Well, I've hit another quilting milestone. I've hand pieced a block now! Actually I've hand pieced 2 blocks and it took the entire weekend. At first it was torture but eventually I got the hang of it and it wasn't so bad but you can bet that I will not be hand piecing on a regular basis. I wouldn't call it "fun".
Both medallions are appliqued to backgrounds instead of being set in as the pattern indicated. I'm not happy with the background on the symmetry block and I may switch it out later. I didn't want a solid black because I'm afraid it will make a dark hole on the finished quilt. I'll see how this looks in the setting later and adjust it if needed.
I did try to make the block with machine piecing and I wound up with something would would best be used as a Barbie doll skirt. It had enough poof to the center that it would han beautifully as a skirt! I also wasn't happy with the design flow so I was OK with starting all over.
Here are the 4 fabrics I used.