My thinking was that I would put the points of the hearts all together in the center of an 18" block. Silly me. That didn't work at all. If I had kept my hearts smaller, say 6" overall, it might have been possible. I was afraid they would be too small at that size though. So I tried a different layout:
Meh. I didn't really like it. I had to leave it a while before a new layout came to me. The next day I did this:
Much better. More like what I originally had in mind. So now I get to frame up the hearts with a strip of the background fabric on each side and then set them together into one big block.
The next question is what to do about setting the stars. I have them arranged symmetrically on my design wall but that's not how I envisioned them. I want them to have a more scattered look. The problem is that I have so little room in which to work because the stars are sort of big and the panel will only be 18" wide. I'm not sure it's going to make much of a difference one way or the other.
My friend C~ brought up a good point. We've come to an age when a lot of us design our quilts on walls even though the quilt will be used on a bed. Hopefully we're keeping the bed in mind as we design and when the quilt is on the bed it will show to advantage. But I'm not sure how this quilt is going to be used. It may go on a bed. I would rather D~ take it with her to her chemo treatments and wrap up in it afterward or use it on the couch at home when she's feeling poorly. In which case how much of my design work is really going to be evident? She will know it was designed and constructed with love, of that I have no doubt. I'm just sitting here asking myself whether it's really worth all the stress I'm putting on myself wondering whether to set the stars symmetrically or asymmetrically.