Art vs. Design

de·sign
dəˈzīn/

noun
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.

art
ärt

noun
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.

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Memorial Day

“These sons and daughters, these brothers and sisters who lay down their lives for us – they belong to us all. They’re our children, too. We benefit from their light, their positive influence on the world. “
Barack Obama

A rainy morning caused us to have a change of plans for this Memorial Day.
It has still been a great day.
I started the day reflecting and sending a prayer and a thank you to all who have lost their lives in the service to our country.

When I was teaching, my students and I would spend the week before Memorial Day reading and talking about people who  served in the military. The students would talk to their families about friends and family members who had died while serving our country. My school had quite a few military families.
We wrote poems and letters, and drew pictures. We often times had guests come speak to the class.
The students loved to march into the room in the morning  to the uplifting beat of
John Phillip Sousa marching music.

So, this morning, I played some Sousa music and started assembling the QOV.
I have a bit of directional confusion, so even though I checked and double-checked before I sewed, I still had to rip and redo. However, I was  happy with the results.
My daughter-in-law helped me choose the main fabric for the stars.
The next step is the borders…and I am not sure what to do.
I want to make it longer than it is wide, and I am finding that a bit challenging.
It is a 48″ x 48″ block.
I have plenty of fabric for keyboarding strips and sash.
Any ideas are welcomed.

Quilt of Valor

Last week, I went to Pattern Jam to try out some designs for the QOV.
I used fabric photos from the collection on Pattern Jam just to give me an idea of a color scheme.
First Design

This afternoon, I spent some time looking at different Quilt of Valor designs.
On Pinterest, I found a pattern for a 5 point star that I thought was pretty cool.
American Quilting has a great tutorial on how to Stack, Cut, and Sew Stars.


I thought I might use these stars for the QOV, but then I pulled out the
Lucinda Ganderton book, Block a Day.
I am a little more comfortable working with the 12″ blocks.
The star is appliqued onto an 8″ block, and I know I can make that into a 12″ block.
But, I just couldn’t come up with a design using the star blocks.
I still plan to try my hand at the stack and cut stars, but not for this project.

The blocks I chose from Ganderton’s book include: Mississippi Spin, Spinning Heart, Variable Star, Pennant, and Friendship Star.
Second Design

I originally planned a quilt with three rows, sashes, and two borders.
But, the QOV site suggests that an ideal size for a quilt would be 60″ x 80″.
This design did not meet the minimum size required, which is 55″x 65″.
Third Design

This is my second plan.
As I posted this plan, I realized that I will need to turn some of the blocks to keep it symmetrical.
I will be in Dallas this weekend, and I plan to shop for fabric.
The patriotic fabric is out now.
I have seen some at JoAnn’s and Wal-Mart.
I would like to have some of the red and blue with a sprinkle of gold.
Then, I can use a gold for the sash.
The pennant block would look good with a star fabric and a stripe fabric.
I’m thinking that the heart might be gold, if I can find one that compliments the red, white, and blue.
Maybe a white on white, and a white with gold might work.
I’m still not sure this is the design I will use.
I will be visiting one of my daughter-in-laws and I plan to ask for her ideas.

Busy Thursday and Friday

Thursday night, I attended my second guild meeting with the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild.
It is a large group of friendly and welcoming people.
Kathy Smith presented a trunk of beautiful, machine embroidered quilts.
I also connected with Barbara Steers, who works with the Quilt of Valor group.
The Quilt of Valor first came to my attention by Abbie.
Check out Abbie’s blog.
She has great ideas.
After discussing dates with Barbara, I realized that I would not be able to attend any of the group sessions.
So, I will be making the quilt on my own, and Barbara will long arm quilt.
I can’t wait to get started.
In the meantime, I found some fabric in my boxes and decided I needed a granny bag.

Floral Fabric


Strips


Inside pocket (both sides)

Back
I printed photos of my two youngest grandchildren and pieced them on the front pocket.