Paper Piecing. For years, I was sure I would hate it. I went to a demonstration at one of my earlier quilt shows. I was crazy intimidated by it, plus it seemed like a lot of work. For a while, my husband and I would watch Fons and Porter together and he would laugh every time there was a episode that featured paper piecing, because I would say how I have no interest in paper piecing.
Except that this year, I've decided that I should learn more quilting techniques, even if all I do is a small project and decide that technique is not for me. At least I've tried it, and know for sure, plus learned something new. So I added paper piecing to my quilting bucket list.
My friend Snow LOVES paper piecing, so I asked her to help me. She suggested doing a square-in-a-square block because she knows I've done those via traditional methods, but I knew that I should do something that I couldn't do via traditional piecing methods, otherwise I'd have no motivation to learn the new technique.
So I went looking for free paper piecing patterns online and found this one--Sasha's Tree from sewhooked.com. This was my first block, made with Snow. My thought was that I needed to do it at least once on my own to be sure I understood the technique. So I decided that I would make 4 blocks, all using the same pattern, to become confident in the technique and to make enough to have a mini quilt.
This was a Q3 goal for the Finish Along hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side (listed as "paper piecing project"). My list of goals for Q3 can be found here.