so all 16 blocks of the main top are done and together...and wow, the pattern shows up really well....i like it a lot. now to start the 4 borders, also done with 1.5" strips and scrappy style. the 4 corner squares are all done and waiting for the border sections. *** cruised over to marcia's site quilterscache and found a nice pattern for my solid yellow, which will be the background. yellow is a color i hardly use and had seen some quilts using yellow and they really pop. don't think i'll be starting that right away, though. wish i hadn't packed away the orange scraps and pattern book for my modern quilt as i'd really like to do that next, but will have to wait. *** worked on the hawaiian last night and am thinking this might be finished sooner than originally thought. fortunately there are plenty other things in progress to fill that void when it comes. now back to border construction!