Yes Ajanderson, I wanted to know what pattern you used for your first block posted.
I had to ask my landlady where she got it from (it's great having someone to borrow tools and patterns from!!).
here is the link: http://www.quiltinaday.com/eleanorandcompany/freepattern/patterns/Nine-PatchStar.pdf
it's a really good pattern because it gives explicit instruction, even telling you which way to press the seams. Now, obviously I didn't do the corner squares in the "background" fabric. I didn't have enough so I used what I had and I think it gave the block an interesting look.