Math-Literature Connections: Quilts

Quilting is a folk craft that crosses all times and cultures. There are books that introduce students to how quilts were used by runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad trails. Other books discuss the traditional American patchwork quilt and its sentimental value to families. Quilts offer a great opportunity to include multicultural topics to discuss mathematics and the contribution different cultures have made to this art form.

If it is true that mathematics is the study of patterns, then quilting offers a rich tapestry for this study. Students of all ages learn to appreciate the mathematical patterns found in traditional quilting designs. These books enhance the mathematics with heartwarming stories of how quilts are truly the fabric of our lives.

Math-Literature Connections