Wow. Cutting up all these strips was much more time consuming than I imagined. Working with such gorgeous fabric well made up for it, and watching Top Chef Masters at the same time didn't hurt either. Yay Hubert Keller and Boo Michael Chiarello. If you saw the Wednesday night episode, you know what I mean.
I had a little time to myself Saturday morning, and cut my paper foundation pieces down to 11 by 11 inch squares (thank you my new 12.5 inch square ruler!) and got to pasting the first piece of fabric across the diagonal of the foundation pieces. At first I tried eyeballing it, making creases down the center of the fabric and matching to the corners of the papers, but when I got the ruler out to check my work, the inconsistencies were too much for me to bear, so I ripped all the fabric piece off the paper, drew a pencil line 1/2 inch off the center diagonal, and used that line as a guide to paste down my 1 inch strips. Worked perfectly!
Later the same afternoon I managed to piece four blocks.
I love it!! I excluded a darker blue fabric from my palette last night (thought it would make the quilt too somber), but after seeing the blocks come together I'm going to add it back in. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this quilt once I finished it up, but now I know it's going in my room. We have done next to no decorating in our bedroom, and hopefully this piece will kick start the process.