If you've never tried paper piecing, then let me suggest you come to the store and we'll introduce you to some Doodle Time Designs Patterns.
Several years ago, I decided I wanted to try paper piecing and picked up one of Faith's patterns. She had written the instructions so well, that I simply fell in love with the technique, and every single family member received a Doodle Time Design table topper for Christmas.
Well, Faith has a new pattern out, called "Cottonwood Leaves." We have them here at the store, and a couple of samples. Check it out!