Friday, March 18, 2011

Can I get a Whoop-Whoop?? Fibonacci Rules!


Hi, all!

It's Friday again, and I hope you've got something to share with everyone today!  Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish, just something you worked on that you're proud of!  (And you can link up anytime up until Saturday at midnight.)  I'm so happy to see that lots of people linked up last week - I hope you're checking out some or all of the links and leaving lots of bloggy love for your fellow linkers.....

It's been a different kind of week around my place - Lilli is out of preschool for two weeks for spring break, so she's been around a lot more - and that means less time to sew.  On the other hand, I've had the chance to enjoy the spring weather with a little fashionista....


I am told by Miss Lilli that this IS the proper outfit to wear while walking your tin lizard on a spring day.....

My niece is here visiting me, and my "whoop whoop" project this week is a joint project we've been working on - a gift for her pregnant mathematics professor, who is a number theorist.  Before I show it to you, though, you need to know a little bit about the background... 

Fibonacci was a 12th century mathematician who is perhaps best known for a simple series of numbers called the Fibonacci numbers in his honour.
The series begins with 0 and 1. After that, use the simple rule:
Add the last two numbers to get the next.
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987,...
You might ask where this came from? In Fibonacci's day, mathematical competitions and challenges were common. It was in just this type of competition that the following problem arose:
Beginning with a single pair of rabbits, if every month each productive pair bears a new pair, which becomes productive when they are 1 month old, how many rabbits will there be after n months?
The rabbit breeding problem that caused Fibonacci to write about the sequence may be unrealistic but the Fibonacci numbers really do appear in nature. For example, some plants branch in such a way that they always have a Fibonacci number of growing points. Flowers often have a Fibonacci number of petals, daisies can have 34, 55 or even as many as 89 petals.


What this means for quilting is that if you use the Fibonacci sequence in your quilting, it will have an innate harmony to it.  This is useful for figuring the widths for multiple borders, etc.


Anyway.....  I had made this pillow based on the Fibonacci sequence for my niece for Christmas, and she decided she wanted to make a Fibonacci-inspired quilt for her teacher's baby.  She bought a focus fabric and showed up on my doorstep during spring break so we could put something together.  A little bit of time spent figuring out a pattern on graph paper, a short trip to the LQS for coordinating solids, some time spent piecing and quilting, and voila.....






.... we present Oh, Fibonacci!  As you can see, the strips are cut to the beginning numbers of the Fibonacci sequence (2", 3", 5", and 8") and alternated focus print to solids.  The resulting strip set is then cut across the strips in the same sequence, and then alternate strips are reversed to create the patchwork pattern.  


This came out so much cuter than I had originally envisioned - the pillow didn't make the same checkerboard pattern as the quilt, so that was an unexpected and pleasing result!


I also finally finished the tutorial for this quilt...



The pattern is a simple disappearing nine-patch with a sashing twist - it will be featured, along with some other disappearing nine-patches, Saturday on Stash Manicure where I'll be guest blogging.  But you can get a jump on the competition and get a copy of the pdf pattern e-mailed to you if you want it - just leave a comment asking me to send you a copy (and be sure if you're a no-reply blogger to leave me your e-mail address!)  I've been promising this tutorial to some folks for about two months now - and it's finally done!! Woohoo!!




So those are my finishes for the week - can I get a whoop whoop??


And now the question is - - - what have you been working on this week?  Link up and show off!!


Later!




Sarah


88 comments:

domestiCass said...

I like your new look and the picture of Lilli is adorable!!!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I would greatly appreciate a copy of this tutorial/pattern. I believe I have just the fabrics for it.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

The translation of math to quilt is very cool!

Lilli has a great fashion sense. ;-)

I'd like to have of the tutorial, too. Thanks!

Brita said...

What an adorable little girl :-) And yes, I'd love to get a copy of the pattern, please. I'm waiting for sunshine to come into my sewing room so I can take a pic of my Whoop Whoop! And sending one out to you!

