I’ve been working to finish up some designs and things, and the kids are out for the summer, so… Yeah.
But, I do have a mighty useful tool to share with you, and one that I think every quilter would appreciate. It’s this graph paper by Edward Tufte (it’s there, but you have to scroll to the bottom of the page). It’s easy on the eyes because the grid is seriously light and doesn’t get in the way of seeing your design–Tufte calls it a “ghost grid”–while being perfectly exact at 1/4″ and 1/2″ marks (or you can choose centimeters!) I use this all the time when sketching something out by hand. Sketching it out on graph paper is usually a first step for me before I digitize it into Illustrator.
If you’re interested in design and the visual presentation of information, you need to check out his books, especially The Visual Display of Quantitative Information.