I got all the background blocks pieced and now they fit on the design wall. Here is what it looks like now:
I started the applique for the first three blocks. This picture only shows the first one, but I will get around to taking more pictures soon. The applique pieces still need to be stitched down – at the moment, they are only glued, but it is a beginning. I had to take them all off the wall so I could get back to my Girl Gang quilt. But I am glad to have gotten this far.