Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: How do you choose fabric for OBW

  1. #1
    Super Member Carron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    desert area of California
    Posts
    2,270
    Any suggestions as to picking out fabric for making the OBW.
    What should one avoid as well as what to go for.
    Thanks.

  2. #2
    Moderator Up North's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    North East Lower peninsula of Michigan
    Posts
    6,154
    I would go for a larger print in a 12 to 16 inch repeat. You will get more ideas I am sure

  3. #3
    Super Member woody's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Canberra, Australia
    Posts
    2,043
    Blog Entries
    1
    A large scale print in colours that you like, I hated the fabric for my first OBW but I liked the colours in it.

    I don't like too many different colours as it makes the pattern too busy, but I have seen ones that do work, so personal preference there.

    if you can get hold of a small hinged mirror to look at your fabrics it will help to choose.
    http://fiberfantasies.files.wordpres...kalmirror4.jpg

  4. #4
    Super Member Carron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    desert area of California
    Posts
    2,270
    Quote Originally Posted by woody
    A large scale print in colours that you like, I hated the fabric for my first OBW but I liked the colours in it.

    I don't like too many different colours as it makes the pattern too busy, but I have seen ones that do work, so personal preference there.

    if you can get hold of a small hinged mirror to look at your fabrics it will help to choose.
    http://fiberfantasies.files.wordpres...kalmirror4.jpg
    Thank you very much, this information is most helpful. :thumbup:

  5. #5
    Super Member Carron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    desert area of California
    Posts
    2,270
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I would go for a larger print in a 12 to 16 inch repeat. You will get more ideas I am sure
    Thank you Donna!

  6. #6
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Grundy Co Illinois
    Posts
    5,284
    I just picked this one up yesterday on the sale rack with the intention of making an OBW. Wouldn't you know it, I can't find my hinged mirror anywhere to audition it to make sure it will work (and my only hand-helds are tiny and have big frames). The repeat is 11.5". It has a lot of colors in it, but the colors are "thin" and there is quite a bit of background. I think it will make some weird and interesting patterns.

    Anyone see an OBW in here?
    Name:  Attachment-151644.jpe
Views: 15
Size:  76.2 KB

  7. #7
    Super Member Carron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    desert area of California
    Posts
    2,270
    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I just picked this one up yesterday on the sale rack with the intention of making an OBW. Wouldn't you know it, I can't find my hinged mirror anywhere to audition it to make sure it will work (and my only hand-helds are tiny and have big frames). The repeat is 11.5". It has a lot of colors in it, but the colors are "thin" and there is quite a bit of background. I think it will make some weird and interesting patterns.
    When you make your quilt do post a picture, I bet it will be really stunning.

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    TEXAS
    Posts
    1,068
    Super suggestion! Thanks!

  9. #9
    Super Member Katrine's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    France
    Posts
    1,815
    The bigger the repeat, the greater number and variety of blocks you will get. Don't go below 12". Avoid fabrics with very widely spaced features, i.e. too much background colour, and also avoid straight lines. The OBW books all give good info and hints on how to choose fabrics too.

  10. #10
    k3n
    k3n is offline
    Power Poster k3n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    10,714
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    The bigger the repeat, the greater number and variety of blocks you will get. Don't go below 12". Avoid fabrics with very widely spaced features, i.e. too much background colour, and also avoid straight lines. The OBW books all give good info and hints on how to choose fabrics too.
    Absolutely right. :-D You can find all the book information here http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual_section_list.jsp
    read the topic heading for OBWs, Stack n Whack etc...

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.