I did actually enjoy working on these blocks. The templates are perfect and everything fits together so nicely. They were a good challenge without being too impossibly hard. I just don't think I want a whole quilt out of them. I did cut corners wherever I could to make things easier. I pieced all my half-square triangles the easy way, piecing 2 squares by marking the diagonal and sewing on either side. I also figured out the math on as many blocks as I could and just cut them with a ruler. The templates are so helpful on the quirky blocks, but there is no need to use them when the cuts for a block are 2.5" or 3.5", etc.
I chose not to add solids to these new blocks because I didn't have anything on hand that truly matched.