Thursday, April 8, 2010

Math for Quilt



One of the best things about my job is that it brings people from many different walks of life together. Yesterday, I had a physical therapist "prescribe" some exercises for me to do for my back.

I have also enlisted the help of a math teacher to figure out the math of a quilt. I saw a photo in a book of a quilt that was made in 1910. It is made out of lots and lots of trapezoids, and I had to bring out my compass and my protractor. I don't remember how to use these things - I'm not so sure I really understood how to use them the first go around in school! The original quilt is 84 x 84" and I am trying to make mine smaller, more of a wall size, but that means my trapezoids are going to be teeny tiny.

I think I'll make this a truly group project and ask you to check over my work before I start cutting fabric, in case I've missed thinking of something.

4 comments:

Barb said...

Looking forward to seeing what you'll be up to! A math teacher, sounds serious.
good luck

Elaine Adair said...

Very disconcerting, isn't it, to realize that high school eometry class, a thousand years ago, DID have some merit! I got a D in Geometry and wish I could take it now! 8-))

Michele's Quilting Journey said...

Math skills deficient, numerically challenged, spatially dyslexic. Need I offer you any thing else? You, do have me curious, however. Don't make me hold my breath too long. I sink not swim.

Allie said...

Which is why I love applique quilts, lol, NO MATH. I last took math in 6th grade, and flunked it. Now I ask my boys!