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Quilts in the Classroom 
Let's Do Math to PIECES!
using the book, PIECES: A YEAR IN POEMS AND QUILTS
Guess How Many?
Some of these are easy, but some are hard. How many can you answer?
Make a guess, then count, add, multiply and subtract to find out. 
Let's start counting:
 How many quilts are in the book, including the cover?
 Did you know I cheated? I only made one quilt for “Nose Knows” and “Mirage”.
 Can you see what I did to trick you into thinking it is two quilts?
 How many different geometric shapes can you find in the book?
 Can you name them?
 Do you know a name that would include all the others?
 How many of the quilts use geometric shapes?

Let's count triangles:
 How many quilts have at least one triangle?
 Which quilt has the most triangles?
 Can you figure out how many?
 Which of the quilts with at least one triangle has the fewest triangles?
 The Pieces quilt has lots of triangles
and is very hard to count. You might want to print out the coloring
page of this quilt.
 Still too hard? Cut the quilt into sections. Figure out the number of triangles in each section, then add them together. This might be a good project to do as a team.

Let's count squares:
 How many quilts are made mostly with squares?
 How many quilts are made only with squares?
 How many quilts have squares as part of the design, including the borders?
 How many have squares ONLY in the borders?
 Which quilt do you think has the most squares?
 Why do you think that?
 Are you counting the partial squares that you can see all around the edges of “To Each His Own”, “Nose Knows” and “Mirage”?
 I can think of two ways you could find out how many squares are in each quilt.
 Can you think of two ways? More than two?
 What would be the easiest way for you?
 How many squares in all do you think are in all twenty the quilts I made for this book?
 How many squares are inside the book?
 This is tricky because of the places where parts of quilts are used in the front and back pages. Also some of the borders are copied from the quilts. I didn’t make them, and don’t forget about the quilt that’s a cheat.* (Let’s just leave out the squares that show in the photographs at the end, shall we?)
 How many squares are on the cover?
 How many squares are in “Encore”?
 If I added another row all the way around how many squares would that be?
 If I added two rows all the way around how many would that be?
 Are there more squares or more rectangles in the book?
 Are there more quadrangles or more rectangles?

Most and Least:
 Of the quilts that are NOT made with squares, which one do you think has the most pieces?
 Be careful.. Sometimes the quilting lines can make one piece look like more than one, and sometimes one fabric looks a lot like it's neighbor so it looks like one piece when it's two.
 Why did you choose that quilt?
 Do you think it has more or less pieces than the quilt with the least number of squares?
 Do you think it has more or less pieces than the quilt with the most squares?
 Which quilt do you think has the least number of pieces?
 Why did you chose that one?

Total:
 Can you estimate how many pieces of fabric are in all twenty quilts I made for this book?
 I’m going to include all the borders in my count. Can you see how some of the borders are made with 4 pieces of fabric—2 across the top and bottom and 2 on the sides? Some have 8 pices in the borders.

Your turn:
 Can you make up your own math problems about the quilts?
 PS: Maybe you could make up some problems and give them to your friends.
 PPS: Be sure you know the answers!

Want to know my answers?

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