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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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    There are several websites about tessellations.
    http://library.thinkquest.org/16661/index2.html
    http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/tess/index.htm
    On the second one, you can design your own.

    This is a sample of a tessellated quilt. It's called Snowflakes.

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    [quote=ghostrider]There are several websites about tessellations.
    http://library.thinkquest.org/16661/index2.html
    http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/tess/index.htm
    On the second one, you can design your own.

    Awesome links!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lfw045
    Maybe this will help when it relates to quilting:

    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-w...88CFCEC9808ADD
    You can take simple shape and end up with something fantastic. All the parts fit.

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    The Square Dance/Twister pattern everyone was talking about a while back is a good example of a simple tessellating pattern. I've also seen Tessellating Cats and Tessellating Elephants. Monkey Wrench/Snails Trail/Virgina Reel sort of tessellate, also.

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