I pulled out an unfinished project to finish for Christmas. I didn't do my research ahead of time when I started this quilt, so I was making each square 1 at a time, and ended up putting it away because it was taking so long.
I found a great tutorial on Kate Conklin's blog on how to make Fussy Framed blocks, 2 at a time! The way she cuts her squares, gives you no waste, and your outer square is a continual design.
You can find that tutorial here. She has some great modern quilt designs. I love the "floating squares" border in this post. Maybe I'll try it on this quilt.