Instead of moving my Qsnap around after each block, I decided to hoop up an area and stitch as much as would fit in that area, then add the metallics before moving on. Below you see half of row 8, all of block 9, half of block 10 and half of row 12.
I like this method. I haven't added the beads. As I've had problems with them being caught in the frame, I'm going to wait until I've finished the whole thing before adding the beads - another couple of years then!
Here's how it's looking so far:
blocks 4, 5 and 6Block 3
block 1 finished
The tiny version