Well ... finally on Sunday night I started cutting out the fabric pieces (some so very tiny) for block #1 and #2. And I have the #1 blocks (all 4) done but none are exactly 6 1/2 " !!!! But all are very close. Not sure if i'll try to redo one of them and see if I can get closer to 6 1/2" ... we'll see. I will begin sewing #2 blocks (there are 12) today, Tuesday. Wish me luck ... no ... no ... say a prayer for me!!!