I am making my husband a quilt and so far I have handpieced the whole thing. Each block has lighthouses in the center of a star with sashing in between each of the blocks. On each of the side borders I made a nautical flags which spell out "Michigan Lighthouses". Across the top in letters I want to spell Michigan and on the bottom border the year. Originally 2009 but now 2010. I've never paper pieced before and a friend lent me a book by Doak with the letter pattern. My question is, can I do the paper piecing by hand. A posting I read earlier talked about sewing the piecess. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. :?