Debra sent me a link to a scrappy star block. What sparked my attention was the ring of small squares around the center. I decided to make a jumbo-sized version and to make it even more scrappy. This is my finished block.
I made my center from small squares, since I had a stack of 3" squares that I already cut. In the inspiration piece the center was made from one fabric.
The half-square triangle blocks are 5.5 inches square. I make my HSTs by pressing one square diagonally down the middle, then pairing two squares right sides together. I then stitch 1/4" on either side of the pressed line, and then cut and trim. You could start with 6" squares, though I used 6/5" squares since I had some of those already cut, and also I'd rather trim to size.
I'm very happy with the results. I can foresee making a quilt top from these big block. After I finish my current project, of course.
Remember to compost your trimmings. These will decompose very nicely in my garden bin.