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Old 05-11-2008, 03:47 AM   #1
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May 11, 2008; Mathematical Quilts

Happy Mother's Day, mothers.

Elaine Krajenke Ellison is a mother. She is also a retired high school math teacher in Indiana, and a quilter. She makes mathematical quilts, many of which are in private collections, but some can be seen publicly at places like the London Science Museum. Here's a small sample....





She also sells note cards with pictures of the quilts and an explanation of their derivation. I bought a set for my retired school teacher Aunt. They're a surprise birthday present, so don't tell anyone.
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:07 AM   #2
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She won't get it outta me, Bruce.
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:47 AM   #3
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I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:33 AM   #4
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I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?
No, because they didn't have clitorises back then
But I bet no-one would read his resume...

They're lovely Bruce
I don't understand a word of it, but they're very pretty!
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:32 AM   #5
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quilt erat demonstrandum
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:06 AM   #6
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Beautiful! I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:03 AM   #7
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Beautiful! I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.
She did. The Koch curve and the Sierpinski triangle/square that she has done are fractals.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:46 PM   #8
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I keep reading Clifford Torus...as Clitoris....think he got much shit at school?
I have nothing but respect for filthy minds, but the Clifford Torus is the shape pictured, not the name of anyone involved. Not sure how it got the name, actually...

http://www.msri.org/about/sgp/jim/ge...ions/main.html

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Old 05-12-2008, 05:27 PM   #9
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pretty cool, tho' pretty much all quilts are inherently mathematical anyway--you have to piece together geometric shapes, after all.
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:17 PM   #10
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Oh...hahahaha...I just read Clifford Torus and didnt bother with the rest
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:19 PM   #11
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pretty much all quilts are inherently mathematical anyway
shhhhhh!!! don't tell!
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:32 PM   #12
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unless you do applique or crazy quilts, which can be free-form. Pieced quilts, though . . .
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Old 05-13-2008, 05:28 AM   #13
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I wonder if she'll expand her repertoire to include fractals.
Not very often, they take an infinite amount of material to make.
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:25 PM   #14
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The clifford Torus is very nice!

I am a math and a seamstress flunkie among other things but I do appreciate the visual.
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Old 05-18-2008, 09:20 AM   #15
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The clifford Torus is very nice!
skysidhe, my mom had one for a long time, but it seemed like she was always taking it back to the dealer for service. A couple years ago she traded it in for a used Escort.
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