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Thread: School subjects that aid a quilter

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    School subjects that aid a quilter

    When you were in school did you take a course in something not knowing what on earth you'd use it for, but found out later that it aided you in quilting?

    One such subject I can think of is Geometry. At the time I didn't have a clue as to what I could do with that knowledge, but since taking up quilting, I found I had a fairly good understanding of angles and measurements, thanks to the geometry class I had in school.

    Are there any other classes you can think of that helped you personally in quilting?
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    Definitely the math classes! Figuring out how much binding to make, or how many blocks I'll need, or whether I have enough fabric for a border, I thank Mr. Evoy every time!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Yep, geometry for me, too. I struggled then and I still do!

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    Reading, math, art....

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    Believe it or not, for me, along with geometry, it has been creative writing! I use lessons from those classes often when I design patterns and look for ways to write instructions that are clear, concise, easy.

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    geometry.....Did not like it one bit. So I married a math teacher. Yep, he teaches geometry. LOL!
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    Home Economics (dating myself), Art Class, geometry and regular math, along with my dad, the carpenter and measuring wood for him to cut and many his tools that I use in my quilting.
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    using a ratio ruler when sizing photos for publication...real old-school!
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    Math and Art were always my favorite classes. So thankful now!
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    Wood class!!
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    also algebra, or is it trigonometry?? Figuring out angles and all that. If only I'd known then it was useful, it would have been a so much easier subject to learn.
    Laurie in NYC

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    My daughter teaches 6th grade. She teaches how the various math systems apply to everyday life. When one little boy told her he didn't need to know certain things because he was going into the family business. So she asked him to bill a client for the work to be done. They fix and make clocks/watches. Simply applying the tax was going to matter. He buckled down once it was applied to his life.

    It really bothered me that I was in the advanced math classes and didn't learn to do basic necessities of life like doing one's taxes, or the bank book and stock pages and various other items that math applies to in everyday life. My husband still does our taxes.

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    They do need to teach how things apply. I used to have my daughter get my fabrics cut and pay for them while I browsed in the same store. She must have been about 8 at the time and to bolster math skills, we showed her how to count and add back money, showed her how to measure, and the like. Also taught her to bake so she would learn how to measure.

    I had just given the kid money and fabric with instructions, and a lady watching this asked me how old kid was.
    Lady said she taught junior high math and most of the students had no idea.

    My mother had me do the same as a child, so I saw nothing unusual in it.

    Algebra- I have never used it. Passed the classes and remember nothing. I do use geometry.

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