It is 3:13am here in the UK and I have been up for an hour. Last night watched Strictly Come Dancing while piecing more blue strip blocks. So I thought I might pick off the papers, ready for trimming. I have to say that picking the papers off of foundation blocks is just so therapeutic. It's a bit like popping bubble wrap! When paper foundation piecing, I always take my stitch length down to 1.5 - 1.8. Those papers can't wait to pop off. I don't use a large needle. In fact I always piece with a 60/8 and a 50wt cotton thread. I really don't want to make big holes in my fabric and the fine thread just melts into the seams. There are between 6 and 9 strips in each block. The narrow strips look totally right for this size block. Your eyes are drawn in for closer inspection.
Here are the photos of my sweet blocks so far, papers off and ready for trimming.
My papers have gone into the fireplace awaiting the next cold snap when the logs will be burning. Recycling in more ways than one!