Paper Piecing. Two words that can strike fear in the heart of even the most stalwart quilter. Well, this quilter. I’ll admit it, me and paper piecing have a very tentative relationship. I love the look of paper pieced blocks, but I don’t think I could ever make an entire quilt of them.

I will say though, my friendship with paper piecing is growing tiny bit by tiny bit. That is all thanks to my hive mates in the Bee Hive. November found us piecing the Hidden Gems block for Dena (free instructions here), and in December we got to do the same block for Bridgette.

Dena asked for a red, navy blue, white and black block. This is going to be the most stunning quilt when it is finished. Just look at this block:

Hidden Gems Paper Pieced Block

I can’t wait to see it all put together! The strong graphic lines of this block really appeal to me. I almost want to make more blocks for myself. Almost.

Then there is Bridgette’s block. Bridgette planned a rainbow color scheme and numbered each individually colored block. All of us then chose a number and worked with the colors in that block. Mine was block #13, orange and red.

Hidden Gems Paper Pieced Block

Each block will have a black print as shown above. Bridgette’s colored drawing was so pretty; I can’t wait to see it all done in fabric. Her quilt will be gorgeous!

I love how the fabric placements make this block look so different. Dena’s navy blue gives the block a strong and graphic look; Bridgette’s white on white in the same area fills the block with such light and airiness. (Do you recognize that white on white print? It’s the one I shared here yesterday.)

Little by little  I am learning to like paper piecing. And while I can’t say I’m exactly crushing on the process, I am definitely crushing on these blocks! I absolutely love them and can’t wait to see the finished quilts.

How do you feel about paper piecing? Love it, hate it? Never tried it but want to? I would love to hear about your experiences with it.

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