Using the Sirota “No More Tears©” Paper Piecing Method
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.
Our Class Sample
"In the Groove"
41" x 41"
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
Bring to 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
A Hand Needle (embroidery, cotton darning) as long as it has a sharp point and a long eye
6" x 12" rotary cutting ruler
Cutting mat -9' x 12" is fine
Highlighter (any color)
Add-a-Quarter ruler – optional
Fabric and Paper scissors
Invisible Scotch Tape
Oral B Pro-Health Comfort Plus Floss
Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
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.
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 (the solid strip in each block) 12 strips total (sub-cut into 32 rectangles)
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:
Twelve 2-1/2" strips from a single fabric or six 2-1/2" strips from each of your 2 colors. These strips can be sub-cut into sixteen 2-1/2" x 7" rectangles. You'll need 32 rectangles total.