March 14, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Celebrate, Celebrate

By Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

Edie McGinnis

Today is Pi Day, 3.14. I know, there are people out there who think that means we ought to celebrate mathematics today. And it is Albert Einstein’s birthday. I know how to celebrate a birthday.  Mathematics, not so much.

I rather wish I lived in Princeton, N.J., this weekend. I could take in a walking tour of Einstein’s einsteinneighborhood and participate in a pizza pie-making contest.

There are other events in Princeton this weekend, including a pie-eating contest at a supermarket and an Einstein look-alike competition. Entrants will need some wild gray hair and some crazy mustaches for that one. Children from 7 to 13 who have memorized Pi far beyond 3.14 can compete and show off their skills at the library. The winner takes home a prize called pi-hundred. That’s $314.15.

Princeton isn’t the only place celebrating Pi Day. Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Florida are getting in on the fun with races and discounts for people named Albert.  Of course, any restaurant manager worth his salt is having a special on pie.

No one is ever going to accuse me of being a mathematician. I am a quilter, and while that does require using math and yoyogeometry, it doesn’t equate to me being an Einstein in that arena. I am quite pleased to have a technical editor to rely on when my math is shaky as I write or edit books.

yoyo2I think quilters should have their own Pi Day events. We could celebrate the use of circular patterns in quilts. We could hang a quilt show featuring wheel quilts, compasses, orange peels, pickle dishes, yo-yos and wedding rings.

Pi Day would be the perfect day for guilds or quilt shops to schedule classes on curved piecing. It would be a brilliant way for quilters to overcome the fear that strikes when they think about piecing anything other than straight lines.

Quilters could get together with their friends and challenge one another to work on a pi-based quilt. It’s always more fun when you sew with friends and can get some help when needed.flower

wheel1As for me, I think it is long past time that I figure out what to make with the more than 300 little pieced wheels that I’ve had hanging around for too many years. Oh, I have an idea! I’ll bet if I add some bias stems and leaves, these would make great flowers.

I think I’ve got it! By George, I think I’ve got it.

Oh, and just a reminder: Tomorrow, March 15, is National Quilting Day. Grab your buddies, go shop hopping, get together and sew. Visit a quilt museum or go to a show, if there’s one in your area. Whatever you do, celebrate!

Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.

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