Last mini-group meeting we started discussing what we might do with all our charm squares we had exchanged during our year-long swap. None of us had definitely decided, but all of us had some thoughts running around in our heads! I have bookmarked several patterns in both the Nickel Quilts and More Nickel Quilts books. The first photo is of a Paducah Nine Patch block from Nickel Quilts which I fell in love with the moment I saw it. One problem may be that it will take 169 of these little babies to make a queen-sized quilt!!! Definitely need some quick cutting strategies. Definitely!!! The second photo is of some pyramid samples. I have always wanted to do a pyramid quilt. The top one is using an equilateral triangle acrylic template which would be very handy. But, of course, I like the bottom isosceles triangle better--for which I have no acrylic template! The one I used was cut from template plastic and may not be as accurate as need be. Hmmm...wonder if there is a place that will custom cut acrylic templates??? One of our members is set on making hers a true "charm" quilt--one template only and no fabric repeated. Another gal is leaning towards just making HSTs with lights and darks. It will be so much fun to see what we all come up with. We are planning a "field trip" this Friday to the IMQA show. I went last year and just loved it. Even though I don't own a longarm machine, there were plenty of other yummies to hold my attention. They advertise over 400 quilts to view, thousands of thread varieties, hundreds of FQs, and on and on. Our plastic will be smokin' ! Then we'll lunch at Cinzetti's, a wonderful Italian spot. It will be a great outing.
In a recent issue of the Kansas City Star magazine, they ran an article on the Golden Ratio--a mathematical and architectural concept which is a ratio (phi) that gives an aesthetically pleasing proportion. While I never did get into Feng Shui, this concept intrigues me as something that might be helpful in planning quilt designs. In a nutshell, here's phi: Picture a line divided into two unequal segments. If the line is divided at exactly the right point, one segment would be 1.618 times the length of the other, and the whole line would be 1.618 times the length of the longer segment. (Sorry 'bout all that math!!!) The ratio shows up a lot in nature and art--it's the ever-increasing widths of the segments of a spiral seashell. It's the ratio of the width of the Parthenon to its height. It's the ratio of the length of your forearm to your hand. Michelangelo's David has the phi proportions. I find this so fascinating and want to do much more reading. Well, did you guess which lamp has the phi going on? The one on the left! The base of the lamp is about 1.6 times the height of the shade. It looks balanced. The lamp on the right has a shade that is much taller, making it look awkward. Hmmm...I think I need to redecorate!!!