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Thread: Difference between obw and stack and whack?

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    Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? I want to do a quilt using one of these methods but I don't want to have to take a class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctquilter
    Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? I want to do a quilt using one of these methods but I don't want to have to take a class.

    Stack and Whack - if you need 6 triangles to make your kaleidoscope piece you will need 6 pieces of exactly the same fabric. That means 6 complete repeats of the fabric. Then you lay them on top of one another - perfectly registering the design top to bottom. When you cut your triangle you have 6 pieced of identical fabric. These do not need to be a complete block however - here is a neat site with some examples

    http://www.bethanyreynolds.com/what%27ssnw.html

    http://www.bethanyreynolds.com/workshopsSnW.html


    One block Wonder is just that a complete block - I looked at my book - it does the same thing as stack and whack - but suggest that you cut strips from selvage to selvage of fabric that has been perfectly matched and then cut out your 60 degree triangle from the strips. This will make one complete block when completed.

    I think the results are the same - you create some sore of Kaleidoscope.

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    Thank you for the explanation Betty. Do you have any idea which method is less complicated? I'm trying to decide which book I should buy... Stack n Whack or One Block Wonders.

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    i'm not 100% sure about this but i think the main difference between a OBW and a "traditional" S&W is that:

    most or all of the S&W hexagons will look the same. the results are more uniform and symetrical.

    most of the OBW hexagons will look different to each other. the result is much more random in overall appearance. the "wonder" comes from the surprise of discovering all the different looks that come from the same fabric.

    it has to do with how you stack the fabric sections and where you make your cuts.

    i think.

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    I have both books and they are both worth having though I did lend my OBW book to my mom, she wants to try after being here playing with mine.

    OBW is a type of S & W. They have the same block in the S&W book. The one block wonder uses the octagon or the hexagon, and have you do the whole quilt out of one fabric.

    S&W has several different blocks in several different arrangements and to do the main pieces you use the one fabric, but they incorperate other things into it as well, it has the fan and a square as well as the hexagon and octagon, cut in the stack fashion.

    Kalidescopes are done on the same sort of fashion, but are fussy cut to get certain aspects of the design of the fabric.

    Both ways of laying out the fabric is easy. It is a personal choice.

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    good question ctquilter! I was wondering the same thing :lol:
    cutebuns can you tell us the names of the books you have? thanx

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    I have the OBW Book - and it is an easy read. I actually had to go and read it before I answered the post as I had not done one - but from what I read it seems straight forward.

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    I have both the One Block Wonder Book, and Stack-n-Wack ipedia

    Both books have pretty clear direction on what to do,

    Not today, and not tomorrow, but I am planning on maybe doing a sew along with the OBW. They are a lot of fun. And I love doing them, you get totally different quilts with different prints, even if you used the same print and cut it a different size.

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    Thanks everyone for all your help.
    I think I'll start with One Block Wonder, the pictures of obw's that have been posted here are beautiful!

    cutebuns, a sew along sounds like fun. I've never participated in one but I would love to try whenever you're ready.

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    I am not sure when it will be ready, I have another mystery to do and a few tutorials as well that I have to put together, though I think the sew along will be the easiest as I plan to do it as we go along at the same time, there is a lot of interest in the OBW, and there is some that are hesitant to try it. I hope to help some get over it.

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    What a great question!! I was wondering this too. Thank you for all of the explanations! :D :D :D

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    Both my sis and I have done both methods. The method we used of Bethany Reynolds was to cut strips then squares from the strips. Then the squarres were cut in half. Each half made a block----sort of a spinning thing. We had to use a backgound fabric to complete the blocks. Personally I like the one block wonder method the best.

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    It takes a lot more fabric for stack and whack because you fussie cut the blocks. One block wonder uses all the fabric.

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    Check out Buggy Barn's Crazy style quilts. These are stacked and cut also, but nothing like these posts have described.

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    My photo at left is one of them. All bunnies.

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    Cutebuns: I'd be interested in doing a sew along. Or has it already been done? Just noticed your posting date.

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    I have done both. Stack and Whack you layer 6 layers of fabric in exactly the same place and fussy cut your blocks so that the stars are all different and then you can put them together in what ever way you want. One Block Wonders you layer your fabric also but you cut your pieces all the way across the width of the fabric and the six layers give you a star but you don't know how they will turn out as you go all the way across. Also when you put them together you only sew the stars into two half sections and put it together in angled strips rather than making each star independly. You have to work on a wall to see what they will look like. I think Stack and Whack would be easier to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewze
    Cutebuns: I'd be interested in doing a sew along. Or has it already been done? Just noticed your posting date.
    choosing fabric- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35100-1.htm
    cutting- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm
    assembling- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    quilt layout- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    it was already done. I wasn't a part of it then, but did buy fabric for one over the weekend. the sew-a-long was posted in four different steps the links are above.

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    Thank you Danni for the links - after seeing the posting date, I figured it had been done.
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    Quote Originally Posted by Sewze
    Cutebuns: I'd be interested in doing a sew along. Or has it already been done? Just noticed your posting date.
    choosing fabric- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35100-1.htm
    cutting- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-35685-1.htm
    assembling- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36316-1.htm
    quilt layout- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-36954-1.htm

    it was already done. I wasn't a part of it then, but did buy fabric for one over the weekend. the sew-a-long was posted in four different steps the links are above.

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    I'd join the OBW class.Seems to be a lot of interest & having a "leader"
    sounds great.


    Quote Originally Posted by cutebuns
    I am not sure when it will be ready, I have another mystery to do and a few tutorials as well that I have to put together, though I think the sew along will be the easiest as I plan to do it as we go along at the same time, there is a lot of interest in the OBW, and there is some that are hesitant to try it. I hope to help some get over it.

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    Well....looks like I'm a dollar short.Thanks....gonna read the directions now.

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    This is my first ever stack and whack I did at retreat this weekend. Not finished but it was fun. The fabric was actually a christmas theme and it turned out great. Looks good enough to eat to me. I enjoyed it. I will do a OBW at the retreat next week. Thanks for looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    This is my first ever stack and whack I did at retreat this weekend. Not finished but it was fun. The fabric was actually a christmas theme and it turned out great. Looks good enough to eat to me. I enjoyed it. I will do a OBW at the retreat next week. Thanks for looking.
    Who would have known it was a Christmas theme fabric.......I agree, it looks good enough to eat. Really nice job. :thumbup:

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