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

Paper Piecing for the 21st Century

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Our Class Sample

"In the Groove"

24" x 24" without borders

I love two color quilts.  And my original "So Many Triangles" is perfect for two colors, or two color-ways. but if you  look at the colorful quilt to your left, you'll see what random or scrappy trianges do to the pattern. 
 
If you’re anything like me, you love paper piecing because of the accuracy you can achieve, but it can be a very time consuming process. Well…not any more. My "No More Tears© Method" of paper piecing not only achieves the expected accuracy, but does so in about half the time of traditional paper piecing. Imagine having a finished quilt where every triangle is set perfectly, and, it’s completed quickly. Although we probably won’t finish the entire quilt in class,  you’ll be well on your way to finishing it after class.

Bring to Class

  • Your printed patterns (emailed before class)

  • Your pre-cut fabric

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

  • Pins, and just in case...seam ripper

  • Rotary cutter (with a new blade)

  • Pen or pencil 

  • 17lb Translucent Vellum 8 1/2" x 11"

To order 100 sheets click here

To order 50 sheets click here

To order 30 sheets click here

                                                   ***Essential

  • 6" x 12" rotary cutting ruler

  • Cutting mat -9' x 12" is fine

  • Highlighter (any color)

  • Add-a-Quarter ruler – optional but helpful

  • Fabric and Paper scissors

  • Invisible Scotch Tape***

  • Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick***        

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WHY VELLUM?

If you don't feel like reading all of the following stuff, just skip to the last paragraph. 

First of all, it makes the paper piecing process much easier and the pattern preparation much faster.  When I first developed my method of paper piecing I used regular copy paper because I wanted to eliminate the need to purchase special papers.  However, in the early years I experimented with all different kinds of paper and discovered 17lb vellum.  It was perfect for the process.  And when I taught live classes I supplied the vellum patterns as part of the class materials.

Then came virtual classes and you all needed to print your own patterns.  Copy paper is easily available and almost everyone has copy paper.  It works, but there's more pattern prep to do because copy paper isn't smooth and isn't translucent.  For most of my patterns, copy paper is just fine because the patterns don't have lots of segments.  But whether there are just a few segments or many segments, vellum makes the whole process easier.

You can look for your own 17# vellum, but the links I've supplied are brands that I've used before and I can definitely say that they are my favorites.  If you choose to look for your own, make sure it's 17#, 8.5" x 11" so that it feeds through your printer smoothly.  Also, if you've never taken one of my classes before, you'll just have to trust that whichever quantity you order, one sheet of paper goes a long way.   

So the bottom line is this...get the vellum.  It goes through the printer the same as copy paper  You'll find it changes everything and streamlines the process, eliminating time.  There are links above for 100 sheets, 50 sheets or 30 sheets.  The 100 sheet option is the most economical, and order early to make sure you have your vellum in time for class.

FABRIC SELECTION

 

Please, keep it simple, and keep in mind that we’re here to learn a new method, and maybe not create the ultimate Sew Many Triangles masterpiece. Ideally, we’re looking for as many or as few different fabrics to use.  Just be sure that there is good contrast.  Look at all of the pics on the page to help you decide.*Contrasting fabrics make your Sew Many Triangles quilt shine.

This class is less about design and more about technique. Like anything new we learn, we want it to become habit, and if we’re focused on design, it takes away from our practice time.  

*Contrasting fabric means any 2 fabrics in colors or patterns that will stand out on their own and make the lines of your quilt top “crisp”. They can be solids or 2 small prints that read as solid from a distance.  When selecting your fabric, avoid directional prints, large prints, or 2 prints that share a common color.

CUTTING SPECS

Start with 1 yard of each fabric unless you’re using different fabrics of the same color, or all different colors,  scraps and/or fat quarters cut to the specifications below.  There will be some left over to allow for any whoopses. 

 

If using fabric off the bolt, all fabric is cut cross grain or selvage to selvage.  These measurements assume at least 40” of useable fabric.

FOR YOUR TRIANGLES - 192 total

  • If using scraps, you'll need ninety-six  3-1/2" squares to start, and then cut them in half diagonally which will give you your 192 HSTs.

  • If using fabric off the bolt, cut four 3-1/2" strips of each color.  From each color, cut your strips into forty-eight 3-1/2 " squares, and then cut them in half diagonally to get 96 HSTs of each color.

 

FOR YOUR BACKGROUND STRIPS  (the non-triangle strip in each block)  6 strips total 


I recommend using either one fabric for your background which ends up looking like diamonds, or you can use the same 2 colors as your triangles.  Either way you'll need:

Six 2-1/2'  strips of your single color fabric, cut into thirty-two  2-1/2" x 7" rectangles or

Three 2-12" strips of each color, cut into sixteen 2-1/2" X 7" rectangles (32 total)

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Single Color Strip
 

Two-Color Strip

SEW MANY TRIANGLES...SOOO LITTLE TIME

In this workshop we'll take

the mystery out of:

  • The basics of paper piecing

  • The "no More Tears© Method

  • Sew Many Tirangles basics

  • Precise block and quilt top construction

  • Different block layouts