I've gotten the dot squares joined together now. It's hard to get a good shot of the strip, it's very long! It's been pretty slow moving with this blanket so far but I should be picking things up soon, my daughter starts kindergarden tomorrow, so she'll be gone every afternoon.
To join the squares, I used this invisible join method. It really is invisible! It seems difficult when you first try it but it's easy to get the hang of. It's my new favorite joining method!