The effort is beginning to pay off! I have now managed to construct all the little blocks that make up the border and get them attached. What I now know is that I will need to "block" the quilt once I've stitched into it to get it absolutely square.
I have raided all my threads and beads for adding surface decoration and plan to start that today. I think I will use hand embroidery and beads inside each of the gullions and machine quilting in the background areas in chartreuse yellow green to knock the orange back a little.