Here's how my quilts start, on a messy piece of graph paper. I use pencils, pens and crayons to plan the layout and size. I very rarely make a quilt that is set on the diagonal. that's because I like to machine quilt. I usually make sections that I quilt, and then join.
But this one is being made as one piece, and on the diagonal, because I plan to tie it.
So I feel like a ballerina on tip toes (that's en pointe.) I've turned everything on edge.
This is a crazy-style quilt. I can use up the most useless little scraps. I use no foundation for this crazy patch. I just seam the thing together. Later I squared them up to 9 1/2 (finishing at 9 inches.)