Now, traditionally speaking, my family does the tried and true patchwork piecing method for our quilts: you take two pieces of fabric, you put them right sides together, sew the seam, and press it open.
I, however, am starting to feel a bit daring. I think the next quilt I start might be foundation paper pieced.
So why the paper piecing? Well, one of my favorite patterns is the mariner's compass.
As you can see, it has lots of long, skinny elegant points. The paper piecing method makes those points possible.
To learn about the paper piecing method, I found these tutorials very helpful. Maybe you will, too!