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Thread: Has anyone here at the Quilting Board ever made a One Block Wonder?

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    I am frightened and intimidated, but want desperately to make one.

    I've picked up the book numerous times, but always put it back. Yet I keep picking it up again and putting it back down.

    You use ONE fabric and cut it all up and make these little hexagon thingys and arrange them in a pleasing fashion.

    How you go about sewing them is BEYOND me. That's the extent of my understanding from looking at the book.

    If anyone has made one, I'd sure love to hear what you think. On a scale of IMPOSSIBLE, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, FRUSTRATING, HARD, MODERATE or EASY, where does it fall?


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    This is a pretty good pattern to try.

    http://woodenthimble.com/freepat04.html

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    I've made one like saravincent posted. It's not 'hard' per say, just a bit more tedious when it comes to cutting the fabric. You have to be precise to get the right effect. Once you figure out your repeat, cut your fabric, pin through the same spot on all your layers and cut. Flat pins are handy for that part. Once you get your fabric cut, it's no different than regular piecing. The results are pretty amazing in my opinion. The beauty of it is, you could totally transform an UGLY fabric into something really beautiful to look at! Hope you try it, I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is.

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    http://www.ctpub.com/client/client_pages/lesson_plans/10428.cfm

    this page give you a simple idea of it , maybe will help

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    It's a Stack 'n Whack, right?

    I wonder why she doesn't want you to wash the fabric. Ick.

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    I've never done 1, so I can't help you. They look really interesting though, why don't you give it a whirl and let us know :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    It's a Stack 'n Whack, right?

    I wonder why she doesn't want you to wash the fabric. Ick.
    I think it's to help with matching and pinning the layers in the exact same spot without worry of fabric distortion that can happen after washing.

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    I made one. It was my first quilt. Believe me, I had barely sewed a stitch in my life before that. All it is is like 800 triangles. The hardest part is finding interesting fabric and matching up the pattern repeats correctly. My fabric had little dots on it which made that part easy. Just put a pin through each layer and check that they line up on that point as you go.

    My One Bock Wonder (topper finished ... quilting SOON!)
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    Oh my! You deserve an A+ for this one. What is the pattern called? I love it! :mrgreen:

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    I could never in amillion years do that!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    It's a Stack 'n Whack, right?

    I wonder why she doesn't want you to wash the fabric. Ick.
    It was my understanding when I read the book, the reason you don't wash it is to keep the original drape. She describes holding up the fabric, shaking it out and cutting at the repeats. She further goes on to say it will slide better without washing. I'll find the quote in the book and give you her exact words.

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    OK heres my 2 cents on the One Block Wonder. I've made numerous Stack n Whacks, they are the same thing as far as the cutting out but I found the
    stack n Whack Much easier to put together. Not so many pieces. My one blk
    wonder sits in baggies waiting for me to figure it all out. Taking a class is always a big help when taking on something new. :roll:

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    I think I will try one of these eventually. They sure ar beautiful!! And I have the perfect fabric for it.

    THey look wonderful ladies.

    Kyia

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    The book says about prewashing,
    There is no need to prewash the fabric. This removes the sizing and can distort the fabric. You can begin cutting into your fabric as soon as you get home!"
    Further she states about the fabric,
    Do not buy fabric from more than one bolt. Sometimes you find the perfect fabric, but there is only a yard or two on the bolt, so you go to the internet or to another store to buy more of the same fabric. This will not work. There is no guarantee that the colors or print of the pattern are exactly the same from bolt to bolt.
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    Fabuchicki: Your arrangement of colors is striking. I'm thinking you aced the hardest part of this design!!!!!

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    That is an awsome quilt! I am going to do it. I'm going to buy that book tomorrow and DO IT!

    Ruth, thanks for the link. I went there and when I read it, I immediately changed my fabric choice. The fabric I was going to use was too busy.

    Makes me think some of the bright Christmas fabrics from last year (and on 40 percent discount) would be a outstanding choice for this project.

    A design wall is a must, I see. I don't have one. But, I can lay them all out on the floor and go upstairs and lean over the rail and look down on it.

    The thing I can't figure out is how do you sew a bunch of hexagons together?

    What about this for a possible choice?

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    Cordelia, I have done a "one block wonder" and have another on the design wall. If you go to "pictures" and go back to April 1st you will see my quilt. It is soooo much fun. I too was a little intimidated at first, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it. It is so much fun to see how each block turns out. It really isn't hard if you just follow the instructions. Good luck.

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    Cordelia, I noticed you ask how to sew hexagons together........well you don't. You must have a design wall. You arrange everything on the design wall then you actually sew the triangles in rows. You just have to be really careful to keep them in the right order as you take them down to sew. (if you don't have a design wall you can hang a cheap blanket or the back side of a vinyl table cloth on the wall, your pieces will cling nicely without pins) I bought two 4X8 sheets of styrofoam insulation ( 1 inch or more thickness) covered them with batting, hinged them with duct tape and they can stand along or befolded up and stored away. I am about to permanately attach mine to the wall but you don't have to.

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    That fabric will be OK but you will have animal faces cut at odd angles if you don't mind that ...

    As for sewing it together, I did the same thing to make a design wall but at that time I didn't have one and simply laid it out on the floor and picked them up as I went along. I actually sewed them together two rows at a time in triangles. (3 pieces on the bottom and one on top and then sewed the 4 piece triangles together) Does that make sense? 2 rows at a time horizontally. You can't make hexagons is my point.

    I'd better stop typing before I confuse myself more! :wink:

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    You're right. That animal fabric is also too busy.

    I want something that will be black and goldish anyway.




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    Hi just finished a 60 degree triangle one block wonder - i was advised to use largeish pattern with background - if the pattern overlaps you don't get the right effect apparently. (will try and post pictures)

    I battled to "see" the end result from the fabric until I was shown the mirror trick ... two mirror tiles stuck together with tape like a hinge and then you open the mirrors and put them on the fabric as you move the mirrors around you can see the type of blocks you will get - its a bit like a kalidescope. Hope this makes sense!!

    The actual quilt was easier than it looks, the cutting and deciding on the design was the difficult part. My design wall was a sheet pinned to the curtains in the lounge!

    I sewed the pieces in columns and then you had a straight line to join them.

    It was a super pattern to do and I would certainly do it again.

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    Here goes - hope I have got it right ...

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    the original fabric
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    Ruth, That is awesome. It is so artistic. I loved your photos to explain how you put it all together, the fabric used, etc.. Thanx for sharing.

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    Beautiful!!!

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    Wow, Ruth! Thanks for the pictures. I downloaded one of them and could see how you sewed them.

    I thought you sewed them as hexagons and then sewed these hexagons together and I couldn't imagine how to sew multiple sides together.

    That is an awsome choice of fabric too. It's just GAW-JUS.

    I'm so psyched about trying one. But, I can't pick my fabric. I want to use some of my own fabric. I don't want to have to buy the fabric.


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