Waiting for the quilt to tell you what to do sounds like a ridiculous statement, but it's totally true. When design/layout/color scheme decisions are fleeting, allowing ideas to simmer while continuing to audition options is usually time well spent.
After trying a dozen or so background fabric choices....I settled on this blackish/grey batik and this uneven block layout.Connector strips had been planned from the beginning of this project. Originally however I expected to add only 1 strip between each block. But, as I said, time and experimenting with various options change & alter ideas and in this case it led to 3 strip units.
Of course this top could be pieced, but I felt the excess number of seams would be distracting. So instead, I've hand basted all the elements to the wholecloth background and plan to hand applique them. Given that the fabrics are all batiks, it may be more challenging than my sore shoulder can handle. I'll be reporting back soon.