One fun thing about testing blocks for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks is the variety of techniques I get to try. You might paper piece one block, then applique the next. Lately I've been getting into paper piecing, and I love how precise and crisp points can be! I signed up for a pp class this summer with Penny Layman (of sew take a hike)! Yay! I also just joined a paper piecing bee on flickr. (because I am insane and think I have way more free time than I actually do.)
This paper pieced block is called Santa Fe Star, for obvious reasons :) Block #615 by Eileen Fowler. I'm going to quilt it and make a pillow for my Nana, who loves this kind of stuff.
another block that used some paper piecing is #621, Point Taken, by Pam McMahon. I hadn't thought of combining paper piecing with patchwork, but it's an easy way to make those triangle points!
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