I belong to another quilting board and recently posed this question.
For me I tend to buy kits, as all the work is done - no stress, colors match, right amount of material etc.
However, I love to buy patterns (gulp)! I just finished Sitting Pretty. I laid out the pattern, looked at it, read the instructions over and over and then started to lay out material. Read the instructions again, looked at the material removed some material added some more. Walked around the big table, re-arranged everything, read the instructions, bit the bullet and started cutting.
OF Course with this method, I normally do not have enough material which in turn causes a trip to the LQS, which I did and purchased the material for the sashing, which I love. I don't have a huge stash and really don't want one. I always keep neutrals, creams, etc. on hand.
Bottom line is what's your process? How do you Proceed? What's your M.O.????? :roll: :?: