Well, another one for the completed list. I couldn't be much happier tonight! I cut the handle on the bias, so instead of matching the directional pattern for the bottom layer, I reversed it. If it bothers me, it will end up on the re-do list but it looks pretty good up close.
The pattern had very little space at the bottom of the block and this big empty background space at the top...to keep the eye moving, I moved it up just a bit (1/4 inch or so) and think that the block looks more centered. It works for me. Have a wonderful week & cheers to finished blocks!