Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fun with geometry


I had a bag full of 2 1/2-inch fabric strips in blue and white after a swap last year at quilt guild. I wanted to whip up a quick gift recently and thought I'd play around with some different ways to use the strips.


Years ago I made one of those neat kaliedoscope quilts with the wedges cut out of strip sets and sewn together into octagonal blocks. I had used a special ruler to cut the 45-degree wedges but of course couldn't find the ruler when I wanted to use it again. It was easy enough to just use the 60-degree angle markings on my regular ruler instead, though. Turns out that six equilateral triangles fit together perfectly into a full hexagon, so I guess my high school geometry teacher, Mr. Hutton, really did know what he was talking about!


The gaps between the four 16-inch-wide hexagons filled in perfectly with more strip sets. I sliced one dark-blue strip straight down the middle to make a narrow inner border, then used more strips for the mitered border. It made for a cute, different, and very easy little quilt design and if you're looking for something unusual to do with those 2 1/2 inch strips, I highly recommend it.

7 comments:

Karen said...

Pythagoras would be proud of you, Anne, along with Mr. Hutton! You just can't beat a good triangle for interesting geometry!! Your sister (and a student of Mr. Hutton as well!)

Karen

Joe said...

What a hoot, Anne...Why, Class, pay attention!!!

c.Rachel said...

Beautiful quilt!
Love your quick little profile about gazing at exec's ties. That's so funny!

Happy to have found your blog too.

Melissa said...

that's very clever! i relaly like the effect it achieves- blue and white are so fresh!

Angelika said...

Wow, that's different. Very cute. I would have come up with the same old Irish Chain/Postage stamp quilt to use up those strips, which would have meant lots of cutting and sewing. Why easy, when I can make it complicated, I guess.

Monika said...

It's a lovely Quilt!

tiennie said...

Great quilt! I'm glad you're back to blogging!