I had taken my time deciding on what pattern to use (wanted that perfect one) and finally chose Jack's chain from Quilter's Cache. http://www.quilterscache.com/J/JacksChainBlock.html
My daughter hasn't been a great deal of help. I thought she was contemporary, but she has chosen pink and brown civil war type fabrics ( I am also throwing in a few greens for interest). Now that's NOT contemporary. She likes the double wedding ring, but all those curves scared me ....or at least enough not to attempt a queen-sized quilt at this time. Everything I showed her, I didn't get the most positive response, but when I saw Jack's Chain, I thought it was similar to a double wedding ring, but hopefully easier. Well.....I had a heck of a time getting this block done. There are a lot of y-seams AND the block was super wavy when I had it completed, so I ended up taking in a smidgeon on several of the triangles' seams. It lies pretty flat now, but I sure hope that I am not going to have to do that for ALL the blocks.
Anyways, to make things a little easier, I am using Fons and Porters hexagon ruler and am using the largest measurement (outside edge) for the center of the block.
Then once I have my fabric pieces cut out in the hexagon shape, I made a plastic template of this ruler with little holes (made by using my 1/8" hole punch) at the 1/4" intersections so that I can lay this onto the hexagon and just use a pencil to mark the points were I have to start and stop my stitching (the lovely y-seam).