Bah Humbug :(

I'm struggling with the black panels. Very unhappy.

My problem is a bit of a chicken or an egg situation. The black fabric looks great, but is a pain in the butt to sew, unless it's attached to something else. But if I attach it to the backing and quilt it it will make it really hard to embroider.

I've tried making strips using the dissolvable fabric for the poppies, but it just looks messy and I love a crisp finish, so I'm just going to work the poppies (even the tiniest ones) by hand. So now I just need a solution for the panel.....