Piecing curves was indeed much more time consuming (and frustrating) than I originally thought. If you heard the sounds of a crazed woman screaming yesterday, it was me ripping out yet another bunched up seam. I thought I'd be able to have this first row done by Friday at the latest, but I didn't finish until about 30 minutes ago! I'm so very happy I started sewing this early :)
As soon as I finished, I ran outside to take pictures while the sunlight was still good!