Did you ever get an idea in your head that just drove you crazy until you could get it out of your system? Yeah. Well, this is one of those!
This little mug rug is made of squares (okay, wonky almost squares) based on a mathematical numbering sequence. I've had the idea for making a sample up like this to see what it would look like for awhile, and I have been working on in here-and-there for the past two weeks. Needles to say, the teeny piecing gave me a big appreciation for the importance of cutting and sewing precisely - mostly because I didn't, and the "squares" were a bit of a mess.
This is based on the Fibonacci numbering sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc.) as represented by square tiles. When represented as tiles with the sides equal in length to successive Fibonacci numbers, you get a picture much like my mathematical mug rug (errr, only maybe a bit straighter). That little red square in the middle is the first number, followed by the turquoise square to the right of it, both representing 1's - then on to the white square of 2 units, the blue square of 3 units, the green square of 5 units - and on up until the big purple square of 21 units. The interesting thing to me is that the farther out you continue with the tiles representing Fibonacci numbers, the closer you get to a "golden rectangle" that Pythagoras discovered with the Golden Ratio. Which I'm also a little obsessed about...
Like I said, I really learned that little bitty piecing really relies on precise cutting and sewing, and if I am ever to do teeny piecing again I will definitely take my time and concentrate on being precise. I do like it, however, and am thinking about making something similar again soon. But, now that I've got THAT out of my system, I can go back to stitching up some last minute gifts!