Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tesselation Tuesday

I have always loved Math. And have a bachelors degree in education.
And the more I design patterns the more I love to explore geometry as I go. We quilters tessellate all the time, simply creating patterns with pieces of fabric that fit together. EQ7 allows me to play with my blocks and tesselate them until I find the perfect arrangement and colors. So I decided that I'll do a Tesselation Tuesday post once in a while to show the ways that variation can be achieved through tesselation of the same block.


Last week I started with this block I have designed for my  Adventurously Epic Sampler:

Block 1

Adding some simple alternating red squares and tesselating I got this quilt design:


Then I created another block to make the quilt more  adventurous:

Block 2

As you can see it really intensifies the quilts pattern!




 So many variations are possible with just these simple blocks!




But I decided to try a version not on-point:


It's so simple when you break it down into it's elemental blocks, using your smaller sub blocks create two larger blocks, I've outlined them here:



Combine four of sub block one and four of sub block two with a red square in center to create this larger block:


Then combine four of sub block one with five red squares to create the second large block:


So you can see that EQ7 is quite the playground for someone who LOVES math and especially tesselating!

If you love math and quilting you must check out the books by this lady http://www.mathematicalquilts.com/
I bought Mathematical Quilts in 2014  after seeing it on the bookshelf in a middle school math class that I was sub teaching and decided to make a Fibonacci quilt for my bed. It is by far the biggest quilt I've ever made (oversize queen reaches the floor on queen) and it is always on our bed so it is also the most used quilt I have made. Here are some pics:


I got a new king bed recently and was relieved it still fits because it is an oversize queen




6 comments:

  1. Wow! That is a crazy quilt block - I cannot believe how creative you are to come up with that! Love the dogs on the bed - where they should be! :)

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  2. Very cool designs, Maryann! And I love the photo of your dogs posing with the quilt. Too cute. :-) I'm here via Val's archives linky.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca the dogs love posing for the camera.. when it suits them LOL

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  3. EQ7 is such fun, great design. Love your quilt testers!

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    1. Thanks Carole the dogs insist on 'quilt testing' every quilt especially when the blocks aren't joined and are laying on the design floor!

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  4. I"m thinking my math phobia might be the EXACT reason I DON'T get an EQ!!

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