"Piece of Hyperspace" Quilt Pattern

[A Piece of Hyperspace]

 

Disclaimer: We collected these files from various backup disks many months after they were created, so we're not sure of the exact history of these things.

The pattern is assembled from 16 images, arranged in a 4x4 grid. Each image is 600x600 pixels.

Two sets are provided below -- one "shadowless" and one "with shadows". The two sets are not interchangeable -- images are slightly shifted from one to the other. Also the images seem to be a little rough -- stuff doesn't exactly line up (but not bad enough to bother a hardened quilter).

We tacked the shadows onto our quilt as an afterthought. They were generated using POV-Ray. The next time we make something like this, we will probably piece the shadows in from the start, using different fabrics, or possibly the same fabrics, darkened somehow. We didn't use all the shadows since major areas in the lower-left would be entirely in shadow. Also we modified at least one of the shadows to avoid completely obscuring a prominent piece.

If you make a quilt from this pattern, we would enjoy hearing about it (and getting a picture, if possible).

Connie Green made one: (click)
stardate quilt

 

Sherri Rowland made one: (click)
Sherri Rowland's Polyhedron Quilt

 

Tom Pensyl made one (but he cheated): (click)
Tom Pensyl's Polyhedron Quilt

 

Jeanne Brenner made one: (click)
Jeanne Brenner's Polyhedron Quilt

 

Cheryl Larson made one: (click)
Cheryl Larson's Polyhedron Quilt

 

Chris Dineen made one: (click)
Chris Dineen's Polyhedron Quilt

 


The Procedure:

Save all the images to your computer's hard drive. Then use an image editing program such as Photoshop or LView (which has a 21-day free evaluation version) to print the images.

To print an image, open it in your image editing program. Change the resolution to 75 pixels per inch (without changing the number of pixels) before printing. This yields 8-inch squares. (If you want smaller squares, use a higher resolution.)

After printing the images, trim appropriately and glue them together, using the green and blue edge markers for alignment. My method for joining 2 squares was to trim one square precisely on the edge markers, and leave a half-inch excess on the adjoining square. Then I would glue the precisely-trimmed one onto the overlap of the other one.


The pattern images, shadowless:

P11.GIF P12.GIF P13.GIF P14.GIF
P21.GIF P22.GIF P23.GIF P24.GIF
P31.GIF P32.GIF P33.GIF P34.GIF
P41.GIF P42.GIF P43.GIF P44.GIF


The pattern images, with shadows:

S11.GIF S12.GIF S13.GIF S14.GIF
S21.GIF S22.GIF S23.GIF S24.GIF
S31.GIF S32.GIF S33.GIF S34.GIF
S41.GIF S42.GIF S43.GIF S44.GIF


POV-Ray Source Code

In case you want to play around with image size, perspective, color, or light source position (for shadows), here is the POV-Ray source code: polyhed1.zip.

POV-Ray is a freeware ray-tracing program.


Map of Pattern Images:

[map]


A Few Pictures From the Making of the Quilt:

[constructon picture 1]
Assembling the central pentagon.
The 3-dimensional effect is already apparent!

[constructon picture 2]
Shows how some of the outer "blocks" are assembled.

[constructon picture 3]
All the major "blocks" are pinned up roughly where they belong.

[constructon picture 4]
Whew!


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