Barbara Vlack

Author / Quiltmaking Teacher / Designer


Class Title

We’ve Got ’Em Surrounded! For One Day


Explore possibilities for single or multiple border quilts. Learn to measure, design and draft pieced and appliquéd borders to fit your quilts. Four different categories of borders will be presented, including triangles, traditional blocks, vining, and swags. This is a drafting workshop -- no sewing machine is required, though Barb will demonstrate freezer paper foundation piecing for a triangle border. We are not producing a project here.

Supply List

  • 5 sheets of quarter-inch graph paper (8 1/2" x 11")
  • pencil
  • 12" ruler – a see-through acrylic ruler works easiest
  • one 6-inch square of muslin or “background” fabric
  • one 6-inch square of a contrasting scrap fabric
  • one 6-inch square of another contrasting scrap fabric
  • sewing supplies for a little bit of hand sewing: needle, thread, pins, scissors, etc. These tools and the above fabric are for a hand-appliqué demonstration and hands-on practice, so the fabrics can be “disposable."
  • paper scissors
  • two sheets of tracing paper ----cut 12" x 6" or 11" x 5 ½"

Student Level

Intermediate to advanced knowledge and experience with quiltmaking. This is not a class for beginners.

Class Length

6 hours

Class Size

Required Workbook

20 maximum, as long as there is adequate table space for each student. Recommended: 2 students per 6-foot table.

Students are required to purchase a workbook for $20, which describes the techniques taught in this class plus a lot more.
The workbook is 50+ pages loaded with information. Checks may be made payable to Barbara Vlack or cash will be accepted. The workbook may not be copied by students for sharing.


Classroom Requirements

  • Tables and chairs for students (please no more than 2 students per 6-foot table)
  • Table for teaching supplies
  • Table for projection equipment
  • Screen to accept projection
  • Sewing machine (nothing fancy – only straight stitch will be used) with bobbin and top thread and spare needle
  • Electricity: The classroom must have at least one outlet (and/or extension cord) to connect the instructor’s computer, which requires a 3-prong outlet and one LCD projector and one iron without worry of power fluctuations.
  • ** Extension cord for at least three 3-pronged plugs (for projector, computer, and iron)
  • ** White board or other board to use for illustrations
  • ** Markers and eraser for white board
  • ** Iron (small craft iron plus pad to iron on is fine)

** Will be provided by instructor IF she is driving from home to workshop site