FRACTURED MAPLE LEAF
Using the Sirota “No More Tears©” Paper Piecing Method
You'll be paper piecing like a pro by the end of class!
Our Class Project
It’s time to break out your scraps, fat quarters and jelly rolls because each leaf is made up of mostly small scraps of fabric! The Fractured Maple Leaf lends itself to unlimited possibilities. The leaves can be colored for any season…greens, golds, oranges or combinations of colors. The choice is yours. This pattern is also great for your beautiful batiks. Each leaf can have all different fabrics and no two leaves need to be the same. Choose the colorway you want and start digging for fabric. The Fractured Maple Leaf quilt top can be put together in any design you’d like, but for this class we’ll be making a 9-leaf wall hanging with sashing and borders. Each leaf block measures 8” x 8” (finished) and the wall hanging measures about 30”x30”.
In this workshop we’ll take the mystery out of:
The basics of paper piecing
The "No More Tears"© Method
Fractured Maple Leaf basics
Precise block and quilt top construction
BRING TO CLASS
Sewing machine, power cord 😊, new needle (any size you like to piece with), thread, newly wound bobbin, ¼” presser foot, and an all-purpose foot for piecing.
Pins, basting needle (Dritz Size 7 or similar with long eye), Seam ripper (just in case)
Rotary cutter with a new blade
9x12 or similar size cutting mat
NOW, LET'S TALK FABRIC
As we now know, there are no right or wrong choices for the leaves. The colors are up to you as long as they’re scrappy.
Now for the background fabric. The background color must be a color that makes the leaves stand out. The more contrast between the leaves and the background, the sharper the quilt will look. Also, try to find a background fabric that has some sort of pattern or print that will help disguise the seam lines and makes the background seem more like one piece of fabric if you choose to use the background fabric for sashing and borders.
Paper and fabric scissors
Add A Quarter ruler (available for purchase during class)
Highlighter (any color), pen and/or pencil,
Something to collect your scraps in
Seam roller or wooden iron, or 2 good thumb nails for finger pressing😊
For the leaf blocks:
Cut one strip 3 ½”. Cut the strip into nine 3 ½” squares.
Cut three 4” strips. Cut the strips into twenty-seven 4” squares. Then cut the squares in half diagonally to end up with fifty-four half-square triangles.
Cut nine 1 1/4" strips of your stem fabric
For the Sashing and Borders:
Here, you can decide to use a completely different color than your background or leaves and it will look like your leaves are framed like window panes.
Or you can use your background fabric and it will look like the leaves are floating
Window Pane Floating
Whichever design you go with, you’ll need six 2” strips of fabric. They will be cut to size once the leaf blocks are finished.