It's finished! My Puzzle Piece (not a purse) is finished! Happy, happy dance!!!
I concentrated on this piece in an effort to finish it before the end of the year and I've just made it.
This was an incredibly intense project. Every section required multiple decisions. Even though I sort of planned out a lot of it, deciding where to use the different area designs from the Puzzle Purse book, I still had lots of decisions to make all the way. And towards the end, I couldn't fit any of the area designs into my remaining shapes, so I pulled out all my Jean Hilton books and chose stitches from those.
I think the biggest mistake I made on this piece, was not to see it as a whole. I tended to focus on each area individually and that was a mistake. It is going to be a very busy piece no matter what, but if I had been looking at it more as a whole, I would have arranged the colors differently and used fewer colors so that the center Bargello diamond would be set off more.
That being said though, I do like this piece.