I am self taught quilter from reading books and watching quilting show. This is what I try to do.
Wash and dry the fabric. Iron it and spray starch on it. Fold it in half with the selvages on each side, trying to find the 'straight of grain'. Level the bottoms then fold back to where there is a folded side and the other is the twin selvage side then begin the cuts.
Do you cut a two yard piece into a small unit; do you cut your borders first if they are to be from the same fabric swatch?
Just curious to see how others work it and I do realize that each choice is unique to each person.
Thanks in advance for your replies.