Pi in the Rye • © Caryl Bryer Fallert • click for larger image

Pi in the Rye
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  • Copyright 2011 Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Size: 30" x 30"
  • Techniques: Machine pieced, machine appliqued, and quilted
  • Materials: fabric: 100% cotton  / batting: 80% cotton | 20% polyester
  • Owner: Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Photo: Caryl Bryer Fallert
  • Price: $2850.00
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Email • Phone: 360-385-2568 • Snail Mail: Bryerpatch Studio •10 Baycliff Place. • Port Townsend, WA 98368

Design Concept

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The design for this quilt is based on a crop circle, which appeared overnight in a field in Wiltshire, England in June of 2008. Actually the field was barley, but rye made for a much more euphonious title. An astrophysicist in North Carolina figured out that the crop circle, which was 150' in diameter, was a visual portrayal of pi (an irrational number), carried out to 10 decimal points with the last digit rounded up (3.141592654). The circle is divided radially into ten equal pie (no pun intended) slices. Eleven arcs surround the center, each following a portion of eleven concentric circles. Beginning at the center with three, each arc outlines a number of pie slices representing pi to ten decimal places with the last digit rounded up. There is a dot, representing the decimal point, in the first arc after the three. At the end are three additional dots, representing infinity. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for creating the crop circle. Theories range from clever math geeks to aliens.

I drew the design in Corel Draw, and tried several different combinations of color, then chose the one I liked the best (see sketches below) In my design I changed to a different color for each number, and used a gradation of each color from dark to light to make the design more visually interesting. The symbol for pi is appliquéd into the center circle, and the numbers were drawn and quilted in the first segment of each arc. The fabrics used are all from my Gradations collection for Benartex.

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Concentric lines of quilting surround the center and radiate out to the edge of the circle. The lines of the ten radial segments continue out to the edge of the quilt, creating the illusion of transparency in the border. The border is quilted in a meandering pattern with matching thread. A dark, multicolored binding (from my Splash collection for Benartex) finishes the edges.

  • Bryerpatch Studio Gallery, Paducah KY, 2011-2013
  • 30 Quilts for 30 Years: Solo, traveling exhibition celebrating 30 years of making art quilts.
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion, University Museum, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, January 26 - April 16, 2016
  • Fantasies in Fiber & Beads: (two person show) Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, May 5-29, 2016
  • Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion
  • Color, Light, & Motion: Fine Art Quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Art at the Old Alcohol Plant Gallery, Port Hadlock, WA, July 8-August 26, 2018
  • Photos Pixels & Pizzazz, (solo exhibition), McLean Textile Gallery, McLean, VA, April 1-May 2, 2022
  • Photos Pixels & Pizzazz, (solo exhibition), Quilt Show Reno, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno NV, June 9-11, 2022
  • Reflections of Light: Recent Works by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, July 13-October 20, 2022


  • Quilters Newsletter Magazine, December2012/January 2013 pp. 4 & 45

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Updated 6/13/22