Well this was a rather gentle little block. I am still traumatised from piecing Jewel, so it was nice to have a second one that went relatively well after Mother. In fact, as a rule, the blocks I have hand pieced have gone far more successfully than the machine pieced ones - I think it's safe to say that author Laurie Aaron Hird designs blocks with the final appearance in mind rather than ease of piecing. Personally I'm a fan of this approach - I'd rather fiddle around with the piecing and end up with an interesting block than have something that pieces quickly but doesn't have much of a wow factor when finished - but if you're someone who wants to get a quilt finished quickly, maybe don't choose this book.
I cut the pieces using templates from the CD and spent a couple of hours hand sewing this during the afternoon, it really didn't take long at all. The only thing I would say if you aren't used to hand piecing is to draw your lines carefully and pin the pieces to death to make sure your seams line up. But honestly, hand piecing these blocks works so well as you're going slowly enough to catch any little errors before they happen. If you've never tried it before, I thoroughly recommend it - it's miles quicker than english paper piecing (which is the only type of hand sewing most quilters I know bother with) and excellent for blocks that would otherwise need to be foundation pieced. I also don't think you can beat the uniquely 'bumpy' appearance of a hand pieced quilt, but maybe those of you who love precision piecing won't go for that!
I'm actually quite sad that I only have two blocks left in this QAL - hopefully by the time I next participate in mid-July I'll actually have a bit of a layout so you can see how I've played around with the original quilt layout to make it work for my style a little more. And fingers crossed the next one will be as enjoyable to piece as Nancy was.