The lone star pattern is from the book Little Lone Star Quilts by Lorraine Olsen (the link is to the Kindle edition downloadable on Amazon, it's not an affiliate link). The book includes patterns for lone stars from 5" to 13", the smallest star uses 1/2" diamonds. The secret is a new-to-me technique for fold-and-sew paper piecing. The process is really clever and so much easier than I was expecting!.
For the star I chose several Tokyo Train Ride fabrics, a Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley fabric and an Anna Maria Horner fabric for the centre. The background fabric is Moda Cross Weave in grey/black.
To finish the pouch I used Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial. I'll be giving the pouch to Rachael at our sewing get together on Sunday, I'm crossing my fingers that she likes it.
This gift is the second finish from my Finish Along Second Quarter goals so I will be linking up to the Finish Along when it opens in July (eek, soon!!).