Here’s a pic of my red and white February blocks. Haven’t yet done the applique on the one block at the bottom of the picture.
There’s been a lot of paper piecing on these blocks! Thank goodness I’ve developed good skills and patience with paper piecing since working on my Dear Jane quilt blocks. I don’t like paper piecing!! and I would never do a whole quilt of all pp blocks, but I have learned to get along with the method when needed.
The Pine Burr block, upper left, required both paper piecing for the centre and points; and templates or handpiecing for the white outer “frame”. In this case, I like to starch the heck out of the paper pieced section, carefully pressing not ironing, till its as stiff as paper. Then I remove the paper foundation, and add the template cut pieces. This reduces the bulk and makes it much easier for sewing.