This is the first block I made while learning to needleturn applique. The pattern is a modification of one of Blackbird Design's blocks. My wonderful applique teacher, Gretchen, explained that with all the time I was spending prepping blocks with freezer paper and basting the seam allowance under, I could be making two blocks! I still like to trace the pattern with a trusty General's white chalk pencil though. Don't we all rely on a safety net from time to time?