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Some quilting info....

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Bunki Kramer (
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 13:12:20 -0700 (PDT)

I've gathered some info on quilts if anyone is interested....primarily math
concepts AND short history bullets. I use this in my Art N' Math Class in
mid. school.

QUILT: is a fabric sandwich = 3 layers of fabric
1. pieced top of fabric shapes
2. cotton/wool batting
3. solid backing fabric

1. logic - sorting and identifying shapes or combinations of shapes
increases skills in logic.
2. patterns and functions - analyzing guilt blocks to find rules for
generating infinite patterns increases analytical skills...
study of arrays of colors and shapes.
3. numbers - describing quantities and relationships between quantities
...using numerical operations to obtain numerical info...if a
quilt is five blocks by six blocks, how many blocks are in a
4. measurement - measuring patches, blocks quilts...what size quilt is
needed for different size beds?...what degree of accuracy is
5. ratio and proportion - what proportion of each color is used in a
quilt? how does one determine how much fabric to buy? much
thread to buy?...fraction study...what is one part to the whole?
6. geometry - some quilt patterns appear to be 3-demensional...which
patterns do this?...does color placement make a difference?...
geometric shapes can be identified: square, rectangle, triangle,
hexagon, etc...what are their attributes?...which geometric
shapes can be made into other shapes?...develop formulas to
describe relationships between geometric shapes...symmetry,
congruence, position, orientation, similarity, tessellations
which are present.

*Quilting was known to ancient Egyptians.
*Chinese, Japanese made quilted cloth for warm winter clothing.
*Crusading knights took from middle east to Europe during Mid. Ages...
wore quilted shirts under armor to protect from cold and
chafing armor.
*16th ladies of courts in Europe quilted as favorite
*popular in colonial, early America...sewed scraps together to
lengthen lifetime of bed coverings...women held parties known
as "quilting bees".
*18th century...beginning of appliqued wore quilted vests
and coattails...women wore quilted petticoats.
*19th fabrics and machines introduced...hand quilting
*still a popular hobby...decorative art...many museums show hand-made
quilts of the past and contempory (today) quilts in fantastic
arrays of color and style.
*an average hand-made quilt today takes about 150 or more hours to make.

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526