I've tried the Martha Green's crumb method, Allie's curve method, and Judith Montano method's of piecing. But I always go back to just paper piecing and mostly use the same pattern over and over... This time I'm using Sharon Boggin's block pattern - #28. This means every single block is #28. Once you rotate the blocks and embellish, no one ever notices that they are all the same pattern... Believe me!!!! I enlarged it a bit so I will have an 8" square block when done. If want some advice on choosing a paper pattern I posted some here.
Now I had several choices.. I could make blocks one each month, or in smaller batches or do all 12 at once. Doing them all at once will give you a more consistent look if you plan to use them together.. I chose all at once because piecing is not my favorite and I wanted it over with. Here is how I go about it.
Because I am piecing 14 blocks I cut 14 assorted fabric of each pattern piece.. no plan. You can see the pile of patches on the left. I put up two card tables and laid out 14 squares of card stock paper.
Note: the card stock sheets act as a tray
This goes VERY fast because I try to not overthink this at this point... Any goofs I make at this point can be dealt with when I start embellishing.
The pieces of card stock act like trays and I can just pile them up and head to the sewing machine.
Although I pressed seams as I went along, at this point they need a good press and put on a foundation but the piecing is done for the entire year..