I am excited to get started on this BOM, but as I have since discovered, I was one of many who were not really all that keen on the design of the first block. I decided to search for some other images of the Apple Pie Ridge Star block and found many that I really liked, most notably this one at Quaker Quilts.
You can read more details on my Ah-Ha! moment on my blog.
I am very happy with the center section.
If I were to do it over, I would do a double scroll (in place of the scroll and ball) and make the star points more symmetrical.
Hopefully you'll read this before you do yours. Make your block something you love.
I also have a post on the details of the Back Basting Applique technique that I used if you are interested.