Well friends, I have really enjoyed playing around on Bonnie Hunter's site, http://www.quiltville.com/.
I love her instructions for making Maverick Stars. It's like Gwen Marston's liberated stars (so I've heard), and requires no templates and absolutely no worrying about star points! I challenge all of you to go to her site, find the directions to "Maverick Stars" on the right-hand menu of free patterns, and start playing!
Bonnie's directions have you starting with 2 1/2 inch squares, then sewing on chucks of colorful scraps in a flip and sew sort of fashion. I'm itching to try both larger and smaller 'jumping off' squares to make both larger and smaller stars.
Since I have a disease of not being able to throw away ANY LITTLE CRUMB OF FABRIC SCRAP, I am always looking for new ways to give life to these little cast-offs. It's very satisfying to use them up, and the variety of fabrics makes a scrappy project never dull. Sometimes I am afraid to allow myself to try really original and crazy stuff while sewing because I'm afraid of failing and 'wasting' good fabric. Heck, the scraps are already "waste," so I'm trying to let go of the needless worry.