I've finished three and am sending them off tomorrow. They look so much better in person than they do here. :( I remember reading something posted by the yarn shop regarding their plan to decorate the town with knitted items in the school colors, so if mine are used for that rather than a blanket, so be it.
The maroon is Wool-ease; the burnt orange is Red Heart Soft.
I thought I'd corrected my accidental stockinette border on the Virginia one, and didn't see three errors until I viewed the picture.
The gingham was an experiment using a stitch provided by knittingonthenet.com; I found a mistake in the pattern, e-mailed the site owner at bedtime, and awoke to an e-mail reply and corrected pattern at the site! I'll visit her again. I love the gingham, but obviously I need to knit more loosely. The two different yarn types may be part of the reason for the misshapedness. I expect it'd look better with a border.