Thank you for all your kind comments and excellent suggestions on my "identity" 12x12 piece.
I decided to try beads.Bleck. I really didn't like how they turned out.
So here I am cutting them all off (while listening to This American Life).
I seriously considered the suggestion of adding an eye to the hand. The "eye of fatima" is a common religious symbol and I like the concept. But, I ultimately decided there was already enough going on with the quilt.
Check back on Monday at the 12x12 blog for the final result.