I was in charge of layout AND hanging. Not my first time either.
You are saying, "What kind of crazy is that?"
At take down, one of my faithful crew members asked why quilts aren't hung in numerical order. The more I explained, the more I realized that layout is quite a complex task. But I'm a bit crazy that way anyway.
To get started, you need a few things.
lots of colored pens and a pencil...and an eraser
Next are required the category lists. One is sorted by length, the other by width. Both are used equally as much. It is best to color code them and number the pages so you don't get them mixed up. That would be tragic.
Individual row layouts look something like this and are distributed to the quilt display chairman and the capable ladder captains and map readers to interpret for their crew members.
The show went up in about four hours and was a sight to behold. Lovely quilts in all directions and nice wide aisles from which to view them. Two days later it all came down in 55 minutes.