Quilting Background

Quilting uses small scraps of fabric to make blankets and other textiles. It was originally based on discarded cloth, so the traditions often came from low income communities. Reuse of cloth also benefits the environment by reducing waste. In this site, you can learn about quilting in African American, Appalachian, Native American, Pacific Islander, Celtic, and Asian traditions.

These quilts encode Indigenous mathematical ideas, social messages, and other systems for turning patterns into meaning. We call these “heritage algorithms”. The tutorials on this site will show you how to use heritage algorithms to creatively code your own quilt designs, and even turn your virtual quilts into physical cloth.

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Lesson Plan for Teachers