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How might Math help us communicate? Determine what you see and what questions you might ask to get the big picture.
What do you think you are looking at? Describe why you think this.
How is color used in this item? Which shape is used most often? Why do you think that is so?
Estimate how many total squares there are in the quilt. What do you think the squares might represent?
1994 Iowa State Winner; A Gathering of Old Friends Quilts and Quiltmaking in America: 1978-1996 , American Memory Collection, Library of Congress
Why do you think it was important for the quiltmaker to use these shapes and patterns?
Based on the patterns and shapes you saw, what story do you think this quilt tells?
If you were to make a quilt, what shapes and symbols would you use? Why? What would they represent?
In addition to geometric shapes, what other math is needed to make a quilt?
Understanding the Big Picture How is math used to design and make quilts and other textiles?
Examine the following primary sources to determine if math was essential in the design of these textiles. Vozdukh [sacremental cloth cover], a gift from Empress Catherine the Great to Right Reverend Simon. Ipatevskii Monastery. [Kostroma] Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Native made baskets of s.w. Alaska Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Navajo woman weaving blanket. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Linen Cloth, INTRODUCTION:ARTIFACTS FROM THE QUMRAN SITE Library of Congress Exhibitions