Colour Me!: Spring Issue, 2021

Illustrated explanation:Pattern with Octagon

How to make this pattern!

  • Look at ① in the diagram above. To make a regular octagon from a square, cut a light green isosceles right triangle from the four vertices of the square so that the red and green sides are equal in length.
  • The regular octagon can be divided into eight isosceles right triangles and a smaller regular octagon as shown in ②.
  • We can see from ③ that if we halve the right-angled isosceles triangle in ②, it becomes the same size as the light green right-angled isosceles triangle in ①.
  • ④ is a square divided into 16 isosceles right triangles.
  • We have rotated ③ and ④ by 45 degrees and lined the two up to create our pattern.
  • The pattern is made up of two different sizes of isosceles right triangles and a regular octagon. The edges of the pattern can also be successfully squared off with ④.

Note regarding coloring, etc.

General considerations for quilt design
1 Observe how the patterns are connected and have following imagination.
① Look at the pattern and find the theme (flowers, stars, snow, creatures, etc.) that you can think of.
② Look at the patterns and find the theme / story you can think of.
2 Decide your colors before painting according to the subject / theme. The maximum number of colors is about 6.

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Invitation to create the collaboration quilt

Why don’t you collaborate with me to create a quilt and publish it in a magazine! I would like to create a quilt and publish the work in magazines, etc. through exchanges and collaborations with many quilters around the world. Also, since it is enough to exchange emails to create it, I am happy that the environment is easy to do. You can use the original pattern shown here. Take a look at my web and if there is something you like to make, let’s make it.

  • The conditions for collaboration are equal as follows.
  • You own the Quilt after it is created. Please pay for materials. I will explain in detail in advance your comment and the photos you will take when creating, so please comment and take a photo at the time of creation. And if it is published in a magazine, you will receive one magazine and half of the manuscript fee.
  • I provide designs and patterns. I will write and translate articles and manage them to magazine publisher. I have published articles in quilt magazines in Japan, the United Kingdom, and France, so I have personal connections with them.
  • You may be concerned about the deadline for creation, but you should set it yourself. If you’re a little late, don’t worry, I’m doing another job in parallel.
  • After creating it, I would like you to send me the Quilt by mail. This is my desire to take the main photo of the article and to see the real thing once. At that time, consider the time and distance and we can consult. Also, when I hold a quilt exhibition, I will consult in advance.
  • Our main contact is E-mail, when necessary by mail. Please be assured that I will not visit you.
  • If you want to try it, please feel free to contact me: col.kenzou.nakamura@gmail.com

Display of colored design

  • I am looking for your colored designs created in the following ways,
  • (1) Print out the downloaded file and create your design. Take and send a picture of the colored design with your smartphone.
  • (2) A file of the downloaded file that has been colored with some application.
  • I will display your colored design here. I would be very happy to receive your comments on this section as well.
  • Please send your colored design to the following e-mail address.
  • Send to: col.kenzou.nakamura@gmail.com

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