The results are in and the overwhelming majority of the votes were for the second setting of stars. Including DH's input and that of an email I received the tally came to 26 for stars and 2 for the first option. Actually I too had been leaning towards stars, but when I posed the question on a FB group devoted to this mystery the votes were evenly split. But I wondered if that was more based on the fact that many of the voters there were swayed by what the designer wanted. It was interesting to see that the votes of my blog readers were so heavily swayed. In any case I appreciated all the input and have started putting the blocks together. I wish you could see all the fabrics in person as the photo just does not do this quilt justice.
I wish my back would allow me to sit at my machine all day but all the sewing this week has been a bit too much so it will be back to a bit of handwork for a few days. Remember these, I only have 5 more of them to appliqué before my In the Meadow quilt can be assembled.
Finally, in the spirit of setting goals for the New Year I have come up with a few of my own. First is to make 2014 the year of stash busting. For me this means using what I have and buying no new fabric. I had already stopped fabric shopping after my back surgery in September forced me to remain home and then my DH's job loss meant a critical look at the budget. Oddly enough knowing that I really can't buy has been almost freeing, I am no longer hoarding fabric for that "special" project. I am using fabrics that have been around forever and I am feeling more creative as I am forced to just use what is on hand. But, full disclosure here, I have a huge stash so it really isn't too much of a hardship - yet. Second, I am going to try to focus on the positive more than dwelling on the negative. It has been a difficult few years and I am hoping that 2014 will be a year that I can add more fun creativity and happiness into my life. And that means the freedom to finish what I want, start a new project if I want, all guilt free!