Barbara Vlack

Author / Quiltmaking Teacher / Designer


Class Title

Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing: Pineapple


This revolutionary technique for foundation piecing on freezer paper eliminates the drudge of ripping the paper away after completing the stitching of a block. Patches are sewn and ironed onto the freezer paper as the block piecing progresses. At the end, the foundation is peeled away and used again! The class sample is a simple 7" Pineapple block.

Supply List

  • A fat quarter of dark color #1. Cut four 3 ½" squares, then cut the rest into 1 ½" wide strips. Strips should be cut before class.
  • 1/8 yard of color #2, cut into strips 1 ½" wide.
  • One contrasting 3" square for center of block.
  •  Sewing machine. This is a machine piecing class. Machine must be in good working order. A straight-stitching machine, such as a Featherweight, is adequate.
  • An edge-stitching foot IF your machine has one. Do not go and buy one specially for this. The Bernina #10 foot is the edge-stitching foot.
  • Extension cord.
  • Rotary cutter --- a 28 mm is fine.
  • A small mat for rotary cutting
  • A 6" Add-a-quarter ruler (highly recommended) or a small acrylic ruler that will help you cut ¼" seam allowances.
  • Sewing supplies for machine sewing, including thread, flower-head pins (the heads are flat), fabric scissors, and thread nippers; hardware for your machine (cords, foot pedal, etc.)
  • Pressing board --- A piece of cardboard or picture framing mat board that is at least 8 ½” x 11”. Wrap this in aluminum foil (doesn’t matter whether the shiny side is out) and bring a fat quarter of any ol’ fabric to wrap this board. This is a very handy tool for pressing with freezer paper.
  • Optional: Small craft iron and ironing pad.

Student Level

All levels: beginner to advanced

Class Length

3 hours.

Class Size

24, as long as there is adequate table space for each student and her/his sewing machine.

Teacher Will Provide

  • LCD projector if venue does not have one.
  • Handouts to support instruction.
  • Patterns.
  • Video camera for live viewing of instruction.

Classroom Requirements

  • Projection screen or unbroken surface with little or no texture, size appropriate for classroom.
  • Lavaliere microphone if classroom is large.
  • Electricity: The classroom must have enough outlets to connect 25 sewing machines (including the instructor’s) and one LCD projector without worry of power fluctuations.
  • Tables for students with adequate space for setting up laptop and note-taking materials.
  • Sewing machine for instructor.
  • Display table for teacher.

Please note: 3-hour classes are condensed classes offering a lot of information, but they cannot contain as much instruction material or hands-on practice/experience as 6-hour classes.