This block for my Splendid Sampler QAL is called Family Affair and was designed by Janice Ryan. I wasn't going to make this one as it is paper-pieced and I've never attempted that, but being at a loose end yesterday I read through several tutorials and had a go.
My first difficulty was choosing my fabrics. As I'm only using red and neutral fabrics I wanted to make sure that each shape was distinct and stood out against the others. Also, these shapes are very small and so a large pattern would be lost. It must have taken me about an hour just to choose the right combination.
The paper-piecing was easy to pick up once I got into a rhythm, but I didn't like the amount of scraps it made. Also, because of the method used I wan't able to press the seams open and so it's quite bulky in places, especially where the points taper.
I'm pleased that I've learnt a new technique and I know now that I can use it again when it's called for.