Mathematical Quilting

A study of quilts offers the chance to investigate tessellating shapes and an opportunity to apply transformational geometry as students slide (translate), flip (reflect) and turn (rotate) quilt pieces to create a traditional quilt or to create a tessellating quilt.   Beyond the pure geometry, the use of color suggests different shapes within a shape and contributes to the beauty of the quilt design.

The activities in this series develop spatial sense in students through the use of quilt pieces.   Literature titles help students learn about the American tradition of quilting.   Links are provided to additional internet activities that address this topic.