Thanks to the holiday weekend, there was progress on the project. After more fiddling, it was obvious that the center spine needed to be a four row repeat and not my original idea. But that is the thrill of allowing the creative juices to meet the eye of the beholder.
What is not showing here is a lace band that may or may not make the final cut. Thanks to the use of a life line, this fiddling around can easily be frogged back to a great transition point.
More to come - - after more fiddling around.