I was in the 9th grade, and taking my first year of Algebra. And although I had been a straight-A student for most of my school life, I really struggled with the X+Y=Z thing. I can remember breaking down in tears one evening as I was trying to do my homework. Big sister Ann called one of her friends – a teacher – who tried to walk me through it over the phone. My nerdy friends kept patiently helping. And I didn’t give up. One day, one moment, it clicked. I got it, and I actually still have much of that algebraic knowledge today. However, the next semester I went into Geometry. Oh dear. Angles, degrees, relationships – I guess I was too worn out from the Algebra trial to care much about Geometry. I made a C. To me, it was like failing. And it was the end of my mathematical track in school.
Did I mention that piecing quilts uses a lot of Geometry? There are squares, and rectangles of course, but there are also a lot of half-square triangles to contend with, as well as flying geese and other blocks that require some geometric trouble-shooting. My current project is a sampler of quilt blocks from the 1920’s, taken from the book The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt, by Laurie Aaron Hird. She has given a CD along with the book that has templates for piecing 6″ blocks. Easy enough, right? Oh noooo – I made the quick decision to make my blocks 8″, and to dissect the pictures of the blocks to make my own patterns. I’m hoping that this time, I’ll make an A in this self-imposed Geometry lesson!
Here are the blocks I’ve completed so far!
Oh yes, talking about completing – my long arm is assembled and anxiously awaiting a quilt to practice on! Here we go!