What a nice start to your FW quilt! I really like your "Attic Windows" block :)
Your first blocks are lovely! I look forward to seeing more.
I hope you get the hang of the paper piecing thing as it comes in very handy for certain blocks. When it comes to ripping, you can use your rotary cutter blade to slice the stitches rather than picking them out. Try it - it works very well. Hold the cutter like you would hold a knife or fork with one hand and pull the top layer of the seam with the other hand. Then slice the stitches. If the paper starts to tear, scotch tape the paper and sew right over the tape. Hope this helps. Happy Vacation!!
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