It took a lot of comments before someone (Patti) was thinking the way I think:
on #2 there is more equal background to color and seems to fight my eye, also you will need to match up all of those points to the alternating block which will take more time and effort — not that those are bad things.
Closeup of Option #1 where the blocks meet:
Closeup of Option #2 where the blocks meet:
The alternating block in Option #1 is the 5 patch Shoo Fly block. In Option #2, it’s the regular Shoo Fly block. I chose Option #1 mainly because where the blocks come together, the piecing from the star block doesn’t line up with the piecing for the Shoo Fly block. With Option #2, there are 7 pieces of fabric right there where the arrow is. Not only do those seams need to match up perfectly so the points are right, but that’s a whole lot of bulk no matter how you press those seam allowances. It makes it a whole lot easier to put together when I don’t have to worry about pressing those seams in opposite directions and making sure they all line up perfectly!
Seeing the block layout in EQ before I begin cutting and sewing makes it so much easier to know ahead of time how the blocks will look, as well as how they should all go together.