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We had the idea of representing fractions on an afghan. The first square is one piece, the second is two identical pieces, the third is three pieces, and so on. We first thought of using different colours for each piece but decided that would be messy and difficult to understand. Two colours would be more dramatic but it would have to be possible to easily identify individual pieces.

We could have opted for stripes - two in the second box, three in the third, four in the fourth, etc. The final plan was to make the squares as different as possible but with matching pieces within each square. We still had to work to our rules so there was a limit to the number of ways we could split the squares. Squares 3, 5, 7 and 11 could only be split into stripes so the only choice was whether these should be horizontal or vertical. Others had very limited choice, whereas some could have been done in a variety of ways. Four, for example could have been split into four squares. To add variety we opted for diagonal divisions wherever possible.

Equal Parts was not the original title of this afghan but it has had this name for so long that we can’t remember what the original name was. The new name came about by a strange twist of fate.