<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Continuous and tessellated blocks

Continuous blocks

Click on the graphic that's the most like your mystery block.

Full or half hexagon
Inner City Block
Inner City


Crazy Tile Quilt

Whirling Diamonds
Chevrons & other shapes

Picket Fence Quilt

Picket Fence Quilt

Right Angles Patchwork

Ozark Cobble

Clam Shells

Caesar's Crown

Or is it more like . . . ?


Tessellated blocks

A tessellation is like a jigsaw puzzle made of one or just a few repeated shapes.

By that definition almost every block, and certainly every one-patch block, is a tessellation.

Quilters, however, reserve the word for shapes that come together in an interesting way.

Usually that means the patches don't add up to a square, but for quilters, the distinction goes farther.

Tessellated quilt blocks look as if the pieces are designed to lock together. A quilter wouldn't consider RightAngles Patchwork, at left, a tessellated pattern, although mathematically, it is.

Whether a quilt is tesselllated or tessellating, it's more like a style than a block, and the patterns tend to be unique to the quilt and quilter.