The way you cut your fabric is a major difference between hand-piecing and machine-piecing. For hand-piecing, the first step is to cut out templates.
These templates should be the size of your finished squares. In this case my block consists entirely of 5-inch squares and 2 1/2-inch squares. I carefully measured and cut one 5 inch square and one 2 1/2 inch square out of template plastic.
I then traced the template on the wrong side of my fabric with a fabric pen. These markings will be the lines that I actually sew on.
After tracing the templates I cut the fabric using shears. Cut roughly 1/4-inch outside the mark so they looked like this.
To make this mini quilt, you'll need to cut out:
2 small solid squares,
2 small print squares,
4 large solid squares in a different color, and
4 large print squares.
Here they all are, cut out and ready for business: