It didn't take long to solve the problem as it was all due to a poorly designed corner. I had turned the corner awkwardly and that caused all the spine lines to go the wrong way. Thus all the ripping. The next afternoon I re-marked the border and stitched it up again. Now it looks graceful and I am sooooooo glad I took the time to redo it. Below is the final feather quilting complete with marking lines and even a dog hair if you hunt really carefully. Dixie dog likes to add her two cents.
TIP: Don't get discouraged. It happens. Encourage the bulldog in you and rip with care. As you are frogging, your creative, flexible brain can preview options, ponder alternatives and produce new ideas. Just do it!