Is it me or is that just insane? I couldn't see myself making this block in an 8-inch size - too many seam allowances to try to iron down.
So I cheated!
I turned mine into a 12 inch block. It still has 69 pieces in it, but everything is 50% bigger. It still took me three hours to put together though. I think it turned out to be a very pretty block, but this week I will only make one of this pattern. I don't mind making the half square triangles, but the sew and flip pieces drive me crazy! I can never get them right. I used some more bright fabrics in keeping with the other 12in. blocks in my series.