Monday 1 November 2021

Fibonacci Bargello on November 1st

Having done a less than ideal job of explaining Fibonacci numbers during the last reveal, I will try again.

These are the first few numbers of the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..... You get a Fibonacci number by adding together the two numbers that came before it. For example, in the little sequence above, you would add 21+34 together to get 55 which is the next number in the sequence, and so on out into infinity. 

Fibonacci numbers are everywhere -in nature, in architecture, in the human body, but I was quite surprised to find the following headline in the Smithsonian Magazine (I don't take a newspaper, so a magazine had to do.) Anyway, the headline I used for this quarter's challenge is The Fibonacci sequence is Everywhere -Even the Troubled Stock MarketIt is subtitled: The curious set of numbers shows up in nature and also in human activities.

I came upon the sequence when I was looking for a pleasing pattern to make a striped crochet afghan; but it shows up in human activity, too?! Groovy. 

Oh, right...the quilt. The quilt is a bargello. I had a jelly roll that had been sitting around for ever so I decided to manipulate the fabric using the Fibonacci sequence. It's probably easiest to see the sequence laid out in the pink fabric (above and below) as it moves downward. The smallest middle piece is zero, then there are rows 1, 2, and 3, then the fourth row is skipped and pink again shows up in the fifth row, then the eighth, and thirteenth rows. 

Making a 
bargello quilt with it's gazillion corners to match was a big pain in the a**. If I even mention "The B Word" again, just shoot me. Nonetheless, here you have it, Fibonacci Bargello on November 1st. 

Josephine tested, Josephine approved.


  1. The maths involved in your fabulous Fibonacci quilts scramble my brains Maureen! They turn out beautifully though so I definitely wouldn't be shooting you if you go down that route again :)

  2. The colors in your quilt are fantastic, but I'm sure matching those seams was a bit of a chore! Interesting riff on a headline - nicely done!

  3. I used the Fibonacci series often in weaving, in making stripes that were 3, 5, 8, 13 threads wide, etc. It is a lot easier to do in weaving where you never have to match corners!
    Very pretty and now you can say you have done a bargello quilt and never have to do one again!

  4. A cool idea, brilliantly executed! I'm glad Josephine also approves :-)

  5. Okay, well I learned something today. Your kitty is adorable, and I love your quilt. Great interpretation of the theme.

  6. Pretty, especially with cat presence.

  7. That was a great headline you found and I love the way you have represented the sequence in this quilt. It gives a beautiful effect and your cat is adorable :)

  8. Your post is so informative. Your bagel looks quilt is so pretty.

  9. Patterns are fascinating aren't they. I learned about the Fibonacci sequence in Maths but reallly only got it when I saw it used in the centre of a sunflower. I love that you used it in a bargelllo. I'm off to google fibonacci and human behaviour now!