I'm going to share here what went into the design choices. I will cover the construction details that are relevant to the nature of the design, but not attempt to cover basic piecing and quilting techniques.
Step 1: Source Pattern, Two-color Inspiration
Unikatissma has a Random Squares Pattern Generator that looks fun. I also find Cellular Automata patterns a good source of inspiration for two color designs, and my favorite tool for exploring them is Mirek's Java Cellebration . My next quilt is planned based on a "Life 012345678/1" rule automata.
Step 2: Color Choices - Lights
Step 3: Color Choices - Darks
Step 4: Analysing the Pattern
Tip: To scale a pixelated image without artifacts, select "Interpolation: none"
Being lazy and obsessive is a bad combination. I wrote a python script to count up how many tiles of each kind I would need. Because I was too lazy to learn how to use a module that can read most image formats, I converted the image to ascii pbm format in order to read and manipulate it conveniently.
My chosen maze is 41x55 pixels; I need 65 each of the 3/1 units, and 410 2/2 units, plus some extra dark pairs for the edge.
Step 5: Back of the Envelope Cutting Decisions
I'm not a good enough ninja to successfully square up a full width of fabric, so I cut each piece of fabric in half parallel to the selvedge, and cut my 1 1/2" strips across the half-width of fabric. Once the chunks of fabric are squared, I can stack a few together for cutting.
I expect 14 squares per strip. I need roughly: 41*55/14 = 161 strips, half of them dark and half of them light. I figure actual white and actual black should feature pretty heavily, so I come up with:
6 strips of each light color
20 white strips
5 strips of each dark color
9 black strips
After that, I just pair up strips, sew, press and cut them. Easier to cut two at once, lights uppermost, already nested together.
Step 6: Windmilled Four-Patch
I put together two pairs of squares, each of which will have the seam allowance pressed to one side. Then I line them up against each other, so the seam allowances go in opposite directions, and sew them together. After that, I pop apart the ends of the first two seams, so that I can spread the seams at the intersection flat.
Notice how the pressing has rotational symmetry. This is important. It's also important that they all spin in the same direction. Getting them to all spin in the same direction is managed by always having the upper seam allowance pointed up, as they go through the sewing machine.
Step 7: Statistical Mixing
Only after making the entire pile of necessary four patches, do I start laying them out to put together, allowing for further opportunity to shuffle the batch.
Step 8: Final Layout
Properly pressing the pieced strips is terribly annoying, but there's only one way each corner can be opened.
I needed six sections to get the whole quilt together. Blocking off the parts of my paper diagram that weren't currently relevant with post-it notes helped.
Step 9: Press That Sucker
Step 10: Quilting
The binding color is charcoal; there's nothing technically tricky going on here at all, and in fact this was the quickest quilting I've done, largely due to there being no decision necessary upon sitting down to quilt.