It took me a long time to figure the star out and there are 10 pieces total. The reason you can hardly see the seams is because the picture is so bad, I think. I have the template pieces somewhere, I will attempt to locate them and post a pic.
I have spent all day working on plain blue blocks with one square of star material in the middle as Cookn suggested, and already it looks a million times better!!!! I can't wait to get a nice sky blue for the sashing (I think white would look good too but I am too afraid of the dirt.) And I think the dark blue border will be great. So All of your suggestions have been put to use!
Thank you again, Quilt wizards