I finished hand quilting the block. Just went with the flow, where the needle took me. It is easy to stitch a block like this because you don't have to worry about what the stitches look like on the back at all because they are hidden in the innards of the bag.
And then it was quick work to trim the block and make the tote. I machine quilted the back panel, practising deliberate wonkiness again. It is hard to overcome my urge to sew a straight line! I must say that this tote pattern is super easy. If you are looking for some quick items to make for Christmas then I would recommend this one to you.
That's another gift made and me with a new technique for making wonky dresdens. I would call this experiment a success.