Since then I've done some sewing, and am pleased to announce some progress!
I'm having so much fun with Don't Call Me Betsy's BOM. See my sidebar for directions to read about it.
Here's my tester block:
I made every possible mistake with this block.
A lot of my mistakes are in the cutting. I can't believe that I still do this, but at some point you actually have to use the rotary cutter, right? And so often, after much debate, I cut and then find something wrong! Elizabeth includes cutting instructions for the fabrics in each star. Easy! When I got to using them, I found I had cut the whole lot for a 6 1/2 inch star, and I'm making a 12 1/2 inch block. Start again!
Then there wasn't enough background left, so I joined one piece (it doesn't show).
I carefully measured the inch block on the pattern I had printed and found it was more like 7/8 inch.
So I re-did the block in Photoshop and started sewing. Wait a minute, it seems a little big...now I'm working with a 13 1/4 inch block! Wider seams affects the star points. Oh well, it's all learning, painful learning.
I groaned to DD about all these problems and she said "What do you expect, sewing at 7 am?" Well, doesn't everyone? I didn't like to say that it was actually earlier than that. And the funny thing, I'm better in the morning than at night!! Sigh.
I can't wait to try February's block. Maybe I won't make all these mistakes, just different ones!