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Creating a quilt block is a great way to combine math, history, literature and art into one fun project.
Quilting dates back to colonial times. The process of making quilts involves math and geometry. A quilt block is a square made of 16 smaller squares. Each small square consists of two triangles. Symmetry is an important part of quilt making because the designs demonstrate different kinds of symmetry.
Traditional quilt blocks have named patterns, like: Square Deal, Windblown Square, Pieced Star and Ribbons. Have students take a look at these traditional patterns in a book or on the internet.
Students choose a quilt block pattern that they would like to make and observe its symmetry.
Measure a piece of construction paper with a ruler and Crayola Color Sticks into an 8 in. x 8 in. (20.3 cm x 20.3 cm) square. Then measure and draw a grid of 16 2 in. (5.1 cm) squares.
Draw additional lines to split the 2 in. (5.1 cm) squares into triangles following the chosen quilt block pattern.
Use Color Sticks to color in the quilt block. Use different techniques while coloring like pressure variation to lighten and darken colors; cross-hatching with closely spaced lines; and layering colors to create different hues. Color Sticks are also great for broad strokes, shadows and highlights.
When the quilt block is complete, finish it by mounting it onto another piece of construction paper in a contrasting color. Attach the quilt block to the construction paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.
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