Um.... yeah. I think maybe it's the smoke from all the wildfires. Something is definitely out of whack if I voluntarily start cutting and sewing together 'complicated' blocks. I'm a nervous wreck about this--1st, 2nd and third thoughts, you name it and still..... here's the first block just waiting on the background fabric.
Here's where I veer off in a new direction.
It's a large block. Waaay bigger than I imagined, which means that now you know how much I read patterns before I got started. My basket blocks are going to be 9" finished, so that gives you a pretty good frame of reference for the star. I'm not planning on buying any fabric for this project (until maybe the border) and hopefully I'll find everything I need in my totes. Please let me find what I need in my totes!
So you can see how big this star is....
The background will definitely need to be pieced because I buy mostly fat quarters. (And the jury is still out if I will go ahead and sew the curved background pieces on or just applique this big monster to a pieced square.) This is so not my normal comfort zone, but I'm extremely happy with what I'm doing anyway. It feels really good to challenge the status quo once in awhile. You didn't think I was going to sew all basket quilts for the rest of my life did you?*wink