Thanks for all your suggestions for this piece - especially the ones that suggested I donate it! In the meantime, last night I got busy with my rotary cutter and sewing machine and did a cut-and-paste, figuring I'd try that first. Here's the short version of the sequence from hopeless to something that makes me think there is hope for almost everything. You might want to click to get a closer look at these.
The vivid reds and oranges and the background fabric are from Helene Davis Hand-Dyes.