Both of my blocks began with elements I saw in the book, then I took them my own way. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have so much non-stripe in the block above, but that's where inspiration took me. And since Stephanie ok'd it, I'll leave it as is.
This second block actually was created as two halves, but it seemed too symmetrical or something, so I sliced one half in two, then added a piece to both the top and bottom of the other block. I tried to 'tip' both of those pieces by inserting an angled piece as I connected them to the center portion of the block. This one was especially fun and I enjoyed composing the elements. Each colored 'stripe' is 1/4" finished, and regarding that dotted line - well it's just a trimming from block 1. I keep all those bits until I'm completely done, for uses such as this.