I decided to do option 2 on this. So far, other than placement I haven't seen any differences. I think Paulette said there would be a bit more stitching on option 2, so maybe next week:)
I am really enjoying this mystery sampler. Just enough stitching that it is exciting to see then next part, but not so much that you have to work super hard to get it done in time:) Hoping that I can keep up in the weeks ahead!!