When I read about the Old Red Barn quilt along, I knew I wanted to participate and that I would finally get to use these gorgeous fabrics. Because I am working with fat quarters (instead of the half yards recommended) I changed the block size to a 10 1/2" block to get the most use of my fabric. I had fun arranging my strips for the blocks so that there would be a good variety.
When sewing my blocks together I like to avoid sewing rows. I get bored by sewing row after row and then sewing the rows together. So I sew mine into bigger blocks and then I sew the bigger blocks together. It may not be faster, but it feels faster and that is most important.
I usually lay my quilt blocks out in the family room but I sew in the dining room. It is amazing how that layout you painstakingly worked on can get messed up just one room away. So I take a picture of each block grouping before I sew them together. When I am at the machine I can double check the arrangement on my camera.