After much shuffling, eliminating, staring and moving pieces like they were on a chess board....this is the final layout. Now all I have to do is come up with a way to piece it.
The suggestions of using graph paper to determine the size and order of the black background pieces might work for some, but I'm a math idiot. Some of the blocks measure in the 1/8" - 1/16", oh why oh why didn't I pay better attention at the start? And just to add to the drama....the gold fabric is a direction print....yup...silly me.
But you can see, I'm making headway and the whinning is over......I'm knuckling down and will get the job done!