiral is available in class.

About paper piecing: Spirals are sewn using paper piecing (also called foundation piecing). If you don't know how to do it, you'll learn in class. If you have done it before but didn't like it, don't worry: I have solutions for most of the things you dread, like not being able to see lines, having your design reversed and having to tear out paper when you're done. Don't let paper piecing stop you from taking this class -- try my way and I'm confident that you'll like it!

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

Fabrics for class: 1/8 yard each: Fabric #1: One multi-color large-scale print. Fabric Group #2: Choose 3-5 colors from Fabric #1, then add 2-3 shades of each color. These should read as a single color: solids, tone-on-tones, small textures or tiny prints. Fabric Group #3: Several multi-colored, small to medium prints that combine colors in Group #2. Colors should be evenly distributed across the fabric. Fabric #4: A light or dark neutral for negative space inside the mandala. (Additional fabric is needed to complete the project. Please read carefully the mat’ls list at for full details and for preordering instructions.)

Tools: Basic sewing supplies; scissors for paper; a pair of hinged mirrors AT LEAST 8" x 10";* 4+ clear plastic page protectors; dry-erase markers in a variety of colors; 15-20 Q-tips; rotary cutter, ruler and mat; Add-a-Quarter tool* and/or Add-an-Eighth tool* with a card; iron or seam roller*; masking or painter’s tape; permanent double-sided tape; transparent tape; pencil; fine-point permanent black pen; white paper; 2 highlighter pens in different colors (yellow, pink or orange); several plastic bags to hold cut pieces of fabric, 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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