Archive for the ‘Other Crafty Scientists’ Category

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19.0 Rachel’s Genome Quilt

August 27, 2011

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!

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18.2 Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle (via Beauty All Around)

August 11, 2011

I saw this little “42 piece toy” blogged and I had to reshare it with you. Squares and triangle shapes, 42 mini quilts that are turned under become a toy / puzzle. This looks like a lot of fun! Those of you with bright colored charm packs or fabrics, here’s an idea for you and kids to enjoy!

Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle This is one of those projects that's been on my mental to do list for a while, like before I had my Pinterest boards, or I would be able to tell you exactly when and where I saw it. (Oh Pinterest, how did I ever get along without you?) I did pin a similar project as soon as I saw it, but this was months after the original inspiration struck me. Curious yet? After tumbling the idea around in my head, I finally cracked down and did it, and rather t … Read More

via Beauty All Around

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16.3 More Scientific Hexies from Becky’s Blabber

June 10, 2011

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!

And some more in progress blog love can be found here, and here.

 

 

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16.2 Periodic Table of Sewing by Scientific Seamstress

June 9, 2011

I totally failed to mention this wonderful periodic table of sewing in my periodic table episode a couple of days ago.

Carla of the the Scientific Seamstress fame (must be something weird about people with the names rhyming with ‘arla’?) has put together the periodic table of sewing elements.

Keeping the symbols of the elements the same, Carla has found some cute replacements for elements!

I particularly like Ne (neon) for Needle, and Sr (strontium) for Seam Ripper, and Mg (magnesium) for Magnetic Closure.

Check out her science/sewing lab on this post where there’s a link to a larger printable version of the image!

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16.0 Now THAT’s a planet!

June 7, 2011

I occasionally get Craftster updates and this time I saw this wonderful patchwork planet.  From the Froglin Faffing blog.

Reminds me of me, where the planning goes one way, and then at the end uses pure luck to complete it.  Nice graph, nice organization, I love squishies with a purpose.

What’s best?  Most fabrics are from her stash!

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6.8 Machine Quilter’s Showcase Pictures Part 1

June 8, 2010

Last month I went to the Machine Quilter’s Showcase in Kansas City.  This may be discussed in the podcast a little bit (no – not ready to record the rest yet – voice still bad).  Since I haven’t been recording, lets just put up gratuitious (but yummy) pictures of quilts that I will take a long time to gain the excellent skills shown here.  Very different being at a national show vs. a local show, but at the same time – not.  Hard to ‘xplain.

This time I was BAD BAD BAD in getting credit for what was due each quilter so I don’t have any names of quilts and quilt artists, but if YOU happen to see your quilt in this post, comment below and I’ll try to get it in a corrected post later.

1) Thread painting at the beach.  Black quilt.  All the color done with thread.  Awesome!

More thread painting of parrots!

More thread painting (I think) of geisha.

2) This quilt was white to start with and details were colored in by the quilt artist!

Subtlety of red and purple on this quilt.

3) I saw a listener’s quilt – Vicki’s mouse’s eye quilt – in person.  Boy the beading on that was amazing!  I was speechless to see something I had seen on the blog in person.

4) Photographs and real objects for inspiration.  I loved this cat picture quilt with picture board.

5) Many spirograph style quilts, many done on black.  Takes me back to the 80’s and little gears with numbers on them. 

6) Color study.  The following quilts I liked particularly for their color choices.  Who says some colors don’t mix?

Purple and red awesomeness. 

The triple nine patch convinces me that I can do aqua (one of my favorites) with red and it can be striking.

A veritable conglomeration of colors on this quilt just make me smile.

Lime green has a place next to purple if needed!

And the background on this shows that not every quilt needs to be backed with white (or variation) or black (or variation) to be effective.

… that’s all for today.  I’ll break up this eye candy into several posts so you can have some continued quilty goodness for the week!

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3.3 Podcast 7 Fun with Fibonacci

January 3, 2010

  

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A wonderfully simple, but visually pleasing mathematical topic is called the Fibonacci sequence.  

 What is the Fibonacci sequence?  

 Before you go running off to Wikipedia to find out (it’s somewhat scary – I’m warning you), let me explain Fibonacci here first.  

 The Fibonacci sequence is a series that can continue on forever (something to occupy your kids of school age for a period of time that can add multiple digits – challenge them to find the first 20 or 30 Fibonacci numbers and they’ll stay occupied for a while to give you sewing time).   

