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Thread: What machine quilting pattern to use for a OBW?

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    What kind of a design have you used to machine quilt a OBW?
    I've made three so far and have used a feather stitch on all. Any other ideas?

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    I'm not sure, but I'd love to see the quilting on yours with the feathers.

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    I haven't done a OBW yet. Are they challenging? How big are they usually?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    What kind of a design have you used to machine quilt a OBW?
    I've made three so far and have used a feather stitch on all. Any other ideas?
    Sorry what is a OBW??

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    OBW = one block wonder. I just learned that last week!

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    Hi,

    Giggling out loud here.......so very glad you explained the OBW as I have been sitting here going through every single quilting term in my brain trying to guess it! I think I would have still been sitting here, ahhhhh, next week! LOL

    Thanks!

    Bev

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    I'm not sure, but I'd love to see the quilting on yours with the feathers.
    Actually my avatar is one of the three I've done, but you can't see the quilting from the front side. I used a variegated green,red and yellow thread, so it blends in totally with the prints. The feather stitch is very similar to the background leaves in the original print, so that's why I did that design. The back is solid black and that's the side I did the stitching from, otherwise I'd never be able to see where I was going. I'll have to work on getting a picture of that side. This quilt was made especially for my son and he lives 70 miles away from me now. I'll have to have him send me a pic. thru e mail, then I can get one on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    I haven't done a OBW yet. Are they challenging? How big are they usually?
    Of the 10 different quilts I've made, each being a different pattern or method, making a OBW is the easiest and shortest from cutting the fabric to having a top sewn together. If you make one with hexagons, (there's also octagons) each block is then made from 6 pieces of fabric, each a triangle. So there's 2 seams to get 3 triangles sewn together to make half hexagons. At this point you finalize your block arrangement, before sewing the half hexagons together into strips. Then when the strips get sewn together, the whole hexagons appear. I cut repeats, strips, triangles, sewed half hexagons together for a quilt for my other son, in 4 1/2 hours! That quilt top measured about 4' X 5'. It does go fast. I think the longest part is deciding on the final block arrangement. There's so many ways you can put them.
    They can be whatever size you want them to be. If you have a repeat in the print of your fabric that's less than 6", you'll probably want to buy more fabric than just 6 repeats worth, because you won't have much to work with. The width of the strips you cut will be half the finished hexagon width. I've seen quilts made in this method that covered a queen size bed. Others were lots smaller, down to 2' X 3' or so.

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    i love your OBW...i am just now thinking about making one. i have bought the book and have read through it several times and you made it sound easy and you made it in 4.5 hours! i think mine will take me 4.5 months!! :lol: :lol: Have you got a picture of the original fabric of the one in your avatar? I just love to see the before and after pictures.

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    fireworkslover,
    I love your OBW :thumbup: :!: I just bought 13.5 yards of fabric today for one. I have made a stack n wack but like the looks of OBW much better. Would you please post pictures of your other OBW's you have made and also the fabric before it was cut. That is fun to see.
    As far as what pattern to use, well I wouldn't want to see the quilting on it. So anything "blendy" is what I would do.

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