What are you most proud of? When I was doing this block, I realized how far I have progressed since the start of this series.... there were points to match up, and I didn't freak out, I just did my best, and it turned out pretty good. I'm actually enjoying the challenge and precision required. Thank You, Amy for your encouragement! You are a wonderful teacher for us newbies! What advice would you give someone starting this project? I'm not sure if I have advice, but I will say what I struggled with... My seams, if you look at the back of the block, go every-which-way! Some I pressed open, and some to the sides... there are lumps, but I'm chosong not to worry too much about that. I've never actually quilted anything, yet, so I'm not sure what challenge the lumps will present. Oh well, I am here to learn, and this will be my "test" quilt. Next time I will have a better understanding of what is "too lumpy" and what isn't. For some reason, my finished block came out to be almost 13" sq. I tried too hard to keep a very scant seam! Just can't winn! Haha! I suppose I will lose some of my pretty points when I trim it. I am saving most of the trimming of my blocks til the end, just thinking I might be able to somehow work it out by pairing it up with a block that is a tad shy of 12.5... My outer fabric has a striped effect... I decided to cut the outside corner squares on the bias because it didn't look right to me having stripes go any other direction. The fabric has a lot of movement, so it is not very noticible, but without the bias cut it didn't have the same effect. This was something I hadn't anticipated. If you are considering using a stripe, keep that in mind. Most of all, enjoy this one! it is a beautiful block, and really fun to see it all go together!