Mo! said...

Ohmahgooniss! It is soooo beautiful! Thank you for helping H with this project! We all really appreciate it!
~Morgan (Heather's Friend)
:)

Diane E W said...

Miss Lilli is so cute. I need to ask her where she got her boots, they are adorable. Goes very well with her tutu. I love it.
Your niece's quilt is so pretty, I don't quite understand how you came up with it, but it is beautiful. I would like a copy of your pattern, I admired it the first time you shared it.

Staci said...

LOVE the spring outfit and the adorable model! Makes me really miss have little kids, they are so much fun.
Fibonacci quilt is brilliant in every way! Very clever!

And--as odd chance would have it, I've been sorting out squares for a D9 patch just this morning, and would LOVE to have your pattern! Thanks for sharing! I'll be watching for your SM post, too!

P. said...

Love the F. quilt! I don't really "get" the design, but I hope you do a tute or print instructions for it to share some day. I'd love an emailed version of the D9P with twist. It's been a hectic week for me, but maybe, just maybe I might have "Just One" block later this evening. If I do, I'll link up.

Oh Sew Addicted said...

Thanks for sponsoring the linky party. I would love to get a copy of your disappearing nine patch tutorial. I love your quilt and the colors are fabulous!
carla louise
www.ohsewaddicted.com

beth said...

Thanks for hosting the linky party. I had trouble resizing my picture...but i FINALLY figured it out! (with a little of help from my 17 year old!)

Susan said...

That Christmas quilt is my favorite of your quilts you've made! I'd LOVE to have the tutorial, please!

quiltingnana said...

whoop whoop from this retired math teacher

Elizabeth said...

Sarah, Oh, Fibonacci! is just fabulous! I love it! And congrats on getting the tutorial done. That is quite an accomplishment! Whoop! Whoop!

xo -El

Lotta said...

Hi,
I'd love to have a tutorial for your quilt. It is so nice.
Lotta in Sweden

Viki said...

love the "winter snows" quilt, could you please send me the .pdf? thanks!

KatieQ said...

I would love to have the tutorial for your lovely quilt please.

Corinne in California said...

This is my first visit to your blog, and I am very impressed! Loved your contribution to Madame Samm's blog. Never having made a D9P (or even heard of it before), I would appreciate a copy of your tutorial.

Thanks!

lorene said...

I love christmas quilts! and I would love to get the tut for your winter snow quilt! thank you soooo much....

Lorene
qlt7scrap@cox.net

schmidt1016 said...

Thanks for all the great info about the different D9P options. I would love a copy of your tutorial. That is very generous of you.

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Linda said...

Interesting...I have never heard of Fibonacci, or if I had, I had forgotten. I like the pillow and the quilt, I might have to try something with this. Congrats on being a guest on Stash Manicure. I like the D9P you chose for your post over there and I love the Christmas quilt. Yes, I would love a copy of the tutorial. I have done some of these but am always interested to see if there's anything I'm missing. Whoop, Whoop for all your accomplishments this week! Have a happy sewing weekend.

Anonymous said...

Would love the tutorial on Winter Snows. It is just gorgeous and looks simple for me a beginner.

Mary Jane
stewart.maryjane2668@yahoo.com

Jodi said...

Would LOVE the pattern - thanks for the chance!

Sue said...

I've hopped over from Stash Manicure. Could I please have a copy of your pattern. It is really striking. Could I also have some snow, too, please? It has been over 32 degrees C for over 50 days here in Perth! lol That was a fabulous post over there. I didn't know there were so many different ways to do 9 patches.

Kathy said...

I love your blog. The D9P you had on Stash Manicure is amazing. I am a new quilter and I would love a copy of the tutorial of Winter Snows. Thanks so much

rockgranny said...

I'd love to have the tutorial, please!
Thanks

Rocknquilts said...

Whoop whoop!! Fantastic quilt - I'd love to have a copy of your D9P pattern - thank you! I joined your blog and saw your tut on Stash Manicure - nice work!!

