Thursday, June 10, 2010


What if I start with this simple tessellation and see if I can use it to build a more interesting one.
(To review tessellation go to my 17 April 2010 post)

What if I put 4 of these together rotated?

Does this tessellate?

Yes it does. A single shape repeats and fills the space.

What if I fill the tessellating shape with oranges. I'll start with a light orange in the top left and progress to a dark orange-brown in the bottom right.

What if I put 4 of the tessellating shapes together rotated?

I get a diamond-shaped pattern.

What if I put 4 of the diamond-shaped pattern together to make an even larger diamond?

I think this is very interesting and it needs a border.

What if I add a black border?

I like this very much. However, I still need to divide the top into individual blocks before I can sew it easily.

I'll do that another day. Right now I'd like to try one more thing.

What if I go back to the original block and fill in the missing color?

The appropriate colors can be found by inspecting the above quilt top.

What if I take 12 of this block; repeat some of them and rotate some of them?

I get this quilt top. It is an extended version of the previous one with the edges squared off.

The tessellation I started with is no longer obvious. But so what? When you end up some place you like, where you started from doesn't matter any more.

I am happy with both versions.

For more tessellation go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Tessellation.


  1. Anna

    Tack själv; thank you for your kind comment.

  2. Wow this is a great one. I have been getting insparation from your blog for a couple of months now. This on is my favorite! Now it is off to the craft store to start gathering some fabric. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  3. Oh, I love the one with the black border - just gorgeous!!

  4. Nicole

    If you make this quilt, be sure to email me a photograph of it.

  5. Barbara Ann

    I like the one with the black border too. I think the black makes the colors richer. And I think the serrations add interest.

  6. I agree - this is my favorite so far! Great design and the colors are sumptuous!