Using the Sirota “No More Tears©” Paper Piecing Method

You'll be paper piecing like a pro by the end of class!

This class is pure FUN!  Why?  Because we let go of our desire to “control” the outcome.  After all, scrappy means using scraps of all different colors and patterns.  And just to make it more fun, we will share our scraps with each other if you choose to. 


For many of us paper piecing can be a quilting brain-teaser, right?  Well if you love paper pieced projects but find the process somewhat “confusing”, then this is the class is for you.  You’ll be learning my revolutionary “No More Tears” © method of paper piecing, and although you won’t be finishing the entire project in class, you should have at least one completed 12” x 12” star block and the tools you’ll need to finish your project at home.  And it will take half the time you’d expect from paper piecing.   Don’t believe me?  Well, join the class and find out how! 


In this workshop you will learn:

Pattern Preparation

The "No More Tears"© Technique

Proper fabric placement

Block and quilt construction with perfect points


Your 4 bags of pre-cut fabric (2 paper bags and 2 baggies

Sewing machine with a new needle, thread, bobbin, all-purpose foot and a ¼” foot

Pins,size 7 basting needle, and just in case...seam ripper

Rotary cutter (with a new blade) 

6" x 12" ruler

Cutting mat -9' x 12" is fine

Highlighter (any color)

Add-a-Quarter ruler – optional (18"available for sale in class for)


This is the perfect project for using the small scraps of fabric that almost(?) every quilter has.  The reason this pattern works so well is because the star points are made of lots of different alternating lights and darks or contrasting colors.  The background, however, is very controlled and you’ll get a secondary pinwheel pattern.  


I have arbitrarily chosen the terms "Light" and "Dark" fabric simply to mean  contrasting fabrics.  So please don't get hung up on whether a fabric is dark or light

Star Point Fabrics

Dark Fabric – 108 2” x 5 ½” rectangles of dark to medium fabrics in assorted colors and patterns.  Please avoid neutrals.  Put the pieces in a paper bag labeled “Dark Fabric” with your name on the bag, and then  shake the bag to help separate strips of the same fabrics.


Light Fabric – 108 2” x 5 ½” rectangles of light to medium fabrics in assorted colors, again avoiding neutrals.  Sometimes the back of a dark fabric is perfect.  Put the pieces in a paper bag labeled “Light Fabric” with your name on the bag, and then  shake the bag to help separate strips of the same fabrics.


    *Remember, we will be swapping these fabrics in class, so it’s a perfect time to use your “what              was I thinking when I bought that?” fabrics😊

Background Fabrics - for pinwheel background

You will need a 3/4 yd. (includes a little extra) of both a light neutral and darker neutral. 


Then, cut four 4 ½” strips from the lighter fabric and four 4 1/2" strips from the darker fabric.  From those eight strips :

Cut thirty-six 4 1/2" squares

Then cut the squares diagonally into half square triangles.


Place the light triangles into a baggie and the darker triangles into another baggie.  Plastic baggies are fine.

     *Remember, the background fabrics are yours and yours alone. They aren't traded with anyone, so now you’ve got some control back😊