I have learned a couple of lessons. I only like D9Ps that are done with two or three colours at the most, and my fabrics don't have enough contrast. I'm not sure I shouldn't have just cut my losses and sewn the top the way it was, but if nothing else, I like making work for myself. I'm planning on putting on a narrow inner border, then a wider outer border, in the sashing fabric.
I still don't like it, but I don't dislike it as much as I did before.
This arrived in my In-Box this morning and it pretty much sums up my feelings about winter.