I've got seven stars appliqued to backgrounds, and now I need to think about adding some stripes. I picked out some navy, blue and red fabrics that I though would complement the shirt colors and will experiment with some striped blocks.
Using Electric Quilt software, I have come up with this design:
I'm not yet sure if this will be the final layout, but it's a start.
I must say that I am really glad I chose to hand applique the stars. As I worked on each one, it gave me a chance to think about Al and remember what a kind and generous man he was.