I started hand piecing eight pointed stars in August, 2011. I did not require myself to use completely authentic fabrics -- a lot of the backgrounds are contemporary prints in very subtle tones. I wanted the stars to really stand out, and I thought authentic-looking shirtings would be too busy for my taste.
I want to make a king size quilt, which requires 64 ten-inch blocks. This is a stack of 46 blocks. Blogged here.
Update: As of September, 2012 I have completed 61 out of 64 blocks. I'll make a few extra just so I can take out any that clash and put them on the back of the quilt for a nice surprise on the other side.
I better make plans to start sewing on the sashings. I debated whether to do everything by hand, but I want to finish this quilt and get it on the bed more than I want to be able to say that I did everything by hand. I plan to do the sashings by machine then send it to my favorite longarmer.
I think that the label will be a star block with a dark background and light colored diamonds upon which I can embroider my label info. I love to work labels into the back of the quilt, so that they get quilted through.