Mathematical Quilts

Some of my work...



Blue-Breasted Hummingbird - Golden Rectangle #5 - The Blue-Breasted Hummingbird is flying inside a Golden Rectangle. The pleasing proportions of the 1 to roughly 1.618 rectangle comes to us from the early Greeks. The proportion is found in our bodies, cereal boxes, light switch covers, 3 x 5 cards, flower heads, pine cones, plant spirals and more. This quilt was used in the classroom to discuss surface area and volume relationships that are a concern in our bird industry. as Americans are wanting heavier birds, the cross sectional area of the bird's legs become weaker as the bird's volume grows.

- The arrows inspired this quilter to fashion something interesting
yet mathematical. The border of this quilt was especially fun as the arrows
extend outside the edge of the quilt.

Tessellation 2
- Owned in a private collection.

Pascal's Pumpkin
- the design for Pascal's Pumpkin was discovered by Marc Roth. 
He had learned about designs based on Pascal's Triangle from the Scientific American article on the triangle by Martin Gardner.  Later, Roth learned how to extend the triangle to a hexagon from the research of Jean Pedersen and Peter Hilton. Finally, the triangle or hexagon can be extended to a three dimensional pyramid.  Pascal's Pumpkin is based on two superimposed layers of the pyramid (16 and 17 layers up from the base).

Buckeyballs and Bubbles - This quilt turned out to be a tribute to Richard Smalley,
a professor who discovered the existence of the Buckeyball in soot.  For centuries
it was thought that the only two pure forms of carbon were hard sparkling diamonds
and dull, slipery graphite.  In l985, Smalley's team announce a third pure form of
carbon C-60.  The Buckeyball was named after Buckminster Fuller, the inventor
of the geodesic dome.  The symmetry in the Buckeyball lends itself to applications
in drug design, chemical sponges,miniature circuits, lubricants, catalysts, chemical
probles in a scanning-fprce microscope, batteries, molecular sieves, and possible
use in photo copiers.
A short video of this quilt can be found here.


School of Fish - At a recent Bridges Conference, articles were presented on morphing techniques.  Elaine became fascinated by these designs and believed an interesting quilt could be constructed.  School of Fish is the result of exploring the techniques of M. C. Escher, John Sharp, and Craig S. Kaplan. A short video of this quilt can be found here.

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