Valerie Russell

Unit 6 Patterns

By Shu Chen, Daily Diaz, Rachel Morgan, and Ariel Santillan

Our group chose to create a quilt where the observer has to describe visual patterns. We each decided to sew a square by hand. We used spades, hearts, clubs, and trapezoidsal patters.

Sewing by hand can be difficult when you don't have the proper tools to measure. Precision is important. We came across some problems. When it was time to sew our squares together they did not fit. Our squares were made from triangles sewn together with cotton fabric. Much of the work we did at home so we did not have access to the measuring tools we used in the classroom. We has to take the stitches out and redo our patches.

We also used fabric for the border that stretched instead of all cotton. This made it hard to finish the quilt because parts of the quilt began to stretch out of shape.

In the design stage we all shard our ideas and agreed on the color scheme. Our patterns differ by color, size, and direction. One of the triangles in each of our block squares is left blank so the view can figure out the last pattern. We not only studied patterns of shapes but also numbers. Some number patterns were quite challenging to figure out when trying to represent them as linear functions. Once we understood the variables a, n, and d, representing the number patterns became easier. We tried to come up with an easy number pattern on our quit. As you can see at the top of the quilt every number increases by 2.