So...last again, huh?
My excuse is two-part:
1. I picked up the camera yesterday afternoon to take the photo and found the battery was flat. By the time it charged, the evening light had gone.
2. I slept in. I'm on holiday so I didn't wake up this morning until nine!
To the quiltin'....
Well, WHAT a theme. I was in shock for two days after the theme was revealed. Maths?? I thought I had left that trauma behind years ago!
I couldn't come up with a single original thought for days, until one evening we watched an interesting TV show that explores basic human psychology through simple experiments (BBC produced, called The People Watchers). That episode included an experiment in which participants were required to generate a series of numbers by random means (one had dice, another was coin-tossing, etc)and record the results on paper. They were also asked to write a second list of random numbers but the list was to be made up - no number-generating tool to be used. They didn't know for what purpose they were doing any of this. Then a psychologist compared the lists and in every instance was able to correctly identify which of the lists was made up and which was a representation of the numbers generated by the dice or whatever.
The difference between the lists was that the random lists contained sequences of repeated numbers (for example, throwing dice can result in the same number recurring four times in succession) whereas the human lists were more muddled (each of the participants tried to not have runs or groups of numbers to make their list appear "more random"). The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate that human beings are attracted to pattern, order and sequences. We find it difficult to accept truly random things and even apply that prejudice to selecting lottery numbers.
That all got me thinking about scrap quilts and how, in every class I have done which required random fabric placement, quilters have struggled to allow that to happen! I have seen many a quilter "auditioning" fabrics for a scrap quilt!
I also thought about the "paper bag method" of scrap quilting where you place all your darks in one bag and all your lights in another and spread the mediums between them. You then take one piece from each bag and stitch them together. The only time you may cheat is if you happen upon two pieces of the same colour.
All of which lead to my quilt...
What about a scrap quilt where the fabrics were randomly selected and yet a random pattern resulted? What would be the odds of THAT?
The scale needed to be small to give a true scrap-quilt appearance. Well, can I just say - all you miniaturists? YOU ARE INSANE. Never again will I attempt such a folly. You will also be wincing and writhing at my seam-matching (or complete lack thereof). It took FOREVER to make this insane quilt. I tried desperately to match all of the seams at first, but as the standard went slowly but steadily further into the toilet, I decided to live with the fact that my quilt was A Concept and that it Illustrated a Point :)
So here it is. Bring on the next challenge! ( and, please, make it easy)
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