This quilt block is a common block and has many tutorials out there telling you how to cut out the pieces carefully and piecing them together.
Well with my Cut Down Method it reduces the pattern to a 9 patch. My method uses 4 Boston Blocks / 4 HSTs cut out my way and the center is a Combo 4 patch cut out my way.
I used a 3 1/2" template and the finished size is 9 1/2". If you want to make a 12 1/2" quilt block use a 4 1/2" template.
http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-112333-1.htm (see pictures)
Inexpensive Sewing Table
I had been using a plexiglass extension for my machine, but the heavier projects had a tendency to cause the extension to slide around and move.
I started looking for tables that the machine sat down in and created a flat working surface. But, boy are those things pricey.
I decided to try and built one myself. Went to Home Depot, bought 1 8ft 2x4, 2 8ft 1x6 and a 2ftx4ft