Roscoe, Matt. (2020). Quilt While You’re Ahead. In S. Bowen (Ed.), Math Circle Activity Database. American Institute of Mathematics. https://mathcircles.org/activity/Quilt-While-Youre-Ahead

Quilt While You’re Ahead

Math Circles:
Quilts are a familiar set of cultural artifacts for many people. Quilts also happen to be beautifully mathematical. “What sorts of symmetries can a quilt block possess?” Participants will design and examine quilt blocks, and develop a taxonomy of symmetry in order to compare the blocks according to the symmetries, both present and absent.

Activity Guide

This guide looks at the activity in detail and goes into the underlying math.