The Kindergartners at Ferndale Elementary School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, had a surprise treat for their math class today courtesy of my friend, Mary Sinnott. Mary is the reading/math resource teacher at that school and invited me to come into the classroom today to share my love of quilting, and how math, shapes and measuring all play a roll in making a quilt. In fact, a lot of math is used in making any quilt (think algebra!), and quilters/seamstresses all have learned the lesson of measuring once, twice even three times before making a cut...or else! And guess what? Sure enough I have failed to measure three times on several occasions and made huge mistakes (it pays to measure!).
All the kids were great and they identified the various shapes on many quilts hung around the classroom as it was lit up with the colorful quilts (some of mine and the teachers' too!). So cheers to circles, ovals, rectangles, triangles and squares! And last but not least, the hexagon too!