I first heard the term maquette, or an exploratory, small scale version of an intended larger piece, on Jacquie's blog. (One of many, many invaluable tips I've gleaned from her!) I was intrigued by the technique but honestly too impatient to give it a try. I usually just dive head first into a new design, with almost no preliminary plans or calculations. As you might imagine, this can occasionally lead to regret later on. Still, it is how I work most often, and usually I find complications to be opportunities to improvise.
Light House by an Australian artist with an etsy shop called pool pony, was the inspiration for my first attempt at making a maquette. I could see that making the curves and intersecting lines match up would be a challenge, as well as the way the colors seem to overlap. I still improvised the piecing, but through the process of making the maquette, I learned so much.
Oakshott cottons again. The subtlety of the colors is just perfect for creating transparency.