While I didn’t write, produce, or have anything to do with this video, I am passing it along here. It may be a simpler way to explain my DNA quilt idea.
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While I didn’t write, produce, or have anything to do with this video, I am passing it along here. It may be a simpler way to explain my DNA quilt idea.
Since this is on the “finish a long list” I am trying to accelerate my thinking about this quilt that frankly needs to sit in time out for a while.
My Periodic Table – Periodic Spiral quilt to be more exact.
This is going to be the future quilt’s location. Now all the white is needleturned (glued first) and now I have to decide if I like it. I am not a fan of needle turn as I never seem to get the best line of stitching as I can when I glue over freezer paper.
However, putting the quilt up here made me think a few things.
- I want the words “The Periodic Spiral” to hover above the quilt.
- I think I want an explanation of the groups down below done in embroidery.
- I want something to block the needleturn edges from the background. Some kind of trim, embroidery or something.
While I was at Hancock fabrics the other day I was looking for some multicolored ric rac or similar.
But I found some interesting black or white or black and white trims. I bought some black ric rac that in 2 days I have already misplaced somewhere.
But this intriguing black and white braid, which I
like love, but is a little thick, and really doesn’t navigate around the curves all that well.
But I worry with this trim that it either takes away too much or detracts too much from the original design. It completely flows around the design.
And then yesterday while at Micheal’s I was looking at beads.
So I thought of these metal based beads.
And then the opal ones.
And I saw some carbon looking beads too thinking of how maybe I could get some different types of things to represent the different types of elements on the table, non metal beads, metal beads, something to represent gas forms, liquids.
Head spinning, but only purchased the small square metal looking beads, but didn’t get enough to go around the entire design. Even if I add the opal ones together.
And then there’s another white based cording that I was considering outlining a darker area that I would do the embroidery on.
I bought some silver pearl cotton 5 floss and see the potential for twilling (our area’s hot hot hot embroidery design with knots) the types of elements.
But I am trying to preview this on the entire design because I opted out of getting the black only cording for the missing black ric rac.
And then there’s the lettering.
Also while at Hancock’s I found some sparkly fabric. With optical illusions set against black. And you know I like optical illusions in quilts!
so I cut out one letter in this shiny sparkly fabric.
And yes too much.
Problem with the letter is that I would also need a trim or something around the outside of the letter to separate the highly patterned letter from the highly patterned background.
So I’m wondering if I starch the snot out of this slippery shiny sparkly fabric if there is anyway in the world I could make bias strips and outline a darker color of letter. Like make a black or dark blue letter with thin, shiny, sparkly bias tape edges.
Or I could always bias around the edge of my periodic table with the sparkly fabric bias tape. Now there’s a thought.
But honestly sounds like a lot of work. Wonder if I’m up to it.
AND I still have to print out on fabric my “key” for the spiral to make it all make sense.
The super bright “hot flashes” quilt, a year later, is coming up dark.
Dark and warm at the same time.
Halloweeny & fally and warm looking.
I have been sacrificing all other projects, swishing away at all other quilt desires to gain a little more time in working on this quilt.
So I’ve been making progress. Feeling like finally, I can see the top completion in sight in the (somewhat) near future.
I haven’t started much on the corner squares except for cutting out the templates.
I’ve gotten a good system and a good start on the side blocks being completed. Which makes me happier with the progress from this weekend than last. But last weekend was a little bit different than the norm.
This weekend I didn’t have Saturday and Sunday to work fully (due to work schedules), and so I barreled on my progress on quilting rather than podcasting. Have topic, will record soon – need more time to work on details than I had.
This quilt has come up much darker than I thought, but at the same time, retained the same feeling. The dark black and orange is repeated in the alternate & side blocks, while the fun bright blocks are scrappy and changing.
I really like the contrast this pulls out even though it’s dark.
But it’s also light because of all those bright yellows and such.
And the quilt has points, and curves and all sorts of lines to look at.
Here are some more progress pictures that I have been working on the past two weeks or so.
First I subcut my strips into strip segments using templates created from EQ7.
