What is a tessellation? According to Jinny Beyer, a tessellation is a shape or combination of shapes which will indefinitely cover an area without any gaps or overlaps. Tessellations are most easily identified as interlocking motifs. However, any quilt block that repeats itself can be considered a tessellation.
The block drafted in today's tutorial has a tessellation shape within the block. Four corners come together for a repeat of the shape in the center -- giving the illusion of the interlocking pattern.
Because the tessellating unit was designed in a block with a 6 x 6 grid (note that there are six even divisions going across and down), it will be super simple to piece -- no inset seams required.
In the EQ8 video tutorial, learn to draft a smaller unit (1/4 of the block), use serendipity to create the larger block, and use some advanced coloring features to recolor the quilt.
Here is a link to the free fabric collection used in the video and available on the Do You EQ website. The collection is Good Vibes. It was designed by Crysta Watson and manufactured by Benartex.
Jelly Roll Friendly Piecing
Folded Rectangle Construction
Combine with 6-1/2" x 2-1/2" strips (from the EQ8 Rotary Cutting Chart). The unit should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2". Combine and rotate four units for each block. Consider trying different rotation options for your block.
Merry Christmas Quilt
Last December, I presented an exclusive class to Tech Know Quilter's Masters members on designing their own folded corner friendly quilts. In the class, I shared with them how to draft Merry Christmas -- a folded corner friendly quilt that I developed. (Tech Know Quilter Master members have been in Tech Know Quilters for at least 12 months and are focused on applying their EQ knowledge to their own projects.)
Are you new to Tech Know Quilter's Masters Program? Masters members may purchase the series at a discount. Contact us for your discount coupon for the class.
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