Monday, December 1, 2008

Seven by twelve

I used to be a mathematician in a former life... Actually, I guess I'm still a mathematician...
When Nikki unveiled her theme, I got lots of memories coming back from my years at the university. Too many to choose from. Then, I thought about the relations between maths and nature. Fascinating, but still much too vast...
After this, I decided it would be more fun to make a quilt about the mathematics small kids have to learn in primary school. And I had the idea of a quilt inspired by multiplication tables. Of course, the 12 times table would be perfect in this case!
I made two screens, one with the multiplication table and one with multiples of 12, and I used them to print my fabric. I pieced a few blocks, log cabin style. In the center of each block, I wrote the multiples of 12, up to 7 times 12, because it is our seventh challenge and we now have 84 quilts between the twelve of us.
The narrow yellow lines are reminiscent of a Pythagoras' table.
Here's a detail of the quilt...
The colours are more accurate in the detail shot than in the full view picture.
More pictures on my blog.

14 comments:

Nikki said...

My first mathematical thoughts go to elementary school math. Must have something to do with homeschooling. I love your times table fabrics.

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Kristin L said...

I love how you've incorporated "our" 12 and the numbers generated by our challenges. I love the yellow border too. Many Americans may not realize that in Europe, math assignments are done in composition books with gridded paper. The kids learn at an early age to mark a border (usually with a yellow pencil) so as to keep the page visually tidy and easy to read -- or at least that's what my kids had to do in German school and I assume Françoise's border is an allusion to this.

Diane said...

I like this a lot too, Francoise. I especially like that it incorporates a traditional quilt block idea with the math concept, AND uses the numbers that are suitable to this very moment in our group. It's very pleasing visually too. I'm glad Kristin explained about the border, I would not have understood that reference, but I like how it looks!

Deborah Boschert said...

I love the screened fabric and the reference to our 12 community and how far along we are. Very clever. More than any of the other "twelves" I think your quilts are a lovely series. They all have similar construction and color palette. It's be amazing to see that development. Great job.

Karen said...

Francoise, I just love this, the background fabric with the numbers is so great, and your multiples of twelve in the log cabin style fits so well with all of us

Terry said...

Yes, wonderful piece! The screened fabric is perfect and the composition is playful, but logical. Also very much your serene style.

Helen Conway said...

I particularly like the hand written annotations - reminds me of my frenzied jottings when trying to do the maths planning part of a quilt! The continental 'ones' also give it a distinct look.

Gerrie said...

Very nice interpretation of the theme. And very clever to include so many references to our personal numbers. I really like the composition of the piece with the borders on two sides. The yellow strips give it nice definition.

kirsty said...

The hand writing is a lovely contrast to the crispness of the piecing. As always, your quilt demonstrates beautiful balance, Francoise.

StegArt said...

Ugh, I hated those multiplication tables. But I really like them on your quilt. And you always have such great color combinations with your hand dyes.

Brenda said...

Wow! are we up to 84 quilts already?! I must need to brush up on my 12 timetables.

A very elegant interpretation.

corryna said...

The numbers on the quilt work so well. Lovely design. Well done!

Dorothee said...

I think this one is my favourite!