Storm At Sea Quilt Event


Please call to reserve your seat as this event fills quickly and space is limited. 603-373-0151


Love to quilt? Take a day off before the crazy, chaotic holidays are upon us and treat yourself to a fun-filled day of quilting with David Sirota. Are you curious about paper piecing? Do you and paper piecing already have a love/hate relationship? Do you love the accuracy you achieve, but hate the process of getting there? Well, this class will change that to a LOVE, and kind of an addictive relationship. We’ll be using the versatile, graphic, complex, quite simple Storm at Sea pattern to learn his “No More Tears” © method of paper piecing. Although we won’t be finishing the entire project in class, you’ll have a good start, and the tools you’ll need to finish it at home, in half the time you’d expect from paper piecing. Don’t believe it? You’ll just have to come and see for yourself!


LOCATION: Ashworth By The Sea
295 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton NH 03842
(603) 926-6762

DATE: Monday, November 7


SCHEDULE: 9:00am – 10:00am Set Up
10:00am – 1:00pm Class
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 5:00pm Class


PARKING: Valet Parking FREE for ALL Students (please tip the driver!)
Parking meters are inactive at Hampton Beach beginning Nov. 1st if you wish to park across the street.


OVERNIGHT STAY:Please let us know if you wish to spend the night before class at the hotel. There will be a discount available for our students.


PRICE: $189.00 due at time of sign up


LUNCH: Please let us know if you would like Steak Tips or Baked Haddock at time of sign up.


INSTRUCTOR: David Sirota


PROJECT: Storm At Sea Quilt



POLICY: A full refund will be issued if need be up until Friday, October 28. NO refunds will be issued after that date for any reason.


SUPPLIES PROVIDED: Each student will be provided with a 6 foot table and a set of pre-printed velum sheets.



  • Your pre-cut and any extra fabric
  • Sewing machine, thread and pre-wound bobbin, regular piecing foot and 1/4″ foot
  • Pins, and just in case, a seam ripper
  • Rotary cutter (with a new blade) and ruler – 6″x12″ works fine
  • Invisible Scotch Tape (any brand)
  • Pencil or pen
  • A Hand Needle (embroidery, cotton darning) as long as it has a sharp point and a long eye
  • Small cutting mat 9″ x 12″ is fine
  • Highlighter (Pink, green, blue, orange, but NOT yellow)
  • Add-A-Quarter ruler (the longer the better)
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Something in which to collect your scraps
  • Oral B Pro-Health Comfort Plus Floss or any ribbon floss
  • Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Glue Stick or any washable, acid free glue stick


Pressing stations will be available for all students to use. You will not need to press after each seam is stitched – you will only be pressing as each square is completed.


Who is David Sirota?

It all started because I needed kitchen curtains and decided to make them myself. But that’s a whole other story. I have been quilting since the late 90’s (that’s1990’s) after my friend Amy Fitzpatrick taught me the basics of quilting. And I thank “Simply Quilts” for all of the information and instruction that Alex Anderson and her guests provided. It felt like I was going to quilting school, and I tried not to miss a class. There was one technique that I was immediately drawn to, and that was paper piecing. I thought it was so cool because of the intricate and accurate results you get. The only drawback was that it was really difficult to wrap my brain around, kinda like upside down and backwards. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what I mean. But once I got it, the results were quite exciting. Except, there were a couple of huge drawbacks…how to orient the next piece of fabric, and removing the paper. Regardless of the kind of paper I used, it still had to be removed at the end, which took as long or longer than the construction of the quilt!


So, I started thinking about how to make paper piecing simpler and faster. And I’m proud to say that in 2004, I figured it out. My “Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing”© method is easier to understand and takes at least half the time than the way paper piecing has been done traditionally. My goal was to take the anxiety out of paper piecing and replace it with the joy of the process. Paper piecing is now fun, easy and quick.

Don’t believe me? Take a class and find out for yourself.



Built in 1912 by Colonel George Ashworth, the Ashworth by the Sea was one of the first hotels on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. For over 104 years, thousands of visitors have enjoyed our iconic hotel. One hour’s drive from Portland (ME), Boston (MA), and Manchester (NH), this conveniently located hotel is a resort for all seasons. Situated among an abundance of activities such as whale watching, deep-sea fishing, outlet shopping, year-round concerts and authentic colonial history, it’s easy to find something for the whole family. Over the years, Presidents and celebrities alike have stayed at the Ashworth including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, BB King, the Marshall Tucker Band plus thousands of visitors who have enjoyed the friendly tradition of New England hospitality that continues till today at the Ashworth by the Sea.