Then as I was cutting the subcuts into the pieces I needed, the template kept slipping away from my ruler. On New Years, I cut INTO my templates accidentally occasionally, and I didn’t want to repeat that, so I used masking tape.
The edge of the ruler is at the edge of the template. This way I could see what I had already cut and line everything up clearly.
And I just had to move the ruler, this made the strips SO MUCH easier to cut without thinking too much (necessary after this week).
And you know those little corners, also necessary to cut, the tiny little pieces at the corners of the triangles, helped immensely in lining up my blocks later & keeping them without too many puckers.
This is all the discarded pieces making a pie shape on my cutting mat.
I don’t know for sure what I’m doing with these, but an idea is here regardless. It’s a 10 sided figure it looks like. One of the ‘-agons’
This is a stack of pieces that I haven’t sewn together yet, but it seems like the best solution in the ‘semi paper piecing’ that I’ve been doing.
These become the side blocks. There is a little fudging that happens at the change of direction on the seam, but not a ton. Of course the tucking is minimized by the fact that my pieces are actually cut down to the exact size of the template. Go figure that’s how it works best. LOL.
But the work and thought to the non distracting alternate blocks is paying off. My initial draw to the black fabric is the best choice, and three of the 4 initial fabrics I purchased for this quilt after making some of the blocks, they have found a presence in this quilt as well.
I am not incredibly fond of orange, and actually after working on this quilt, I want to dive into blues and purples a lot, but I KNOW it expanded my color pallete AND my stash.
I started the pieces of this quilt a year ago or so, and it’s only been hard driven to finish when I noticed my comforter is falling to pieces rapidly.
It’s definitely not one of those ‘quilt in a weekend’ type of designs, and has so many parts to it that of course it’s a slower, longer project than I normally finish.
But, it’s making me feel good to complete. And will be worth my time in the end. I am trying to figure out what kind of quilting designs will work best for this quilt or even if I want to go light or dark with the quilting on it. Or both. We’ll see, I have a long way to go until it’s quilted, but starting to see the end is closer than I think!
Posting & recording this on Christmas Day. Things have been … interesting in the last week to say the least. Sorta rambly, let’s just go with it.
Podcasts I listen to that are not quilting related. Including links below, but I personally do not use links of sites to listen to. Best bet, highlight & paste into your favorite podcast catcher the following titles.
General Radio converted into Podcasts
Semi Professional General
- Star Talk
- Stuff to Blow Your Mind (How stuff works)
- Lab Out Loud
- 60 Second Science
- Dr. Karl’s Great Moments in Science
- The Naked Scientist Podcast
- Hmm…Krulwich on Science
- Skeptoid (not mentioned in the podcast – critical thinking podcast)
Educational & Fun
- Stuff you Should Know (How Stuff Works)
- Tech Stuff (How Stuff Works)
- Grammar Girl (Quick & Dirty Tips)
- Get it Done Guy (Quick & Dirty Tips)
- Nutrition Diva (Quick & Dirty Tips)
- Public Speaker (Quick & Dirty Tips)
- Coffee Break Spanish
- Speech Smarts
How to Podcast Podcasts
- Audacity to Podcast
- School of Podcasting
- Podcaster’s Studio
- Podcast Quick Tips
- Podcast Answer Man
- Podcast Guy
Crafty Podcasts (non quilting)
- Seamed Up
- Happy Crafter 207
- Cast On
- Grandmas Sewing Cabinet
- Creative Mom Podcast
- Crafty Pod
- Craft Sanity
- Craft Cast
- Stitching N Junk (explicit)
- Artists Helping Artists
- Notes from the Voodoo Lounge
- Sew Forth Now (fashion sewing – failed to mention in podcast)
Books & Lit
Are there more to add that are FANTASTIC podcasts? What do you listen to & why?
See you tomorrow for Boxing Day Sew In BDSI #BDSI
See you on Twitter. Just put in hashtag BDSI. Use TweetChat to help you sort it out. I will.
