The best thing about doing the same project a second time is that your mind evolves and it usually turns out better. A couple of post ago I made a picnic blanket for my friend Jen and I loved how it turned out. Now I have made another one and I have changed a few things. This picnic blanket is square, there is no batting in the middle and the backing is a think water resistant nylon. Now it is not as soft as picnic blanket one but it is more compact and sturdy. I guess it really depends what you are looking for. It will be on my etsy shop soon.
This picnic blanket measures 53 1/2" x 53 1/2".