First block from the new Sampler Quilt. This is a 16" Inner City block. Stitched by hand using the English Paper Piecing method, where the fabric is tacked over papers and then whip-stitched together. This is quite a graphic, masculine-looking block, which I loved stitching. English paper piecing is so therapeutic, although it's not quick. Christmassy, but not too cute, is the look I'm after.