So, this week instead of the usual full length math blog, I decided to play around with some tessellations that combined two different shapes. For my tessellation I combined a puzzle piece and a hand drawn flower. I began by taking a 11'8.5" piece of printer paper and splitting it into 6 sections. In the first square I sketched the original figure (the puzzle piece).

Step 1: The Puzzle Piece

Step 2: The Flower (Hand drawn in my tessellation, but can also be a pre made cut out figure)

Step 3: The Tessellations I played around with how I was going to combine the two figures. I came to the conclusion that it was best to draw the more complex figure first (flower) and then draw the puzzle piece on top of it so that the puzzle pieces connected.

Step 4: I completed my tessellation on half of the sheet and once I was finished I colored in the flowers first (making sure to keep a pattern), then I went back and colored in the empty space on the puzzle pieces.

I like the idea of using two different repeating designs to get something interesting. You do a good job of documenting your thinking.

clear, coherent, complete: +

content: one difficulty that I think you ran into is that your puzzle piece doesn't tessellate. They fit together to make a line, but not to fill the plane. You need another piece with one outie and three innies, or one piece with 2 outies and 2 innies. (Or see some of these: http://bit.ly/1nZCmSe)
consolidated: Think about how to summarize. One framework to use to summarize is answer one or more of: what? (important bits) so what? (why important) or now what? (what's next).