Where's your sash, Miss America?
Definitely progress. It lacks horizontal sashing, and the final border, but this is very nearly a finished quilt top:
I learned some things along the way. If I'm going to do this again, I need to be really careful about pieces bowing inward in the middle. I also need to make my last stripe fairly substantial, so that I don't trim most of it away when cutting it down to the finished size.
Offset squares are good. Uneven is good. Some of the squares weren't quite big enough, and I had two choices; add another round, which would then get trimmed down, or use extra background fabric and end up with deliberately mismatched square sizes. I opted for the latter. I liked the thought of it being a little homey and uneven.
Quilts != architecture. Anyone who cries over a quarter-inch can go make their own damn quilt.
I decided to do something unusual. I've been parceling out this Japanese fabric in drips and drops, having never been able to identify it or get more. I smoothed it out on the table last week and thought, No. This isn't the right way to do it. Instead of cutting the rest into single-panel pieces, I opted to cut out a full repeat and use that for the basis of six squares. Better that the fabric was visible as it really was. It'll never see a better use.
I'll miss this one when it goes; it's monochromatic without being boring, and it's an entire quilt top full of my favorite color.