I did it. The afghan is done. That took much longer than I had hoped, but I am super-excited that it has happened.
I may eventually add more border stitches and a flannel backing.
One of the reasons that I decided to be done is that I couldn't get the cats of it long enough to work on it more :)
This weekend, I am going to start my next gigantic embroidery/quilting project. Stay tuned. When I said that 2013 was the year of the blanket, I evidently meant 2015.