Squares and motifs are quick, easy, and portable. I love them. I love all the different things you can make from them. BUT — I do not like joining them (in fact, I hate it).
Here’s my hands-down favorite project I’ve done with granny squares (so far):
A full-size blanket. It took a long time to make all the squares, but I enjoyed that part. Then I had to join them all together. Here’s what I did: I arranged all the squares on the floor. Then I whip-stitched them together. Sounds simple enough, right? WRONG. It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r — hours upon hours of crouching on the floor while constantly shooing the cat away. Ach.
Needless to say, I will probably never join squares in that way ever again. Since then, I have made other blankets using this joining technique. This way was much easier, however, I feel that the join is not as “substantial” as the squares are only connected at certain points. I found this tutorial for joining squares, and I am definitely going this route the next time. Hopefully, it will be the perfect combo of ease and strength that I am looking for. To be continued . . . da-da-dum.