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Thread: Tessellating

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    Senior Member Granny Quilter's Avatar
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    What does this word mean? I have read it here several times, so I looked for it in my big dictionary, and it isn't there. I guess my dictionary is too old? 1984

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    I just googled and found this

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessellation

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    tes·sel·late (ts-lt)
    tr.v. tes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing, tes·sel·lates
    To form into a mosaic pattern, as by using small squares of stone or glass.
    [From Latin tesselltus, of small square stones, from tessella, small cube, diminutive of tessera, a square; see tessera.]

    or from MerriamWebster here http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tessellation

    so shapes such as hexagons and apple cores automatically tessellate.

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    Senior Member Granny Quilter's Avatar
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    Thank you!

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    I always thought it was using identical shapes to form a pattern.

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    Maybe this will help when it relates to quilting:

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-w...88CFCEC9808ADD

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    The word "tessellate" means to form or arrange small squares in a checkered or mosaic pattern. The word "tessellate" is derived from the Ionic version of the Greek word "tesseres," which in English means "four." The first tilings were made from square tiles.

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    Thanks. I have now learned something today. :D

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    I learn something new everyday. Thank you

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    according to Fons & Porter, they don't define it, they diagram it--showing blocks constructed by a partial seam method...from the quilter's complete guide, page 146

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