I've had a fascination with the golden ratio and spirals: our fingers are in fibonacci sequence; plants and cyclones and galaxies are in spirals. On pinterest I saw this fantastic use of the golden ratio spiral with parrots.
I just love it, especially because parrots are constant visitors in our garden: king parrots, rainbow lorikeets, crimson rosellas and eastern rosellas.
King parrots, male and female By S. Newrick [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Rainbow Lorikeet: By Andrew Mercer (www.baldwhiteguy.co.nz) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Crimson Rosella By Rexness from Melbourne, Australia (Crimson Rosella) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Eastern Rosella By Patrick Kavanagh [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I really wanted to recreate our favourite parrots and the golden rectangle as these spirals. It just couldn't be resisted.
Firstly, I set up a 14 inch square on EQ8 and split it by the golden ratio. Then I drew each birds head and shoulders and another bird's body and tail. Each bird is different in its markings and the more colours, the harder it was to draw. I decided to do a female king parrot to balance out the green and red heads. When I was happy with the balance (more or less), I printed out the templates and selected the fabrics.
I tried piecing the curves, but the very small beaks were too small so I did mock machine applique on the curves, and then pieced the blocks. I wanted to highlight the rectangular shape of the golden ratio so I highlighted the seams with black.
When I added the borders, I was going to make an octagonal star, but when I did it, I didn't like it, so I took off the last four star points and left the birds at an angle.
I then quilted with free motion circles on the birds and used rulers to make the small circles in the border. The variegated thread was fun, and I like the effect on the black.