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
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 color-ways of fabrics* that allow the Sew Many Triangles pattern to shine. You'll notice that I used red and teals in the picture. The finished product will be simple to construct, yet impactful.
Why only 2 colors? 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 unless you’re using different fabrics of the same color, and then use 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.
If using fabric off the bolt, cut four 3 ½” strips from each fabric for a total of 4 of each color. Otherwise, skip this step and continue below.
To start, you’ll need twelve 3 ½” x 3 ½” squares of each colorway, for a total of 48 squares.
Cut the 48 squares in half diagonally for a total of ninety six half-square triangles of each color
Cut four 2 ½” strips from each fabric, if cutting from off the bolt. Cut the fabric into sixteen 2 ½” x 7” rectangles. You'll need sixteen 2 ½” x 7” of each color for a total of 32 rectangles.
Your Sew Many Triangles wall hanging is made up of sixteen 6”x6” blocks and will measure 24”x24” when finished, without borders.