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Thread: what is a one block wonder quilt?

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    I have not clue? One large piece of fabric quilted?
    I plead total ignorance on this one.

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    One block is used repeatedly for the whole quilt, but it's sort of fussy cut in such a way that no block is like another. It's actually a six or eight sided 'block', and the triangles are cut from the same section of a repeat large print. Does that make any sense? Maybe someone else can say it better. :)

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    Hi Ellen - a one block wonder is a quilt made from one block but it has come to mean the kaleidoscope deisgns from the technique developed by Maxine Rosenthal. There's a Topic List here on the board where you can see one block wonder tops and quilts and read all about them! Also the topic heading explains the differences between one block wonders (OBWs), stack n whack and other forms of kaleidoscopes. Hope this helps. The OBWs seem to be rather a craze on here at the moment. http://www.quiltingboard.com/virtual_section_list.jsp Scroll about half way down the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    One block is used repeatedly for the whole quilt, but it's sort of fussy cut in such a way that no block is like another. It's actually a six or eight sided 'block', and the triangles are cut from the same section of a repeat large print. Does that make any sense? Maybe someone else can say it better. :)
    Actually they are NOT fussy cut - the pieces are cut from stacked strips of fabric and the design falls where it will. Many ppl think that this technique 'wastes fabric'. In fact it's one of the least wasteful techniques I've done! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    One block is used repeatedly for the whole quilt, but it's sort of fussy cut in such a way that no block is like another. It's actually a six or eight sided 'block', and the triangles are cut from the same section of a repeat large print. Does that make any sense? Maybe someone else can say it better. :)
    Actually they are NOT fussy cut - the pieces are cut from stacked strips of fabric and the design falls where it will. Many ppl think that this technique 'wastes fabric'. In fact it's one of the least wasteful techniques I've done! :-D
    I was under the impression that the fabric is stacked so that the design repeats are lined up to match each other. That's how all the 'petals' of the kalaidescope are the same within itself, but different from every other block. No, none of the fabric is wasted because the triangles are cut next to each other.

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    Yes you're right wolfkitty - by 'fussy cut' I thought you meant that you choose from where on the fabric you cut the blocks from - like Rhonda's dresden kaleidoscope method. I misunderstood your definition of 'fussy cut'. Sorry. :-D

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    I wasn't really clear. At this hour, I couldn't find the right words. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I wasn't really clear. At this hour, I couldn't find the right words. Thanks!
    No problemo! I too am known to get my mords wuddled! :lol:

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    Heh ! This is all helpful !Thanks ! just got back from quilt guild and could not see a pattern. Maybe the fabric chose. Before this, I though it was a large piece of fabric long armed quilted !
    From afar, it was very beautiful.

    Thanks for answering !
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    A one block wonder has kalidescope blocks, usually a hexagon, but could also be a square or octagon. the blocks are pieced together without other fabrics separating them, so they blend together. A Stack and Whack uses kalidescope blocks, but they are set with other fabrics to highlight the individual blocks.

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