Saturday, October 15, 2011

Deltoid Tri Hex

3 Color

Go Broncos!

Mardi Gras

Since I did the dual for the Snub Hex, I figured I should do the dual for the Rhombi Tri Hex. This tiling is called deltoidal trihexagonal (I say Deltoid Tri Hex or DTH). Like the Pentagonal Florets (and all duals to uniform tilings), this is a one-patch quilt.

EQ actually lets me tile this one without any workarounds. One of the quilt layouts they offer is called Baby Blocks:

This takes a square block and distorts it to fit in the diamond shape. So I had to reverse distort my custom block so that it would ultimately fit right:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Floret Pentagonal Quilt

Here's another one:


3 Color

This one's a Floret Pentagonal tiling. It's the dual of the snub hex tiling I posted yesterday. A dual is basically when you convert the vertices of a tiling into faces and vice versa. One of the nifty properties of the snub hex tiling (and all the other uniform tilings including the rhombi tri hex) is that every vertex is the same as all the others. In the case of the snub hex every corner is made up of a hexagon and 4 triangles. This means that a nifty property of its dual is that every face is the same as all the others (i.e. a one patch quilt; it would be a good pattern for a charm quilt).

Each tiling would also be a good quilting pattern (by this I mean the stitching on top) for the piecing pattern of its dual.

I think it would be cool to make these projects in pairs (gifts for couples, perhaps) where one quilt's quilting is the other quilt's piecing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Snub Hex Quilt

Another quilt I designed on EQ7 this weekend:

Custom Block

Gradient Heat

It's another alternative tiling like the Rhombi-Tri-Hex quilt I posted yesterday. This one's called snub hexagonal tiling (I just call it Snub-Hex). I used the same workaround that I did with last one; I designed a custom block that would tile on a grid. But the smallest segment of the pattern that would repeat on a grid turned out to be big enough to be the entire quilt (a small quilt anyway).

Some alternative colorings:

I wouldn't piece the larger equilateral triangles out of the four smaller ones; I'd just make it one patch. I like how this gives each patch a more equivalent size. It makes the pattern elegant and balanced.

Here, too, I would combine the two small brown triangles into a single rhombus patch. Notice if the rhombus was a square, it would be a Rhombi-Tri-Hex.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rhombi Tri Hex quilt

I designed this quilt on EQ7 this weekend (with four alternate colorings):


RTH Flowers


Cosmic Jacks

I wanted to see what a quilt would look like if it was based on a tiling other than squares. Specifically, I thought this tiling would lend itself to a nice quilt:

It's called a rhombitrihexagonal tiling (I just think RTH or Rhombi-Tri-Hex). Unfortunately, EQ7 doesn't let me set up my own custom tiling (at least I can't figure out how). But I did figure out a work-around; I designed this custom block:

When this block is put on a grid, the pattern repeats. The only difference is that the block edges split some of the patches where they won't actually be split on the real quilt. So disregard those grid line on the images above.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Learning Electric Quilt

One of the incentives I gave myself for finishing my last quilting project was that I would buy myself Electric Quilt 7 (quilt design software) when I was finished.

I installed it on my computer on Friday, and I have been playing with it all weekend. The first thing I did while I was figuring out how to use it was to retroactively design the two quilts I've already made.

Mom-in-law's Snail's Trail:

and niece's Bento Box:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Brielle's Quilt Completed

I finally finished it!

I managed to get it done in time for her birthday; hopefully she's not too big for it already.

Last time I posted about this, I had just finished the top. All I needed to do was quilt and bind. What took so long? Well, I'm not going to blame anyone else for my procrastination, but shortly after that post, I posted about my new feline roommate. I had put my quilting gear away when he moved in because I wasn't sure how well-behaved he would be. Turns out he was unobtrusive... well, mostly.