There must be a psychological theory for what is happening here. When I was less than half finished with this, knitting on this was a chore. It felt like it would never end. Getting myself motivated to pick it up was a daunting task.
But now that I can 'see the light at the end of the tunnel' I am anxious to sit down with this and knit. I noticed this phenomenon while knitting the light blue/red square. It didn't seem as tedious to me. The brown square I am currently on has flown by. I'll have that finished today and good progress made on the next square by the time I go to bed tonight.
One of the challenges I'm going to have as I approach the end is the yarn. The yarn used in the first 8 blocks was purchased last year. I sent my older daughter to the store a couple weeks ago to pick out more to coordinate. She was only able to come back with five colors. I do have leftovers from the original colors, but I'm not sure how far it will get me. The inset blocks are probably going to end up being a bit larger in the last row. I know Trisha won't care. In the end I won't care either, but I do have a touch of OCD in me. I will notice each time I see it.
Maybe one of the reasons the last couple blocks didn't seem as tedious is the colors. I really love the red, light blue and brown next to each other. I had never considered them together, but I think they coordinate quite well.
As I'm getting this finished, I am thinking about my next project. It will be a shawl for my niece who is getting married next spring. I am planning my own design, but I am taking inspiration from other patterns. I have the center section planned. Ideas for the borders are still percolating.