Grammasheri said...

Wow! I've been quilting for 16 years and hadn't come across a D9P pattern. Great info! And yes, I'd love the tutorial for your In Winter Snows quilt. Thank you very much!

Brigitte said...

hi Sarah,
thank you for the interesting journey in the world of numbers. I'm fascinated by the Golden ratio for some time now. Would you please send the tutorial of the D9P with grid to me? thank you in advance

Doris said...

I have been seeing a lot of different D9P versions and I really like the one you have. I would love to have a copy of the tutorial. My email is bbhodes@aol.com

queenopearls said...

I adore your disappearing 9 patch quilts! Wow, what a quilt artist. And I'm not sure how I would use Fibonacci numbers in a quilt yet it is intriguing. Thank you! And thank you for offering the free tutorial.
~Christina in Cleveland

Barbara said...

Love your disappearing nine patch and would very much love a copy.

Thank you for the wonderful guest appearance on Stash Manicure as I really enjoyed seeing all your ideas and quilt

imagrandma2five said...

I saw your winter snows quilt over on stash manicure and thought wow! what a pretty quilt! And I see you used some bigger prints--the poinsettias. I have similar fabrics in my stash and had no idea what to do with them. Now I do! I would love a copy of the tutorial.
Thanks so much for your generosity!
Karen in NE Indiana
mawmaw2five@gmail.com

Christina D said...

I have long admired the disappearing 9-patch.
I would love to make one with sashing. Your pattern fits the need for what I have in mind. Thank you for sharing.
Christina D
dfamily864@att.net

lovetostitch said...

Ditto, ditto, ditto, what everyone said about your post and the D9P!! So many options and none look the same - I love it!! Please, do send me a copy also!!
Lilli is beautiful, so cute walking the lizzard!

Teresa said...

I loved your article over on S.M. This technique really made my fingers itch to get going. Please send me your tutorial

Stormy Days said...

I would really like a copy of the tutorial, I saw it over at Stash Manicure and just love the difference it creates. Thanks.

skahrk said...

I love the Fibonacci sequence! Please can I have a copy of the tutorial.

karen

Linda K said...

Great to read your Stash Manicure post! I've made several D9P quilts and I loved seeing the other layouts that can be made. Thanks! Would like to make one with the sashing , so please email a copy of your tutorial. Glad to discover your blog, too. You're now on my Reader. Happy Quilting Day!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the tutorial for the Christmas quilt.

Happy quilting.
rafrantz@zoominternet.net

Freda said...

I would love the tutorial. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the tutorial. My e-mail is"
Sarahsg@aol.com
Thank you!
Sarah

The Quiltwhinny said...

Happy to find your wonderful blog. I found it through Stash Manicure. Would love the pdf of the tutorial for the disappearing patch.

Passions and Pursuits said...

I enjoyed your post over on SM and the pictures of your D9P's. Sew beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us all. I love red!

SandyQuilts said...

I love your Winter Snow, please send me a copy. I was recently at a week long quilt retreat where a Brown Bag Challenge was issued. So I have 1yd of fabric to add other fabrics to and make a quilt top. We meet again next Feb. 2012. I can't wait. Winter Snow just might be the ticket. Her fabric is Christmas too. Thanks.

Marie said...

I enjoyed your posting on Stash Manicure and would love a copy of the tutorial on Winter Snows, thanks so much.
Marie
mtate@telus.net

Elly D said...

I'd heard of the Fibonacci sequence but never understood it till now :) Thank you again for a great post where I have learned something else today :)
Love the Fibonacci quilt and also your Winter Snow and would love the tutorial for it please.
You have a great blog thank you :)

Muddling Through said...

Why, yes, please - I'd love a copy of this pattern emailed to me! It is really a stunner, and in red - my favorite color. And thank you for the math lesson as well. LOL

Brenda said...

I would love a copy of your pattern. i had heard of the disappearing 9 patch but didn't know how it worked. Thanks for showing me.

