Too much work for me! And I hate soaking blocks like that. (Mine shrunk by a quarter-inch.) I don't think I'll be using this technique myself, but others say they like it for Dear Jane blocks. I learned that fussy cutting certain pieces can make a block look more complicated. I had more pictures, but I lost all the ones I had taken in the class that day - bummer!
For this block we made half-square triangles for the center, then pieced squares and rectangles to form the block. Added fussy-cut triangles (from templates) for the flying geese. It's not pieced - it's appliqued on.
This is a square-in-a-square block, with a fussy cut template shape on top.
These are the four blocks we made in the workshop. The bottom left started out as a 4-patch block.