Here it is, in all its unblocked glory, on my dining room table.
There were a few downsides to this project - it was more fiddly than I had imagined and I did get a bit bored with making the strips. I also ran out of parchment (cream) mid way through, as described here.
Then, towards the end, there were a lot of ends to weave in, (ever so carefully, so as not to be visible or lumpy).
However the end was in sight when I began joining up the checked strips. While the pattern that I was basing my blanket on indicated that I should join with a needle, I always prefer to crochet where possible. In this case, I opted to join the strips using dc-ch in a contrasting, deeper green.
Here's a close up of the right side . . .
and the wrong side.
And now I have edged the whole blanket, using the same contrasting green - first with a row of double crochet and then a row of treble clusters in every third stitch (with five trebles in each corner stitch).
I used a smaller hook for the edging, so as not to stretch the fabric along the edge.
All in all, there were quite a few sagas with this project along the way, but I can tell you, those sagas just made reaching the end sweeter!