Quilt n Queen said...

I've stitched a D9P quilt and now that I've seen it with sashing I really like the look and have added it to my 'to make list'. I would luv the tutorial for 'In Winter Snows'. GREAT post at SM.....Thanks bunches...(o:

Lisa Marie said...

Just discovered your blog and I love it. Your disappearing 9 patch idea is very cool. I would like the tutorial. Thanks so much.

JCnNC said...

Love your Stash Manicure post and would also love to have your pattern for Winter Snow - thanks and I did not know about the D4P. Judy C
www.judyandmartyn@nc.rr.com and www.shadetreequilting.com

supermom said...

I'd love to have a copy of the pattern. My e-mail address is: mystuff62 at yahoo dot com And thank you so much.

As I mentioned in my comment over at Stash Manicure, I'm working on a D9P quilt right now. I really like how it's coming out. I'm also hoping that sometime you'll do a quick tutorial on how to make the diagonal cuts to get your stylized butterfly block.

Sue said...

I too would like a copy of your Winter Snows D9 pattern. Yours is lovely.
sue.pittman@cox.net

iquilt2 said...

Congrats on being a "Stash Manicure" guest blogger. I've become a D9P junkie and your rendition is fantastic! I would love a copy of your tutorial.
Your "Fibonacci" quilt is intriguing. Maybe a tutorial in your future?
Thank you.
Michelle
iquilt2@comcast.net

dquilts2004 said...

Grandaughters are so much fun! I have three and they all love to dress up like Lilie. I just read your Stash Manicure post. I have made several D9P quilts for charity and would love a copy of your tutorial. Thanks so much.

D of dquilts2004@yahoo.ca

Pam said...

Like many others I saw your blog post on Stash Manicure today and popped over to visit your blog. Would love to have the tute for the disappearing nine patch. Thanks so much. My email is mattingleyquilts@yahoo.com. I also really LOVE your Oh Fibonnaci baby quilt. How totally appropriate for a math professors baby. Are you going to do a tute for that one? Hope so. I'll be following along just in case you do and to see more of your beautiful work. Whoop Whoop! Thanks, Pam in Tacoma

SusieQ said...

I have followed Madame Samm for awhile now and enjoyed your posting on Stash Manicure. I would love a copy of the tutorial on Winter Snows, thanks so much.
email is senecajewelry1@gmail.com

annieb said...

I have come this way via Stash Manicure, and love your quilts. Please send me a copy of your tutorial.

Katy said...

Came here from stash manicure- thanks for showing all the ways you can mix up a disappearing 9 patch! I've been working on a christmas one for a couple of months and would love a copy of your version. Thank you!

Jansie said...

Hi there, Saw you over at Stash and would love to get your tutorial. Thank you!!
jansie(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol Sc said...

I haven't thought about the Fibonacci number sequence in years --- am going to give it a try on a quilt! Thanks for the tutorial --- my head is full of different ways to use the D9P and D4P --- great ways to make interesting donation quilts.
quiltschon@att.net

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed your Stash Manicure post today. For the past couple of years members of my guild and Sewing Circle have been playing with D9P and D4P. Some of your layouts are very inspiring. I am looking forward to sharing some of your ideas with my quilting buddies. Winter Snows is awesome. I would love to receive a PDF of the tutorial for it. Please send it to aneufeld@mailme.ca Thanks. A

Micki said...

I love the quilts, and Lilli is just adorable!
Micki

northernknitter said...

Visiting from Stash Manicure - love your quilts! For the knitters out there the Fibonacci number sequence makes for interesting striped socks. I'd love a copy of your tutorial - thanks!
naismith@mts.net

lynneUSA said...

Would love the tutorial, thanks so much

Marlene said...

I love your blog, it`s beautiful.
My I have a copy of tutorial Winter Neves?
Thanks a lot
mcarpes1@gmail.com

Marlene said...

