Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tessellation WIP

I think I have mentioned I am not a math person.
Having said that, again, Chris is taking geometry this year as a junior in high school.
We decided to bring our youngest son, Ben, home for school this year also.  He's taking pre-algebra as a seventh grader.
You can see why I have math on the brain.
I'm teaching one and "moderating" another.

"Math is Fun!" defines tessellation as:  A pattern made of identical shapes.  The shapes must fit together without any gaps and the shapes should not overlap.
Easy.  Peasy.

Last time I shared a "Pinspirational" block from Dutch Comfort's blog.
I guess I just fell in love with the "geometricness" of it all and felt challenged to attempt it on my own.  Without buying the bookBecause I'm cheap Because I always enjoy a challenge!

My version is machine pieced, not paper pieced or sewn by hand using tons of "Y" seams. 
Here is a quick and easy tutorial for sewing "Y" seams.  Once you get the hang of them, they're easy peasy too!
 I'm using my 5" (finished)  hex ruler to make the four shapes:  a hexagon, a diamond, a triangle and a square. 
This kind of math is fun!

Here is the start from last week.

Which grew to this.

And a week later, now looks like this.

These rows are now all machine pieced together and I'm starting to put on the next row.  I wanted a soft, glowing, old-fashioney, vintage sort of look. 

Too lazy to go look up all the different fabrics playing together in this.  LOL
Moda, Lecien, Joann's stuff.  Whatever pink and yellow I had on hand in my stash.

Florence at Flossie Teacakes has a tessellation project in the works as well.  Hers is amazing!  She's hand piecing it!

Here are my garden gnomes helping me get a shot.  Thanks guys!
I'm linking up this week with Quilt Story and Freshly Pieced this week for my quilting goodness fix!
How 'bout you?


  1. I love the vintage look and yellow is my colour at the moment. How gorgeous! xo

  2. It is coming along very nicely!! I love the soft colors and girlie-ness of it all:)

  3. So pretty! I do love your interpretation of that block!

  4. Beautiful, and oh, my, what a challenge! Yours has such pretty colors, including that fussy cut rose in the middle. My students enjoy putting designs together with wood pattern blocks, but I couldn't imagine tackling the designs in fabric!

  5. Love the shape of it and if you know how (or learn how) to do facings, you could keep that fun flirty shape!

  6. that's a lot of paper piecing! i love how it turned out.

  7. O.k., I have to try this, love your block! What 5" hex ruler did you use? I think I'm missing an important tool here. deanie dot dreams at gmail dot com

  8. WOW, that's really pretty! Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday.

  9. Dee, you must have a huge amount of patience (more than I) but what a great pattern! Love it! The kids' former elementary school always worked with tesselations and it fascinated me as I could see the potential for quilt projects.

  10. Hi Dee,

    You made math fun! in these gorgeous blocks. Carry on.

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