I don't have any available walls in our house for a staging board so laying the squares on the floor on a white fabric backed quilt is the next best thing. I call it the modified log cabin because I have incorporated the log cabin squares with some butterfly pieces at the corners and the center panel. It is amazing how quickly a quilt comes together into the sandwich when you are at this stage.
Things I did differently this time:
I squared off the log cabin squares and will do the same to the other added fabric pieces.
I might try the stipling stitch pre-programmed into my sewing machine. I just recently noticed it (helps to refer to the manual once in awhile).
I learned to use the stitch guide when I made the straight stitches with the walking foot. Saved me time and masking tape.
I have picked up quite a few books on quilting in my thrift shop wanderings and the one that is my hands-down favorite is:
I will base my Christmas gift quilts on the designs and methods from this book. The authors describe tonal value and give examples.
They are pre-cut coordinated fabric rolled into strips. I haven't yet invested in something so wonderful - just sew and go.