Besides that... I really love planning! If I head into sewing without a plan or goal, I'm just pushing fabric through my machine. Good for therapy, maybe, but who needs therapy when you're spending the whole day hanging out with your quilty buddies?
In the end I came up with a plan, which was to have a plan. At least, a loose plan. I love the design of this rug, so I decided to make a few square-in-square blocks and few stripey blocks and then add some solid pieces to create a similar look. I was pretty confident that if I kept it simple and used a color palette that really grabbed me, I would be happy with the end result. While I don't feel like I went "aggressively improv," I assembled my blocks with no pre-determined pattern, block size, or quantity, and then worked through arranging them and putting together the top.