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David Sirota: Chevron Star - Using the Sirota “No More Tears Paper Piecing Method”© (Full Day Workshop Fri, 10/13/17, 9am - 4pm)

David Sirota: Chevron Star - Using the Sirota “No More Tears Paper Piecing Method”© (Full Day Workshop Fri, 10/13/17, 9am - 4pm)
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David Sirota - New Hampshire
Chevron Star - Using the Sirota “No More Tears Paper Piecing Method”©,
Full Day Workshop

Friday, October 13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Who’s up for a bit of a challenge? For many of us paper piecing can be a quilting brain-teaser, right? Well if you love paper pieced projects but find the process somewhat “confusing,” then this class is for you. You’ll be learning my revolutionary “No More Tears”© method of paper piecing, and although you won’t be finishing the entire project in class, you should have at least one completed 12” x 12” star block and the tools you’ll need to finish your project at home. And it will take half the time you’d expect from paper piecing. Don’t believe me? Well, join the class and find out how! The Chevron Star lends itself to scrappy or planned fabric choices. You decide which you’d like to do. The finished size of the star block is 12” x 12”. In this workshop we’ll take the mystery out of basic paper piecing, The “No More Tears©” Method, and precise block and quilt top construction (your points will match!). All levels.
Materials List: We won’t need to do much “ironing” during class and ironing stations will be set up, so all you need to bring are: Your baggies of pre-cut fabric, thread, pins, rotary cutter, your favorite cutting rulers and a small cutting mat (12” is fine), highlighter (any color), and an Add-A-Quarter ruler (optional available for sale in class). Fabric Selection: This project is perfect for using up some of your fabric scraps. The reason this pattern works so well is because the star points are made of alternating lights and darks, two contrasting colors, patterned fabrics, or combinations of each. Two-color stars have a more “contemporary” look, whereas scrappy stars are more “traditional.” The background, however, is very controlled. If you use one fabric for the background, your stars will pop. Use two different fabrics and you’ll get a secondary pinwheel pattern. Just make sure that your background fabric(s) is in high contrast to your star fabric. 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 design the ultimate Chevron Star masterpiece. Ideally, we’re looking for a variety of scraps or two contrasting fabrics* that allow the Chevron Star pattern to shine. (*Contrasting fabric means any 2 fabrics that will stand out on their own and make the lines of your quilt top “crisp.” They can be solids, a print and a solid, or 2 small prints that read as solid from a distance.)The finished product will be simple to construct, yet impactful. Since practice makes perfect, we want to practice as much as possible during class. If we’re too focused on design, it takes away from our practice time. When selecting your fabric, avoid stripes, directional prints, large prints, or 2 prints that share a common color. You designate which of your fabrics are “A” and which are “B.” Cutting Specs for Scrappy Stars: Fabric “A” – (108) 2” x 5½” rectangles. Put the pieces in a baggie. Fabric “B” – (108) 2” x 5½” rectangles. Put the pieces in a baggie. Cutting Specs for Two-Color Stars: Start with 1 yard each of color “A” and color “B” (includes a little extra). Cut (16) 2” strips from each color. Cut each strip into 5½” rectangles, for a total of 108+ of each color. Background Fabrics for pinwheel background: You will need 24” (includes a little extra) of both a light neutral and darker neutral, “BL” and “BD.” Then, cut four 4½” strips from each fabric. From those strips cut:“BL” (Background Light) Fabric - Cut thirty-six 4½” squares. Cut these in half diagonally to create seventy-two half-square triangles. Put the pieces in a baggie. “BD” (Background Dark) Fabric - Cut thirty- six 4½” squares. Cut these in half diagonally to create seventy-two half square triangles. Put the pieces in a baggie. Background Fabric for solid background: You will need 48” (includes extra) of your background fabric. Cut eight 4½” strips. From those strips cut seventy-two 4½” squares. Then cut the squares into 144 half-square triangles. Put the pieces in a baggie. If you have any questions about this workshop please email David at quiltmavendave@gmail.com. Janome sewing machines and accessories provided by Ray’s Sewing Machine Center.