First, cut your strips ahead of time, before we meet, if possible, at 2 1/2 inches. Each strip set makes 2 blocks, each block is approx. 8 inches unfinished. Cut your strips from WOF, or you can piece shorter strips.
Sew one light and one dark strip together, using 1/4 in. seam allowance, press to the dark.
Be consistent with how you feed the blocks into the machine. Can you see where I removed the last 2-3 stitches on that last seam with my seam ripper (below)? Pull them out on one side (seam ripper), then flip the block over and remove them out on the other side - don't trim the threads. Open the tiny center seam up, and press all seams in a clockwise direction, press all flat. The center will press neatly as well. If you have been consistent with your sewing, pressing and sending them thru your machine consistently, as above, they will ALL line up with each other as you put all your rows and blocks together, and all seams will abut and lie flat. If they don't, relax and have fun anyway!
For the group, if you wish to participate, bring your supplies, pre-cut strips, and if you don't have enough fabric, feel free to use some of my pre-cut strips or fabric - I have plenty. You may also borrow my rulers for our time together, if needed. My fabrics tends to be mostly young boyish fabrics. That Companion Angle ruler is one of the less expensive and I use mine a lot - it was a good purchase many years ago.
See ya soon!