1 quart in 1,200 miles is not terribly bad oil usage. The seeping from the upper valve cover is not uncommon.
I've had brand new cars over the years that used more than that when brand new and used the same amount over the entire life of the engine.
If it's not smoking, or puddling I would keep a quart or two of oil in the trunk and check at every fuel up.
Don't ever let anyone talk you into the idea that because it uses oil, the oil changes itself. If you do you will seal the engines fate by not changing it regularly.
Just keep the oil changed and between the marks and you will get many, many more miles from this engine.