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.

Pumpkin Quilt Block

Crafsty has a cute pumpkin block pattern by Diane Knott .
This free pattern is a great way to use the scraps of Halloween fabric that I had stuffed away in a bin.
I don’t know what or if I will make anything with it.
Today, I was searching for apron patterns, and maybe this will be a pumpkin apron.
Or, another tote.
Or, a small quilt.
I need to see how many more I can make with the scraps.
No two squares will be alike since I just have different amounts of various Halloween fabric.
It will be fun to see what happens.

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