I must admit, it was a bit difficult to slash my blocks. I just could not roll my rotary cutter across the fabric with reckless abandon. More deep breaths and I finally just did it. I had originally intended to sew all my four blocks into one large block. However, I thought that I would give Victoria a choice - one large block or two blocks. Plus more quality slashing time. :)
FYI - I did not use Victoria's phone book paper method of piecing. With the first two blocks, I began with four patches, as I said earlier, and just added bits and strips, trimming as I went. On the other two blocks I began with a piece and randomly stitched on other pieces. After I slashed and added the black strips, I added whatever pieces I needed to sorta square up the blocks. I hope these will work out well for you Victoria. Please let me know if they will work as shown or should I do more, or maybe try making another block or two? I am not very satisfied with my results. I keep thinking they need something. . . . . . . . .