I have finally learnt the art of foundation paper piecing. Here are my first attempts, using patterns from the book 'A Quilter's Ark' by Margaret Rolfe.
It took me a while to overcome my reluctance to waste fabric by cutting the pieces bigger than I needed. Eventually I decided the wastage was less painful than the frustration of repositioning (and unpicking and resewing) the same piece several times to get it right!
I'm quite pleased with my efforts overall and have a few more jungle critters planned. I haven't quite decided what to do with them yet but might make them into a baby quilt with a bright border and backing.