A Podcast Christmas Theme (edited by me) by Tom Shad
Carol of the Bells by Doug Astrop
Optical (visual) illusions come when your brain interprets something you see that you actually don’t see.
Optical Illusions come in many forms
Line (& Shape) Illusions
Lines appear bulged or squished depending on lines around it.
Op-Art Quilts book on Amazon
This looks like the op art quilts in the book but is not exactly:
Image from flickr by andy02124 (creative commons)
Image from Wikipedia
There are squares set on point that have concentric circles that make the squares seem squished
The Bulging Checkerboard (see below)
Kaleidoscope quilt variations (this one does not show circles, but is Kaleidoscope quilt
Image from flickr by heidielliot(creative commons)
Storm at Sea
Image from flickr by The Last Cookie
Due to colors/ value lines, two dimensional objects appear in three dimensions
2D –> 3D
Tumbling block and varations
Shadow box quilt
Due to highly dense & colored designs, the designs appear to move on you.
Revolving CirclesImage from Wikipedia
A dizzying optical illusion quilt that you won’t be disappointed to see, but watch, made me dizzy to look at.
Rotating Snake Illusion (very moving, if you’re epileptic, be aware before clicking)
Actually moving illusion that induces an interesting afterimage effect (don’t go if epileptic)
Illusion of Inclusion
Your brain completes the picture, it finishes things up that are not there.
Image from wikipedia
Image from wikipedia
Robbing Peter to Pay Paul
Image from flickr by PeggyinMaine
These objects are impossible … very impossible.
This hilarious video of these penrose stairs. Video is called Hallucii. You’ll see why when you click.
Patterns come up that are not expected – from very simple blocks
The Neutral Stars Block
The simple three strip block that doesn’t look like much on its own.
More about the Bulging Checkerboard
She has graciously agreed to let me share pictures of it with you.
Jane has named her quilt False Impressions, the website of this effect is called bulging checkerboard.
The effect is simply amazing, but the execution of it looks like squares on larger squares. The hardest part would appear to be keeping everything separate and in line.
Here is a detail shot. It would be easy to do with big enough blocks, the effect is much greater when standing back.
Do you see why it’s a bulging checkerboard?
Wow, this quilt, I would be really proud of Jane.
Jane calls herself a quilter geek, and this is a great example of this.
Other Optical Quilts
3D Tetris Quilt by Quilter Geek
My Opic by Ruthann from Mirkwood Designs (link from SeamedUp, tell me if it’s broken)
Who is known as the Optical Illusion Quilter?
Karen Combs (facebook page)
Optical Illusion Quilts on amazon
Optical Illusion quilts at the Online Quilt Museum
Whole site of Illusions at Visual Phenomena & Optical Illusions
I did not discuss color constancy, which is a whole other ball of wax that tricks your brain into thinking about the colors based on the other colors around it.
Mevios Music Alley: Get Myself Together by The Tones
The days are blurring by faster & faster every day now!
I really have to say I love football season for many reasons, one of which is that it’s one time I actually sit down & do some handwork of some kind.
So I’ve been working a little bit on my periodic spiral quilt in between football plays.
I will post some progress pictures here, some of which you’ve seen, some you haven’t.
I have 1 whole section to sew together yet, and one section that is still in rows.
Progress as of today Oct 9th, 2011:
The green section is still in rows, I have to admit sewing the rows to each other is my least favorite part.
Actually all the major colored sections are not sewn to each other either, it’s easier to transport when the thing is still in larger pieces.
This is still a pretty small quilt. The size of the grey fabric you see in the picture is the size of a television tray, so this is going on the front of my studio door when completed.
The grey fabric will be cut down to ‘mock’ the shape of the spiral & the whole thing will rest on some black/blue hexagon batik fabric purchased in February.
Also, was considering writing the symbols on the quilt in silver pen, and this I may not do now – have not decided for or against it yet.
Here’s some (reverse) progress as I’ve gone along with this quilt.
A few days ago – Oct 5th:
DESIGN (sometime this year or end of last year <Dec2010-Jan2011>):
A long time ago in a college far far away, I wanted to work with NASA due to my love of space.
