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Thread: What is a OBW?

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    Junior Member makakehau's Avatar
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    Having seen pictures of one block wonder quilts on the board here, I am dying to know....What is a obw? How is it made?

    Thanks all!
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    one block wonder? Fussy cutting.

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    I have been also reading about it...I have been doing searches on the board. They look awesome...just wondering how hard it is to make.

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    Cute Buns here did a series of Tutes on the OBW= One Block Wonder and is still more then willing to help everyone with it : http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm

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    There is a video some were on the internet. I saw it today when I was searching for ideas at lunch. I did not book mark it...

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    One Block Wonders is the method used by Maxine Rosenthal in her three books to create the quilts.

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wond...3775124&sr=8-2

    I think the book(s) are invaluable if you want to do one. There are very precise and easy to follow pictorial instructions for choosing fabrics, layering and cutting, construction and design ideas.

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    I am still a relative beginner at quilting and as long as you take your time cutting and sewing, they are pretty easy, there are no funny angles, it's all straight seams.
    I agree with Katrine that the books are fabulous and very easy to understand with lots of photos for visual learners, and then you also have lots of help right here too lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katrine
    One Block Wonders is the method used by Maxine Rosenthal in her three books to create the quilts.

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Block-Wond...3775124&sr=8-2

    I think the book(s) are invaluable if you want to do one. There are very precise and easy to follow pictorial instructions for choosing fabrics, layering and cutting, construction and design ideas.
    Her instructions are terrific, even for beginners. The most difficult part may be finding that great fabric with the wide approx. 24" repeat. Your design board is crucial to the process. Warning: if you ever start a OBW you may always be hunting for the next project. It is such fun. :D

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    I have had excellent results with a 12" repeat, and 16" too. For your first one if you used say a 16" repeat, you will be buying less fabric. There are hints in the book helping in the choice of which kind of fabric (print/colour mix etc) to look for.

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    I've put this topic in the OBW and kaleidoscope topic list. If you click on the link at the top left of the page (in blue), it will take you to a list of every topic on the board discussing these quilts. :D

    BTW, the OBW technique does NOT fussy cut and there is hardly any waste - certainly no more than you'd get cutting out a conventional pattern. :-D

    For this technique I'd say at least one of Maxine Rosenthal's books is indispensable and I've never seen any free tutes online. The one here on the board by Cutebuns was more of a sew-along with support for those working from either one of the OBW books or one of Bethany Reynold's Stack n Whack books. :-D

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