SEW MANY TRIANGLES...SOOO LITTLE TIME

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

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

I love two color quilts.  And my original "So Many Triangles" is perfect for two colors, or two color-ways. 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 at home.

In this workshop we’ll take the mystery out of:

The basics of paper piecing

The "No More Tears"© Method

Sew Many Triangles basics

Precise block and quilt top construction

Our Class Project

BRING TO CLASS

Your baggies of pre-cut fabric

Sewing machine, thread and pre-wound bobbin, piecing foot and 1/4" foot

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

Rotary cutter (with a new blade) and ruler - 6"x12" works fine

Paper and Fabric scissors

Small cutting mat (9" x 12" is good)

Highlighter (any color)

¼” Paper Piecing Ruler (optional, but available for purchase)  

Something in which to collect your scraps

 

CUTTING SPECS

A word about design and 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 2 colors of fabrics* that allow the Sew Many Triangles pattern to shine. The finished product will be simple to construct, yet impactful. 

Why only 2?  Because 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 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. Designate fabrics as color 1 and color 2.

Start with 1 yard of each fabric( if only using 2). There will be some left over to allow for any whoopses.

 

All fabric is cut cross grain or selvage to selvage. These measurements assume at least 40” of useable fabric.

 

  1. Cut four 3 ½” strips from each fabric for a total of 4 of each color

  2. Cut each strip into twelve 3 ½” squares for a total of 48 of each color

  3. Cut the 48 squares diagonally in half for a total of 96 of each color

  4. Cut six 2 ½” strips from each fabric. We’ll cut these strips to size during the class.

Your Sew Many Triangles wall hanging is made up of sixteen 6”x6” blocks and will measure 24”x24” when finished, without borders.

There is no need to bring an iron.  Pressing stations will be set up.

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