There is a join across the top of the vase, but it doesn't bother me. Surely that's what patchwork is all about - cutting up fabric and sewing it back together again! I didn't have quite enough to cut the shape out of the piece I had, so I joined a bit on one side. When it's done, the leaves will hide the seam pretty much.
I couldn't manage without some piecing as well, so I've decided to concentrate on this Blind Man's Fancy quilt I found in Quilter's Newsletter (December 2002 if you're interested). It's for my DS's good friend Michaela, who is currently on tour as stage manager with 'High School Musical', loves purple and yearns for a quilt of her own. The blocks are 18" finished, so they knit up quite big. The only tricky (and tedious) part is the half square triangles, but they look so good, it's worth it.