I have retarded flying geese..LOL. After playing with several methods that I found online, both machines are stretching the blocks via the bias putting them out of alignment. They curve upwards, ripple, and the seam allowance is distorted. I've never had this happen before. It's so wierd. I even tried putting a piece of paper under the fabric for stability. If you have a cure for retarded geese, let me know.
I went back to the quilt stores and bought more fabric since paper piecing seems to be the only option. Both owners adored the blocks and recommended paper piecing so the points are perfect.
As for the cat solution, everyone has told me to get a second cat to keep him out of my hair. Ummm..no. The last thing I need is TWO of them into everything. DH said NO which means that's the law at my house.