As you can see, my helper is at it again. He's curled up sleeping on the bottom of a piece of batting hung for my design wall. He thinks it was put there especially for him. The design wall is a "make do" sort of thing. Because of windows, doors and large furniture, I have no walls that are big enough to put up a regular design wall. Therefore, one must be adaptable. When working on a patchwork project, I pin a large piece of batting on my fireplace mantle to place my blocks on it as I go. We MUST look as we go to make sure it's working properly. What if that floral patterned fabric looks ghastly next to that piece of red geometric pattern? The combination seen in your head may not translate to the quilt top. Furthermore, it is better to see the layout "standing up" rather than looking at it down to the floor.
You may not be able to see the temperature reading on this thermometer but it got up to 105 degrees on my screened in patio. That is just way to hot! It's supposed to be this way for the next few days before a "cold front" moves in to cool things down to the 90's. They call that a cold front during the summertime in Texas!