If you are brand new to foundation paper piecing, start with this video tutorial I made. http://ldq.outlandishthreads.com/?p=720 Anyone can do this technique. It is not difficult. But you do need to be familiar with the process before beginning. This pattern includes basic instructions, but does not substitute for a class, lesson, or tutorial. This is a great project for strips. COLOR Feel free to make color choices that suit your taste. Where the pattern specifies "gold" for the accents on the books, you could use a silver, grey, or black instead. If you're a book lover and a quilter, you will love this little quilt. It's a perfect wall hanging size. If you prefer to make a lap quilt size, you have two options. You could take your pattern print outs to a copy shop and have them increase the size 200% or you can make more than 16 blocks, and arrange them how you like. The pictures reflect these variations. Print as many copies as you need to practice these blocks. PAPER PIECING TIPS 1. Secure your first patch with a tiny dab of washable glue stick. It will not harm your fabric, and makes placement easier when getting started. 2. Shorten you stitch length to better perforate the paper. This makes it easier to remove when you're done. 3. When adding each patch, it helps to hold your work up to the light or flip the patch back to double check that you are using a piece of fabric that's big enough to cover the specified area, and that your seam allowance is adequate. 4. Batik fabrics are especially useful for paper piecing since there is often no wrong or right side to hand dyed fabrics, and tend to hold a nice, sharp crease. 5. DON'T FORGET to remove all paper before quilting! This is a job best done in front of the t.v. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Paper Piecing Basic Sewing SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 24" x 27"