The planetarium job now long behind me, I don’t keep up on which planets are out when, and I do love looking up on a clear cloudless night.
I am comforted on my ride to work (every day in the dark, mind you) of the stars above me and the wonders of the universe, although I rarely get too deep into it anymore.
I am used to looking up, but what if I could look down? From the ISS (international space station)? I saw on Bad Astronomy today a link to this you tube video.
Those of you space-afiles like me, or just anyone who appreciates something beautiful, I am embedding the video onto my site today.
I love seeing all the lights from all the cities & towns! And you can see the lightning from up above.
You gotta take a look at this quilt.
Longtime podcast listeners / blog readers may know that once upon a time I was inspired by Beverly St Clair to create a genome quilt. Well, I have this very elaborate simple looking quilt idea that never went anywhere, but a pattern & an idea. It’s coming (probably), but I don’t have a gene to start with yet.
But this got me into contact with Rachel. Rachel is a PhD student in Melbourne Australia & she sews fantastic clothes, and also quilts, which she blogs about both these passions at My Messings blog.
I have loved watching Rachel’s sewing come along over the years, but nothing as spectacular of a project as THIS – Rachel’s Genome Quilt!
Rachel’s quilt is filled with A’s, C’s, G’s & T’s, in code. Each turn of the half square triangle represents a specific base.
The gene used in question: mouse integrin beta3
I love the subtle gradation of the aqua colors through the quilt, which really gives this quilt a lot of interest.
To the random observer, this quilt appears to be a random draw of half square triangles, but I’ve seen pictures of the blocks being sewn down, Rachel’s diagram of her final quilt done in sections, and now we get to see the finished piece.
A lot of preparation, planning, and persistence prevails here with this quilt.
Rachel takes the time to link back to all her past journey of the making of the quilt in her final blog post, so you should go over there and take a look at this quilt!
The back is pretty great too. (reminds me of electron orbital shells actually)
But the one thing that needs to be finished in order to tie all this meaning with all this beauty – a label. So, I’m guessing that’s the next stage of the quilt.
It looks great, so go and take a look at what my blogging friend has done!
Well done Rachel!
Well, today is actually a good day for me to sit at my computer at length, and I haven’t wanted to keel over due to the heat.
Working on getting the AC fixed, or at least watching while it is, and there were days earlier this week it was 93 inside. At 2:30 AM. At my computer.
This has put a major dampening on my computer activities (although not exactly computer silent either).
And the enthusiasm I had built up on sunday just prior to all this chaos has sorta slipped away.
Had a great time at the quilt show, and will share it with you audibly with you soon!
In the mean time, lots more hand sewing while I sit in a 10 X10 (or so) room watching TV and some of the Harry Potter movies.
I’m up to HP4 rewatched now, and yes, the premiere is tomorrow (tonight), but I have tickets for Monday afternoon, so I have time to watch the remaining 3 movies beforehand.
Anyway … (see how I’ve missed you, rambling already)
Here are the tribbles I’ve been working on. They even did me the honor of lining up for me.
And what do you know, 12 more decided to show up on the table after this picture was taken. I told you they multiply!
Actually, this picture doesn’t look too far off of what the periodic table actually is … which is a good thing.
I have lots and lots of tribble seeds still thanks to Pam and several members of my wonderful guild! They’re so addicting to do that a few more tribble skeletons (not sure if they have skeletons?) also followed me home yesterday, to the size of 3/4 and 1 inch. (These are 1/2 inch along each hexie side).
I don’t know how I missed this blog before, but here is a girl after my own heart.
Since we can’t go more than 3.6 hours without hearing/reading the word ‘hexie’ in the quilting world lately (and this includes myself), I thought I’d share some hexie science love that I found on Becky’s Blabber blog.
And what are these hexie’s doing? Becoming molecules!
Well, hexies and penties … but penties are hard to say because they’re so uncommon.
Good job Becky on your first hexie!
And this apparently has lead to a lot of hexagon / molecule love for Becky!