My plan was to sew 6 of these and then sew them into a table runner. I was going through my stash to find some coordinating fabrics and ran across a leftover block from a panel by Sandy Gervais and this changed my whole plan.
I decided to make an art quilt. I made one a few years ago and it sold in my shop, so I thought it was time for another one!
I auditioned numerous fabrics and then started making filler blocks. I started with the center panel first.
I placed the sailor block next to the star block and had to fill in the open space so chose to use a star fabric. I placed a plain piece in also as I wanted to add some wording. Then I constructed a flying geese block to finish out the center section.
For the very top row I constructed a flag.
Now onto the bottom. I had a section of red and white stripes I thought I was going to use for the flag but didn't so I used it in the bottom and cut a large wool star to place in the middle. I sewed a flying geese strip to sit next to it.
I originally was going to put another plain strip next to the flying geese block with the words "Freedom", but once I had them cut and ran them vertically in the space I just didn't like the looks of it so decided to add three smaller red stars. This was much better.
To finish out the space I sewed two 4 patch blocks.
Today I pieced it all together and started to quilt. I am using some machine quilting and some hand quilting. I will also embellish with buttons and who knows what else. I never quite know where a project is going to take me.
Hope you enjoyed this walk through of the making of my patriotic art quilt.