Happy New Year!
I played with the pattern and built one block. I fear curves and templates as if they were huge spiders - Like that one in Harry Potter....but, I like this block. After a few deep breaths and reading the instructions a few times, I did it. And you know what? I liked it!!
If I could pass along a few tips - pay attention to the directions. I'm not one to follow sewing instructions, but it did make a huge difference. Especially the clipping and pressing directions.
Starch helped too.
Also, be careful if you need to square up your block. If you trim the wrong edge, I don't think the curves will line up, they'll be slightly off when the winners assemble the top.
I took a picture of the back of the block, so you can see how neat and clean it looks. :)
I'll be making more of these!