One of my favorite things about the Stash Bee has been creating blocks that aren't on my to do list but Iend up loving! So far, I have enjoyed everyone's blocks, but this month's really speaks to me - I love log cabinesque blocks! Kelly, I had fun going through my stash and choosing fabrics for this block - your palette is lovely!
I went outside to take this picture for better lighting, but a storm is coming so perhaps not my best idea!
As to her question (Best tool for new quilters) I would have to go with a good ruler - spend the money to get the one with grips, a good grid, that has up to an eighth inch marked! Well worth the investment! Happy sewing!