Circle Inspiration

2014-089This morning I literally stumbled onto what initially looked like a completely empty page, except for one single object. “What?,” I thought. It turned out to be a really fun exercise.

When you first load the page, the only thing you see is a circle.

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But if you hover over the circle with your mouse, it divides into four smaller ones.

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Continue to hover on any given circle, and it will divide again in four.

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All the fun playing aside… do you see what I see? Oh, YES! What a fun quilt!

2014-093The author describes this page as “an interactive pointless exploration of circularized koalas created… using D3.” He is wrong. As I discovered, this application is anything but pointless. But then, he isn’t a quilter. Just a software engineer. :)

So I decided to translate the concept into EQ7. Applique circle blocks that I could color with fabrics. Here’s a lap quilt:

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And a twin size quilt:

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Hmmm… this looks worth writing up as a pattern. What do you think?

This entry was posted in Inspiration, Tutorials. |8 Responses

8 Comments

  1. Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    WELL worth writing up as a pattern … and lots of fun to play with in EQ as well!

  2. Becky Preston
    Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    It does look like fun, just regimented enough to look do -able. I love the circle quilts from FunQuilts, but would rather work in blocks than a whole quilt. Could make good placemats, too.

    • Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      I hadn’t thought of placemats. That’s a great idea. Thanks!

  3. Francyne
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Have you seen the hidden picture beneath the circles? Lots of fun to continue making the circles smaller and smaller

    • Posted May 3, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Yes, but it sure takes some time! And then we would have to start talking about mosaic quilts, right? I wondered about putting up the full image… but then thought “nah, let’s see who actually takes it that far and discovers the picture beneath all the circles!” Think you’re the only one so far? :)

  4. Mary Chartier
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I have made at least eight circle quilts and had run out of new ideas for a new one, but Angie’s pattern has made me think it is now time for a ninth one! Thank you.

  5. Mary Terry
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    This was terrific! Might be fun to try other shapes as well for a quilt — triangles, squares, etc. (without the cuteness hidden underneath!)

  6. Deborah
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh my God, this is addictive! I’ve gotta do a circle quilt now.

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