There's a lot of white in this next block! It may seem silly to be piecing all those tiny white squares together instead of using a bigger white patch, but I think there are two important ways that having the whole top made from same-sized pieces makes things easier.
The first is that all of the cut pieces are the same size so, while there are a lot of tiny white squares to cut and piece, there is no need to keep track of a bunch of different-sized white pieces. The second, and perhaps less obvious, is that having this nicely-pieced grid already marked on the quilt top will give us some exciting possibilities for quilting. (Spoiler alert: There's a FMQ challenge associated with this quilt-along!)
Here's the layout for the rather mundane Block 16.
Here's my Block 17.
And, here's the layout for Block 17.