I just wasn't happy with the center of my RR, and my Step 1 didn't improve anything. If I didn't start over, I knew I'd lose interest in the RR and I didn't want that to happen.
So I began again, this time with triangles left from a long ago traditionally pieced quilt and added more triangles cut from 3 old (traditional) blocks. That became my liberated center . Next up was making fabric from more of the original triangles. I cut the made fabric into triangles and added them to the top and bottom of the center block. Then I made more fabric from tiny blue scraps and added a 1" wide border to all sides.
Now I'm smiling and I'm ready to add color for Step 3.