I have finished all 44 blocks in the outside border. Yay!! There was a little trick to making these blocks that I didn't discover until about three quarters of the way thru. But I'm not going back to fix them. I figure no one may notice except me.
And I have started work on the 9 patch border. Jen does not do anything fast, so her method is to individually cut 276 bright 11/2" squares and 276 gray squares - and that's exactly what I've done.
When these are done all that will be left is the appliqué border and then putting it together. I'm not making any deadlines for myself, but I can feel the end is in sight (sort of). I still am not wild about the stripe border but to date I can't find anything else. I am still looking though.
Hope you've found some stitching time today,