Analysis of Random Butterflies


1) red segments represent reflection mirrors
2) light green segments represent glide mirrors that are not reflection mirrors
3) dark blue segments represent translation generators
4) dark green segments represent shortest glide vectors that are not translation generators
5) yellow points represent cyclic centers
6) light blue points represent dihedral centers
7) fundamental region is shaded pink
8) quilt block is shaded yellow








Symmetries present: none

Description of symmetries: Because of the various and random orientations of the butterflies in this quilt, there are no symmetries.

Description of fundamental region: none

Description of symmetries in block: Interestingly, within each block, the butterfly alone would have vertical reflection with the mirror passing through the center of its body. However, looking at the block as a whole, most are asymmetric.

Relationship between block and fundamental region: Since there is no fundamental region, there is no relationship between it and the block.

Description of symmetries in quilting: The quilter 'traced' the butterflies and 'filled in' the rest of the quilt with diagonal quilted strips forming an inverted V-pattern with the vertex of the V being in the center peach strip of the quilt. Thus, the quilting symmetry is not in harmony with the quilt symmetry. There is also a quilted 'fern' border or stip pattern (not visible in the photo). See below.

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Random Butterflies Border Pattern

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Analysis of hand-quilted border

The translation vector of the strip pattern is equal to the distance from the left stem of the fern to the left stem of the next fern.This is also the glide vector.The horizontal reflection mirror (which also acts as a glide mirror) is perhaps approximate due to the slightly askew right most leaf of the fern.

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