Star Points are one of my shortcut methods that make piecing easier and gives you intricate looks with easy steps.
You do have to have a template to make these. Then once you make the star point squares you sew them into a quilt block of your choice to make a quilt or other project.
For a 12 1/2" quilt block you need a 2 1/2" template.
Here is my BOM for Jan that uses this star point square.
You can find a free quilt design in this BOM
January 2015 Piece & Cut BOM