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Let's Do Math to PIECES! using the book, PIECES: A YEAR IN POEMS AND QUILTS Did You Guess How Many? Did you count, add, multiply, and subtract to find out?


Let's start counting:


Let's count triangles:


Let's count squares:


Most and least:


Total:


Your turn:


Here's what I found and counted for each quilt:
Pieces: Squares, triangles, quadrangles, trapezoids, and 5, 6, 7 and several 8 sided shapes, plus rectangles in the borders. I counted 26 pieces in the snowman, 24 in the butterfly, 17 in the pumpkin, and 14 in the bird, for a total of 81 pieces in the symbols. 48 of those are triangles. There are 652 pieces in the triangle pattern for a total of 733 pieces, 700 of them triangles. Add 4 for the border for 737. This is a really hard one because some of the pieces barely show around the edges. If you used the patterns to count the pieces in the season symbol there are 24 in the snowman, 11 in the bird, 15 in the pumpkin and 19 in the butterfly, for a total of 69 pieces in the symbols. 35 of those are triangles. After I made my quilt I saw a better way to make these which is what I've put in the patterns. This makes a total of 721, 687 of them triangles. Ballet: Triangles and quadrangles in quilt, 162 pieces, 31 of them triangles. Border has 46 squares, 100 triangles and 8 rectangles for a total of 154 in the border and 316 all together. In March: Trapezoid, parallelogram, quadrangle, triangle. 111 plus 8 borders, total 119. Just When I Thought: Trapezoid, parallelogram, quadrangle, triangle. 98 plus 8 borders, total 106. Do You Know Green?: Trapezoid, parallelogram, quadrangle, triangle. 239 plus 4 borders, total 243. Good Heavens: Triangles, quadrangles. 691 plus 43 in the borders. This one is hard to count because sometimes the quilting makes it look like two pieces when it's one, and sometimes the fabrics are so alike it looks like it's one when it's two. Total 734. Nose Knows and Mirage: All squares. 20 x 24 = 480. Takeout: No geometric shapes. 47 pieces and 4 border pieces for a total of 51. Encore: Squares, 21 x 17 = 357, plus 18 flowers and hummingbirds sewn on top for a total 375, plus 4 border pieces for 379. Misplaced: Squares, 21 x 17= 357, plus 21 flowers sewn on top, for 378, plus 4 borders is 382. Noontime: Squares, triangles, quadrangles, 2 fivesided and 1 sixsided shape, plus rectangles in the border. Also rectangles in the border. 228 squares, 10 triangles, 257 pieces, plus 8 in the borders, total 265. Rock and Roll: Squares and triangles, rectangles in the border. 204 squares, 88 triangles, 301 pieces, plus 8 in the border, total 309. To Each His Own: Squares, triangles and rectangles. Full squares showing are 22 x 18 for a total of 396 minus 45 squares that were replaced with 80 triangles and 15 quadrangles, or 351. Actual squares used (we can barely see the edge of the ones along the bottom, are 20 x 24, or 480, So 435 squares, 80 triangles, 15 rectangles and 5 stems equals a total of 580. Pageantry: All squares with rectangles in the border. 283 squares plus 50 that show only a corner equals 333 plus 8 pieces in the border for 341. Ode to a Rake: Same as Pageantry, 341. Silhouettes: Squares, rectangles in the border. 252 squares (14 x 18), 68 pieces in the tree trunks (as near as I can tell!), for a total of 320, plus 4 in the border, for 324. Shadows: Squares, rectangles in the border. 252 squares , 70 pieces in the tree trunks for a total of 322, plus 4 in the border, for 326. Winter Sunshine: Triangle and quadrangles in quilt, squares and rectangles in border. Of 66 pieces in quilt, 47 of them are triangles. 68 squares in the border, plus 2 little rectangles because squares didn't fit, plus 4 rectangles in the outer border for a total of 140. Magic Show: Rectangles, triangles, quadrangles, and a few 5 and 6 sided shapes. 164 pieces, 42 of them triangles, plus 4 border pieces equals 168. Total 6335 pieces in the interior quilts. Cover: Squares, triangles, quadrangles, rectangles, plus 5, 6 7 and 8 sided pieces. This is another really hard one. Those diagonals are tricky, especially, when they get a little skewed. I counted 594 squares on the front cover, including corners that were big enough to see easily. I actually used 779 squares, but the edges don't all show. I counted the following pieces; bird 11, snowflake 33, leaf 19, flower 29, pumpkin 16, butterfly 19 and snowman 24, plus 8 rectangles to space the pumpkin, flower, leaf, and bird which makes a total of 753 pieces showing, 938 in the actual quilt. (Later I put on a border of 8 pieces.) In the snowflake 8 of the pieces are squares so if we are counting the total number of squares I used it's 787, showing are 600. Total for all the quilts, going by what you can see is 7088; actual quilts, 7273. Some of these are VERY hard to count so if you
came anywhere close to this number you've done a great job. In fact, I'm
not so sure I'm exactly right.


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