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Thread: "One Block" quilts (not wonders)...do you make many pieces, or a few large ones?

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    "One Block" quilts (not wonders)...do you make many pieces, or a few large ones?

    I'm considering making a Hunter's Star quilt with just one block. I saw a watercolor version HERE and I absolutely love the way she rendered it.

    Now, if'n I was inclined to not do it watercolor fashion (but I am...for this one, so breaking the pieces down is obvious)...

    ...what I mean is...if you were going to do a quilt that was simply a giant, single pieced block...would you make it with single, large pieces, or would you break the pieces down into smaller pieces? Is there a preferred way to make a 'single block' quilt?

    I hope this makes sense.

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    I'd make it with single, large pieces if my purpose was to make a quick, simple, large quilt. If you want a look that's a little more complicated but want the look of a single block, I'd Piece the pieces, so to speak.
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    I just made a SF 49er quilt for a friend and I did the same block in two color ways. I ended up with a lovely secondary design. Or are you asking about making a quilt literally from one ginormous block? Never done that.
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    The only one I've done is the Carpenter's Wheel and each piece is one piece. I really like the idea of the Hunter's Star in your link though.

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    I like the Hunters Star. It is in my mind for the future, and maybe would incorporate some side by side blocks for the skirt on one of my dolls for VERY sick kids
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    Usually when they are talking about 1 block quilts - it means that the quilt is made of many of the same block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I just made a SF 49er quilt for a friend and I did the same block in two color ways. I ended up with a lovely secondary design. Or are you asking about making a quilt literally from one ginormous block? Never done that.
    yes, one ginormous block. See link in original post. See how the Hunter's block is done by itself and not multiples that create a 'pattern?' There are obviously only certain blocks that would lend themselves to being rendered singly like this; you couldn't do it effectively with say, a Log Cabin block. But because the Hunter's Star is a 'focal,' it works.

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    I just found a book on the subject: Evelyn Sloppy's "Sew One and You're Done- Making a Quilt from a Single Block"
    and a quick scan notes that she's evidently using large pieces. That would answer my question!
    Thanks, everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I'm considering making a Hunter's Star quilt with just one block. I saw a watercolor version HERE and I absolutely love the way she rendered it.

    Now, if'n I was inclined to not do it watercolor fashion (but I am...for this one, so breaking the pieces down is obvious)...

    ...what I mean is...if you were going to do a quilt that was simply a giant, single pieced block...would you make it with single, large pieces, or would you break the pieces down into smaller pieces? Is there a preferred way to make a 'single block' quilt?

    I hope this makes sense.
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    Just to throw a ringer into your options, you can also make one ginormous block out of many blocks of a totally different type. For instance, an Ocean Waves 'single block' quilt made out of multiple Log Cabin blocks in place of the HSTs.

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