I am really happy with my decision to make 2 warm blocks and 2 cool blocks for my mini quilt version that I'm sewing during the quilt along!
Remember that I made half of my green print HSTs in one orientation and the other half in the second orientation? That way, when the blocks are rotated around to create the full Bokeh block, I was able to keep the directional prints all running the same way.
Nervous to cut into your blocks?
If you are nervous about adding the curves to your blocks, consider cutting a few 12 1/2" squares from scrap fabric and testing out the piecing method you are going to use before cutting into your Bokeh blocks to gain a bit of confidence
Tips for Using Paper Templates
I realize that not everyone has acrylic templates to use for this next step, so below is a short photo series showing my tips for using the included paper templates.
You can find the paper template on page 13 in the Cutting Instructions PDF. Be sure to print the template page out at 100% or Actual Size and measure the 1" reference square before using the templates.
Once you have printed out the paper templates and carefully cut them along the outer, bold line, use a pin to mark the seam line intersections at the end of the curves for both templates.
Next, fold back the straight edges of the template along the dashed sewn seam line.
Using a pencil or marking device of your choice, help make the pin hole more obvious by marking along the dashed sewn seam of the curve line leading to the pin hole.
When positioning the templates on your block or fabric, you can fold up the edge of the template and easily verify that the pin hole is lined up with the tip of the point of your flying geese or the folded halfway point of your large star fabric.
When working with paper templates, I recommend using a marking device of your choice to trace the outline of the template and then cut along the marked line with fabric scissors. As you can see on the template above, tracing along a thin paper template is hard and it's better for your fabric marking device (in this case, a pencil) to jump off the edge than for a rotary cutter to slip and cut more than you would like.
TIP: I use the Clover White marking pen when working with dark fabrics.
Option A - Save Your Scraps!
If you are sewing along using Option A, when you cut your star fabric, there will be big quarter circle scraps created. Save those scraps! They work perfectly with 5" finished drunkard's path templates that I'm including as a bonus download below. Pair the trimmed scraps with 5¾" strips for matching concave template, and consider making a pieced backing for your quilt or make an entirely new project.