Thursday, February 26, 2009

Black and White Tessellation Quilt

Here is your English lesson for the day.

Q: What is a tessellation?

A: A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps.

Probably the most famous artist that employed this method was M.C. Escher. Here are a couple of his images--the 2nd and 3rd ones are definite examples, by definition.

I liked this quote from Escher:

"At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important". M.C. Escher

Below is the quilt I wanted to recreate--in blacks and whites. I found this picture in a children's art book, "Making Amazing Art: 40 Activities Using the 7 Elements of Art Design", by Sandi Henry.

I have been working on my quilt for a bit already. It will take awhile as there are 392 pieces to cut out for my quilt. I don't have even those all cut yet, but I have enough to get started. Here is where I'm at for now.

Hopefully in the long run it won't make our eyes go absolutely buggy. I'm pretty excited about it right now.


  1. very, very nice.
    i never would have thought doing black & white whirlygiggles.

  2. I think you're on the right track. I like it with some solid black thrown in. Maybe even some white solid, too.

  3. Wow! You quilters are crazy ambitious! Can't wait to see the finished product. I love Escher.

  4. I had the same idea except that I am going to add 1 colored 'whirlygig' somewhere in the top. Just one.

    Crazymomquilts has a tutorial-- ( I just cannot bring myself to cut out that many pieces. I am prety sure that I have seen an almost strip piecing way of doing this quilt....
    Looks great so far!

  5. wow I just love the work of Escher and can't wait to see the finished result. Your blog is so inspirational I love to cone over and see what you are up to!

  6. I love the black and white. Can't wait to see it completed. Tiffany



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