For any project you need the right tools before you start. For making a quilt, it is essential to have a cutting mat and cutting ruler, a rotary cutter, and of course some old school stuff like scissors and pins.
I found that the tool I used most on this project was my iPhone, for shopping, looking up stuff, taking pictures of the layout on the floor so when I pick up the blocks to move to the sewing machine I can just look at the picture for correct placement.
Kyle wanted to use the colors of his school, SPSU (Southern Polytechnic State University) so I looked up the colors online and got this nice palette to take shopping for the green and gray I wanted for the strips.
I took pictures of possible backing fabrics to think about (sleep on) look at later, like this one:
And don't forget other tools like coffee and background music, and a valuable one for me - input. Carrie is a good resource for opinion because she will tell it like it is and hold nothing back.
So once you have all your tools in place, the project is much easier!