Seu blog é lindo, tantas maneiras diferentes de fazer o mesmo trabalho, adorei.
Posso pedir um PDF do tutorial?
Muito obrigada
Um abraço
mcarpes1@gmail.com

sdpattie said...

Hello- the DNP is one of my favorite quilts to make as a quick donation quilt. I haven't seen anything like your setting and would love to have the pattern. Thank you.
sdpattie@cox.net

dakota essence said...

Hi Sarah, Thanks for the opportunity to have your tutorial instructions for your Winter Snows quilt. Jillian

Cassie said...

I would love a copy of your tutorial too.

ytsmom said...

I would love the tutorial. That is a beautiful quilt, and your Stash Manicure post was terrific!

jmnstars said...

I would love the tutorial! My first "real" quilt was a D9P. :) Thank you!

Brenda said...

Just jumped over here from Stash Manicure and would love a copy of your instructions. Going to go check out the rest of your blog now!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the information you posted on Stash Manicure! I would love a copy of your tutorial -- pnf1965@warwick.net -- thank you again -- Florence
PS -- Your granddaughter is precious!

gag7949 said...

Enjoyed the read on Stash Manicure and on your blog. Thanks for offering the free quilt pattern and so many ideas for disappearing 4/9 patch blocks. Gayle

gag7949 at hotmail dot com

Quilting_Chris said...

I've been wanting to make a D9P and love the Christmas fabrics you've used. Please send me a copy of your tutorial and thanks for the Stash Manicure posting.

Corinne in CA said...

Oops, I didn't realize that my comment ID didn't also provide my email address.

Yes, please send me a copy of your tutorial!

LadyJudith@aol.com

^A^ngel said...

It's incredible just tonight I was putting a D9P together...but I really love what you've made with this one...is gorgeous!! So if you don't mind I would love to have a copy of your tutorial...Thanks for your generosity!!

Hugs,

^A^ngel♥♥

lebleuange@hotmail.com

Trudi said...

Loved you SM post! All those variations on a theme! Fabulous, especially love the Winter Snow quilt and would love a copy of the tutorial for this :) And oh how the stripes shine too! Thanks for sharing with us :)

LindaB said...

Hi Sarah...thanks for the copy of the tutorial...I think I have solved the "post comment" problem...sending this via "Firefox"..LindaB

rwallis6 said...

Hi Sarah,I have just joined as a follower after reading your Stash Manicure post. The many different ways of using the 9 patch were amazing!I would really love a copy of In Winter Snows,my email address is rwallis6@bigpond.com. Many thanks.

Nancy said...

I would love to have a copy of the Winter Snows tutorial. I enjoy scrap quilting very much. mouse9576@cox.net

Vicky P said...

I would love a copy of the tutorial. What a great quilt. vlpeavler.quilt@gmail.com

Valerie said...

Saw your post over on Stash Manicure {I'm a few days behind in my reading!} and would love to have a copy of the pattern. I've overcome the No-Reply Blogger syndrome, so you should have my address... {grin}

harleywife57 said...

HI ! I'm late reading as usual ! but I'd love for you to send me that d9p pattern ! it's absolutely gorgeous in the Christmas fabrics !!!

queenopearls said...

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for the note on Stash Manicure about my email addy for the tutorial.
queenopearls at yahoo dot com.
~Christina in Cleveland

Cathy Lohwater said...

Is it too late to get the pattern for this Oh Fibonacci! quilt?
My daughter, who is majoring in Mathematics in college, asked me to make her a quilt. I was looking for patterns and I came across this one. Love it!
e-mail:
cathy.lohwater@cox.net

Lila said...

Is it possible to still get a copy of the Winter Snows PDF for the disappearing 9 patch? I see it is from 2011, but I didn't need it then -- wasn't even looking!! I'm making a quilt for my grandson, and this would be the perfect pattern. I think I can figure it out from your pencil diagram, but having the PDF would be so much easier. And, of course, I'd like to have it done by Christmas. I am not a procrastinator :) Thanks. My email is lila at frontiernet dot net.
Thanks!