Several years ago, in our quilting "bee" meetings, a part of the program involved different members presenting a block of the month. When it came my turn, I pulled one of my favorites from Marcia Hohn's site: the Next Door Neighbor block. It's a simple block, but put several of them together and a nice secondary pattern emerges. I simplified it even more to show off the star.
We had talked of doing some red/white/blue blocks and combining them for a couple of community quilts, so that's how I made mine, but there was no follow-through, so the block came back home with me and got lost in a bin. I pulled it out when I came across Jack's chessboard and have been pondering whether to send it to Finn for her Orphan Train, or to try and do something with it, as I don't have more than a scrap of any of those fabrics now.
Finally I took the easy way out: just kept adding borders to it until the large 12" star wasn't so overwhelming. And here is the result: