Barbara Vlack

Author / Quiltmaking Teacher / DesignerContact



Lectures are at least 1 to 1 ½ hours long. Where projection is involved, a screen is required. It is recommended that the area around the screen should have dim light in order for the projection to be clear. The room does not have to be dark. Lectures are appropriate for small to large groups.

High Tech Meets High Touch

Watch Barb demonstrate the “magic” of designing a quilt with computer software. You don’t have to have any computer experience to be awed by the ease of creating designs that you probably wouldn’t draft on paper! Barb has become a practiced expert in using EQ7. She will bring her computer and a video projector to demonstrate how she creates quilts that go beyond the ordinary. Barb will also bring a trunk show of quilts she has made from designs she created with EQ software.

Disclaimer: Barb is not a sales representative for Electric Quilt, though she has written three books for The Electric Quilt Company and demonstrates as well as teaches for them at national conferences.

Head for the Borders!

In this multi-media lecture (with PowerPoint and a trunk show of real quilts), Barb leads an exploration of the use of borders to give a quilt a finishing touch. From single to multiple border quilts, learn to respect the difference the extra effort makes. Get inspired to make an eye-catching quilt by adding a striking border ... or two or three.

Quilts My Grandmother Didn’t Make!

Barb has been collecting quilts from the 30s and early 40s because there are such wonderful stories surrounding that era in our history. And they look good, too! This trunk show lecture (no slides, only actual quilts and quilt tops) will show off Barb’s collection of vintage quilts, vintage fabrics, the reproductions that came from them, and stories that may have inspired these wonderful quilts! Let Barb know in advance an estimate for the size of the audience, and she will provide a handout with a quilt pattern from the 30s as well as a couple of recipes from the era. This lecture is available only to venues within reasonable driving distance from St. Charles, Illinois, due to the bulk of the quilt collection.