A Complex Tessellation
For You To Ponder
This quilt is a tessellation; it's made by repeating a single shape over and over. It's called Anthracite/Snowflake and was sewn by my wife Linda and designed by me. I didn't start out to design a tessellating pattern; it just happened. How it happened surprised me.
It's not the sort of shape you'd normally try using to create a new design. And I didn't.
It's full of confusion but it has potential. There are a lot of things I could have tried to make this more interesting.
If you look in the center of this combination you can see the odd shape that repeats and interlocks with itself to fill the space.
What you don't see yet is the entire snowflake design that is made from that odd shape.
What I find most interesting in all this is that, at first glance, the snowflake design looks like the basic block that makes the quilt. The actual block disappears in the design. This is a case of being able to see the forest but not the trees.
I didn't set out to create this tessellation. I'm not sure I could have if I tried. It just appeared when I started playing with positive and negative versions of the same block.
Designing this quilt taught me the trick of using positive and negative shapes to discover tessellations. To see other examples go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on Tessellation.
For more designs using the Anthracite block go to my website.
For a different take on creating tessellations go to Tessellation Nation by Ray Houston.