I've been working on this project the past week.
I was planning to keep it secret until it was finished, but after laying it out on my table this morning, I just had to share it. The process of creating this quilt has been a lot of fun.
I'll discuss the paper piecing aspect in a later post, but for now, here is the progress of my giant paper pieced star quilt. These diamonds are 14" across from one side to the other, which makes them about 35" tall from point to point. I drew all eight templates by hand. The skinniest pieced strips are just 1/4". I think this might be one of my favorite quilts I've made. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that all those lines match up when I sew them together.
This quilt was inspired by block 4424 (All American Star) from 5500 Quilt Block Designs. The hubs gave this book to me for Christmas, and I love it. It's so fun to browse through for ideas. This block caught my eye as I was looking through the book because I've made a similar block twice before for bee blocks from this tutorial on Six White Horses. While making those blocks I hadn't even considered super-sizing it, but it's working out really well. The quilt will be about 75" square when I'm done unless I decide to add borders and make it a queen.