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Am I the only one that enjoys the math?

Old 04-06-2012, 05:41 PM
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It seems whenever I am around other quilters I always hear, "Oh, that involves math and I don't do/like math."

I love that part of the creating. Am I the only one? There has to be another person or two on here that enjoys math. Speak up, please!
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:46 PM
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I do quilt math and I do cooking math. I don't mind either one. I have a printing calculator sitting on my desk to do all my quilt math on.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:48 PM
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I am sure there is. I struggle to understand math. So the math involved in quilting is a struggle. I'd like to like it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:14 PM
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I definitely enjoy the design process and the math involved in altering the size of blocks to alter the end size of the quilt. I have graph paper and pencils at my workspace.

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I am pretty sure there's only you and a couple of others. LOL!!
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:17 PM
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I'm with you, MaryLane!!! Love that part of it. Often, I will work out a pattern for myself from a picture. They've always worked out. (I am a retired math teacher). LOL
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:28 PM
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I love math! Took every math class that was availble in high school. Also, did scale drawings in biology. My most used quilting book is a graph paper pad and some el-cheapo colored pencils. Can duplicate almost any geometric design I see. I don't do art quilts. Mary Lane, you are not alone!
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One of my favorite parts of quilting is graphing out a layout and determining yardage and cutting layouts. I do the math on scratch paper without a calculator. I like to use legal pads, a ruler, and pen.

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Old 04-06-2012, 06:45 PM
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The math is what keeps me quilting, without it I'd be bored to tears. I tutored it in HS, started out majoring in it in college (later switched), was an accountant all my working life, seek out Numb3rs reruns on cable...love it all. Math quilts, fractal quilts, tessellating quilts, optical quilts...those are my favorites to design and create. As for the comment about art quilts...many successful art quilters have a very solid background in math and/or science.

Elaine Ellison does amazing math quilts.
http://www.mathematicalquilts.com/Ma...s_-_Image.html
http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/ex...eellisonelaine
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:47 PM
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I used to teach math and I do enjoy it, but usually I design with Quilt Pro, which does much of the math for me.
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