JULIA SET FRACTAL
(Winding Ways of Magnetic Fields)
Quilt Notes: WINDING WAYS is among the most famous geometric quilt designs, according to THE STANDARD BOOK OF QUILT MAKING AND COLLECTING (p.249), by Marguerite Ickis. Nancy Cabot illustrated the design in her column in the Chicago Tribune on September 22, 1937, and comments:|
"This early colonial pattern was christened by an ingenious quilt maker who certainly had a sense of the fitness of things. WINDING WAYS is without doubt one of the most suitable names possible for this design, and a title which never has been equaled. It is one of the few quilts which have retained their original titles. The block originated in Connecticut, and is used an an all-over appliqué design composed of light and dark colors."
The design included in the 1922 version of the Ladies Art Company Catalog (#463). See also Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM (#326-7). The spiraling design fill was adapted from the field lines of a Julia Set fractal (illustrated left), available at Wikipedia Commons.
Other mystic ways and means of quilt designs at this site, exploring Cabot's exquisite idea of the "fitness of things," include:
ROAD TO TENNESSEE
BUTTERFLY IN CIRLCES
A WINDING TRAIL