Art vs. Design


1. a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made.


1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

I guess I should have read the definition of design before I started this Quilt of Valor.
My plan-as-I-go design technique is not going anywhere.
However, I am finding inspiration in the “art” of the quilt so far.
I love the bright, patriotic fabric. I am excited about creating something that I hope will project an”emotional ” empowerment for the recipient of this quilt.
So, I agree with the words of David Hockney, (artist, draughtsman, photographer):

          Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus.

To date, I have made a 56″ x 56″ center square.

My current plan is to build the quilt vertically with another sash and a row of 8″ blocks on the top and bottom.
A few months ago, I found this Scrappy Flag Quilt free block pattern on Craftsy.
It was designed by Diane Knott.
There were some red and white scraps in my stash box that came in handy.
The blue is a remnant from the fabric I used for the big star block.
I don’t know exactly how these 8″ blocks will work into the design, but they will not go to waste if there is a change in my plans. I can always use them in some other quilt or donate them to the QOV group.

Flying Geese

Even though it is said that the flying geese block is a remarkably simple block “ ,
I have always found it to be challenging.
In fact, I scrapped one of my first quilts because I found the flying geese too frustrating.
(I later used the fabric for a quilt that didn’t require flying geese.)
So, when I designed the Texas Wildflower quilt that requires 20 flying geese blocks, I questioned my sanity.

Previously, I had been using the rotary method for making the geese blocks.
I also tried making templates.
Neither method produced an accurate flying geese block.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a Bloc_Loc Flying Geese ruler from the Mesquite Bean Shop.
It turns out to be one of the best purchases I have made.
I had been following directions from other sources and cutting exactly a 3.5″  x 3.5″ square and a 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle.
The directions for the Bloc_Loc called for cutting a 3.75″ x 3.75″ square and a 3.75″ x 6.75″ rectangle.
This made all the difference.
I also saved fabric by making a half-square triangle as I made the flying geese square.

The other area that I researched before I started this quilt, was how to press seams.
I always press seams as I sew.
I previously used Best Press, and then I switched to steam.
However, I noticed that my seams were still a bit off.
After reading an article on Craftsy, I think I finally found the best way to press the seams.
I am still using steam, but I no longer iron the seam…I press the seam.
Also, I had never set the stitches before I pressed.
I know this is not news to all of you experts out there, but it was news to me. 🙂

My goal for today was to make the 20 flying geese and cut the squares necessary to make the Variable Star block.
I also wanted to make the four vertical strip blocks.
I was able to get this done.

I discovered that the fabric I chose for one of these vertical strips had a large floral design.
It is perfect for the border and the background for the star block, but I thought it was out of proportion for the vertical strip block. I purchased some mixed blue and red flower, which is not from the Moda VIII line.
I am not that happy with it, but it is more proportionate for this block.

Vertical Strips Block

Best tool ever!
I might use these half-square triangles for the backing.
I have to see what remnants I have left before I can decide how to piece the backing.

This isn’t pieced yet.
Tomorrow, I will cut the photos from Richard Reynolds.
I just wanted to see what the block will look like when finished.
The bluebonnet will be the center block.

We are supposed to get hit with a big rain storm tonight and tomorrow.
Hopefully the power won’t go out and I can spend time on the quilt.