Ruth McDowell came to Northwest Quilters in September, 2001 to teach two workshops. At our Quilt Show, there were examples of the types of quilts made from each of these classses. Ruth teaches "techniques" rather than a specific project. The workshops she did were "Design with Symmetry" and "Penrose Tiling". During our September General Meeting, she also presented a slide show of her work.
Design with Symmetry
Each student developed her own simple asymmetrical quilt block, reproduced it on paper and then, using her designed block, explored the different symmetries of a plane. This workshop was designed to stimulate the student's curiosity and presented a fascinating and simple way to look at quilt block design. (Sept 8, 2001, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
There have been a number of non-periodic tiling patterns developed recently, including several by the mathematician Roger Penrose, which can be used to make fascinating quilts. A few of these systems use only two or three simple geometric shapes for the "tiles", but when the tiles are assembled, the relationships between them change in odd and interesting ways. When quilt blocks are developed based on these tile systems, the quilts that result may be simple to piece, but the overall pattern appears almost random, rather than lining up in the way most quilt blocks do. (Three-day workshop: Sept 10, 2001, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Sept 11-12, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM)