Posted by: Nightsky on May 14, 2010
Wherever I go, it is the question on everyone's lips*:
"Nightsky! How's the aperiodic quilt coming along?"
It will not surprise you to learn that it continues to grow... aperiodically. From its humble beginnings as my something-to-do-in-line-at-Comic-Con handwork (a course of action I heartily recommend, by the way), it has grown to... well, see for yourself, in these exclusive crappy photos that I had to take with my cell phone camera because I am not 100% sure what I did with the real camera.
*n.b. This is not, technically, true.
... to THIS!
The individual pieces are 2" to a side. It's growing all blobbily and haphazardly because I piece subunits and then join them together--I'm not sure that it's the right way, but then again I'm not sure that there is a right way, and this seems to work OK. I plan to continue work on it until I get bored or run out of fabric, whichever comes first.
For everyone going "aperiodic wtf?", an aperiodic tiling of a plane is one that will never repeat, not even if you kept going infinitely. Check out the works of Sir Roger Penrose, who discovered them in the Sixties.