I've added an addendum! Here's how far I got today - I'd say pretty good :)
This is the first completely finished square - it is giant! It's like 36 inches~ I didn't measure it but the pattern says that's what it would turn out as.
Aaaaand, because my puppies are just so cute! Here's some pictures of them. Don't mind the spray bottle that fell off the ironing board in the backround.