I finally got my top put together. I didn't have enough background fabric left over to do the big border, so for now it's without.
Three blocks into it I decided I don't care for the white and I'm tea-dying the top. I thought about doing it sooner, but decided the whole top would be easier and stain more evenly.
On the whole, I enjoyed this project immensely and would definitely do another quilt-along with Amanda Jean. Any problems I had were purely poor planning and not paying attention on my part.