  1. You start with the number 1 and the other number 1. 
  2. Then you add the two numbers together: 1 + 1 = 2
  3. Then you add the last two numbers together: 1 + 2 = 3
  4. Then you add the last two numbers together: 2 + 3 = 5
  5. …   3 + 5 = 8
  6. …   5 + 8 = 13
  7. …   and so on … the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 …. are the first numbers in the Fibonacci sequence

Personal Fibonacci influences 

Where did I first learn about the Fibonacci sequence?  Square One Television 

 Square One was an educational television program in the late 80’s that helped kids learn math.  There were several other shows that held my interest at this time such as:  Mr Wizard, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Braingames (on HBO), Encyclopedia (also on HBO), which focused on science, geography, brain puzzles, and vocabulary respectively.  

 On Square One, at the end of every episode there was a segment called ‘Mathnet’.  On Dragnet Mathnet, they were detectives that used math to solve crimes, and on one episode (series of episodes) there was a parrot that kept saying “1, 1, 2, 3, 5, eureka”.  It was the Fibonacci parrot.  Listen to the episode to hear my rendition of the parrot and some songs that I sing wonderfully that I embarrass myself for the sake of math.  

Fibonacci in Quilting  

The best example of a Fibonacci quilt that I found was on the blog Christina Creating  

Fibonacci quilt from Christina at Christina Creating

The colors, the contrast, the borders and the binding are just incredibly wonderful in this quilt!  Its informational, educational, visually appealing, square, AND well received by the recipients!  She talks about the process in her favorite quilt post.  No wonder it’s one of her favorite quilts!

Because I missed it the first time, here is a direct quote from Christina Creating about the inspiration for the quilt that she made:            

“I got the idea from the article “Pythagorean Tree” by Diana Venters in AQS’s American Quilter: Ultimate Projects (vol XIX, no 5, 2003).”  I have not been quilting all that long, so do not have access to that article (without going to the library I would guess they may have it).  If you’re into mathematical quilting, look up Diana Venters.            

Inspired by christina’s quilt, I played around in Photoshop a little bit and got a rough draft of a few quilts (or quilt block).  I turned on the grid to help with lining up in Photoshop (go to view / show / grid) 

 

Then I added several of these blocks together and changed some of the colors  

What an easy baby quilt idea this could be?  You could sew strips together of the different colors and just cut and sew them fairly easily. 

Here is the edges of the Fibonacci that shows the grid created by this quilt.  Maybe this would be good fabric pattern? (or not?) 

 

If instead of doing strips, you could do squares of each type.  This is (my) monochromatic version of the painting on the Square One / Mathnet parrot episode. 

You could also use the Fibonacci sequence to find visually pleasing border widths.  If you are stuck on several borders and knowing what widths to use for these, try Fibonacci numbers. 

For example, have a 1 inch border next to a 2 inch border next to a 3 inch border.  Or try a 2 inch border next a 5 inch border or a 1 inch border near an 8 inch border.  

I found a few other mathematical quilting sites along the road              

Including a challenge for mathematics quilts from 2006.         

 

Fibonacci in Nature 

Not all Fibonacci is straight lines and architecture.  Naturally you find Fibonacci in sunflowers.  I am NOT going to count them, but supposedly there are Fibonacci numbers of 34 and 55 on the following sunflower. 

 

 When you stop and look at things that you don’t normally pay attention to, you can find some unusual ideas, depending on how deep you actually look.  After mentioning Fibonacci and doing some Wikipedia research, and seeing tons of sunflower pictures, I stopped in my tracks when cleaning one of my dishes (by hand) and saw the same type of pattern – a Fibonacci pattern on my dish!  Amazing!  Did they purposefully make 13 little “dents” in each spiral?     

 

A natural spiral found in sea shells is shown here with this Wikipedia drawing.  

And if you divide the Fibonacci numbers in this way you get the Golden Ratio, which is also visually pleasing: 

  • 5/3 = 1.5
  • 8/5 = 1.66
  • 13/8 = 1.6
  • … on and on … until you get 1.61

The golden Ratio gives you a visually appealing relationship of 1 on the short side and 1.61 on the long side – many greek architecture follows this golden ratio rule of design. 

Additional Resources

A very comprehensive study of the fibonacci sequence with many pictures and ideas 

Go to Craftster and spread the word there on the quilting podcast posts        

Quilting & Crafting Podcasts mentioned in this podcast 

If you’re mathematically brave, head to the Wikipedia sites on Fibonacci and golden ratio

Thanks to my commenters this week!        

Keep Experimenting!