Well hello! I’m feeling a little shy after not posting for such a long time. Turns out I needed to disconnect for a little longer than I thought! I pondered different ways of re-entering the blogosphere, including an epic catch-up post, but my plan is to do one work-in-progress and one finished object post a week and see how that goes. As you can imagine, I have quite a stack of finished quilts to show you!
The quilt I’ll show you Friday was actually a prototype for what I’m working on now.
I got a little obsessed with the idea of color gradient triangle quilts, after seeing this pin on Pinterest. Being the occasional uber-geek that I am, I had the sudden flight of fancy to write code to generate layouts for these quilts. This is handy because you can generate a whole bunch of possible layouts without physically moving around all the little triangles on a design wall!
At its most basic, my code randomly selects triangle orientations and colors, subject to the constraint that two triangles of the same color can’t touch. Here’s an example of what that looks like:
You can also specify an ordered list of colors to be spread across the diagonal of the quilt. There’s a way to control the degree of mixing along the gradient. Here are two layouts with different degrees of mixing.
The fabrics I’m using come from the Denyse Schmidt’s new Modern Solids collection, leaving out only the purples. I extracted the RGB information from this photo, and then I extracted just the hue information, discarding saturation (colorfulness) and value (brightness). This made for a pretty neat effect in the gradient, which is that the neutral colors are interspersed between the bright colors, according to their hue. So, for example, there are warm grays and cool grays in different places. This was the sequence of colors I used, after ordering by hue. There are 66 different colors.
Finally, I just want to say it’s good to be back! There’s been a lot going on around here since I last posted, most exciting of which was this:
We got married on the beach in Hawaii with 25 of our closest friends and family and it was awesome. And yes, I did make that shawl. :)