My 5 year old assistant (granddaughter) in holding quilts for photographs was looking through my box of 5" squares that I cut from scraps and leftovers. I asked her if she wanted to design a quilt. She said yes. We sat down with graph paper and looked at some quilt photos I had saved. We were able to modify one to use the 5" squares. I laid my big felt on the floor, and we started with the star. She chose all the yellows and then the dark bordering squares. Then she filled in all the other squares as we kept counting and rechecking our graph paper design that we colored with pencils. She was very insistent on only using one fabric once (Yes, she really is my granddaugher!), so I had to cut more fabric of her choosing in order to have them all different.
The quilt was laid out in my family room, and my bedroom has a door that looks out over the family room. So, we went upstairs and looked down at the quilt. I photographed it on my iPad and then she went back downstairs and moved things around until she was happy with it. She searched for the red heart fabric in the bottom right corner of the darks to make it final. We put the painters tape numbers on the top columns and I picked it up by columns to sew it web style. She balked at the sewing end and said she just designs them. Here is Jolene's layout: