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The Tessellations Page

Tessellations is the name for systems of interlocking geometric forms or shapes which fill the entire surface of a quilt (or tile, or other flat plane) without overlapping and without any gaps, as in the image at left.

Tessellations have been a part of decorative art for centuries, and were developed and refined in this century by artists Roger Penrose and M.C. Escher. One of their most popular uses have been as wallpaper/backgrounds on computers and on some web pages.

This design technique has been adopted by quilters with some very striking results. Ruth McDowell in particular has made an in-depth study of the mathematics of tessellations, and has developed a book for quilters on the use of symmetry.

This page is designed to provide pointers to sources of information on the web concerning tessellations so that quilters can learn more about these techniques.

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