I've been continuing with the nobuko for the sand. The sand area is so broken up that I haven't been worrying about making the stitching areas line up with each other. Rather, I've just started the nobuko in each area independently of other sand areas. What a relief!
I keep looking at the shade of yellow I selected for the lighter of the two legs of each pelican. I think it may be too bland. I've brought home several other shades to try before I do any "frogging".