Here are the fabrics I decided to use - some are from the kit and some I substituted. I don't really like to work with course weave homespun fabrics, so I substituted those. I picked out some alternatives, letting hubby think that he had some choice in the decision. Luckily he picked the fabrics I liked/pre-selected, so it all worked out!
This pattern was not really kwik or easy! Here are the freezer paper templates and the pieces cut. The getting ready to sew part was only manageable by reading the instructions slowly and carefully, and controlling my anxiety that it would all work out! My non-analytical mind could not figure out how this was going to come together.
And then I got stuck. After the first sewing step, I couldn't get the next seams to line up. So I took a photo of the problem, with my wooden skewers pointing to the uneven seams and contacted the pattern company called Two Kwik Quilters. They got back to me right away, which I loved, and reassured me that I had done all the steps correctly and could continue as the instructions indicate. Or I could trim the seams if I wanted to - which I did. My mind couldn't get around the concept of not having two straight seams to line up together. Too many years of sewing traditional mini quilts?!?!? I'm hoping to continue working on the stars on the weekend, so I have something to show my husband the next time he asks "How's my quilt coming along?"!!!!