Classes and Lectures

Barbara Dann is a passionate quilter with too many ideas and never enough time! She’s a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design and Sue Pelland Designs. She teaches at guilds, quilt shops and quilt shows. Barbara’s classes are relaxed, informative, and fun. She enjoys teaching quilters of all skill levels and shares many tips and techniques that make piecing and applique easier, faster and more accurate.

For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Barbara at barbara@alleycatquiltworks.com 
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Lecture

Diva Detectives!
Become a quilt detective. How is that block made? How can I make it in a different size? How can I make small changes to my quilts for big impact? How do I use the Studio 180 Design tools? Answers to these questions and many more during this fun, lively and informative lecture and trunk show!

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Classes

Hearts and More Techniques class - rotary cut applique!

Hearts and More templates were designed to cut seven basic appliqué shapes. The templates can be used to make simple to Baltimore style appliqué quilts. In this workshop, you will explore many shapes that can be cut using your Hearts and More templates without the need for tracing or cutting plastic templates.

Required for class:
Sue Pelland Designs - Hearts and More Templates – Large Set 


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Leaves Galore Techniques class
- Rotary cut applique.  Learn how to use the Leaves Galore series of templates to create this sampler project. When you've complete the class you'll be ready to make any number of Sue Pelland Designs patterns or create your own rotary cut applique to enhance any project. 

 
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Tumbling Triangles - a Modern 180 pattern designed by Running with Scissors Quilters.  By combining two contrasting fabrics you will create triangles tumbling down the quilt. This quilt can be made in six (!) different sizes from 13" x 13" mini to a queen sized 80" x 80"!  It's your choice for the class.  The triangles are made using the V-Block tool -what was once a difficult block to make is now super easy.  Before class prep is minimal - cutting strips and a few squares. And only two fabrics - this is a great quilt to use that fabulous print you've been saving!

This class includes step by step instructions and tips for using your V-Block tool, setting a quilt on point, setting triangles and mitered borders.  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, cutting and pressing.  And I'm including my favorite way to bind quilts.  It will be a busy, fun-filled day with lots of laughs!
 Required for class:
Tumbling Triangles Pattern
V-Block
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Jenn's Journey
is a modern play on a Snail’s Trail quilt layout. This design makes excellent use of those 1-yard+ fabric cuts you have been collecting. This class includes step by step instructions for the Large Square Squared and the Diamond Rects tools.   Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, cutting and pressing.  

Three project sizes – Throw (68"x68"), Twin (68” x 92”), and Queen (92” x 116”)

Required for this class
 Large Square Squared 
 Diamond Rects  
Jenn's Journey Pattern

 

 
Love Links - 

Another fabulous quilt pattern from Running With Scissors Quilters!!!  Interlocking chevrons make a fun and unique looking quilt. A difficult looking design is made easy using flying geese, making this a quick and easy quilt to master.  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

  • Eight project sizes from 13” x 14” to  104" x 112"
Required for class:
 Wing Clipper 
Love Links Pattern


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Storm At Sea

We all have a “Bucket List” quilt or two. You know the ones – you want to make it but don’t really feel like you have the skills or the time. “Storm at Sea” was on my “Bucket List”! No paper piecing, no templates, no stress – making this quilt is fun!!!

This class includes step by step instructions for the Square Squared and the Diamond Rects tools.   Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, cutting and pressing.   We will also do some designing – so bring your favorite colored pencils or markers!

Required for this class:

Diamond Rects 

Square Squared 

Free pattern

See my Pinterest page for more inspiration - https://www.pinterest.com/barbara_dann/storm-at-sea-quilts/









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Constellation (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star)

Finally! A tool and technique to quickly, easily and accurately piece traditional Lemoyne Star blocks in 10 different sizes! The blocks are strip pieced, assembled without “Y” seams, and pieced slightly over sized so each can be trimmed to perfection.  In the class you will learn the process and construct several different sized stars that you can use to make your own Constellation quilt.  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

Accuracy + precision + easy to use = FUN STRESS-FREE QUILTING!

Required for class:

Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star
Tucker Trimmer III - recommended

This can be done as a 3 hour or 6 hour class.

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Hunter's Star 

Is the Hunter’s Star quilt on your “Bucket list”?                                                 

Then this workshop is for you.  No inset seams, no appliqué, no paper piecing!!

Fast, fun and easy!

The Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star tool and technique allow for streamlined construction and precision trim down and thus results in ease and accuracy when making these traditionally difficult blocks. Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.Get ready for a fast paced, fun and informative class!

Required for class:
Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Petite








 

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Galaxy
- Galaxy is a beautiful alternating block design using two types of blocks, one with a red star and one with a blue star. Because of the color placement and the different angles in the triangles, the interesting interlocking circles appear and the second star block disappears into the circles. It’s an optical illusion – no curved piecing!!  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

This quilt can be made in three different sizes – 6”, 9” or 12’ blocks.

Required for class:
V-Block
Tucker Trimmer
Galaxy Pattern








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Rangley Runner
- An attractive and sophisticated looking project that is actually quite easy to construct. The crisp star points are achieved using the Tucker Trimmer tool and an additional trim to turn a complicated looking block into a simple to sew project. Setting blocks on point, and angled borders makes this an informative and fun workshop.  Rangeley Runner is a great way to use those holiday fabrics!  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

Required for class:
Tucker Trimmer
Rangeley Runner Pattern
The Rangely Runner can be finished in a 6 hour class.  








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Star Shadows

Create the illusion of stars floating over the surface of your quilt and casting shadows below. All these Flying Geese are made using the Wing Clipper - in my opinion the only way to make Flying Geese successfully (and without cursing!) Easy fabric selections - light, medium and dark and you'll be making fabulous Flying Geese in no time at all!  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

Required for class:
Wing Clipper
Star Shadows Pattern








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Rangeley Stars Wall Quilt

The Rangeley Stars have a complex look, but are actually very easy to construct. Using the Tucker Trimmer tool and an additional trim, all those complicated star points become simple to make. Just what we like! You’ll learn everything you need to know (and a little more!) about the Tucker Trimmer. And you’ll understand why I call it my favorite “power tool!”  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.
Required for class:
Tucker Trimmer
Rangeley Stars Wall Quilt








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Shaded 4 Patch  Also called Birds in the Air, Hidden Square, or Mary’s Triangles, this basic unit is easily strip pieced oversized then trimmed to size with your Tucker Trimmer. An included chart gives you cutting dimensions for 21 different sizes, from 2” to 12” finished units in whole and half inch increments. Fun block suggestions also included.  

Required for class - 
Shaded 4 Patch Technique Sheet
Tucker Trimmer


       

3 hour class
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Migrating Geese
- They look like offset flying geese, but are built in a row as a braid rather than individual units.  The technique doesn’t use any special ruler, and I absolutely love to use it in my quilts.  You’ll be able to make 7 different row sizes, from 3” wide to 12” wide. 

Required for class:
Migrating Geese Technique Sheet
 
3 hour class
 

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Doubly Charmed

What can you do with 5" charm packs? Make 2 quilts - Doubly Charmed, of course! You'll use the same set of 5" squares for each quilt. Cut the center beams for the first quilt and then use the cutaways in the second quilt. No charm packs, no problem. Any fabric cut into 5" squares works fine. This is a great way to learn 3 tools that you'll use over and over when making quilts.  Additionally, I'll share lots of hints and tips on machine piecing, matching points, organizing, cutting and pressing.

Required for class:
Corner Beam
V-Block
Square squared
Doubly Charmed Pattern