Lately I have been thinking about and working on Feathered Stars.
I found an excellent tutorial online using Google, book-marked it, and referred to it constantly. This did NOT prevent my making a number of mistakes (this is, after all, a spatial task, and this is, after all, me) but I'm beginning to get the hang of this! Find Molly's excellent step-by-step instructions here: http://sewhappy10000.blogspot.com/2010/05/feathered-star-tutorial.html
It's essential to have a place to lay out the pieces....and in fact, it's helpful to view all work in progress vertically (instead of laying things out on the floor like I used to.) The DHubby helped me create a design wall. Alas, all kinds of things end up stuck on the design wall because it helps me keep track of them and gives me quick access (versus having to recall where I stored items last time I needed them.)