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    Junior Member ChristineD's Avatar
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    Are the One Block Wonder (OBW) and kaliedoscope blocks the same? If not, then what is the difference. I have looked at both types of quilts and cannot see any difference. Am I missing something?
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    They look the same to me...
    I bought the OBW book but am stumped at picking a fabric to give it a go...
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    OBW are made with triangles whereas Kaleidoscopes can be made with diamond shapes as well as triangles. Ks usually have some other fabrics in the main body as setting. OBWs are sewn directly to each other with no setting material, and the placement of the blocks usually is in some kind of wave either by colors or values. Hope this gives you some added info. :lol:

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    I don't have books for both, so I'm not sure. However, in reading reviews at Amazon it seems to me there are differences.

    Paula Nadelstern's kaleidoscope quilts seem to involve drafting and are more elaborate.

    The OBW quilts seem to be similar to Stack 'n' Whack in that you stack the fabric repeats and then cut all the pieces together; however, the reviews indicate it is different than SnW and there is mention of forming hexagons with the pieces. All I remember is that, after I got my SnW book several years ago and looked through it, I thought I'd try something else! I guess OBW didn't tempt me after that.

    Of course, there is the traditional kaleidoscope pattern which is simply a regular quilt pattern and does not involve cutting repeats of a fabric.

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    Kalidescopes are more fussy cut where the OBW was cut from the whole piece.

    OBW are a type of Stack n Wack.

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    Okay In my opinion The OBW and the Stack n Whack are the same thing, just different techniques. I've done both and the Stack N Whack seems much easier when putting your rows together. They both turn out beautiful. Hope this helps! :D

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    Thanks for this information...helps to clarify it a bit.

    I think when I try this technique I'm going to start with a four-patch version. I got the link below from a previous posting on this board about kaliedescope quilts. I like the looks and the simplicity of working with squares to start with.
    http://howdyblogs.blogspot.com/2007/...h-stacked.html


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    As K3n said OBW and stack and whack are the same process. Kaleidoscope refers to the affect you get when you cut the same spot in the fabric and sew them into blocks.

    A Kaleidoscope can be any shape you want to use. They can be one patch as in the OBW or they can be cut in triangles or Dresden petal shapes.

    The biggest differance is when you cut them in a triangle or Dresden shape they are sewn together and appliqued onto a background and sashing is usually used between blocks. The OBW are sewn together making a sort of a one patch quilt top. No applique or sashing.

    I have a Dresden Kaleidoscope EBook available that I wrote. I just like the look of the Dresden Kaleidoscopes. It combines the idea of the Kaleidoscope with the shape of a Dresden Plate quilt block.

    It is just two differant techniques to enjoy the same basic look.

    It is all in what you like. I sent K3n some of my Dresdens so she could see what I do and she made me a little One Block Woofer quilt that has dogs in the fabric hence the Woofer name! She asked me to choose among 3 names for her quilt and I didn't know she was also making me alittle one! So I chose the Woofer name! I thought it was so much fun at the time but didn't know I was getting one!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup
    Thanks for this information...helps to clarify it a bit.

    I think when I try this technique I'm going to start with a four-patch version. I got the link below from a previous posting on this board about kaliedescope quilts. I like the looks and the simplicity of working with squares to start with.
    http://howdyblogs.blogspot.com/2007/...h-stacked.html
    Teacup,
    Thank you for posting this great 4 patch site. It looks like a great beginning pattern to start with!!
    Sulabug
    :D :D :D

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    Thanks to everyone for the information. I am going to do some more research on these.
    Christine

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