QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tessellations 6: Quadrilaterals---Oddrilaterals


Sixty Degrees of Tessellation IV
by Carol Gilham Jones

Carol's been exploring tessellated shapes and color.
The shape has 4 sides---it will tessellate or tile.

A different angle
but one piece covers the surface

Carol Gilham Jones, Ginko Leaf
Pieced and Appliqued

It's roughly the same shape as this:
A square divided equally with a line.

The new shape has four sides: Right angle in two corners.



A vintage quilt from about 1950? with a different take on the shape.

It's half a rectangle.

And half are flipped over.
Two make a tumbler, so a tumbler might be an easier shape to work with.
And like a tumbler it can be any proportion
as long it has four sides.


But if you had a good sense of direction and were working on a design wall you could do many things....


Most of which would involve a lot of thinking.

With 4-way mirror-image rotation it's a quilt block.
But it doesn't have a BlockBase file under four-patches where it belongs.

Here's an odd-shaped quadrilateral that was actually published.

Broken Rainbows
BlockBase  #1416 from the Nancy Cabot
column in the Chicago Tribune in 1937

Broken Rainbows by Dianne Anderson,
Tomball, Texas



Rotation in the block. Rotation in the repeat.


3 comments:

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Isn't this just a beautiful way to always see something different in your work, I must try this sometime! Thanks for your lovely posts Barbara!

Barb said...

I love tessellations, can play with paper samples forever. Thanks for expanding my view and adding to the fun!

Diane said...

Thanks for Including my Broken Rainbows quilt, Barbara! It holds a special place in my heart.
Love your blog, too!

Diane Anderson
diane@cabinquilter.com
www.quilterscabin.com