So leave me a comment on this post if you suffer from this also - I'd love to get an idea of how many of us there are out in Quiltland.
Here I was feeling so smug, thinking how quick and easy this block was going together. Normal sized pieces that are easy to measure with a ruler marked in 1/8" increments. I can hear my mother telling me now, "Pride goeth before a fall". The block is finished, the pieces are going in the right directions and the block is too small. It will work - I'll make it work by using tiny stitches and a narrow seam allowance. Apparently the little squares really don't finish at 1" square, even though that's what they measured in the book. I measured the book drawing across one side of the inner square, and it measures 4 1/4". Not sure how that happens because the little squares measure an inch.
Guess I should have paper pieced this block after all. Maybe I should do it again. The closer I look the worse the piecing looks. Would you use this one or would you do it again? I'm always fighting against being a perfectionist, but my gut says do it again.
Please let me know in a comment - the same one that answers my first question - would you do this over again?
Edited to add: I remade the block, using paper piecing. The squares measure 1 1/16" each. I draw the line when it comes to measurements that small - I'll only piece blocks that measure in 1/8" inch increments. It is the right size, intersections are accurate and looks much better. I'm so glad I redid it. Into the orphan drawer with the first one.